Pedego Boomerang Review

2021 Pedego Boomerang Electric Bike Review
2021 Pedego Boomerang
2021 Pedego Boomerang 500 Watt Geared Hub Motor From Dapu 45nm Peak Torque
2021 Pedego Boomerang 48v 10ah Rear Rack Battery Pack
2021 Pedego Boomerang Swept Back Handlebar Padded Grips Adjustable Angle Stem
2021 Pedego Boomerang Bigstone Cb500 Lcd Display For Electric Bikes
2021 Pedego Boomerang Rigid Steel Fork Schwalbe Fat Frank Tires
2021 Pedego Boomerang Spanninga Axendo Integrated Headlight
2021 Pedego Boomerang Integrated 3 Led Battery Light
2021 Pedego Boomerang Large Center Mount Kickstand
2021 Pedego Boomerang Satori Solo 40mm Suspension Seatpost 27 2mm Diameter
2021 Pedego Boomerang Velo Comfort Saddle Steel Chainring
2021 Pedego Boomerang Sram X 4 Derailleur 12 32 Tooth Cassette
2021 Pedego Boomerang Star Union 180 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
2021 Pedego Boomerang Sturdy Frame Gussets 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor
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2021 Pedego Boomerang 48 Volt Battery And 3 Amp Charger
2021 Pedego Boomerang Stock Step Thru White
2021 Pedego Boomerang Electric Bike Review
2021 Pedego Boomerang
2021 Pedego Boomerang 500 Watt Geared Hub Motor From Dapu 45nm Peak Torque
2021 Pedego Boomerang 48v 10ah Rear Rack Battery Pack
2021 Pedego Boomerang Swept Back Handlebar Padded Grips Adjustable Angle Stem
2021 Pedego Boomerang Bigstone Cb500 Lcd Display For Electric Bikes
2021 Pedego Boomerang Rigid Steel Fork Schwalbe Fat Frank Tires
2021 Pedego Boomerang Spanninga Axendo Integrated Headlight
2021 Pedego Boomerang Integrated 3 Led Battery Light
2021 Pedego Boomerang Large Center Mount Kickstand
2021 Pedego Boomerang Satori Solo 40mm Suspension Seatpost 27 2mm Diameter
2021 Pedego Boomerang Velo Comfort Saddle Steel Chainring
2021 Pedego Boomerang Sram X 4 Derailleur 12 32 Tooth Cassette
2021 Pedego Boomerang Star Union 180 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
2021 Pedego Boomerang Sturdy Frame Gussets 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor
2021 Pedego Boomerang Ebike
2021 Pedego Boomerang 48 Volt Battery And 3 Amp Charger
2021 Pedego Boomerang Stock Step Thru White

Summary

  • Possibly the lowest low-step mass market electric bicycle ever created! The standover height is just 8" (20.3cm) off the ground, making it extremely easy to mount and stabilize. Available in two frame sizes with 24" or 26" wheels respectively, five beautiful colors that span the fork, rear rack, and chain cover, and two battery pack sizes (480wh or 720wh).
  • Premium Schwalbe puncture resistant balloon tires with reflective sidewall stripes pair nicely with the Satori suspension seatpost and integrated front and rear lights to keep you comfortable and safe. Powerful 180mm hydraulic disc brakes with large four finger levers make stopping easy, both brake levers have motor inhibitors built-in for added control.
  • Upgraded 7-speed drivetrain with wide 12 to 32 tooth cassette provides easier starts and climbing as well as comfortable cadence at speed. The SRAM X-4 derailleur is two steps up from the base and tends to be very reliable, but the trigger shifters are a bit small. Upgraded LCD display is large and easy to reach while holding the left grip, it even has a built-in USB port to charge electronic accessories as you ride.
  • Optional matching fenders, side mirrors, and trunk bags add utility. Vast network of dealers for test rides and post-purchase support, industry leading five year limited warranty. Upgrade path to Platinum Boomerang with air suspension fork, nicer suspension seat post, and higher capacity batteries. Trade-offs include rear heavy design, limited suspension, no slap guard, and center mount kickstand that can cause pedal lock.

