Virtue Cycles Pedalist Review

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Virtue Cycles Pedalist Electric Bike
Virtue Pedalist 750 Watt E Rad Mid Drive Motor
Virtue Pedalist Battery Box 48 Volt 15 Amp Hour Rpe
Virtue Pedalist Lcd Display Panel Riser Bars Padded Grips
Virtue Pedalist Doors Side Mirror Optional Roll Up Window Cover
Virtue Pedalist Front Cargo Area Tadpole Trike
Virtue Pedalist Passenger Seat Two Adult Capacity Ebike
Virtue Pedalist 8 Speed Shimano Nexus Hub
Virtue Pedalist 20 Cast Magnesium Wheels
Virtue Pedalist Side View
Virtue Pedalist Headlights Tinted Windows
Virtue Pedalist Front View Tinted Plastic Windshield
Virtue Pedalist Brake Light Removable Wheel Panels
Virtue Pedalist Wheel Covers For Maintenance And Trailers
Virtue Pedalist Electric Bike Review
Virtue Cycles Pedalist Electric Bike
Virtue Pedalist 750 Watt E Rad Mid Drive Motor
Virtue Pedalist Battery Box 48 Volt 15 Amp Hour Rpe
Virtue Pedalist Lcd Display Panel Riser Bars Padded Grips
Virtue Pedalist Doors Side Mirror Optional Roll Up Window Cover
Virtue Pedalist Front Cargo Area Tadpole Trike
Virtue Pedalist Passenger Seat Two Adult Capacity Ebike
Virtue Pedalist 8 Speed Shimano Nexus Hub
Virtue Pedalist 20 Cast Magnesium Wheels
Virtue Pedalist Side View
Virtue Pedalist Headlights Tinted Windows
Virtue Pedalist Front View Tinted Plastic Windshield
Virtue Pedalist Brake Light Removable Wheel Panels
Virtue Pedalist Wheel Covers For Maintenance And Trailers

Summary

  • An upright tadpole style velomobile with electric assist from E-Rad, powerful 750 watt motor paired with a 48 volt battery offering five levels of pedal assist and throttle on demand with override!
  • Strong 20" wheels with cast Magnesium rims in front provides amazing strength, you can haul up to 750 lbs, there's comfortable seating for two adult riders (including the driver) with cargo up front
  • Sleek fiberglass shell provides shade and large visual footprint while open side windows allow sound and fresh air to pass through, LED headlight, rear light, turn signals and an electronic horn improve safety
  • Heavy and large at 175+ lbs and nearly 6 ft tall, produced one at a time with a 3+ month wait time, shipping outside of California costs extra, custom paint costs extra, can be noisy inside riding over bumpy terrain

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Introduction

Make:

Virtue Cycles

Model:

Pedalist

Price:

$4,999

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

175 lbs (79.37 kg)

Battery Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.2 lbs (4.17 kg)

Frame Material:

Chromoly Steel, Fiberglass

Geometry Measurements:

35" Wide, 71" Tall, 96" Long

Frame Types:

Cargo, Step-Thru, Trike

Frame Colors:

White, Black, Custom

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Triggers on Right

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

Neco, Threadless 1 1/8

Stem:

Promax

Handlebar:

Low-Rise

Brake Details:

Linear Pull Brake in Rear, Tektro Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors in Front

Grips:

Padded, Stitched

Saddle:

Comfort

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2mm, 28.6 mm

Rims:

Solid Cast Magnesium in Front, Double Wall Aluminum in Rear

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Odyssey, 20" x 3" Rear, 20" x 2.3" Front

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Two 7 LED Headlights, Tail Light, Turn Signals (Front and Rear), Electronic Horn, Tinted Plastic Windows (Front, Rear, Sides), Padded Passenger Seat with Foot Rests, Optional Roll-Up Door Covers, Optional Flocking Coat Inside Shell for Soft Touch (Possibly Noise Dampening) $300, Optional Custom Paint Color for $300 ($600 for Double Coat), Optional Side Mirror

Other:

32 Amp Controller, (Battery is Now E-Rad Offering 20 Amps)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

E-RAD

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1300 watts

Battery Brand:

RPE

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

15 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

720 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

7 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Fixed Monochrome LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Level (1-5), Watt Output, Trip Meter, Temperature

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad, Turn Signal Switch, Lights On/Off, Horn Button

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Virtue Cycles produces a range of affordable bicycles with two electrified variants called the Gondoliere Plus and Schoolbus Plus. The Pedalist by contrast, only comes with electric power because it’s significantly larger and heavier than the two cargo bikes. This thing weighs in at ~175 lbs without the battery (which adds another 10 lbs or so depending on size). It’s a partially-enclosed velomobile that will keep you shaded and cool in summer months and relatively dry and wind-free in winter months. I say partially enclosed because the side windows are open-air on the stock unit. Apparently Virtue Bike can add flexible fold-up roll-up windows for those who’d like additional protection but otherwise these openings improve the flow of sound.

Sound is one of the question mark areas with this and other velomobiles I’ve tested out. The fiberglass plastic canopy looks great and sounds decent when you’re not riding inside the unit but once you sit down, pedal along and begin riding over bumpy terrain, even large cracks, a booming rattly sound echoes around. You can hear this in the video review above and with comparable products from Organic Transit. What I love about the Pedalist is really just how affordable it is. The looks are good, the platform is sturdy (capable of hauling up to 750 lbs including two adult passengers with room up front for cargo or a child seat). It’s surprisingly powerful, relying on a 750 watt mid-drive motor kit from E-Rad that can peak out around 1,300. You get pedal assist, throttle mode (that overrides assist) and can setup multiple 48 volt battery packs for extreme long distance riding. The stock pack now offers 20 amp hours of capacity which is more than double what I would call average on traditional non-enclosed electric bikes.

What you don’t get here is suspension… the 20″ wheels are small and sturdy but not as forgiving as something with more “spanning” potential like a 24″ or 26″ wheel. They do keep the overall height of the bike down, making it more stable, and I was impressed with how easy it is to step into and mount. The custom Steel frame is setup as a low-step so you don’t have to lift your leg very high. Note that there isn’t a floorboard or any protection where your feet go (as with most recumbent trikes and other velomobiles) so do be careful not to drag your feet or the weight of the bike could injure them. The passenger seat is just behind the driver and the front box area has lots of vertical space to build up a basket or mount accessories. The driver has a nice upright seat with bars that are close and use a mid-rise bar. This isn’t a recumbent bike and it doesn’t force you to lean forward, I’d describe the seating position as up, alert and comfortable. The steel is sturdy but does cut out some of the vibrations and if you really wanted to smooth out the ride you could swap out the standard seat post for a 27.2 mm Thudbuster (some newer models may have 28.4 mm or 28.6 mm).

In conclusion, this bike seems incredibly affordable to me. You get a premium drive system from a company I recognize and trust, an quality internally geared hub with eight speeds from Shimano (that let you shift at standtill), a full set of lights including turn signals and the option to coat the inside with a softer noise-absorbing flocking material and choose a custom color. Virtue Cycles is backed up about three months for the Pedalist and each one is a custom build. If you live near Southern California they will deliver it but otherwise you’ll have to pay for a shipping company. This thing is stable enough to load and mount easily but narrow enough to fit through standard sized doors. It’s intuitive to pedal and steer, just like a regular city bike, but unique and fun in the way it looks and very capable in how it transports passengers. The rattly noise does bother me a bit but I can’t see a way around that for now? Maybe in the future the body panels will be mounted on rubber bumpers to help dampen it or some thicker coating will be applied inside? I want to close by calling out the removable rear panels on the outer shell that make changing tires or adjusting the gearing much easier. You can even leave one off and use the Pedalist Cycle with a trailer for even more cargo capacity! I love the concept and had a blast riding around with the founder William Mulyadi in San Diego near where the company is based.

