- How can I compare different Pedego models?
- Which battery should I choose?
- How far can I go on a single battery charge?
- How long until a battery needs to be replaced?
- How long does the battery take to charge?
- What is the battery made of?
- Can I charge the battery by pedaling?
- Throttle & Pedal Assist: What’s the difference and which is better?
- Hub Motor vs. Mid Drive: Which is right for me?
- How fast can I go?
- What maintenance is required?
- What is the weight capacity?
- Can I transport my Pedego on hitch mounted rack for my vehicle?
How can I compare different Pedego models?
The following chart was designed to make it easy for you to choose the right Pedego for you.
Pedego Electric Bikes have more similarities than differences. Every Pedego is designed in California and built with quality, brand name components from the ground up. Our philosophy is that a bike is only as great as it’s weakest part, so we never cut corners. The diagram below shows the standard features that all Pedegos share.
Which battery should I choose?
Pedego offers four different batteries that are classified by their voltage and amp-hour ratings. The voltage determines how powerful the bike will feel and the amp-hours determine how far you can go on a single charge.
Choosing the right battery for you depends on your individual needs and budget.
|10Ah||Experience shows that most people are completely satisfied with the standard 36V 10Ah battery. It usually provides more than enough power and range, and it’s the most affordable option.||The more powerful 48V 10Ah battery is best for riders over 200 pounds and for overcoming steep hills or strong headwinds. The extra power makes it more fun and exciting to ride.|
|15Ah||The extended range 36V 15Ah battery is best for trips over 20 miles or if you plan to pedal very little (or not at all). It can really come in handy to have excess capacity.||The 48V 15Ah battery is the best of both worlds, and it’s the most popular option. It has all the power of the 48V 10Ah battery and the extended range of the 36V 15Ah.|
How far can I go on a single battery charge?
The short answer to this question is far enough! Generally speaking, any Pedego battery should last longer than you. We don’t hear many stories of people running out of juice.
With that said, this can be a complicated question because there isn’t a “standard” and everybody makes vastly different claims about range. So we’ll go over some simple math that can help you objectively predict the range of any electric bike.
All batteries have both a Voltage and Amp Hour rating. If you multiply the two together, you get Watt Hours. Watt Hours is an objective measurement of the actual amount of energy stored in a battery.
Volts x Amp Hours = Watt Hours
This is where it gets tricky, because there are so many variables. On average, you can expect to use between 12-24 watt hours per mile. This number fluctuates so much because of differences in terrain, rider weight, weather, speed, and most importantly how much you pedal.
Below is a table with all the facts about each Pedego battery and the estimated range for an average rider.
|Volts||Amp Hours||Watt Hours||Estimated Range (12-24 wh/mile)|
|Standard||36||10||360||15-30 miles(12-24 wh/mile)|
|Long Range||36||15||540||22-45 miles|
*The Stretch (48V 13Ah & 48V 17Ah), Ridge Rider, and Trail Tracker (48V 11Ah) models have slightly different batteries, but the idea is the same.
How long until a battery needs to be replaced?
You can expect your battery to last about 2-4 years.
Lithium batteries usually don’t just stop working altogether, what happens is they gradually lose their capacity over time.
Pedego batteries are backed up by an industry-leading three year warranty, where the first year is guaranteed 100% and the next two years are pro-rated based on how long you’ve had the battery.
To prolong the life of your battery it’s suggested that you avoid discharging it completely, and the big thing is to make sure that you charge it at least once every couple months.
How long does the battery take to charge?
A battery will charge is between 2-6 hours with a standard wall outlet.
There is no memory, so you don’t have to worry about discharging it completely, and it’s best to recharge it after each use.
It uses very little energy- usually about ten cents worth.
And it includes a smart charger that will automatically shut off when it’s done.
What is the battery made of?
Pedego batteries are made up of individual Li-ion cells designated 18650 because of their size (18mm x 65mm). These are very common batteries found in countless consumer electronics, electric bicycles, and even electric cars.
There are basically two types of 18650 cells- those made by the three major, name brand suppliers (Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung), and everything else. The name brand cells are much more safe and reliable than the cheaper cells.
Pedego Electric Bikes use premium cells made by Samsung, which is the world’s largest Li-Ion battery supplier.
The benefits of these cells are three fold:
Each cell is protected by a puncture resistant steel cylinder, and they are separated from each other in the battery pack to prevent fire.
Pedego is able to offer an industry leading three year limited warranty because of technological advances that have prolonged the life cycle of our batteries.
The manufacturing process and quality control of the cells themselves has significantly improved over the years, and there is an extremely low failure rate.
The connections between the cells have also evolved and improved to prevent bad connections and premature battery failure.
The number one reason 18650 cells are so wildly popular is their incredible performance capabilities.
They are remarkably energy dense delivering an abundance of power (up to 675 wh/L and 252 wh/kg) with very little space and weight.
These little cells really deliver the goods!
Can I charge the battery by pedaling?
The battery is charged by plugging it into the wall, and the more you pedal the farther you can go. Your pedaling conserves the battery, but it doesn’t actually charge it.
The technology does exist that would allow you to charge your bike by pedaling, but we’ve found that it just doesn’t make sense in the real world.
