Pedego Platinum Interceptor Review

Pedego Platinum Interceptor Electric Bike Review
Pedego Platinum Interceptor
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 500 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Two 48 Volt Battery Options Rear Rack Mounted
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Long Cruiser Bars Padded Grips
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Fixed Monochrome Lcd Display
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Adjustable Integrated Headlight Rst Zeus Air Suspension Fork
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 10 Speed Shimano Slx Drivetrain
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Large Adjustable Kickstand
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 3 Amp Charger Starter Box Pedals Touchup Paint Manual
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Electric Bike Review
Pedego Platinum Interceptor
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 500 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Two 48 Volt Battery Options Rear Rack Mounted
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Long Cruiser Bars Padded Grips
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Fixed Monochrome Lcd Display
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Adjustable Integrated Headlight Rst Zeus Air Suspension Fork
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 10 Speed Shimano Slx Drivetrain
Pedego Platinum Interceptor Large Adjustable Kickstand
Pedego Platinum Interceptor 3 Amp Charger Starter Box Pedals Touchup Paint Manual

Summary

  • A premium cruiser style electric bike with upgraded suspension fork, suspension seat post, integrated LED lights, a sturdy rack and hydraulic disc brakes
  • Powerful 500 to 1,000+ watt hub motor from Dapu with high-torque rating and durable protected wiring system, it’s zippy but compact and light weight
  • Comfort saddle, padded grips and oversized handlebar offer a relaxed upright riding experience, USB charging port on the display panel for portable electronics
  • Only available in one color choice but you get two frame styles (cantilever high-step or wave step-thru), display panel is not removable, bike is rear-heavy

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Introduction

Make:

Pedego

Model:

Platinum Interceptor

Price:

$3,795 (Optional Battery Upgrade $4,095)

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

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

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

61.2 lbs (27.75 kg) (61.6 lbs for High-Step)

Battery Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg) (9.2 lbs for 15 ah Pack)

Motor Weight:

8.36 lbs (3.79 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.5 in (41.91 cm)18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Step-Thru: 16.5" Seat Tube, 24.5" Reach, 19" Stand Over Height, 75" Length, High-Step: 18" Seat Tube, 25" Reach, 31" Stand Over Height, 76" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step (Cantilever Style)

Frame Colors:

Platinum

Frame Fork Details:

RST Zeus Air Suspension with 80 mm Travel, Lockout, Dampening, 9 mm Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

9 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Welded Rear Rack with Spring Latch

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano SLX CS-HG50, 11-36T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX M670 Triggers on Right

Cranks:

170 mm Cranks, 46T Chainring with Alloy Bash Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo B087B Double Bearing Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

Threadless External Cup Sealed Bearing, 1-1/8"

Stem:

100 mm Length, 20° Angle, 25.4 mm Clamp

Handlebar:

Custom Cruiser Style, 620 mm Width, 690 mm Width

Brake Details:

Magura MT4 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, 2 Piston Calipers, Magura MT4 Levers with Motor Inhibitors, Four Finger Ball-End Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Padded Stitched, Black

Saddle:

Velo Oversized Comfort with Rubber Bumpers

Seat Post:

KSP Suspension, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

28.6 mm

Rims:

Double Wall Aluminum Alloy, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge with Brass Nipple

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Balloon Fat Frank, 26" x 2.35"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

22 to 60 PSI, Kevlar Lining Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve, Pre-Slimed

Accessories:

Paint Matched Steel Chain Guard, Adjustable Length Kickstand, Integrated Spanninga Trendo or Luxo LED Headlight (15 Lux and 40 Lux), Battery Integrated Rear LED Lights

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick-Connect Modular Throttle and Motor Cables for Easy Repair or Replacement, 1.9 lb 3 Amp Charger, PedalSense Torque Sensor Software

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1058 watts

Motor Torque:

45 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Panasonic, 18650

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah (Optional 15 ah)

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh (Optional 720 wh)

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit LCD with USB Charging Port

Readouts:

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

Display Accessories:

5 Volt Standard Sized USB Port (Hold Set and + to Activate)

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle, Advanced Pedal Assist (Torque and Cadence Sensing)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Pedego is known for their stylish electric cruisers, bikes that offer a fun relaxed experience for neighborhood riding, city tours (as rental bikes) and even commuting. In recent years, the company has expanded into fat tire bikes, mountain bikes and trikes but the original cruisers have remained… and only become better. Case in point is the latest iteration on the Interceptor, one of their earliest bikes that was positioned as an all-inclusive product having integrated lights and pedal assist. The Platinum Interceptor takes this approach one step further with hydraulic disc brakes like you’d find on a high-end mountain bike and an air suspension fork. You still get the integrated lights, comfortable ballon tires with puncture protection and Slime as well as an improved rack design and finally… bottle cage bosses! What you don’t get are color choices or a wide range of frame sizes. There’s one cantilever high-step that is on the large side and an easy to mount wave step-thru that is medium-large (all geometry measurements are included above in the specs). The Platinum Interceptor is an excellent platform for larger and heavier riders. While it’s officially rated at 350 lbs max rider weight, the product engineer from Pedego told me that one customer bought hers at 450 lbs and proceeded to loose weight, eventually fitting in under 350 lbs. The frame is reinforced for added strength and durability where needed (the rear dropout and battery rack) with wires partially internalized to reduce clutter and snags and thicker spokes. My favorite part is the upgraded control system which allows for torque sensing and cadences sensing pedal assist (the former being smoother, the later requiring less effort) as well as throttle override. In any of the five levels of pedal assist, you can twist the throttle and get instant power up to 20 mph.

Driving the bike is a premium Dapu internally geared hub motor rated from 500 to 1,000+ watts and 45 Newton meters of peak torque. I was amazed by how zippy this thing is considering the compact size. It remains nearly hidden behind the ten speed Shimano SLX drivetrain. With a rust-proof chain and high-end derailleur, the bike should hold up longer between tuneups and be more resilient in harsh condtions… like paths near the beach ;) I love that the motor power cable is tucked in so nicely vs. protruding out the end of the axle like older models. In recent years, more mid-drive electric bikes have come to the market but very few of them offer throttle on demand. What you trade is efficiency and climbing strength because you can shift gears and empower the motor but this also takes a toll on the chain, sprockets and derailleur. You also get improved weight distribution from middrives and that’s a big drawback of the Interceptor and other Pedego cruiser models today.

Just like the motor, the battery pack is mounted towards the back of the bike and way up high on a cargo rack. It’s well protected here and the tubing has been updated to accommodate the large 48 volt 15 amp hour option (for heavier riders and long range riding). But it’s fairly heavy at 8 to 9.5 lbs and can produce frame flex when combined with additional bags and gear. Pedego consciously chooses this design, possibly because of the way it looks and how it frees up the center section of the frame for step-thru builds. This was one of the first times I had also seen a bottle cage mounting point for both the high-step and low-step models which is a welcome feature, minor as it may be. The battery pack can be charged on or off the frame and seats into a protective plastic sleeve once mounted. It has a built-in fuse for protection in the event of cell or BMS failure and includes a physical on/off switch towards the end where the backlight is. This allows you to deter tampering at bike racks because the main display (which also has a power button) cannot be powered up unless the battery is activated first. On the one hand, this can be annoying if you forget and jump right onto the saddle… you may have to get off and walk around the bike to turn it on. But given the powerful motor and instant throttle operation in assist levels 1-5, this is also a great safety feature. Please take care to always turn the bike off before trying to move it (or even park it). It’s easy to accidentally twist the grip throttle and have the 61 lb bike lurch forward or tip over. I love that Pedego offers two battery sizes because it creates a price step on what is already a fairly expensive product. This is the Platinum edition after all, so it’s more expensive than other cruiser electric bicycles I have reviewed.

I’ve already begun explaining how the control system works with the two-step on/off but want to point out that Pedego has iterated the lock on their battery so now you don’t need to leave the keys in while riding! This is great because the keys would jingle and snag easier on old models. Once the bike is completely powered on, you can use the + and – buttons at the left edge of the display to navigate five levels of assist (the first four being torque sensing and the fifth being cadence sensing) as well as zero mode which lets the lights, display and USB function but does not activate assist or the throttle. Note that the USB port is only enabled when you hold set and + for a few seconds, it is not on all the time by default. For riders like myself who have knee pain, all five levels of assist can be overridden with the twist throttle. It’s a great feeling to use an efficient and smooth torque sensing assist level but then zip up to a friend or pass a group of riders. The throttle is perfect for starting after a stop sign or traffic signal and makes ascending hills much easier. Again, with 45 Nm of torque, this is a powerful motor system but it won’t get the range of a mid-drive… and the real benefit is this throttle.