Pros:

  • In my experience it’s more comfortable to ride than a recumbent trike, your body is upright like a regular bicycle which provides better viewing and the reach isn’t super far thanks to riser bars so you don’t have to lean forward and get a sore neck or back, the padded grips and saddle are nice considering the smaller 20″ wheels and lack of suspension
  • At 35″ wide, the Virtue Pedalist was designed to be narrow enough to fit in bicycle lanes, slip between congested automobile traffic and go through standard sized doors so you can ride it in more locations and store it inside if you’d like
  • There’s a passenger seat with foot rests behind the main rider so you can easily transport two adults, there’s a cargo platform in the front so you can haul gear, groceries, a small pet or even mount a child seat
  • In my opinion, the Virtue Pedalist is priced very well, you get a high quality mid-drive motor system from one of my favorite producers, E-Rad / Lectric Cycles, along with a large 48 volt Lithium-ion battery and a custom made platform and sleek body, I feel like it would cost just as much if not more to try to make this yourself considering the tools and moulds required
  • As a Class 2 electric bike with a top speed of 20 mph, you don’t need a license, registration or insurance to drive this thing on many public bike lanes, parking is relatively easy considering the compact size and charging is extremely affordable at less than $0.10 per charge at current rates at the time of this review
  • Optional roll-up door covers can seal the cabin keeping wind, rain and snow out for those who plan to ride in varied conditions
  • Excellent climbing ability thanks to its powerful 750 watt centerdrive motor and internally geared eight speed Shimano Nexus hub (which can be shifted at standstill), apparently they climbed Hyde Street in San Francisco with a 21% grade transporting 180 lbs of payload successfully
  • They tested the bike with 350 lbs of cargo up front, a 200 lb rider and 200 lb passenger for an amazing total carrying weight of 750 lbs! that’s pretty incredible to me
  • The body was designed with special detachable panels on both sides of the rear wheel to make maintenance easier or for use with a trailer so you can haul even more cargo and keep the cabin clear
  • The smaller 20″ wheels lower the center of gravity on the bike and also provide more strength (especially since the front two are cast Magnesium vs. spokes) which is important given the weight of the bike and potential for hauling multiple adult passengers
  • For extended range you can order multiple battery packs and stack them in the front cargo area, this allows you to use one after another without charging immediately
  • Integrated headlights, tail lights, turn signals and a horn help keep you visible, the white color option is going to have the largest visual footprint but due to the taller design all units should be easier to see by cars that are higher up than most recumbent velomobile trikes
  • I like that the system offers throttle override so if you’re in a low level of assist but need to zip out of the way or start from a stop sign you can instantly get full power, it builds confidence
  • The right brake lever has a locking pin which holds the brake constant, you can use it as a parking brake so the bike won’t roll away if you park on uneven terrain
  • It sounds like William will deliver the Pedalist all over Southern California, up to San Francisco and even parts of Arizona or you can use a fulfillment company
  • They have had nine iterations of this bike! Constantly improving it and adding new features but also trying to stay as light weight as possible, the gray one from the video was very impressive and sleek
  • Because the Virtue Pedalist has three wheels, it’s much more stable when mounting and loading the cargo box at the front
  • Newer models have a wall that separates the wheels from the front cargo area keeping it cleaner and providing more space for gear

Cons:

  • Each Pedalist velomobile is produced in a “made-to-order” way that allows for some customization but this requires more time, currently they say it’s a three month wait
  • In addition to a wait time, you will need to pay extra and make special arrangements with a fulfillment company for delivery if you don’t live within the delivery range
  • While the plastic fiberglass shell looks great and protects you from the wind and some elements, it does create some rattling and booming noise at higher speeds and especially when riding over cracks and bumps
  • The locks for the doors are little slider parts like you’d find in a bathroom stall, they didn’t seem super strong to me and I feel like the door could be easily broken if pushed down on while open, it works… just a little fragile and possibly vulnerable
  • The bottom area of the bike is completely open for the rider like a normal bicycle but since there’s a metal cage surrounding you there’s more risk of pinching your legs under the bike if you stood up, just ride carefully and keep in mind that the bike weighs 175+ lbs whereas traditional bicycles are closer to 25 lbs and most electric bikes are ~50 lbs
  • Riding at night could be uncomfortable even with the lights, I saw some glare on the plastic windows because the back side of the tail lights weren’t covered up completely and the windows themselves are tinted so it could feel extra dark inside
  • The electric drive system is bolt-on and the wires aren’t run through the frame, it’s not as nice looking as a fully purpose built ebike on the inside but the price is low and this is a unique build
  • Changing a flat tire on this bike could be difficult… there are no quick release systems and the bike itself is heavy, you might have to set it on some bricks or prop it up somehow, maybe tip it to one side? Be careful!
  • I’m not sure how tamper resistant the bike is… there’s no keyed ignition to lock the battery down or keep people from switching it on and using the throttle if it was just parked outside