The problem is that it makes it hard to pedal, and that’s not fun! Even under the most ideal conditions, like riding downhill, the amount of energy you would get back is negligible.
Throttle & Pedal Assist: What’s the difference and which is better?
In the United States, we are fortunate to have the luxury of throttles on our electric bikes which are forbidden in Europe.
Throttles provide full power on demand and Americans love them because they give us complete control.
They’re especially helpful for getting started from a standstill (sometimes it can be awkward to gain momentum), getting a quick burst of power to climb a hill, or safely getting through an intersection. If you can’t pedal, or you just don’t feel like it, that’s okay too.
Pedal assist, or Pedelec systems, sense your pedaling and provide assistance automatically.
They’re most popular among experienced cyclists that want a more natural, “bike-like” riding experience.
Pedal assist is wonderful for long rides with few stops on relatively flat ground, because you can just relax and enjoy the ride without holding a throttle in place. It’s like cruise control.
Both is Best
Our experience shows that the ideal electric bike has both pedal assist and a throttle, and the next best thing is one with only a throttle.
All Pedego Electric Bikes sold in the US have a throttle, and many of them also have the option of pedal assist.
We don’t have any bikes that are pedal assist only (except what we send overseas), simply because most people don’t like them. Even if you prefer pedal assist, why wouldn’t you want the option of using a throttle?
Hub Motor vs. Mid Drive: Which is right for me?
A hub motor is the obvious choice for most people. The riding experience can’t be beat, and it’s the most affordable option. It’s the best of both worlds!
We speak from experience on this subject. The Pedego Stretch cargo bike was originally designed with a mid-drive motor because we expected it to perform better with heavy loads. We experimented with several of the top mid drive systems and compared them to our standard hub motor. The results were surprising.The mid drive motors were a huge disappointment. Their performance was no match for our hub motor, even climbing steep hills where mid drives are supposed to dominate. We also found that most people simply don’t like the way it feels to ride a bike with a mid drive motor, especially when comparing it to our hub motor.
Bottom line: You pay more and get less with mid drive motors.
Power and Freedom
Most quality mid drive systems come from Europe where strict laws limit the power to 250 watts and forbid the use of a throttle.
American’s are allowed (and prefer) more powerful motors and the freedom to use a throttle. All Pedego Electric Bikes sport 500 watt motors with twice the power of a typical mid drive, and they provide full power on demand with a twist-and-go throttle.
Acceleration and Hill Climbing
Many years ago, when all hub motors were gearless, mid drives had an advantage because they could use the gears of the bike to help you accelerate and climb hills.
Today, Pedego hub motors have gears built into them, so they can accelerate and climb most hills just as well (or better) without all the downsides of mid-drive motors.
Mid drive motors are notoriously high maintenance. They put extraordinary strain on the drivetrain of the bike and cause the chain, chainring, derailleur, and cassette to wear out much more rapidly than usual. These parts are expensive and inconvenient to replace.
Hub motors are completely sealed and self-contained, and they require no additional maintenance.
Mid drive motors use complicated electronics to coordinate the motor’s power with your pedaling and shifting. You are forced to constantly shift gears while riding, and it’s not as smooth as shifting a regular bike (or one with a hub motor). Many people are intimidated and/or annoyed by all this extra hassle.
Bikes with hub motors are far more pleasant and easy to ride. They seamlessly deliver power right where it’s needed – working totally independent of your pedaling and gear shifting. It’s almost like the difference between driving a manual and automatic car.
|Hub Motor||Mid Drive|
|Throttle (On all Pedegos)||No Throttle (usually)|
|Powerful (All Pedego motors are 500 watts)||Underpowered (usually 250 watts)|
|Maintenance Free||High Maintenance|
|Fun and Easy to Ride||Constant Shifting Required|
These are all great reasons to prefer a hub motor over a mid drive, but the most important reason is impossible to describe. It’s the way they actually feel when you ride them…
We like hub motors better. Most people agree. We think you will too.
How fast can I go?
All Pedegos are governed at 20MPH in accordance with federal and state regulations.
What maintenance is required?
Aside from keeping your battery charged, maintaining a Pedego Electric Bike is the same as any bicycle.
After the bike’s been ridden about 100 miles you’ll need a basic tune-up. This is standard procedure for all new bikes as they’re broken in.
The most important (and simple) thing you can do is check your tire pressure regularly, and keep them inflated as indicated on the tire.
If you’re riding in wet conditions, you’ll want to take extra care and make sure you keep your drivetrain clean and well-lubed.
Other than that, you’re likely to need minor adjustments from time to time, and even the best parts do eventually wear out. We suggest that you bring your bike to your local Pedego dealer for a check-up at least once or twice a year to ensure the most safe and pleasant riding experience.
What is the weight capacity?
The weight capacity of most Pedego Electric Bikes is 250 pounds. The exceptions are the Tandem and Stretch models which can carry up to 400 pounds. The Boomerang Plus and Interceptor, when equipped with the Mag Wheel Upgrade, can also hold up to 400 pounds.
Can I transport my Pedego on hitch mounted rack for my vehicle?
Yes! Many Pedego customers use hitch mounted racks to travel far and wide with their beloved Pedegos. Thule is a popular brand. Please check with your local dealer for their advice on which rack is right for you.