As someone with sensitive knees and scar tissue in my back and neck due to a car accident and sports injuries as a young man, I fully appreciate the comfort of Pedego’s Platinum Interceptor. Between the padded grips, oversized comfort saddle, longer swept back bars and two point suspension (fork and seat post) it really feels good. The suspension fork can be locked out if the road is smooth and you’ll still get cushion from the large balloon tires. The seat post shock is a bit more generic and if you try to lift the bike using the back of the saddle as a handle it may loosen over time… but it’s a nice start. Consider upgrading to another higher quality suspension seat post down the road (like Thudbuster, Suntour NCX or BodyFloat) and make sure you check the post size and consider a 27.2 mm shim like this to make it work. Note that any suspension post will raise the minimum seat height by a few inches (even the included post) so petite riders who are getting the step-thru frame might want a non-suspended post to really get that saddle down. This is a larger electric bike, both models, it’s powerful and comfortable but you’re paying a premium for the warranty, local dealer support and higher end parts. I enjoyed testing it and am excited to see Pedego continuously innovating and refining their products. Big thanks to Pedego for partnering with me on this review and granting the lead product manager some time and flexibility to help me dig deep on the details ;)

Pros:

  • Cruiser style bicycles are already known for being comfortable with their long swept-back handlebars, padded grips and oversized saddles but the Platinum Interceptor takes it further with a light weight air suspension fork and seat post suspension
  • Integrated headlight and rear-light run off the main battery so you don’t need to worry about replacing AA batteries or turning them off and taking them off the bike when parking
  • Available in two frame styles, the classic cantilever high-step is stiffer but the wave step-thru is easier to mount and stand over
  • These electric bikes offer instant power with throttle-on-demand as well as smart assist that responds to torque and cadence
  • Heavier and taller riders don’t always have good options in the ebike space but the full sized Platinum Interceptor is one of the strongest and largest cruiser style ebikes I have tested
  • Paint-matched chain cover will keep your pants from getting dirty or snagged and the rear rack acts like a fender keeping your back dry when the going gets wet
  • This is a purpose-built electric bike with stronger tubing and rack design, Pedego actually reinforced the rack in recent years and includes a spring latch for small light weight items, I like how wiring is mostly internally routed on the frame to reduce snags and improve the aesthetic
  • Pedego offers their own line of accessories including a pannier bag set that works perfectly with their rack mounted battery, has integrated reflectors and won’t block the rear light
  • The stated maximum rider weight on this bike is 350 lbs (which is way above average, most are just 250 lbs) but it sounds like some even larger riders have been able to ride it without issue (one owner started at 450 lbs and lost a bunch of weight over time)
  • Notice how angled the seat tube is, this is designed to position your body as if it were sitting on a chair with feet forward vs. straight down, this allows riders to lower the saddle and makes mounting / dismounting easier, the oversized comfort saddle further increases stability along with wider balloon tires
  • The Schwalbe tires have a puncture resistant Kevlar liner which is great because at ~61 lbs it’s no fun to get a flat with one of these bikes, the inner tubes are also pre-Slimed with self sealent so you can pump up small leaks and limp along until you have access to a full replacement (carrying a mini-pump would be a good idea to take advantage of this feature)
  • With a quick release removable front wheel and that removable battery pack that weighs 8 to 9 lbs, you can more easily lift and move the bike
  • Premium hydraulic disc brakes with large 180 mm rotors offer the kind of stopping power I usually see on mountain bikes, it’s a great choice here given the weight of the bike and torque of the motor, they have adjustable reach levers so people with smaller hands or gloves won’t struggle to use them and there are motor inhibitors built in to cut power when you stop!
  • In addition to the rear rack, you get a pair of bottle cage bosses on the downtube! this is useful for hydration but could also accommodate a folding lock or mini pump accessory
  • Dapu is a leader in e-bike hub motors and their latest design has the power cable running between the frame and disc brake which is less exposed than older versions where it entered through the end of the axle and could get snagged or bent if the bike tipped
  • Pedego has expanded their warranty to two-years comprehensive including battery and parts, lifetime on the frame, that’s an industry leading policy
  • The display panel has a full sized USB port mounted underneath which could charge your phone (especially useful if you’ve got a mount on the bars and use it for GPS) or a music player or even extra lights (like holiday lights strung across the frame)
  • With torque sensing in the first four levels of assist, the bike doesn’t zip forward and feel as jerky as some older models, but you still have a cadence option at level 5 if you prefer not to push as hard due to a knee injury or because you don’t want to get sweaty
  • The USB port is not powered on at all times so press and hold the set and plus buttons simultaneously to activate it
  • Pedego includes a cool “starter pack” with each bike now that includes the fast 3 Amp charger, manuals, awesome Wellgo pedals and chip repair paint… it’s very well done and thoughtful

