Pedego 24" Step-Thru Interceptor Review

Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 500 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 48 Volt Samsung Battery Pack
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Cruiser Bars Padded Grips Bell
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 12 Magnet Pedelec Sensor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 180 Mm Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Backlit Lcd Display Panel
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Integrated Led Headlight With Reflector
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Kickstand Aluminum Platform Pedals
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Matching Aluminum Chain Guard
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Padded Saddle Suspension Seat Post 28.6 Mm
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Seven Speed Shimano Acera Derailleur
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 500 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 48 Volt Samsung Battery Pack
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Cruiser Bars Padded Grips Bell
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 12 Magnet Pedelec Sensor
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor 180 Mm Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Backlit Lcd Display Panel
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Integrated Led Headlight With Reflector
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Kickstand Aluminum Platform Pedals
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Matching Aluminum Chain Guard
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Padded Saddle Suspension Seat Post 28.6 Mm
Pedego 24 Step Thru Interceptor Seven Speed Shimano Acera Derailleur


  • A smaller version of the Interceptor that's easier to mount, it offers great power thanks to its smaller wheels paired with a 500 watt geared hub motor and 48 volt battery
  • Offers twist throttle and five levels of assist for increased range, throttle override puts you in control, the battery is removable for convenient charging or lighter transport of the frame
  • Oversized tubing on rear rack makes it sturdy but may not work with all clip-on panniers, integrated front and rear LED lights add utility, seat post suspension and balloon tires add comfort

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24″ Step-Thru Interceptor


$2,995 USD ($3,295 for Upgraded Battery)

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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1 Year Components, 3 Year Battery


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

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

58 lbs (26.3 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) (9 lbs for 15 ah Option)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

14.5 in (36.83 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Wheelbase 45 in)

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Seafoam, White

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Welded Rear Rack with Spring Latch

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Acera M360

Shifter Details:

Shimano Tourney FT55 Thumb Shifter on Right Side


Aluminum Alloy Platform


Fixed Promax



Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Levers with Motor Inhibitor


Padded Stitched


Oversized Comfort

Seat Post:

Suspension Shock

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

28.6 mm

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Fat Frank, 24" x 2.15"

Wheel Sizes:

24 in (60.96cm)

Tire Details:

Kevlar Lined, Reflective Band

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed, Schrader Valve


Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Bell Integrated Into Left Brake Lever, Single-Side Kickstand, Front and Rear LED Lights Powered by Main Battery, Optional Metal Fenders, Optional Kevlar Lined Balloon Tires


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:


Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah (Optional 15 ah Upgrade)

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh (Optional 720 wh Upgrade)

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Backlit LCD on Left Bar


Speed, Odometer, 5 Assist Levels, Battery Voltage

Display Accessories:

Integrated Four Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Pedego has made several major improvements in its Inteceptor line for 2015, most notable, the addition of this smaller, low step frame model with 24” wheels, nicknamed the “Miniceptor,” to their family of Cruisers. This isn’t their only “petite” ebike, you can get a stripped down 24″ Step-Thru Cruiser for a bit less money but it won’t offer pedal assist, lights, a suspension seat post or the nice leather grips and saddle. Before the addition of these smaller models (which use 24 inch wheels and shorter frames) it was difficult for some riders to handle Pedego cruisers. Their large sweeping cantilever frames and rear mounted batteries look beautiful but also weigh quite a bit and don’t have a perfect weight distribution. At ~ 58 lbs, the Miniceptor is just a couple pounds lighter than the original full sized Classic Interceptor, depending upon which battery option you choose. All Interceptor models are powerful thanks to the premium 500 watt internally geared hub motor and 48 volt battery combination but the Miniceptor actually offers the most torque because its smaller wheels create a mechanical advantage for the hub drive. I like these bikes because they offer riders the ability to use throttle, pedal assist or both simultaneously (perfect for attacking short hills). With the 24″ Step-Thru Interceptor electric bike you get to choose from two frame colors (White and Seafoam Green) that include a matching rack, chain guard, rims and full length fenders.