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Pedego

Model:

Boomerang

Price:

$2,995 ($3,695 with Upgraded 15ah Battery)

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Cruising, Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

5 Year Prorated, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

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

Model Year:

2021

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57.9 lbs (26.26 kg) (58lbs with 15ah Battery Upgrade)

Battery Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg) (9.2lbs 15ah Battery Upgrade)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

14 in (35.56 cm)15.5 in (39.37 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

26" Measurements: 15.5" Seat Tube, 17" Reach 23.25" Virtual Top Tube Length, 9" Stand Over Height, 33" Minimum Saddle Height with Suspension Seatpost 30.5" with Rigid Seatpost, 40" Maximum Saddle Height, 29.75" Width, 73.25" Length, 46.25" Wheelbase, 24" Measurements: 14" Seat Tube, 15" Reach, 22" Virtual Top Tube Length, 8" Stand Over Height, 31" Minimum Saddle Height with Suspension Seatpost 28.5" with Rigid Seatpost, 37" Maximum Saddle Height, 29.75" Width, 69" Length, 44" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

Step-Thru (Classic Cantilever Style)

Frame Colors:

Gloss Black, Gloss Metallic Mineral Blue, Gloss Neon Blue, Gloss Metallic Red, Gloss Metallic Shaded Spruce, Gloss White

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid High Tensile Steel, 100mm Hub Spacing, 10mm Threaded Axle with 15mm Nuts

Frame Rear Details:

142mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Axle with 9mm Keyed Flats, 19mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses on Downtube, Fender Mounting Points, Integrated Reinforced Rear Rack with Bungee Loops and Spring Latch

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Nickel Plated Cassette 12 to 32 Tooth, SRAM X-4 Derailleur

Shifter Details:

SRAM X-3 Trigger Shifter on Right (One-Way High Lever, Three-Shift Low Lever)

Cranks:

Forged Aluminum Alloy Crank Arms, 170mm Length, 44 Tooth Steel Chainring

Pedals:

Pedego Branded K249, Wellgo K79, Large Aluminum Alloy Platform with Integrated Pins, Black

Headset:

Threaded, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Aluminum Alloy, Adjustable Angle 0° to 80°, Quill Stem, 110mm Length, 25.4mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Swept-Back, 670mm Width, 25.4mm Bore

Brake Details:

Star Union Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Rotors, Star Union Dual-Piston Calipers, Star Union Levers with Four Finger Levers, Motor Inhibitors, and Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Pedego Branded, Faux Leather, Stitched, Black

Saddle:

Pedego Branded Velo, Oversized Cruiser, Rubber Bumpers, Black

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Satori Solo Suspension (40mm Travel, Preload Adjust with 6mm Hex Bolt)

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

24" or 26" Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32mm Outer Width, Machined Sidewalls, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Adjustable Nipples, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Fat Frank 26" x 2.35" (60-559) or Schwalbe Big Ben, 24" or 26" x 2.15" (55-507)

Wheel Sizes:

24 in (60.96cm)26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Schwalbe Fat Frank 22 to 60 PSI, 1.5 to 4.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripes, K-Guard 3, Schwalbe Big Ben 30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripes, Performance Line RaceGuard, LiteSkin

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed, Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Paint-Matched Steel Chain Cover, Center Mounted Adjustable Length Kickstand, Spanninga Axendo 40 Integrated Headlight (40 LUX), Battery-Integrated Rear Light (3 LED), Optional Steel Fenders

Other:

Locking Removable Rear Rack Mounted Battery Pack, Quick-Connect Modular Throttle and Motor Cables for Easy Repair or Replacement, Pedego Branded 1.9lb 48 Volt 3 Amp Battery Charger, 250lb Max Weight Rating, CN HG40 Narrow Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Pedego Branded, Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

45 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Pedego Branded, DLG Manufactured, Samsung Cells

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah (Optional 15ah)

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh (Optional 720wh)