Cons:

  • Rear-rack mounted batteries position weight high and off-center which isn’t idea for handling… note that the motor is also in the back wheel here and that as you add a trunk bag or panniers the bike will become increasingly rear-heavy and cause frame flex
  • At the time of this review, the Pedego Platinum Interceptor was only available in one color scheme, platinum silver with black accents, it looks good and will be more visible in dark conditions than all-black but departs from the colorful pallets Pedego has built a reputation around
  • I love how large and sturdy the kickstand is but it’s mounted at the bottom bracket which positions it in the path of the left crank arm, it can collide and get scraped up if you back the bike up with it down (because the pedals rotate backwards in that case)
  • Pedego electric bikes tend to cost more than similarly specced competitors but they have the largest network of dealers and a stellar warranty… so that’s why :P
  • The battery pack has a power switch as well as the display panel which makes it easier to forget to activate the bike before mounting and then require a dismount and click “on” but on the positive side, it might trick someone who is messing with your bike at a rack and it does isolate the battery more when removed from the bike so it doesn’t lose energy as quickly
  • The display panel is large and easy to reach but it doesn’t swivel to reduce glare very easily and is not removable, Paul said it’s very water resistant which is good but it could still get scratched at a bike rack and sun faded over time

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Disaresta
2 weeks ago

After getting my ebike with hydraulics, I'll never go back. Very low maintenance requirements, they're highly responsive, and they stop on a dime in any weather. Invest in them; you won't regret it.

Good to know! I'll keep that in mind. If I go that route I don't have the budget for the Pedego Platinum Interceptor so I would take my chances with the Juiced CrossCurrent S.

Disaresta
2 weeks ago

not sure if the ones you rode were cadence or torque, not up on pedegos offerings but a year ago i did not like them

I rode the City Commuter and the Interceptor which were both cadence sensors to my knowledge. When I asked the Pedego bike shop if there were any other bikes besides the Platinum Interceptor (which they didn't have in stock) that had torque sensors they just gave me a "???" face. Nice people but didn't seem too knowledgeable about the product they were selling.

I would like to try a torque one but I didn't think the cadence felt weird or anything.

Disaresta
2 weeks ago

Today I went to the local Pedego shop and rode the City Commuter and the Interceptor. I wanted to ride the Platinum Interceptor as well, but they said that they didn't carry that, though they could order it for me. That was kinda disappointing because I wanted to try an ebike with hydraulic brakes and compare them to the normal disc ones.

Maybe because it was my first time on an ebike but I was rather nervous at first due to the speed but also neither bike felt like it had stopping power. I was struggling to stay still on a hill and wound up falling by accident (at walking speeds). At the end of the hour period I did feel alot better but just disappointed about the brakes. Or maybe it was totally normal.

This could be due to a few reasons:

Haven't ridden a bike in a while (though this was on the second bike at around 40 minutes into riding)
I test rode the bikes that they use for rental so they were a little beat up.

TL;DR

I couldn't try a bike with hydraulic breaks and i wanted to see if anyone felt that it was worth it. If it is then I will probably wind up buying the Juiced CrossCurrent S since that has the hydraulic breaks and it has a torque sensor (which i couldn't test out) although i'm taking a risk since the forums seem to have mixed feelings about the quality and service of the CCS. If normal brakes are fine then I will just by the Pedego City Commuter since I can take it to the local shop for maintenance and issues.

Thanks!