Driving the Miniceptor is a 500 watt internally geared hub motor mounted in the rear wheel. It’s made by Dapu (one of the higher quality brands I’ve tested) and functions smoothly and quietly. In my opinion, these motors feel zippier than some competing brands and I love how it’s painted black to match the spokes and blend in with the cassette and disc brake rotor. To really make this ebike stealth, you could add a set of Pedego’s custom saddlebags to hide the battery and most people wouldn’t even know it was electric :) In terms of maintenance for the rear wheel, the axle requires traditional wrench tools but there is a power cable quick disconnect so removing the wheel completely is somewhat easier. Hopefully this won’t be a regular occurrence because the kevlar lined Schwalbe tires and pre-slimed tubes are designed to resist punctures and continue working (with a bit of an air top off) if they do get pricked. These tires offer a nice plush ride and compliment the puffy padded grips, oversized comfort saddle and seat post suspension very well.

Positioned just above the rear rack, completely surrounded by aluminum tubing and plating, is the battery bay. It consists of a black plastic sheath that houses the actual battery brick (which is also plastic). I’ve never been a huge fan of rear mounted batteries because they don’t offer the same balance and maneuverability as lower center-mounted designs but I must say… Pedego has done a great job here. The battery doesn’t rattle, feels protected (against tips or weather) and it even features an integrated LED back light. One complaint is that the pack must be activated independently from the control pad, this reduces phantom power draw but adds a step to riding and might confuse some people who forget and then wonder if the battery is dead or why the bike isn’t starting. Anyway… the cells inside this pack are 18650 size with Lithium-ion chemistry designed to be light weight and long lasting. The pack is only available in 48 volts (which is high power and very efficient) but you do get two size options from 10 amp hours to 15 amp hours for $300 extra. Basically, the higher amp hours is slightly heavier ~2 lbs but should extend your range. This could be a good option to upgrade to if you have longer rides or plan on moving heavier loads. Another option is to take along the ~2 lb charging brick which offers 3 Amps for quick charging. One of the things I love about Pedego’s new battery designs is that they don’t require the keys to be left in while riding, this means you won’t forget them, bump them or hear them rattling as you ride.

Cruiser style e-bikes are often appreciated for their simplicity and beauty and that’s definitely evident on the Miniceptor… but it doesn’t skimp on features either. To operate the bike you charge the battery, flip the toggle switch under the pack at the rear right corner to on and press the on/off button on the LCD display. A second tap on the on/off button lights the display console and activates both lights! This easy to reach console controls the pedal assist levels, and basic information about the speed, battery level, trip meter and lets you set a timer. In level zero the bike operates in throttle mode only and you can choose to pedal or not. In any of the five levels of assist you receive increasingly powerful output from the motor as you pedal and you can still use the throttle, as mentioned earlier. The pedal assist system uses a 12 magnet cadence sensor located at the bottom bracket that recognizes when the crank arms are turning and tells the motor to turn on or off. Compared to earlier versions, this is a more responsive system. Getting this thing up to speed is no problem but stopping is equally important… thankfully you get two solid disc brakes (which offer tool-free adjust for when the pads start to wear down) and the brake levers have integrated motor cutoff switches. At any time, even if you’re still pedaling and the motor thinks it should be helping, you can squeeze the brakes and the motor will stop. Overall I like how clean the cockpit is on this bike, it’s nice that the button pad is now integrated with the display console and it can be swiveled to reduce glare but you still can’t remove it. I found that the advanced menus in the display were very simple to adjust if you wanted to switch from Kilometers to Miles etc. as shown in the video review. While holding the set button, you use the up button to edit sub-menus like wheel size, top speed, trip meter reset and speed/distance unit change.

The Pedego Miniceptor isn’t the ultimate electric bike, it’s rear heavy with a little crack the whip feel when accelerating (but less so thanks to the shorter frame). Even though it uses a more basic style of pedal assist (cadence sensing) I find that this works for cruising because you just move your feet to activate it vs. actually pushing hard with a torque sensor. There’s plenty of value with the classic frame style, relaxed geometry and Pedego’s great reputation for quality customer support with well trained staff and technicians. Pedego Interceptors are often used as rental bikes and seem to hold up well in rough environments, a positive testament to the durability of this product line. I’ve spoken with a number of riders who compared the Interceptor with other similar electric bikes and the consensus was that the Pedego offers extra power and quality. Some nice extras include a little USB charging outlet at the base of the display and an integrated bell (it’s built into the left brake lever). Like the other bikes in the Interceptor line, you get the upgrade of extra power, pedal assist, lights, nicer grips and saddle plus that seat post suspension compared to the traditional Classic Cruisers. I also love that with this and other newer models you get bottle cage bosses on the downtube for adding a lock, a mini pump or a standard bottle cage. I’ve always appreciated Pedego’s electric bikes and with the 24″ Interceptor (which only comes in step-thru) they are more accessible than ever and perfect for the more petite rider.