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

BigStone CB500, Fixed, Adjustable Angle, 3" Grayscale Backlit LCD, Buttons: Power, Set, +, -, Change Readouts: Press Set, USB Port Activation: Hold Power and +, Backlight and Lights: Press Power, Settings: Hold + and -, USB Type A Charging Port Below Display (5 Volt 600 Milliamp), Auto Sleep to Protect Battery, Bluetooth for Shops

Readouts:

Motor Power Output Indicator, Current Speed (MPH or KMH), Assist Level (0-6), Odometer, Battery Charge Level (5 Bars), Trip Distance, Trip Time, Odometer, USB Active Icon, Lights Active Icon

Display Accessories:

Rear Light On/Off Button on Battery Pack, Voltage Readout Button on Battery Pack (5 Bars)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (12 Magnet Sealed Cadence Sensor, Half-Grip Twist Throttle on Right)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

This review was provided for free, but Pedego Glendale Peoria supplied a temporary demo bike for me to test. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of Pedego products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below, and the Pedego electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • Pedego dates all the way back to 2007, when the founders began converting beach cruiser bicycles to electric by adding motors and battery packs. They moved from conversions to purpose built products in 2009 and have built a reputation around customer service, vintage styling, power, and simplicity. I began covering them in 2013 and tested one of the first Boomerang models in 2015, which you can see here! This particular ebike builds on the approachability of the Step-Thru Comfort Cruiser by offering an even lower stand over height, making it easy to mount and stand over.
  • The original Boomerang model weighed more, because it came with fenders and used a longer steel handlebar vs. aluminum alloy. It used mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic, which were less adjustable and required more hand effort to stop effectively. And, it used a Shimano Acera drivetrain with large thumb shifter vs. SRAM X-4 with smaller trigger shifters. Perhaps the biggest change is a new upgrade model called the Platinum Boomerang, which comes with an adjustable air suspension fork, long travel suspension seatpost, and extra large battery option. All current models come in 24″ or 26″ wheel and frame size and may be fitted with cast magnesium rims.

Pros:

  • The combination of a proven, refined, purpose-built electric bike that serves a niche audience (those who want the most approachable electric bicycle possible) that is sold through a vast network of dealers offering demo rides, rentals, and support makes the Boomerang extremely accessible… When you consider the two frame sizes with 24″ or 26″ wheels, and five color choices, it really stands out as being special.
  • Pedego has done an excellent job balancing performance and frame strength with vintage styling and general aesthetics. Notice the three gussets (metal plates that are welded onto the frame where tubes connect) that reduce flex and allow for the single-tube design. Premium paint spans the entire frame including the fork, rear rack, rims, chain cover, and optional fenders.
  • It’s very sturdy. The rims have 36 holes instead of 32 or 28, and the spokes are extra thick 12 gauge. For an additional $400 you can upgrade to cast magnesium rims that never have to be trued and add even more strength. While the official maximum load for the Boomerang is 250 pounds (113 Kilograms), I have regularly seen larger riders using Pedego products. The company even published a story about Rhonda Martin, who weighed 475lbs and lost 270lbs riding one regularly (though I believe that she was riding the City Commuter model).
  • Premium tires protect against thorns and glass with a layer of kevlar puncture protection, and improve overall safety with reflective sidewall stripes. The bike comes with a front and rear light to help you stand out in dark conditions, and the headlight is mounted to the arch of the fork so it points where you steer.
  • The Boomerang tends to be very comfortable, despite not having a suspension fork or seat post suspension. The rigid fork is made from steel, which tends to dampen vibration, and the oversized saddle has elastomer bumpers and is mounted to an adjustable suspension seatpost with 40mm travel. Since the stem is adjustable and the handlebar is swept-back, riders don’t have to bend forward as much, and some of the shake and jar is dissipated through the handlebar itself before reaching the soft padded grips. The 2.35″ or 2.15″ wide balloon tires also act as cushions, especially on the larger 26″ wheel size which provides a lower attack angle.
  • The bike is sold with 26″ or 24″ wheels, which change how high the frame is off of the ground. This is a great way to lower the stand-over height of the bike by an additional inch, making it easier to mount. The trade-off when using smaller 24″ wheels is a bumpier ride due to lower attack angle of the wheel… but it can be worth the trade for confidence. Note that the 24″ wheels actually come on a smaller frame with shorter reach. All of the dimensions have been hand measured by me and are listed in the geometry stats section above.
  • The bikes are surprisingly powerful with a 500 watt geared motor producing up to 45 newton meters of torque! Pedego products have always impressed me with their zippy acceleration, and the 48 volt battery system is their most powerful. The company uses trusted name-brand hardware from Dapu and Samsung, and I believe that their controllers run at higher amperage. This is important if you’re a heavier rider, someone who plans to load the rear rack with cargo, or plan to rely primarily on the throttle vs. pedaling. Note that the twist throttle is progressive, so you can ease into the power, and the lower levels of assist are very smooth and safe feeling.
  • Given the high powered motor and heavier build of this bike, it’s great to see large 180mm hydraulic disc brakes with four finger adjustable levers that also have motor inhibitors built in! Unfortunately, they don’t have a bell integrated but that could be added fairly inexpensively aftermarket. I mention this because the base level Comfort Cruiser with mechanical disc brakes does have a nice bell, and I enjoy using it to signal in a friendly way as I ride.
  • I appreciate that the battery packs on all of the Boomerang, Platinum Boomerang, Interceptor, and Platinum Interceptor models are interchangeable! Basically, any Pedego models with the 48 volt rear rack battery configuration. This is great for families or couples, and I believe that it makes replacement less expensive. Some ebikes use fancy color-matched shields that are proprietary to each make model combination. These packs are more generic… but still offer independent on/off switches for added security at racks and replaceable fuses to prevent damage.
  • I love that the battery capacity can be upgraded by 50% for $700, and that you can tap into this energy by using the USB charging port built into the base of the LCD display panel! I often charge my phone while riding, using it for GPS or music. To activate the USB port, hold the up and power button simultaneously for a few seconds once the bike is powered up.
  • The display panel is intuitive, easy to reach while riding, easy to read with a 3″ diagonal grayscale LCD screen, and has backlighting to use at night. To activate backlighting, just tap the power button once the display is already on.
  • The battery charger for these bikes is nice looking and medium size and weight, but puts out more energy than average at 3 amps vs. just 2 amps. This means you will be able to charge the bike faster and spend more time out riding. I appreciate that the charger cord has a sturdy metal tip at the end (similar to a microphone plug) and that the battery pack can be charged on or off the bike. It’s best to store the battery away from extreme heat and cold to help it last, and I usually take the battery off the bike to reduce the overall weight by ~9lbs (~4kg) before mounting to a car rack.
  • The battery pack slides easily into the rear rack interface that is bolted to the frame, it clicks securely in place without needing the key. I love that the key does not need to be left in the frame while riding, which was the case on some of the older models from Pedego. And, I love that they give you three keys with the bike and they are fairly small.
  • Great pedal choice here, they are large, grippy, stiff, and color matched in silver or black. I also like how stable the kickstand is, how sturdy the rear rack is, that it includes bungee loops near the base, and that Pedego sells high quality trunk bags and panniers that look nice and have reflective fabrics for improved safety.
  • I love that the frame includes a bottle cage mount on the downtube for use with a water bottle cage, folding lock, mini pump, or other accessory. They positioned it just right, so it’s reachable but doesn’t crowd the step-thru area of the frame too much. There are many aftermarket handlebar mounted cup holders for those who prefer to keep the frame completely open.
  • The internally routed cables are less likely to get damaged or snag your clothing, and they look beautiful. The steel chain cover keeps pants and dress ends from touching or snagging on the chain.
  • Getting flat tires is no fun! This is especially true with hub motor powered ebikes, because of the added motor cable and bolt mounted axle vs. quick release. So, it’s nice that the bikes come with pre-Slimed inner tubes that are designed to self-seal minor punctures… in addition to the puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires mentioned earlier.
  • Excellent five year limited warranty (basically three years comprehensive, and you pay a bit for battery replacement in years four and five). Most higher quality ebikes have two year warranties with lifetime on the frame or something like that, and very few have pro-rated battery replacement options like this. Keep in mind that Pedego has been selling their own products since 2009, they have a strong track record.
  • These bikes use older standards for their stem and handlebar, so if you choose to replace it with a different style, look for 25.4mm vs. 31.8mm (which is popular on mountain bikes and hybrids).