PedegoElectricBikes
3 months ago

Longtime pedal bike shop owners choose Number 1 electric bike brand for new store

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 6, 2017 — The world’s 100th Pedego® Electric Bikes store is now open in Simsbury, Conn. Owned by Mike and Rachel Wolf, Pedego Simsbury is the fifth Pedego store in New England. Pedego also has stores in Boston, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and South Norwalk. Pedego Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. There will be ribbon cutting ceremony by the Main Street Partnership on July 6th to celebrate the opening.

“We're pleased to announce that Pedego Simsbury is our 100th Pedego electric bike store in the world,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “Opening the 100th Pedego store is a testament to the growing popularity of electric bikes, and we’re delighted to be leading the revolution.”

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Main Street Partnership including refreshments and free test rides

WHERE: Pedego Simsbury store, 528 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.

WHEN: Thursday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m.

WHO: Store co-owners Mike and Rachel Wolf, plus representatives from the Main Street Partnership, Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, and City of Simsbury as well as Pedego representative Cassidy Castleman

Store owners Mike and Rachel Wolf, 77 and 71 years old respectively, are well-known in the area for their two long-established cycling shops. Nearly 67 years ago, Mike’s father established Connecticut's oldest bike shop, Bloomfield Bicycle & Repair Shop. Mike has worked there for 64 years, since he was 13 years old, and today, it is the oldest bike store in the region. It also carries the largest inventory of electric bikes in the area, with 150 electric bikes in stock. Of the nine electric bicycle brands Wolf carries at his Bloomfield bike shop, Pedego is the leading brand, which led him to open the Pedego Simsbury store. The Wolfs also own the Bike Cellar in Simsbury, which specializes in pedal bikes.

“Electric bikes are a game changer, enabling people of all ages to ride bikes,” Mike said. “We firmly believe that 60 percent of all bike sales in the future will be electric bikes, and we’ve decided to go with Pedego, the Number 1 electric bike brand, as Pedego is devoted to delighting its customers and empowering its dealers.”

The Wolfs are not only Pedego electric bikes salespeople, they are big fans themselves. An avid Pedego rider, Mike lost 54 pounds and lowered his cholesterol and blood pressure over the past 18 months with his Pedego electric bike. Weather permitting, the septuagenarian rides more than 20 miles every morning. He said, “Not only have I gained back my health, I’ve also gotten better looking, thanks to my electric bike.”

Pedego Simsbury’s opening is the culmination of Mike’s decade-long friendship with Pedego CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. They met when DiCostanzo owned an electric bike shop in Newport Beach, Calif., long before he co-founded Pedego. DiCostanzo said, “We are thrilled to welcome Mike and Rachel to the Pedego family. They share a passion for bringing electric bikes to the region and getting Baby Boomers back on bikes.”

Pedego Simsbury offers sales of all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and through headwinds. All Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of 30 to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Now available at the new Simsbury store are California-styled cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power; and Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, which is powered by a 36-volt battery for gentle help with hills. Also available are the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on gravel and snow; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; the sleek City Commuter; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Pedego also recently introduced the Airstream model for camping devotees.

Rentals and sales of Pedego bikes are available. Located near the Pedego Simsbury store are the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and Farmington River Trail, two scenic trails that meet in the town. The Farmington River Trail is part of the rail-to-trail bike path network that takes riders up into Massachusetts or down into New Haven, Conn. The store provides maps so renters can enjoy riding through the beautiful countryside. Simsbury was recently voted the most bike-friendly community in Connecticut.

Pedego Simsbury also offers top-notch service for Pedego electric bikes. Everything from maintenance to customizations can be handled by the team.

About Pedego Simsbury

Pedego Simsbury has the distinction of being the 100th Pedego Electric Bikes store in the world and is the region’s premier dealer in Pedego Electric Bikes. Pedego Simsbury offers a large selection of Pedego electric bikes sales, rentals, accessories and service. Free test rides are available. Located at 528 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Conn., Pedego Simsbury is close to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and Farmington River Trail, two trails that combine for a scenic ride through a forest. The store is open seven days per week: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call 860-413-2543 or email info@pedegosimsbury.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/simsbury/

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

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Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
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PedegoElectricBikes
3 months ago

