Pedego has a bit of a reputation for making heavyweight, low-efficiency electric bikes. Here, it’s created a very competitive electric bike that goes head to head with European machines like those made by Raleigh and Haibike.
The Pedego City Commuter’s main selling point is its powerful, mid-drive motor. Not for those who use the throttle most of the time, this is a pedal-assist (PAS) machine first and foremost designed for you to ride with power assistance. It comes with five levels of assist so you can choose how much help you need.
And when it comes time to use the throttle, all you have to do is twist and go. The 7-speed Shimano drivetrain also offers great ratios for economical riding even on hilly city streets like Portland, Oregon.
This e-bike even offers three frame options so you can find your perfect fit, no matter your size or height.
Reasons to Buy
Delivering 95 Nm of torque, the motor beats the tar out of equivalent-priced electric bikes using Bosch or Yamaha motors that only offer around 50-60 Nm for bikes. What this means is it kicks like a mule on hills, allowing even the least fit and energetic riders to feel no fear when it comes to a climb.
The next point to consider is that all of the bikes in this range come with Slime innertube sealant as standard. Slime sealant will save you from having to do anything more than pump the tire up after most punctures.
Another selling point for this electric bike is the included toolkit for those moments when you find yourself in need of a repair. This means you shouldn’t be stuck if you break down on the road.
Things to Consider
Though the weight penalty for the extra large battery is just 0.4 lbs, the price penalty is far higher. The machine with the 48V, 15Ah battery is $700 more than the entry-level model with the 48V, 10Ah battery.
The lower-end model will not get you more than 46 miles on a day’s riding. The higher model does get you up to 76 miles, but for $3,695, there may well be better European machines out there with in-tube batteries and a lower relative cost.