  • Sturdy low step frame design with integrated welded battery rack in a smaller ‘mini’ design with 24″ wheels to better fit smaller riders
  • Powerful 500 watt geared hub motor by Dapu paired with 48 volt Samsung battery pack (available in 10 or 15 amp hours for increased range)
  • Premium Schwalbe Big Ben tires offer cushion and come with a built in Kevlar liner, which compliments the padded grips, oversized saddle and suspension seat post nicely
  • Available in two colors which also coat the chain guard, rear rack and optional fenders
  • Upgraded Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors that dissipate heat better and stop better, less squeaky than other lower-end brakes and use a simple tool-free adjustment
  • Integrated front and rear lights that run off the main battery, the display is now combined with the button pad for simplicity and a cleaner handlebar appearance
  • The large cruiser style handlebars are “right sized” at 24″ to fit the smaller frame, still comfortable but a bit easier to manage than if they were the full size bars
  • Cables and wires are run through the frame for a clean aesthetic and reduced chance for snagging
  • Offers “throttle only” mode while riding in assist level zero, you can also override any of the five levels of assist for a burst of energy while climbing
  • Handy integrated USB charging port built right into the LCD display panel allows you to charge a cell phone or other small portable electronics while riding
  • The battery locks to the frame for security but is removable for convenient charging and to reduce the overall weight of the bike during transport
  • Threaded eyelets are included on the downtube so you can mount a portable pump, folding lock or water bottle cage
  • 12 magnet pedelec sensor activates or cuts off the motor power as you pedal along for a much smoother and quicker performance than older six sensor designs
  • The battery has a built in fuse to help protect it and you don’t have to leave the key in the battery pack while riding to operate the bike (as with older models)
  • Standard rims with 12 gauge spokes can support 250 pounds


  • Rear heavy design with the hub motor and battery both mounted on the back half of the frame, the battery is also positioned higher up which isn’t as stable while parked or riding
  • The battery pack must be activated independently from the LCD display, this might deter tampering but requires extra time and may be forgotten (leaving the battery pack on to drain slowly)
  • The display panel is fixed which means you cannot easily take it off the bike for storage, leaving it with increased exposure to sunlight or harsh weather elements or potential vandalism; however, it does swivel up and down to help reduce glare
  • With the Miniceptor design the chain guard is a more exposed and easier to tag or bend when stepping on or off than some plastic guards
  • The extra wide cruiser style handle bars, although scaled down to match the smaller frame size, can be tricky to fit through some doorways or other tight spaces


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Sandy Brannon
2 years ago

This was a very helpful review. I rented one of these today and loved it! I am 5′ 2 1/2″ and it is one of the few bikes that fit me comfortably. The thruster is so helpful when I am going up a hill or needing to get through an intersection without holding up traffic. Plenty of power made it perfect for enjoying a nice long ride.

I have asked for the “mini”ceptor for my birthday and your review was a ringing endorsement. Thank you for explaining the technical details in terms that the non-bike expert can understand.

2 years ago

Awesome Sandy! Glad you enjoyed the ride and thanks for providing me with positive feedback about the site and reviews… I agree that the throttle on demand power from the Pedego models is wonderful for starting, climbing and zipping out of harm’s way. hopefully you’ve been good this year and you’ll get your birthday wish :P


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5 mins ago

Pedego - Stretch

56 mins ago

I did a Google search for the following 2018 Pedego Stretch 2 wheel drive bikes and the following came up

Why would they make this public???

7 hours ago

Been away for MONTHS... I called Pedego. The TOTAL capacity is 400lbs (plus bike). Somewhere along the line retailers and etailers got rider plus 400 for cargo - not true.