Electric Bikes energize the town with fun and fanfare

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 5, 2017— A Pedego® Electric Bikes store is now open in Petoskey, Mich., bringing an exhilarating new activity to town. Pedego Petoskey co-owners Bryan Newman and husband-wife team Bill and Pat Anton are excited to introduce the nation’s Number 1 electric bike brand with a party that includes free test rides on the elegant electric bikes. It is the 99th Pedego store worldwide. Pedego’s enormous popularity grew from the brand’s stylish designs and quality components. Every Pedego bike features a 500-watt motor that empowers riders to conquer hills, headwinds and long distances with ease.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING & RIBBON-CUTTING CELEBRATION

What: Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony will include free test rides and snacks

Where: Pedego Petoskey, 438 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI, 49770

When: Thursday, July 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at 4:45 p.m.

Who: Store co-owners Bryan Newman and Bill & Pat Anton, store manager Dawn Marie Hansen, Friends & Family, Petoskey Chamber and various City Ambassadors will be present as well as Pedego California representatives Tom Bock and Cassidy Castleman.

Newman is an experienced Pedego dealer as he also owns Pedego La Quinta and Pedego Palm Springs, both in Southern California. Every winter since opening his other stores, Newman has had visitors from Michigan rave about the electric bikes as the best part of their California vacation, so he decided to bring the fun of Pedego electric bikes to Petoskey, an established vacation destination. “I chose to become a Pedego dealer because it’s all about fun, and now I'm thrilled to bring the fun to Petoskey,” he said.

Pedego riders can cruise for hours enjoying Petoskey’s miles of scenic paths without over-exerting. Located in the Northwest tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Emmet County offers a variety of paths that blend scenic splendor with rich historical sites. Long stretches of sandy beaches, quaint downtowns and year-round activities beckon outdoor enthusiasts, including families. Little Traverse Wheelway, a re-established turn-of-the-century trail that goes from Walker Road, Charlevoix, to Hoyt Street in Harbor Springs, presents more than 26 miles of pure riding enjoyment. This and several other trails await riders who want to explore the area while having fun on electric bikes.

Pedego Petoskey offers sales of all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and through headwinds. All Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of up to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Now available at the new store are California-styled cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; and the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power. Also available are the sleek City Commuter; the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on gravel and snow; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Pedego also recently introduced the Airstream model for camping devotees.

Available for rent are Pedego’s cruiser-style Interceptors, sporty Ridge Riders, ultra-low step-thru Boomerang Plus bikes, fat-tire Trail Trackers, Stretch cargo bikes, sleek City Commuters and a shiny red Tandem. Helmets and locks are included with rentals.

“Petoskey is such a beautiful place with miles and miles of scenic bike paths to enjoy,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “We're very happy that riders will now be able to see, experience and enjoy Petoskey on Pedego electric bikes.”

About Pedego Petoskey

Pedego Petoskey is the region's premier dealer in Pedego Electric Bikes. Offering a large selection of Pedego electric bikes for sale and rental as well as accessories and service. Riders can cruise near sandy beaches, through quaint downtowns and enjoy year-round activities on Pedego electric bikes. Little Traverse is a local bike path offering more than 26 miles of scenic splendor combined with fascinating historical sites. Open Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at 438 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, MI 49770. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (231) 881-9488 or email info@pedegoPetoskey.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/Petoskey/.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

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Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
TeriSawyer@me.com

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949-400-2258
Sandra@EckardtStrategies.com

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PedegoElectricBikes
3 months ago

Pedego San Diego brings energetic vibe to Downtown’s fashionable BRIC

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 5, 2017 — The first Pedego® Electric Bikes store in Downtown San Diego has opened a pop-up shop in front of their soon-to-be permanent location on the ground floor of the elegant new BRIC center on San Diego Bay. Pedego San Diego offers Pedego’s 12 stylish models of powerful electric bikes that enable riders to enjoy cruising all over town with ease. Pedego Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego San Diego is Pedego’s 98th store worldwide.

The Pedego San Diego pop-up shop offers free test rides, sales and rentals of the popular electric bikes. They're located at BRIC San Diego along with the Marriott Residence Inn, Spring Hill Inn and Suites Bayfront Hotels at Lane Field, just one block from the Santa Fe Depot train station. The store is open Sunday from Noon–6 p.m.; Monday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Closed on Tuesday; and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Store co-owners husband-and-wife Sean and Chelsea Chavez, and Sean’s dad Celso Chavez, are excited to bring Pedego electric bikes to Downtown San Diego, giving visitors and locals alike an easy, fun and green alternative to cars. “With Pedego electric bikes, you can discover more of this beautiful city without the hassles of parking or worrying about hills or headwinds,” Sean said.

