Pedego Tandem Cruiser Review

Pedego Tandem Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Tandem Cruiser
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Throttle Shifter
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Padded Grip Bell
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Front Crank
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Tandem Cruiser
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Throttle Shifter
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Padded Grip Bell
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Front Crank


  • 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
  • Twist throttle is easy to operate and enjoy though it lacks pedal assist and the bike is very rear heavy

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Video Review

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Tandem Cruiser


$2,795 USD

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Tandem, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

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


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

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

85 lbs (38.55 kg)

Battery Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Wheelbase 74 in)

Frame Types:

Mid-Step (Classic Cantilever Style)

Frame Colors:

Black, Red

Attachment Points:

Welded Rear Rack with Spring Latch

Gearing Details:

6 Speed 1x6 Shimano

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index


Aluminum Alloy Platform


Front Fixed Promax, Rear Adjustable Angle



Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Front with 160 mm Rotor, Dia-Compe Band Rear, Tektro Levers with Electronic Cutoff





Tire Brand:

Kenda K-RAD Urban, 26" x 2.3"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

White Wall for Improved Visibility

Tube Details:



Bell Integrated Into Left Brake Lever, Extended Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Double Leg Kickstand, Rear Hub Lock, Rear LED Light Built Into Battery, Optional Metal Fenders, Optional Schwalbe Kevlar-Lined Balloon Tires


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

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

Three LED (Red, Yellow, Green)


Voltage Level (Remaining Battery Capacity)

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle (Half Twist on Right Bar)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Pedego Tandem Cruiser offers a sturdy, classic design that’s intuitive and fun to ride with a friend. The oversized seats, elongated handlebars and balloon tires add just enough comfort while supporting an upright riding position. It may lack some of the fancier features like an LED display and pedal assist mode but the simple twist throttle works well and perhaps offers less distraction for a new rider. I’ve ridden this bike with family members on vacation (we rented it near the beach). It’s perfect for sight seeing and takes the edge off when you’re dealing with hills, headwinds or a passenger who isn’t pedaling very much ;)

Driving this bike is a 500 watt direct drive (gearless) rear hub motor. It’s simple, tough and fairly powerful while still being quiet. In the video review you might be able to hear the soft electric whir as I accelerate? Having rented vespas and other gas powered vehicles for sight seeing, I much prefer the quiet ebike as it allows for easier conversation and doesn’t scare animals away. While the motor isn’t powerful enough to push two large riders up a steep hill without some pedaling, it works well enough and can reach 20mph on flats.

The battery pack design was updated in 2014 and now includes an integrated LED tail light. The pack itself is removable for convenient charging (or making the bike lighter during transport). It offers 48 volts of power and 10 amp hours of capacity which is on the larger side for ebikes and provides a lot of boost for the motor. Just insert the key, press the rocker on/off switch under the pack and you’re ready to go. The rear rack has also been updated and now encloses the battery providing more protection and easier mounting for racks and panniers.

The control panel and shifters on this bike are simple. Both are located within reach of the right handle bar. The six speed cassette offers enough variation that climbing or accelerating is possible but honestly, this isn’t a bike that’s setup for long distance pedaling. The oversized seats are comfortable but may rub on your legs a bit more than a performance saddle. I really like the new integrated brake lever bell and am a fan of the matching paint that covers the rack, chain guard and optional fenders. One of the few gripes I’ve got is that there is only one disc brake, on the front, and the rear uses a band brake that feels slower when stopping. For such a heavy bike designed to carry two people it would be nice to have oversized discs on front and rear wheels.

In closing, the Tandem Cruiser is a capable and fun electric bike for two. At under $3K it feels like a bargain given the 500 watt motor and 48 volt pack. The new frame is refined and Pedego’s legendary customer service and warranty (1 year frame, 3 year battery) is easy to appreciate. While it’s not something that I’d buy for regular commuting, it has been a lot of fun to ride with my Mom during vacations and I’m glad Pedego offers it.


