I was interested to see that they also have a budget-priced City Commuter model--one color, fewer amp hours on the battery, lower wattage hub drive.
And this new ebike might be, shall I say it, a gateway drug? Cheaper, easier to become a Pedego customer, and, once happy, a repeat customer? I think adding budget ebikes to the lineup is a very good move by Pedego.
I owned a 2016 Pedego Ridgerider and my wife still rides a 2016 Pedego Commuter. Our bikes were/are anything but reliable.
My Ridgerider (thankfully sold) had a torque sensor and motor failure within a 1000km and at 2500km the torque sensor was acting up again. My wife's Commuter, at 2300km, had her display fail twice and recently had the controller replaced.
We have four Pedegos. Mine is on its third display, all provided no-questions-asked by Pedego. It's easy to swap out. The other three all have their original displays. Mine had unintended accelleration (just fixed by the recall, which resulted in cheerful and prompt fixes of all four bikes for that issue). My H's city commuter had the hub drive fail early--replaced under warranty, and we were not charged for labor. They made it right.
Our bikes have high mileage. One battery now needs a new "power bridge"--that's after 4,000 or 6,000 miles on it, or something like that, and the battery is still going strong in terms of charging and taking us where we want to go.
Most Pedego stores are well stocked in terms of bikes to try. But, they won't sell you the last one, for that reason. I suggest going to your local store to try them, and then you can also find out if you can get one right away or if they are back-ordered. You can also call Pedego HQ to ask your questions. They are very helpful!