From the store, riders can easily cruise to the city’s great landmarks, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Balboa Park and museums, Old Town and Harbor and Shelter Islands. Riders can also take their bikes on the ferry to Coronado Island or bike to the island via the full 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway, which conveniently begins across the street from the store.

Pedego San Diego offers sales of all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and power through headwinds. All Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of 20 to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Now available at the new San Diego store are California-styled cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power; Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, which is powered by a 36-volt battery for gentle help with hills; and the Pedego Tandem, the most stylish and powerful electric tandem available. Also available are the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on sand and gravel; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; the sleek City Commuter; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike that allows for extra cargo or an extra adult or two children to ride along; and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Rentals start at $20 per hour and $75 per day, depending on the model.

“San Diego’s famous sunshine and outdoor lifestyle make it a perfect home for a top-notch Pedego store,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “Pedego riders will enjoy riding longer, farther and faster, seeing more of this great city without having to deal with traffic or parking.”

About Pedego San Diego

Pedego San Diego is the region’s premier dealer in Pedego Electric Bikes, offering a large selection of Pedego electric bikes sales, rentals, accessories and service. Test rides, rentals and sales are available at a nearby pop-up site during construction of the store’s permanent location in the elegant BRIC hotel complex, an exciting lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Riders can cruise to the city’s great landmarks, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Balboa Park and museums, Old Town and Harbor and Shelter Islands. Open Sunday Noon–6 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Closed on Tuesday; and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Located at 900 Bayfront Ct., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (800) 604-7187 or email info@pedegoSD.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at www.pedegosandiego.com.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

PR CONTACTS:
Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
TeriSawyer@me.com

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949-400-2258
Sandra@EckardtStrategies.com

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Thomas Jaszewski
4 months ago

http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pedego-platinum-interceptor-11.jpg
Thanks! I see your point. I'd offer a simple solution and get some good quality nylon straps to support the battery AND bag. Amazon has all sorts of "black lashing straps". I use NRS lashing straps left over from my rafting days but they're blue. There are all sorts of 1" black straps available. I have seen ebikers fashion a bar as a support for a pack. There are also cross bar adapters, that can provide under pack support, from many online bike suppliers. Niagara has three, like this one...
https://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/delta-crossbar-adapter

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Lashing straps provide good support as well.
https://www.amazon.com/SGT-Lashing-Straps-Plastic-Ladder/dp/B00WRJ3O3C/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1497802093&sr=8-11&keywords=black%2Blashing%2Bstraps&th=1&psc=1

Steve Prehoda
4 months ago
JohnT
4 months ago

Hello Steve. I'm a Pedego dealer, so I'm biased, but here are my thoughts.

First, one of the main reasons people choose Pedego is our reliability. Since the battery is arguably the most important part of an ebike, I highly recommend sticking with our batteries for the best experience. It's possible to custom wire a non-Pedego battery to a Pedego bike, but it likely won't fit in the stock location, and you really need to know about battery specs and BMS to select a pack that will work reliably and safely.

Regarding Alibaba, I understand it's primarily a wholesale site, so to get those prices, you need to buy in volume. Aliexpress is for retail.

I hear you can get great deals on Aliexpress, but you need to be careful that you buy from a reputable vendor. Some vendors will sell counterfeit or substandard cells. If you have a problem, a quality vendor should take care of you, but if you need to return something, shipping to China can be expensive. Again, if you have no experience at this, I don't recommend it.

The Platinum Interceptor is a great bike! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me here or in the Pedego subforum.

Reg
6 months ago

A regular interceptor and a boomerang plus. Can't get the mag wheels with the platinum and I really like the looks of them.

Do those brakes have the higo connectors?

PedegoElectricBikes
7 months ago

Hi @PedegoElectricBikes , I have a few questions and concerns about the Pedego Interceptor Platinum Edition to ask if you don't mind:

Is it possible to add fenders to the Platinum Edition? If so, do you recommend any in particular?
What is the make and model of the hydraulic brake system?
Any uncomfortable suspension seat post bounciness when riding over uneven surfaces?