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Nirmala
1 year ago

Just curious how resistant to tipping is this bike? The two front wheels would help a lot, but it is relatively tall and narrow, and also might be adversely affected by sidewinds. Did you get a sense that it would be stable enough at higher speeds? I would probably not want to push the envelope on a steep winding downhill stretch on such a bike :)

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Court Rye
1 year ago

Hi Nirmala! Great to hear from you again, hope you’re well :) yeah, if you were going fast and turned hard I feel like it could indeed tip but it’s not as tippy feeling as it looks. The canopy is relatively light weight and air can indeed pass through. Hopping inside and loading it up with gear feels very solid as does riding around regular streets, even going up some angled driveways in a parallel fashion feels comfortable for me, not quite as much as a recumbent bike like the Organic Transit ELF but being upright feels way more comfortable for me personally, I can lean my body sideways if needed.

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Mark
1 year ago

Would like to see someone take this through a doorway. Looks like the door would need to be taken off of its hinges first. Given the weight and payload capacity, seems that hydraulic brakes would be more prudent. And if I had one, I’d want the rear turn signals flanking the rear window. Intriguing design.

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Court Rye
1 year ago

Good points Mark, I’ve included the dimensions for a stock unit in the bike details near the top but was relying on feedback from the owner of the company to get some of them (like weight). I believe the side mirror is not stock so this could help with the width and going through doors. it is indeed a neat design, would be cool if these little transporters caught on and became even more refined over time and common to see in real life :)

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Larry
1 year ago

The video says ‘extra batteries can be wired in series’ – that is incorrect. Wiring batteries in series increases the voltage (voltage is additive). What should be done is wire them in parallel such that the voltage is constant and the amp-hr is additive; however, that is still a bad plan for lithium batteries as the packs would not be balanced and could cause cross charging and in the worst case a fire (say one near depleted battery is wired to a full battery). The best is to just have spare batteries and swap when needed.

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Court Rye
1 year ago

Thanks Larry! I must have gotten that wrong in conversation and just got mixed up. Appreciate the tip and I’ll make a fix ;)

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Spencer young
1 year ago

I live in Uk and interested in the virtue cycle, can you purchase this in the Uk? How would we adapt the charging point? Londoners would love this, would be happy to ride around and sell on your behalf. Great for advertising uk companies on the side. Pease advise, Looks fantastic, Regards, Spencer young

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Court Rye
1 year ago

Hi Spencer, great question! I suggest asking Virtue Cycles directly. Maybe they would be willing to ship overseas or work directly with you to become a reseller? Here’s their official website: http://pedalistcycles.com/

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Don B
1 year ago

I was checking UPS & got a $2070 shipping quote to London

Patrick Mckowen
1 year ago

Great review – they obviously have a good design with a 3 month back log…unless it takes 3 months to build one! :)

I am more of a recumbent person myself but I do like this. Just wondering where all the weight is coming from, all steel frame… maybe time to go to aluminum? Best wishes to them and any other ebike builders out there that lessons our demand of oil burners on the roads. Cheers, Patrick

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Court Rye
1 year ago

Hi Patrick! I think their thru-put is slow and they do build to order for most orders so it’s a combination of demand and the custom work being performed. Even though the body is a fiberglass/plastic material that still weighs a lot, especially with the windows… and then the large sturdy steel frame and longer axles and the battery rack up front and passenger seat in the rear! It all adds up to something that’s very capable but also heavier ;) Aluminum might help but I don’t think it’s as strong or cheap as steel so they’d have to reinforce it and lose some of the weight savings while driving up cost.