Cons:

  • Weighing in at 58lbs (for the 24″ size frame with standard spoked rims used in the review video and photos above), this is a heavy electric bike. Furthermore, much of the weight is situated at the rear of the frame, with ~9lbs (~4kgs) of that being in the battery pack. Ideally, weight would be as low and centered as possible for stability and balance. The rack battery design looks fairly nice, is easy to access for charging and removal, and allows for the approachable deep wave step-thru frame, but can increase frame flex. Still, I was able to ride no-handed and the bike tracked nicely and felt fairly stable.
  • Steel is sturdy and provides some vibration dampening properties, but it can also rust when scratched. Keep this in mind because the fork, chain cover, chainring, and optional fenders are all made from steel. Shops may have touch up paint, but you can also use fingernail polish and car paint to head off rust.
  • The chain cover looks great, but I’ve noticed that it can get bent out of shape pretty easily if kicked or stepped on. This is especially easy to do on the Boomerang frame because it actually extends forward past the seat tube and downtube. Take a look at the rental models if you are at a Pedego dealer and you may see what I mean. Just be careful, steel doesn’t flex and keep its form the way plastic does.
  • The centrally mounted kickstand provides good stability and has an adjustable plastic foot, to help you find the best angle for the bike, but is positioned in the path of the left crank arm. This means that you may encounter pedal lock if the cranks are cycled backwards or you walk the bike backwards with the kickstand deployed. This can be very annoying if your bike is parked in a tight spot next to your car because the cranks do not cycle back forward when you walk the bike forward. Instead, you may have to lean the bike on the kickstand or lift the back of the bike and then cycle the pedals forward a quarter turn to then stow the kickstand.
  • Because there is no top tube on these models, you may have to spend extra money on a crossbar adapter to hang it from some automobile racks. This adds to the cost and time required to move the bikes around. I have also found that it’s best to remove the battery pack when transporting and possibly the front fender depending on the type of rack you use. This will help reduce weight and provide the best grab point for platform racks with arms that grasp the front wheel.
  • This is a minor complaint, but in my experience the small SRAM trigger shifter requires a bit more reaching and dexterity to operate. I’m a fan of the Shimano trigger shifters that offer a two-way high lever and seem to move more freely. Many of the other Pedego models utilize a large Shimano SIS Index thumb shifter that also requires some reaching but is easier to use if you’re wearing gloves, you can see this shifter on the Comfort Cruiser model. It makes me wonder if the SRAM hardware was used due to inventory issues or if they specifically chose it for the Boomerang?
  • I don’t think that these ebikes offer walk mode, which has become a common feature for many electric bicycles allowing them to be moved slowly without a rider mounted. It’s a useful feature for heavier models and can help you limp home with a flat tire or cut across an unrideable section of terrain without having to push. Instead, you may be able to carefully use the twist throttle to move the bike, simulating walk mode.
  • This is a very minor complaint, but I did not see a slap guard on the right chain stay. Given how beautiful the paint is, it would be nice to have a clear plastic sticker here like many competing bicycles. It would reduce noise and chips, and you could create a makeshift guard with a strip of clear box tape like this.
  • It appears that the standard Boomerang only has spoked wheels available in the smaller 24″ wheel size… so if you want the sturdy cast magnesium rims, you have to pay extra for the Platinum Edition of the bike. Note that the 26″ standard Boomerang has both spoked or cast magnesium rims available at no extra cost.
  • The tool-free adjustable angle stem is wonderful, but in my experience with these parts it seems that they can become loose over time when riding on bumpy terrain. Just keep an eye on the stem and be sure to tighten it (or get help from your local shop) if you start to notice it rattling or getting loose.
  • Compared to lower voltage systems and some alternative motors, the 48 volt 500 watt planetary geared hub motor used here produces some extra buzzing and whirring noises. This is especially true when riding at full power, as shown in the ride tests in the video review above.
  • Another minor gripe, the display readout for pedal assist does not loop around and it starts in assist level 0 when the bike is powered up. This means that in order to use the throttle mode, you have to press the + button six times in a row… or if you want the highest level of assist for the most power and speed, you press the + button five times in a row. It’s a lot of presses.