7 hours ago

I think their Stretch $ is the one that doesn't have really a competition for it at a lower price. I looked at the Yuba bikes. By time time I got what I wanted, Yuba was pricier. There is also the extracycle, but if I recall right, has a lower weight limit too. AND lower seats, so if you have a tall passenger or bigger loads, it gives less space (and I think is longer?) The Pedego Stretch bike fits a VERY nice niche and is in line with price.

7 hours ago

I was just lamenting today on the FB Pedego Owners page that I had my first pangs of regret of buying my Stretch. I LOVE that bike - serious love it.

Then, time, thought, and a few respondants got me thinking more. One, it will cost $900 more for these two motors. Second, it doesn't say it, but, it will have to weigh more. This thing is already a beast in weight. Third, I have been 100% satisfied with the performance of this product. So why was I lamenting? Is bigger or MORE really better? I think we get sucked into that too much. I have NEVER needed or wanted to go faster or longer than what the machine can do now to still feel safe. I think they have to make it seem stronger because people get caught up in the more power mode of thinking.

My ONLY complaints are:

1. lack of accessories
a. like bags that FIT the Stretch specifically - I've found great alternatives, but it took sleuthing and guessing)
b. like a top box/basket for the seat that fits style wise and can be easily removable.
2. That it was an easy and quick fix to switch foot rests to widening the top rack. With the wood panel set? It's virtually impossible
3. That it was easier to take on and take off the velcro seat attachment to go from rider to hauling cargo.
4. That it still came with the short back "tail" instead of just having the tall tail/long tail.
5. Better/stronger lights for night vision (easy fix)
6. That it wasn't so dang HEAVY as it basically makes it impossible for me to take it anywhere.

What I adore?
1. I can haul anything practically - including a tall adult as a passenger.
2. It's a very stable ride.
3. It's gorgeous (I have the green)
4. I have had ZERO times it couldn't handle me/the load, etc. and I usually ride with 0-2 assist. It is like a car for me.
5. It's fun to ride as it's responsive and comfortable
6. That it has given me back a favorite past time - I no longer use my car for errands around home. I bike it.

8 hours ago

Just wanted to add that I decided to get this bike after reading all the comments here and seeing volt tech videos to help with adjustments, etc. it makes me feel more confident. I already have an ebike- a Pedego stretch which I love, but I can only use it at home as I work an uncommutable 21 miles away and it is way too expensive and heavy to haul on a car like ever.

I wanted a second bike I could enjoy in an urban setting. This seems to fit the bill. Not super light but I don’t have to deal with stairs and taking a train, etc and at 1/4 the cost of the Pedego Stretch, seems ideal. Now to decide on when to buy!

19 hours ago

So last year I was trying to decide on a bike that would be good for around my community. One that I could use for grocery shopping and running errands and so forth. It’s able to take a passenger and that was a bonus.

In the end I decided to get the Pedego Stretch and I have not regretted it one instant. , maybe more than one instant. I love it so much that I want bike for my office.

I work 20 miles from my office and it is not a commutable 20 miles. Plus, my office is very small and a folding bike would be needed. I work at the tip of Washington DC, right next to all the shopping in Silver Spring and also great bike riding areas nearby with rock Creek Par. and nice neighborhoods.

There Are no stairs to my office. I do not need to travel by train. Basically, it’s just for touring around Silver Spring. I would like to be able to take it home if I wanted, so it would need to fit in a regular sedan. Another reason it really needs to be folded.

Since I spent a fortune on the Pedego, I do not want to spend a fortune on a second bike. If it’s too hilly, however to have it not be electric. Plus I am just getting back into fitness and I would get too frustrated without pedal assist. However, I will use pedal assist only when I absolutely need it.

Thebikes I’m thinking about Velomini Plus. Too small? Lack of features?

The volt urban or the Green bike G5. Both are priced about the same price - around a $1000 price point so it is $300 cheaper than The velomini and it seems to have more features and is bigger. However it also weighs quite a bit more, so hauling it to and from work would be more difficult.

The green bike seems great for this urban setting too. But the volt urban is lighter.

I am up for thinking about other options too. I just want to keep it under $1300. I have thought about buying used, but I’m really hesitant when it comes to bikes with batteries.

Advice and experience appreciated.