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Chapooski
2 weeks ago

I have been dreaming about, designing and re-designing what I hope may become something new in the very niche world of all weather, recumbent, cargo E-trikes.
This category is currently inhabited by such vehicles as the Organic Transit ELF and Better Bikes PEBL, both of which I personally find a bit too large and heavy to be of practical use for many would-be cargo-trike users.
So I have been designing something a little smaller and lighter:
100 pounds maximum curb weight
34" maximum width
55" maximum height (30" folded height)
80" - 100" overall length dependent on final design
24" and 26" wheels with 2-2.5" wide tires
18" seat height
Passenger seating for 2 small children or 1 youth/small adult.
Very easy ingress and egress.
All-weather protection in a convertible format.

*My design has little in common with the ELF or PEBL other than similar functionality.*
(So please don't go making assumptions about what I may have in mind.)

Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Chapooski
2 weeks ago

I have been dreaming about, designing and re-designing what I hope may become something new in the very niche world of all weather, recumbent, cargo E-trikes.
This category is currently inhabited by such vehicles as the Organic Transit ELF and Better Bikes PEBL, both of which I personally find a bit too large and heavy to be of practical use for many would-be cargo-trike users.
So I have been designing something a little smaller and lighter:
100 pounds maximum curb weight
34" maximum width
55" maximum height (30" folded height)
80" - 100" overall length dependent on final design
24" and 26" wheels with 2-2.5" wide tires
18" seat height
Passenger seating for 2 small children or 1 youth/small adult.
Very easy ingress and egress.
All-weather protection in a convertible format.

*My design has little in common with the ELF or PEBL other than similar functionality.*
(So please don't go making assumptions about what I may have in mind.)

Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Chapooski
2 weeks ago

I have been dreaming about, designing and re-designing what I hope may become something new in the very niche world of all weather, recumbent, cargo E-trikes.
This category is currently inhabited by such vehicles as the Organic Transit ELF and Better Bikes PEBL, both of which I personally find a bit too large and heavy to be of practical use for many would-be cargo-trike users.
So I have been designing something a little smaller and lighter:
100 pounds maximum curb weight
34" maximum width
55" maximum height (30" folded height)
80" - 100" overall length dependent on final design
24" and 26" wheels with 2-2.5" wide tires
18" seat height
Passenger seating for 2 small children or 1 youth/small adult.
Very easy ingress and egress.
All-weather protection in a convertible format.

*My design has little in common with the ELF or PEBL other than similar functionality.*
(So please don't go making assumptions about what I may have in mind.)

Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Chapooski
2 weeks ago

I have been dreaming about, designing and re-designing what I hope may become something new in the very niche world of all weather, recumbent, cargo E-trikes.
This category is currently inhabited by such vehicles as the Organic Transit ELF and Better Bikes PEBL, both of which I personally find a bit too large and heavy to be of practical use for many would-be cargo-trike users.
So I have been designing something a little smaller and lighter:
100 pounds maximum curb weight
34" maximum width
55" maximum height (30" folded height)
80" - 100" overall length dependent on final design
24" and 26" wheels with 2-2.5" wide tires
18" seat height
Passenger seating for 2 small children or 1 youth/small adult.
Very easy ingress and egress.
All-weather protection in a convertible format.

*My design has little in common with the ELF or PEBL other than similar functionality.*
(So please don't go making assumptions about what I may have in mind.)

Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Popeye Gordon
3 weeks ago

Both the PEBL and ELF are too heavy to be considered as electric assisted bicycles/tricycles (Ebikes), but should be thought of as light electric vehicles (LEVs) with human pedal assist. I think about a 100 pound curb weight is the realistic limit of anything that should be considered an Ebike that can still be easily propelled by human power alone.
Some potential customers of the PEBL, ELF or Virtue Pedalist may be better served by the ZEV T3-1 Micro http://www.zelectricvehicle.com/31.html and setting up a pedal powered battery charger at home to get the exercise aspect of the pedal cars. https://www.k-tor.com/Power-Box
Sorry. I and many actual owners of these conveyances disagree. we are driving hybrid velomobiles. There is no established curb weight and by federal law these are electric assist bikes in all 50 states. I can and do propel my ELF by pedal power alone on level ground, I prefer it to get that vital exercise. At such a time when federal laws change and give the ELF a new status I will reconsider. I welcome that time because it would mean a paradigm shift in sustainable transportation has begun.
The Virtue Pedalist will never catch on, it is a dangerous tip-over hazard. Pedal powered generators are ridiculously inefficient in light of all the vastly easier ways to charge a battery, they should be limited to bomb shelters. The little 100 watt panel on the roof of my ELF exceeds the capacity of pedal charging every day without any human effort.

Chapooski
3 weeks ago

Any PEBL owners finding this thread? better.bike has now started production in their Massachusetts facility. Youtube has about 20 videos on it and new owners are posting videos as their order is delivered. Organic Transit was in the same position 5 years ago. Let's celebrate this expanding category of hybrid powered velomobiles that directly replace cars for many owners.
Specs are available at better.bike/pebl/
My personal opinion on this new as yet unproven design: at 35 pounds heavier then the Organic Transit ELF it is pushing the weight limits for legitimate pedal assist. It has too many accessories as standard equipment so they will start losing money immediately. The body material of hemp fiber w/naturally sourced resins is unproven as to durability and will require special treatment for repairs compared to the recyclable trylon shell of the ELF which usually bounces back after being dented. The enclosed floor and small door of the PEBL will make it too hot and cause a window fogging issue. The smaller door and tighter fit of the rider's legs will restrict use by older drivers. The ELF has three 4000 mile cross country trips to its credit and 4 million road miles logged. 13 reported ELF/car collisions and still no injuries to any drivers! This is what we should celebrate, the safest bicycle type vehicle ever produced! Competition is good, may the best bike win!

Both the PEBL and ELF are too heavy to be considered as electric assisted bicycles/tricycles (Ebikes), but should be thought of as light electric vehicles (LEVs) with human pedal assist. I think about a 100 pound curb weight is the realistic limit of anything that should be considered an Ebike that can still be easily propelled by human power alone.
Some potential customers of the PEBL, ELF or Virtue Pedalist may be better served by the ZEV T3-1 Micro http://www.zelectricvehicle.com/31.html and setting up a pedal powered battery charger at home to get the exercise aspect of the pedal cars. https://www.k-tor.com/Power-Box

Mercurybreza
5 months ago

The ebike elitism is well understood and will slow the development of all LEV's. The future will require & people will want multiple forms of LEV's, the majority being non pedal ebikes. NYC is an anomaly and has been regressive in its attempts to slow LEV's and most people see the crack down as a waste of time and not effective. Good for the headlines but that's it. European ebike laws don't work in the US. Pedal only is not an option in most states and 250 watt limit is a joke and will hurt the market.
In the golden state of Cali the CVC specifically legalized small electric scooters 20mph max. and no license needed and slightly larger under 25 mph models that need a one time license.
Ebikes are 750 watt throttle activated or pedal assist. This is a framework that should be adopted elsewhere

Accepting that lots of people don't want to pedal is something that pedalist need to wrap their egos around. Yes I repeat what ever works !

Alex M
10 months ago

I'd like to see a car alternative / replacement category on the EBR website .
Are you writing an article on the subject, by any chance ? :)
You are using term "replacement" again. There is no such thing. Don't know why Court called that Lacuba " car replacement", - probably he didn't mean it literally. And there is no "one for all" alternative solution. It's about compromising and sacrificing. What people are willing to sacrifice, depends on the person's particular situation. Other members have defined what makes an ebike a viable car alternative, this should serve as a guideline. Creating "car alternative" category on EBR - I think this would be too much responsibility and likely it would be biased (inevitably so, due to everybody's different criteria).