What are the differences between the 2015 Interceptor and the Platinum Edition handlebars?

Equipped with Panasonic or Samsung lithium-ion battery cells?

Specifications on the website could use a tune-up. Thanks for the info and I look forward to hearing from you. :)

Cheers,
Christopher

Hi Christopher,

Technical problems did not allow me to see your request until now. Sincere apologies! Please let me know what questions you still have, and I'll message you with the answers. Thank you!

justforfun
7 months ago

A week ago I ordered a Pedego Platinum Interceptor. Instead of arriving today, as promised, I hear due to demand, the bike will be at least another week or even more.

I saw something about black rims........When (delivery date) and what color combination should I expect? What brand battery? The black rims actually sound good.

seder71
3 months ago

Super-73

seder71
3 months ago

I was worried it wasn't newspaper compatible, nice !

spleujo
6 months ago

Newspapers?

mike allen
6 months ago

these are just standard ebikes made in china. not sure why their retail price is so high. i retail similar bikes for about half the price in new zealand.

Bill Gulsby
6 months ago

Yet another review of an expensive bike that only a few can afford. Disappointing.

FRANK ROBY
6 months ago

overpriced by about $1000.

Mario Lopez
6 months ago

too expensive.
😭😭
but they look ugly 🐵
bbshd 1000 its cost 1395 and it's faster 45.6 mph 🤔

Sean Hornchek
6 months ago

please stop using emojis

Kyle Sherman
6 months ago

looks like my izip...they need a dual shock..on this model...shock in the rear would be great!

sam cam
6 months ago

the interceptor would look great in matt black with a bit of chrome.

Joe Blogs
6 months ago

it looks nice and but you could get 2 juiced ocean currents for that price

jerome grzelak
6 months ago

ouch 5 grand r u kidding

Nubianette
6 months ago

Nice, but maybe I wouldn't get the step-through.

Kiri Riel
6 months ago

like the step through...

Mike Duffy
6 months ago

I tried a Pedago bike around 6 years ago. I did not buy it because of the frame shake. I cannot imagine going 20mph. Even around 15 was not good. If I were Consumer Reports I would rate the bike unsatisfactory.

Dana B
6 months ago

Mike Duffy Same model but we don't have shocks, so maybe that's why?

Mike Duffy
6 months ago

Was it this model? I had a girlfriend who had a different model, and it, by contrast, was fine. It is this model to which I refer. It was not subtle.

Dana B
6 months ago

I don't agree, we have a Pedego and don't experience frame shake. We did have trouble with the Kevlar material tire... but we swapped those out and everything has been great since then. Love the Pedegos!

007vsMagua
6 months ago

This is a nice bike. The Cruiser style really appeals to me...love the seat. The frame seems sturdy and I love the way the rear rack is integrated along with the battery/control pack. I think I could probably give someone a ride if needed? Some lightweight plastic fenders with mud flaps would work wonders. Excellent drive train. Good brakes. The front cable wraps could be upgraded so it doesn't look like electrical tape. Smart software...I'm glad the bike can be set to neutral so the throttle doesn't work.

I recently watched Court's review of the "EG Oahu 500 EX" and that is also an appealing Cruiser. At almost half the price it does have some advantages and disadvantages.

ADVANTAGES_

_Can go 28 mph with pedal assist.
_Has fenders.
_Almost half the price.

DISADVANTAGES_

_Throttle can't be deactivated.
_Mechanical brakes and not hydraulic.
_Along with many other things.

POST SCRIPT:

___The rear rack sway may be attributed to a loose battery pack. If it was my bike I might glue a narrow piece of old inner tube rubber to the inside part of the frame that holds the battery.

Wilton M
6 months ago

$5000 ?? did i hear right? dammm

SuperPapadzul
6 months ago

3800 to 4200 with upgrades, according to their web site.

Tahir Rana
6 months ago

No Chem Trails !

brighton dude
6 months ago

As a European I'll say I really like the US style cruiser bikes. Those Pedego bikes are very nice indeed!

Videos Thailand
6 months ago

it;s cool

Mark Elford
6 months ago

First ! ok not first.

J.T. Seusoff
6 months ago

You do, in fact, appear to be first. Congratulations. Your contribution to society is now vast.