  • One of the only purpose-built electric bikes in a tandem configuration for two riders
  • Large balloon tires absorb shock when riding to add comfort, can upgrade to kevlar lining, all come pre-Slimed
  • Platform pedals are stiff, wide and grippy for a stable ride in wet or dry conditions
  • Saddles are wide and soft, include rubber bumpers for added support, matching padded grips
  • Rear rack design surrounds battery pack for added protection, includes a sprung latch for quick storage
  • Battery pack is removable for convenient charging on or off the Tandem Cruiser, built in LED rear light
  • Battery locks to frame with sturdy metal lock and key, key must be left in when riding
  • Available in black and red as of 2014, wires are integrated into the frame for improved aesthetics
  • Simple to operate: turn battery on, press power button on throttle, twist and go


  • No mounting points for adding water bottle cages, have to use a clip on accessory
  • Chain guard can get bent easily if stepped on or kicked, works well but a little fragile
  • Rear handlebars are mounted fairly low, work well for shorter people but may feel uncomfortable if tall
  • Basic control console does not show speed, range or precise battery capacity
  • No pedal assist mode, only included one disc brake (in the front) rear uses a weaker band brake
  • Heavier than most electric bikes, challenging to transport given length (removable battery helps)


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Ann M.
2 months ago

I like the trike idea; we do a lot of custom conversions on standard trikes as well as tadpole types which allow someone with iffy balance to have their own wheels. With some brands of kits, like Golden Motor, or Bafang mid drives, the motor is programmable so you can set the acceleration, top speed and other features to make it appropriate for a 12 year old.

Other idea, check out the Pedego Tandem Ebike; it's been around for a few years; Court first reviewed it in 2014 which will give you some perspective on the bike.

2 months ago

There are a few I've read about.


Bosch powered:

I believe there are other Bosch powered tandem bikes. The Bosch dual battery seems ideal for the purpose. 2 seats, 2 batteries :)

Matteo Vitacco
9 months ago


Sacred Society
11 months ago

500 watts is nothing. You need at least 2,000 with 2 people.

Jonathan Wolfe
12 months ago

I usually not comment on these, but this is the most obviously fake review I have ever seen!

Jonathan Bruening
3 years ago

Court, You do an amazing job, and I always check out your review on any given bike that I want to know more about. For this tandem review though, I would have enjoyed seeing a passenger on the bike with you. I am volunteering Turbo Bob for any future tandem reviews.

Jonathan Bruening
3 years ago

+Electric Bike Review Those considerations are way above my pay grade, but I can imagine you and Pete in a spirited  "Siskel and Ebert" type venue...
3 years ago

Ha! Bob does a great job and he's got a lovely wife to ride along with him. I suppose the two of us on this tandem would be a fun review... Maybe his wife could hang out with Pete Prebus and do commentary :P

3 years ago

When you take off on this bike, does the kickstand retract itself, if you're alone? If so, how do you put it back down when you're done?

3 years ago

3 years ago

+Taggerung Sure, I think it would be much easier to just use the kickstand than laying it down. It wasn't too tricky for me to just hop off and hold the second handlebar while maneuvering myself towards the kickstand (and I was holding a camera at the same time). I think you'll do fine with it on your own :)

3 years ago

(Thanks for the answer, it explains it for me, quite well) That's what I'm mostly concerned with. If you're alone, going to pick up your friend, the next question is, how do you put the kickstand back down when you arrive at their house to get them? Or, do you just lay the bike down gently, until they arrive?
3 years ago

+Taggerung Yeah, you got that right. I basically nudged it forward like you're saying but stood at the second position so I could kick the stand with my foot to make it go up. Not sure if that was necessary but it gave me a better sense of control (especially since I was just one person on the tandem doing this review).

3 years ago

It makes sense that the rear wheel is up in the air. In that case, you'd probably have to move it a bit forward (nudge it) if you were on the front seat, to get the kickstand to retract, and have the rear wheel get traction. Did I explain that right, and is that what you'd have to do? (while getting on it, I mean)

3 years ago

I thought of buying one of these.
3 years ago

They are pretty neat for the right occasion :)