Ex, velomobile https://electricbikereview.com/virtue-cycles/pedalist/ comes the closest to car in "looks", - could be important to some people. Better protection from weather, too - again, important to some and not to others.

IMO, any TRIke is closer to a car than a BIke. Those with big cargo basket will be closer yet. Somebody else wouldn't want to sacrifice comfort, stability and cargo-carrying for speed and ability to pedal it. It depends on how close to a car you want it to be - and again, what you need it for and where you'll be using it.

AspiringGurus
2 weeks ago

I like this. Perfect for rainy weather. We need ebike friendly laws so this can become the norm.

See Nomore
2 weeks ago

.!ATTENTION CEO'S! ....TOO TALL-HIGH COST-NO FLOOR ..THE PUBLIC IS WAITING!!
WORK ON IT!

Will Yam
1 month ago

When you first took off you exposed a potential problem. If your foot is down unintentionally, you could break an ankle or more with forward momentum!

duwaine blake
2 months ago

who the hell is going to sit that long when that uncomfortable looking bicycle seat

Mark Gailmor
2 months ago

But it's got an ugly, bicycle seat in it.

J Clar
2 months ago

Just another video to confuse people. It doesn't exist. Neither does the "Pebl" or others. Only real buyable Velo is the ELF. All these should go 35mph otherwise all the traffic braking and accelerating around them creates a larger CARBON FOOTPRINT than they appear to have.

rina arosquipa
2 months ago

Cool

Geofrey Sapio
3 months ago

Please bring that products here in the Middle East and in the Philippines. It would be nice too if it is air conditioned... you know how hot it is here in the Middle East.

jhune lee
2 months ago

yeay !!! i want one too !!

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Hi Geofrey! Great to hear from you, thanks for sharing your comment here, perhaps this and other electric bikes will come to you in the Middle East soon. Ebikes are growing, even if they don't have air conditioning, the rush of wind when riding helps to cool you off naturally. I have never been to the Philippines but I did hear that they can be hot, the beaches look very nice

Jesus Marshall
3 months ago

I wonder if i can install retractable windows and air conditioning due to Texas weather

Alex Johnson
3 months ago

hi i am in J.A. i want to buy 20 of that bike call me 1 876 813 8285

Mathew Taylor
4 months ago

You really need to work on you camera skills or invest in some camera mounts.

Michael Loughlin
4 months ago

Great video once again.....

Electronic Artis
4 months ago

I like to have 1 of this bike um....

Katia Castro
4 months ago

Please help , Costa Ricahttps://m.facebook.com/groups/1561168600813530?view=permalink&id=1891967484400305

Bud Chestnut
4 months ago

I have watched several of your reviews and you talk rapidly. It is fatiguing for some of us like listening to an excited Hispanic person:-)) This could be much less expensive than the Elf. And it could be offered as a complete kit and cut the price in half!

Emanuel Pollak
5 months ago

This is a conceptual dead end.)

Kyle Young
5 months ago

Whaaaa! Cool

Truth Seeker
6 months ago

It has one MAJOR PROBLEM it's is TOO wide to fit on a standard road as it takes up too much room this has been the problem all along with Trikes including the Recumbent unless there is a dedicated bike lane on a road I can see this trike being forced off the road (as 2 wheels cyclists often are) by angry motorists as it is too slow to be a motor vehicle and too wide to be a bike.

Another major disadvantage is these Trikes cannot be taken aboard a train as two wheels bikes can as again they are too wide thus limiting the distance that can travel unless a lot of pedalling is done. Most of the roads I ride on have had bike lanes installed that have taken away the width of the inside lane as bike lanes were not part of the original infrastructure when the road was constructed I do not think these trikes are as safe as a bicycle from the perspective a two wheel takes up a lot LESS room. They would be good for Urban transport of the future once road infrastructures are improved.

G- Gar
6 months ago

How much

Lilspaceman
6 months ago

Can you charge it with a solar panel and btw the guy should make it so when you pedal it charges the battery like in the movies