Pedego Latch Review

Pedego Latch Electric Bike Review
Pedego Latch
Pedego Latch 250 Watt Dapu Front Hub Motor
Pedego Latch Integrated Aluminum Derailleur
Pedego Latch Grips Nexus Grip Shift Throttle Lcd Display
Pedego Latch Folded And Unfolded Side By Side
Pedego Latch Folded Tipped Up On Rack
Pedego Latch Clasp Point For Folding Pin
Pedego Latch Downtube Folding Point
Pedego Latch Folding Ebike From Above
Pedego Latch Folding Keys
Pedego Latch Folding Point Slide Lock And Lever
Pedego Latch Gates Cdx Carbon Belt Drive
Pedego Latch Schwalbe Big Apple 20 Tires
Pedego Latch Six Magnet Pedelec Sensor
Pedego Latch Stitched Grips Integrated Bell Tektro Brake Levers
Pedego Latch Variable Speed Twist Throttle
Pedego Latch Velo Hybrid Saddle From Above
Pedego Latch Electric Bike Review
Pedego Latch
Pedego Latch 250 Watt Dapu Front Hub Motor
Pedego Latch Integrated Aluminum Derailleur
Pedego Latch Grips Nexus Grip Shift Throttle Lcd Display
Pedego Latch Folded And Unfolded Side By Side
Pedego Latch Folded Tipped Up On Rack
Pedego Latch Clasp Point For Folding Pin
Pedego Latch Downtube Folding Point
Pedego Latch Folding Ebike From Above
Pedego Latch Folding Keys
Pedego Latch Folding Point Slide Lock And Lever
Pedego Latch Gates Cdx Carbon Belt Drive
Pedego Latch Schwalbe Big Apple 20 Tires
Pedego Latch Six Magnet Pedelec Sensor
Pedego Latch Stitched Grips Integrated Bell Tektro Brake Levers
Pedego Latch Variable Speed Twist Throttle
Pedego Latch Velo Hybrid Saddle From Above

Summary

  • A sturdy folding electric bike with a full-sized feel, the extra long seat post and telescoping stem fit a wider range of body types than most folders I've tested
  • Premium drivetrain features and accessories including a Gates belt drive, Shimano Nexus internally geared hub, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, integrated front and rear LED lights, full length fenders and a custom chain guard
  • The three color choices look great, I appreciate the black motor and spokes, you get a USB charging port on the display panel and bungee cords on the rear rack
  • This is a heavier and more expensive folding ebike, the front wheel can spin out if you blast the throttle, there's no suspension elements but the tires are a bit oversized, It folds extremely well and has a clever locking clasp to stay put

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Pedego

Model:

Latch

Price:

$2,595 ($2,895 for Larger Battery)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive +2 Year Pro Rated Replacement on Battery

Availability:

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

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51 lbs (23.13 kg) (53 lb With Large Battery)

Battery Weight:

6.5 lbs (2.94 kg) (8.9 lb for Large Battery)

Motor Weight:

6 lbs (2.72 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

14.5 in (36.83 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

15" Seat Tube, 14" Stand Over Height, 24" Reach, 61.5" Length, Unfolded Dimensions: 60" x 23" x 45", Folded Dimensions: 33" x 18" x 32"

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Lime Green, Space Blue, Black

Gearing Details:

3 Speed 1x3, Shimano Nexus, Inter-3 Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Shimano microSHIFT MN27, Grip Twist on Left

Cranks:

Gates CDX 170 mm, 55T Chainring

Pedals:

Wellgo, Aluminum Alloy Folding, Black

Handlebar:

HL MTB110 580 mm x 25.4 mm, Flat Aluminum Alloy, Black

Brake Details:

SRAM Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brakes with 160 mm Rotors and Tool-Free Caliper Adjustment, Tektro Brake Levers with Rubberized Edges and Integrated Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Stitched, Padded Composite

Saddle:

Velo Hybrid

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

580 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.8 mm

Rims:

Color Matched

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Apple, 20″ x 2″

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Shrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated Bell on Left Brake Lever, Full Length Plastic Fenders, Adjustable Length Kickstand, Integrated LED Headlight and Back Light, Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Rubberized Stand and Fold Guard Stickers, Integrated Bungee Cords on Rack

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 16 Amp Controller, Waterproof Threaded Electrical Connectors, Folding Keys, Gates CDX Carbon Belt Drive (1265 mm Length) with Auto-Alignment, Folded Position Pin and Clasp, Slide-Lock on Both Latch Mechanisms (Frame and Stem), Sealed 100 mm x 152 mm Bottom Bracket, Waterproof Julet Quick Disconnect Wire Fittings

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Dapu

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah (Optional 15 ah)

Battery Watt Hours:

360 wh (Optional 540 wh)

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit LCD with USB Charging Port

Readouts:

Speed, Cadence Sensing Assist (1-5), Throttle Mode (6), Battery Charge Level (5 Bars), Time, Odometer, Trip Meter

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle, Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist (6 Magnet Pedelec Disc)

Top Speed:

15.5 mph (25 kph)(Up to 18 mph in Throttle Mode)

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Written Review

The Pedego Latch is a sturdy, surprisingly powerful folding electric bike that shares a lot of the same design features with the full sized beach cruisers that Pedego is known for. It also shares the same battery pack design, making it cross compatible with other 36 volt models. This consistency in design and parts… quality parts, made the Latch feel familiar to me. More than any of the other folding electric bikes I’ve tested to date, the Pedego Latch feels “full sized” and solid. I attribute some of this to the reinforced double-tube frame design and highly adjustable seat post and stem heights. In the video review you can see my friend Cassidy riding around on it looking very comfortable. It’s the little things with this bike that make a big difference and here are a few that I noticed and liked: the bottom bracket is shifted forward to create a more relaxed seating position while also keeping your legs clear of the rack tubing, there are rubberized stickers at the base of the rack allowing you to tip the bike up on-end when folded without scratching the frame, there’s a special pin and clasp mechanism to keep the bike from coming unfolded and there are bungee cords included with the rack making it functional right off the bat without purchasing additional accessories.

It’s a delightful product but it’s not perfect… for one thing, the Latch costs a bit more than some of the other folding electric bikes I’ve reviewed and that’s because it uses quality parts, is sold through dealers vs. online and comes with a solid three year limited warranty. I appreciate having the option to test ride ebikes before purchasing them, receive ongoing service and the peace of mind that I can get replacement batteries if needed… but that level of service doesn’t come free. The Pedego Latch is also heavier than many competing offerings and I think this is a trade-off that comes with the sturdy frame and larger battery choices. The rack alone has to support up to 8.9 lbs for the larger 15 amp hour battery plus cargo that you might mount on top or in panniers along the sides. Another one of the trade-offs for me was limited pedal speeds because there are only three gears. Rather than using a traditional derailleur and cassette for the Latch, Pedego opted for an internally geared three speed Shimano Nexus hub. It stays cleaner, allows shifting at standstill and doesn’t require tuneups as frequently but also adds a bit of weight. Complimenting the enclosed gear design is a carbon belt drive from by Gates. This belt-drive us used instead of a traditional chain and is much quieter and cleaner while being just as, if not more, durable and less likely to fall off.

Rounding out the Latch are integrated LED lights and reflective tires for enhanced safety, full length plastic fenders designed for durability that keep the electronics and your person clean and even a beautiful custom made chain guard. Even the main latch handle is beautiful… but still functional with a sliding lock to reduce the chances of an unwanted opening while riding. The bike is quick and easy to fold and unfold, there are no screws that come off to get lost and without the battery in the bike weighs 44 pounds (20 kilograms). For this type of design, leveraging the same great battery and display as other Pedego models I feel like the bike is great but it does ride stiffer, having smaller 20″ wheels. Operation is straight forward and I like that the handle bar doesn’t feel too crowded. The LCD display unit shows your battery level, speed (which is limited at 15.5 mph in pedal assist but up to ~17 mph in throttle mode) and assist level. There’s a USB charging port built into the base which is great for portable electronics like MP3 players or phones and you can activate it by holding Set and + for a few seconds. I went into this review trying to ignore some of the specs like the 250 watt motor and 15.5 mph top speed and came away impressed with the performance. I tend to ride folding bikes differently than full sized bikes but the Latch offered a bit of both worlds. For a first version, this is a solid offering and one of the more complete folding bikes I’ve tested.

Pros:

  • The bike feels stiff and solid thanks to the double-tube frame design, the reach was comfortable and I didn’t feel squished like I have on some other folding ebikes
  • The hub motor, while rated a bit low at 250 watts, was surprisingly powerful and helped me climb moderate hills without issue, I’m told that it peaks out closer to 500 watts
  • While the Pedego Latch is fairly rear-heavy I like that they put the motor in the front to sort of balance things out and use an internally geared hub at the rear
  • The Gates carbon belt drive with CDX center-track is extremely quiet, clean and durable… there’s no derailleur in the back, just a cable housing so it’s less likely to get bumped on curbs or go out of true
  • Pedego does a great job with visibility and safety, the Latch has reflective tape on the tires, reflectors on the pedals and integrated LED lights front and rear
  • The bike folds down to be extremely compact and it stays that way thanks to a clever pin and clasp system, some other folding ebikes use magnets and rubber cords but I like this solution a lot
  • The stem and seat post both extend quite far to suite a wide range of riders, even taller riders can feel comfortable on this e-bike, you get three color choices which is nice
  • I love the way the battery slides into a protective plastic housing and that it’s the same pack used on larger models (in case you already own another pedego), I also like that the key folds to stay out of the way but does not have to be left in when riding!
  • Quality accessories and components all around including full length matching fenders, aluminum folding pedals from Wellgo, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with finger-adjustable calipers and a Velo hybrid saddle
  • The latch mechanisms were easy to use, didn’t have any hardware parts that would come off and possibly get lost when folding/unfolding and each lever had a special slide-lock to prevent accidental opening
  • Pedego has built an impressive dealer network where you can try this bike out, get tuneups and ongoing warranty support for their three year limited warranty
  • The frame for this bike is completely custom and I noticed that the bottom bracket is positioned a bit forward to create a more relaxed seating position and help your legs avoid the protruding rack supports, the seat post is extra long to act as a balancing point when folded, there are rubber pads at the end of the battery rack to rest the bike upright when stored and all of the cables are internally routed to be protected and stay out of the way, the cable connection points are threaded and water-resistant which is great for boaters
  • I love that the frame color matches the rims and the motor is painted black along with the spokes and other accessories, the little details add up for a beautiful appearance and the Space Blue color is very unique (green and black are cool too)