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A smaller step-through electric bike with 24" wheels for riders who are petite. Very powerful for its size, uses a 500 watt direct drive hub motor with three…...

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  • MSRP: $2,795
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

One of the only purpose-built electric bikes that is setup to be a tandem for two adult riders. Sturdy frame, fun classic design, reliable drive system with six speeds, great support and warranty...

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  • MSRP: $2,095
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Sturdy cruiser style electric bike with simple twist throttle operation and upgradable battery pack. Large tires, swept back handlebars, plush seat and padded grips dampen vibration to smooth out…...

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  • MSRP: $2,895
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Great power for acceleration, climbing or moving heavier riders with a 500 watt geared rear hub motor and 48 volt Lithium-ion battery combination. Offers twist throttle and five levels of pedal assist for increased range, removable battery for…...

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  • MSRP: $2,975
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013, 2014

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…...

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Comments (10) YouTube Comments

Mark M
2 months ago

Quite likely the most wobble prone mass produced ebike on the market. The frame flex on the one’s my wife and I rode at a rental place in Michigan, was borderline un-rideable. You will need some pretty good arm strength on the one with 26″ wheels, to keep the front end from shimmying all over the road. this is amplified further, by the worst possible position ever of an ebike battery, up high, and over the rear wheel, making the back end like a lead anchor and causing frame flex to be even more pronounced. The rear hub motor is already heavy but when you put that big of battery, an extra nearly 10 lbs of weight over the rear wheel, and then have the really low step over frame, that back end weight, and the lighter front end are just not compatible for any sort of stable ride.

Even more shocking was mechanical brakes on a $3,000 ebike. Any bike or ebike priced at $3k makes zero sense not to have hydraulics. One has to ask where is all the money going for an ebike priced this high, with so very few extras beyond what you can find easily on quality brands priced between $1,500 and $2,000??? If you need a low step that badly, I would suggest the Bintelli Florence priced around $1800, or buying a higher quality (than Pedego) ultra low step German brand like Biria makes their Easy Boarding Series, and converting it to e-assist well for under $2,000. The Biria with a conversion will also be 15 lbs lighter than the Boomerang.

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Court
2 months ago

Hi Mark, I agree with you… even though I didn’t experience a lot of speed wobble during my review. I only weigh 135lbs and had no gear on the rear rack, so perhaps that made a difference? Yes Pedego ebikes tend to be priced high, and they offer great customer support and have lots of shops, but the Biria and Bintelli are both great alternatives, especially with a kit and mid-frame mounted battery. I actually covered the Biria Easy Boarding Electric years ago, and it had the rear rack battery too! Not sure which year you and your wife rode, but perhaps the newer Boomerang from Pedego is a bit stiffer? Thanks for your comment and great suggestions.

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James Pope
2 months ago

Not a concern at all for a larger rider. I come in at right about 205 and the Boomerang was very solid with no shimmy at all. I love mine!

Dave Jones
2 months ago

Hey Court,

Thanks for your excellent review. Based on your review my wife and I went to Alexandria, Virginia, Pedego Store to test ride the Boomerang and Interceptor Platinum Step-thru bikes. These Platinum models, while pricey, still seem to be a very good upgrade for our needs with some higher quality components. Some of your readers see them as wildly overpriced. Perhaps for them that is true. We’re beyond the age of worrying about where to get a mail order bike maintained, repaired, or replaced when it breaks. We want a reliable local dealer who listens, understands our needs, can configure a bike to our needs, and isn’t trying to push us into more bike than our geriatric bones can handle.

Pedego store owner was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and not pushy. Says they are selling everything they get in due to high demand. We’re 70+ years young and while we’ve enjoyed riding road bikes for 60 years we need some Watts to push us along and some open space between our aging legs to quickly hop on and off before we topple over.

