2013 Pedego Trail Tracker Review

Pedego Trail Tracker Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Trail Tracker
Pedego Trail Tracker 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Trail Tracker 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Trail Tracker Controller Throttle
Pedego Trail Tracker Disc Brake
Pedego Trail Tracker Sprung Seat
Pedego Trail Tracker Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Trail Tracker
Pedego Trail Tracker 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Trail Tracker 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Trail Tracker Controller Throttle
Pedego Trail Tracker Disc Brake
Pedego Trail Tracker Sprung Seat

Summary

  • Off-road design with 4" wide tires, increased contact patch enables the bike to ride on sand, snow and other rugged terrain, larger tires also provide cushion for improved riding comfort
  • Ultra powerful 600 watt geared motor and 48 volt battery pack for improved torque and climbing ability
  • Lacks pedal assist (throttle only), single speed drivetrain, rear heavy frame, meant to be simple and tough

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Pedego

Model:

Trail Tracker

Price:

$2,975 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Sand and Snow, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Components, 3 Year Battery

Availability:

United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Europe

Model Year:

20132014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

65 lbs (29.48 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Wheelbase 50 in)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Black, Red, Fluorescent Yellow

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses on Downtube, Welded Rear Rack (Limited Storage Due to Battery Placement)

Gearing Details:

1 Single Speed

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Stem:

Fixed

Handlebar:

27" Riser

Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors

Grips:

Padded

Saddle:

Comfort

Seat Post:

Suspension Shock

Tire Brand:

Vee Rubber, 26" x 4"

Tire Details:

Oversized

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed

Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Bell, Aluminum Bash Guard on Front Chain Ring, Large Single Side Kickstand

Other:

Removable Battery Pack (Charge on or Off the Bike), Quick-Connect Modular Throttle and Motor Cables for Easy Repair or Replacement

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

600 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Display Type:

Three LED (Red, Yellow, Green)

Readouts:

Voltage Level (Remaining Battery Capacity)

Display Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Bell, Aluminum Bash Guard on Front Chain Ring, Large Single Side Kickstand

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle (Half Twist on Right Bar)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

This review is for the original 2013 Trail Tracker which has since been improved. Please visit the new review for updated specs unless you’re buying one used and want to learn about the old version. The Pedego Trail Tracker joins the likes of Surly’s Moonlander and Neck Romancer Pug which add oversized tires to create bikes that are goofy looking but actually quite functional on sand and snow. The difference with the Trail Tracker is that it was designed to be an electric bike from the ground up whereas the Moonlander and Neck Romancer Pug have only been converted into ebikes using aftermarket kits from BionX. The Trail Tracker is all about fun, goofing off and powering around like a big kid.

At the heart of the Trail Tracker is a 48 volt Lithium-ion battery pack sending lots of power to an extremely powerful 600 watt geared rear hub motor. This is one of the most powerful mainstream electric bikes out there and a good choice for larger riders who don’t mind the extra attention. Unlike its sisters, the Interceptor and Cruiser, this bike comes with flatter mountain bike style handlebars and offers a less “upright” riding position. The frame has been elongated and forks widened to accommodate the four inch tires. It stays true, however, to the all-welded frame design and twist throttle only drive system.

This bike is simple to operate and very durable. You simple insert your key into the rear mounted battery pack and twist then press the big red “on” button located on the throttle twister and you’re ready to go. A simple twist and the bike responds immediately, it’s like a big scooter. The max speed is limited to 20 miles per hour but you could presumably pedal faster. This isn’t exactly a race bike however, and the front wheel does handle somewhat differently than a normal bike due to the extra weight.

You won’t find fenders, lights, shocks or pedal assist on this bike but that’s not really the point. This isn’t designed for commuting, it’s all about romping around at the beach. At nearly three grand, it’s not a cheap toy but it is made well. Pedego has pioneered the cruiser style electric bike and the trail tracker follows the spirit of modded rock crawler trucks that can go places and do things no other vehicle can. You’ll be getting great support, high quality components and a system that can easily be fixed if you take a tumble. The battery, twist throttle and motor are all modular. Even with the extra hassle of unique tube sizes and tires, this bike is easy to maintain and should last quite a while providing lots of fun.

Pros:

  • Extremely powerful 600 watt motor combined with 48 volt Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Sprung seat, seat post shock and large balloon tires provide shock absorption when going over bumps
  • Twist throttle is intuitive and durable
  • Electronic systems are modular and easy to replace if broken
  • Color choices are fun, Pedego is a recognized brand so the bike should maintain its value
  • Battery pack is removable for charging or storage
  • Great pedals and kickstand
  • Solid welded frame won’t rattle or come loose over time
  • Large disc brakes provide great stopping power

Cons:

  • Only offers one speed for pedaling, keeps the system simple
  • No lights, fenders or fancy computer unit with speed and battery level indicators (just simple red, yellow and green lights)
  • Harder to replace tires and tubes for unique size
  • All of the weight is at the rear of the bike (battery and motor)
  • Seat post shock can be vulnerable if you lift the bike up by the seat, be careful or consider a Thudbuster or other shock
  • Only comes in high step design, larger frame may be a challenge for smaller riders

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