Cons:

  • This is definitely one of the heavier folding electric bikes I’ve tried but it’s also one of the most sturdy and “normal sized” to ride, I’d definitely remove the battery to lift it as the pack can weigh 6.5 lb to 8.9 lb depending on the size you get
  • There’s no suspension fork or seat post shock here so the ride can feel a little jarring if the terrain gets rough, the Schwalbe Big Apple tires are extra wide with a 2″ diameter and that helps
  • There are no bosses on the downtube or elsewhere for adding a water bottle cage, mini-pump or lock… and to be honest I’m not sure where I’d put them if I could? Consider the Pedego pannier bag for accessories and a Camelback for water
  • The pedal assist sensor used six magnets instead of twelve on some of the other bikes I’ve tested but it was enough to feel responsive and I love throttle-override option
  • Three speeds is enough for pedaling around town and the low and high gear are far enough apart to make climbing or zipping comfortable but there’s just not a lot of choice in between so I felt more like my pedaling was matching the bike vs. it matching me, it’s a trade-off for the clean durability of the belt and internal hub
  • The Latch is one of the more expensive folding ebikes on the market but it also has one of the best warranties and the most features, it’s a good fit for an ebike that will last

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Comments (9) YouTube Comments

VB Ebikes
4 years ago

Hands down, the nicest folding ebike I’ve ridden. In fact it’s the only folder that I felt really good on in both comfort and function. Solid, great components and a real battery (range). Pedego really did their homework here.

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william h ropp
4 years ago

As the industrial designer that developed this bike concept including geometry, aesthetics (to match Pedego’s established “Cruiser Style Trade Dress”) and unique two-tube embossed logo folding latch… thanks for your comments here.

Note: due to the short height of the rack, there will be an obvious problem with heels hitting a normal sized pannier – I believe there are some smaller “saddle bags” available or you could use a rack top saddle bag for limited touring.

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Court
4 years ago

Thanks for chiming in William, it’s neat to hear from designers and people who have extra knowledge about these products. I like the work you did on the Latch :)

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John carey
3 years ago

3 volt bikes for the price of one Latch ? You think it is that much more comfortable than voltbike ? I’ m trying to figure out which to buy. I ride for pleasure, 7-15 miles, 214 lbs., 5 ‘ 11″. I like the quality of latch, but price of voltbike. Thanks again for all your reviews -JLC

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Court
3 years ago

Hi John! If you live near a Pedego dealer the ongoing service and support could be worth a lot. Yes, the Latch is more expensive but it is also more sturdy and their warranty plus dealer support will help keep it riding longer (if you get a flat tire or need a replacement battery). I appreciate both Voltbike and Pedego but dealer support is the reason you would pay more and in my experience Pedego is one of the best :)

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Court
3 years ago

Hi Arthur, no that’s not my channel… but I do have one called “Electric Ride Review” and another one called interest. The reason you see my footage there is that the Co-Founder of Pedego Don DiCostanzo is a fan of Tesla stuff and one of their friends runs this site about accessories and requested to use the footage I shot of the Latch in conjunction with loading it into a Tesla and I considered it and thought why not. They didn’t pay me or anything, I just thought it would be nice to share since Don spent so much time with me during the review. So I gave them permission to use the footage but I hadn’t seen it yet so thanks for asking :)

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Kevin Seymour
1 year ago

You are excellent in your reviews, I truly appreciate everything. I just brought a Pedego Latch.

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Court
1 year ago

Wow! Your comment made my day, thanks so much for sharing the appreciation and excitement, Kevin. I hope the bike works well for you and welcome any feedback, questions, or notes that you gather as an owner. I built this space to help people choose great products and be friendly and it feels good to see that working ;)

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Kevin Seymour
12 months ago

problem with bell crank can’t keep yellow line center in 2nd gear on pedeco latch

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