During our test we had no bike wobble issues apart from age related wobble. These bikes have hydraulic brakes, great suspension forks, Thudbuster Seat posts, and upgraded 10 speed Shimano Deore gearing. Don’t particularly like the shifter mechanism with no actual gear numbers on handlebar but it’s not a deal breaker. Expect we will just set it at about 3-4 and leave it there while adjusting PAS. Platinums also have torque sensors as well as cadence sensors and they do make a clear difference in how the bike performs. Torque sensor allowed gradual increase in acceleration and more motor control. Owner also showed us that display can be adjusted for US or European PAS standards. European standard adjusts each PAS mode to a lower maximum speed which we like. Again, seems to give us more control for slow easy rides.

Two battery upgrades are available on Pedego Website over stock 48V 10Amp battery though we thought we heard owner say all new Platinums come with 52V 10Amp batteries. These upgrades are a 52V(48?) 15Amp and 52V 17.5Amp battery. We wonder what your thoughts are on battery upgrade advantages and disadvantages. Wife is 5’5″ 145lbs and I’m 5’10” 200lbs. We have a few hills in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area where we ride but nothing extraordinary. We also don’t ride for more than 30 miles on any bike outing.

Thanks for another great review. Please continue to write reviews about bikes your parents and grand parents might want. Remember, many Boomers have both the funds and desire to relive their glory days albeit on tame bikes.

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Court
1 month ago

Great comment Dave! I enjoyed reading about you and your wife, and I feel like I understand your needs. My folks are a bit older too, but still very active. Even men, at age 37 now, having some knee sensitivity and less regular riding… I really enjoy the suspension fork and seat post options. Perhaps you’ll enjoy this video I created with my Dad about his RV recently, and my Mom on a mountain bike race! As for battery capacity and range… it definitely helps to hear your height and weight. If you plan to use higher levels of assist, use the throttle regularly, and just want to cruise vs. being very athletic with it, then I’d go for a higher capacity battery. It’s nice not to have to worry about range, and the larger batteries seem to last longer (or be useful longer as the usable capacity slowly degrades). It’s the kind of choice that you can make once and not worry about fixing later. The only downside is weight, but the bikes are already heavy, and you can take the battery packs off when moving the bikes or to charge and store the batteries separately. Remember, keep them cool and dry, avoid extreme heat and don’t let them get down below 20% if possible. That’s another reason why higher capacity is good, you don’t drain all the way down and that helps the chemistry stay healthy ;)

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Dave Jones
4 weeks ago

Hey Court, thanks again for great review and info on your Mom and Dad. Watched their videos and they need their own YouTube channel. Really liked that at the end of the ride with your mom in the Colorado Trail Race she said “I love you”. That was wonderful and is an indication to me of where you get your empathy, fine people, communication skills.

BTW, based on your Boomerang review and forum members suggestions we’ve purchased two Pedego Boomerang Platinum models from our local Pedego dealer in Alexandria, Virginia. I highly recommend him. You are right about Pedego dealers being among the best in terms of customer service and support. I got the 26″ model and wife got the 24″ model. Dealer is bringing them over in the next couple days. We are very, very, excited! An excitement which eludes many Boomers in this pandemic age.

Tim Verville
2 weeks ago

We just purchased two boomerangs from Padego Dallas, TX. Had two Blix Avenys on order, but after much research changed to the Boomerangs. The owner BK was exceptional as well as Paige. Both ladies were amazing and spent a long time answering our questions as well as allowing us to take a test ride. Our bikes are being delivered Saturday and we will be ready to ride.

Just getting out of the house at our age 60+ is going to be wonderful. Now we just have to find a great way to transport them when we travel.

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Court
2 weeks ago

Hi Tim! I’m so excited for you two. I think you’ll enjoy the bikes very much, and thanks for the kind words for the shop owners. I’m sure they appreciate it, and it sounds like they are a great place for others in the Dallas area to consider. I absolutely love Dallas, and will put their shop on my list of spots to visit next time I’m in town :D

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