Bruce Arnold
1 day ago

If you're interested in a cargo bike/people mover, you might also consider the Pedego Stretch. Here's Court's review:

There have been upgrades since this review was published. For instance, I saw one recently at a local dealer and it had pads on the seat and back rest, making it more comfortable for a passenger. Built pretty strong and lots of ways to haul stuff on it.

So on the commuting question: My wife and I both use ebikes for commuting and errands. It has been only 2 months but so far so good. We have committed to selling our 2nd car to our daughter when she graduates from nursing school in May, so we are only using one car now to get used to it. We don't have dreadful winters here but have had to contend with freezing temps and precipitation during this time. Not that different from Livermore; I was a bicycle messenger in San Francisco in the 1970s and winter weather in that part of CA was much like it is here in eastern NC. Our summers are a lot hotter and more humid, so we'll have to contend with that. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing" as they say in Finland.

Her commute is 8 miles round trip, mine is 14. She rides a Pedego City Commuter and I ride a Juiced Bikes Crosscurrent S. You might like the CCS if you like that road bike, it's pretty sporty. You could easily knock out that 6 mile commute in 15 minutes, which is not too shabby.

Happy to share more if you have specific questions.

Bruce Arnold
4 days ago

My wife's City Commuter had a different but similar problem. The battery was so hard to remove from the sleeve, she couldn't do it at all, and it took a major effort for me. The guy at the Pedego Shop initially thought it was the sleeve itself, but when he tried a different battery, it slid back out just fine. So there is definitely a problem with some of the battery casings. I wonder what percentage.

Paul Cavasino
5 days ago

Piero,...Soldering of Wires is fairly Easy to do,...YouTube has many VIDEO TUTORIALS & You Can Save Yourself a lot of Money & Time to Learn How to Do this Yourself. lol,...Give it a Try ! ;-)

Paul Cavasino
5 days ago

PEDEGO CITY COMMUTER / "Pearlescent Blue" / Matching Paint is Tough & Existing Touchup Paint is Aweful !!...Purchased This @ Auto Zone & it's The Closest I Could Find !!?

Nova Haibike
1 week ago

$4995?! One could get a Trek or Riese & Müller for that kind of money.

Tony & Mary Grant
4 months ago

Good looking bike and I love that colour.

geoffrey welsby
2 years ago

what is your opinion on the wisper 706 torque. I'm new to this. but I like that bike..

geoffrey welsby
2 years ago

Yours welcome..
2 years ago

I haven't tried that one yet Geoffrey, thanks for the suggestion!

Lisa Colorado
2 years ago

Get the thorn-proof tubes, not just the goo.

Lisa Colorado
2 years ago

Great review! I have a base model Curry bike, have had a lot of fun on it, and am now shopping for a lighter bike with an upgraded battery.

ilan magen
3 years ago

Top of the line my **bip ** bip
3 years ago

+ilan magen It's one of the more refined cruisers, what do you mean by bip bip? Reminds me of Road Runner

jc hg
3 years ago

sorry, I don't like it at all
3 years ago

+jc hg You're more than entitled to having and sharing your opinion :)

jc hg
3 years ago

I like all type of riding, mainly MTB, and if possible with an e-MTB,I see all your videos but in this case I think this bike is so ugly....
Sorry, it's my opinion
3 years ago

+jc hg That's okay, it's a different style of electric bike for people who just want to relax and cruise around town. What type of riding do you like to do?

Florida Scot
3 years ago

This is a good bike in every way

3 years ago

I know you're anti-kickstarter Court, but check out the Maxwell:
3 years ago

+grindz145 Hey! I'm actually a big fan of Kickstarter, love products like the Oculus Rift that we wouldn't have seen as quickly without it. That said, I've been trying to balance what's available in stores vs. what's prototyped on crowd funding sites because there seems to be many cases where the final delivered product is different from what was advertised. I'd love to check out your bike and meetup if you're somewhere in California? I'll be traveling for a bit and might be able to swing by, reach out via the contact form on EBR :)

3 years ago

+grindz145 I'd be happy to take you for a ride on one.

basil amso
3 years ago

Nice bike

basil amso
3 years ago you are the best explaner electric bike I ever seen in YouTube
3 years ago

+basil amso Glad you enjoyed it! I think they made it look beautiful with the matching fenders, wheels and rack... very polished :)

Meu Nome
3 years ago

where to buy one?