Pedego has become a popular name when it comes to eBike names in the USA. We refrain from saying it’s the “go-to” brand simply because there is no obvious market leader (at least not yet) when it comes to eBikes in the USA. Pedego has taken a unique approach when it comes to sales as its primary sales channel is through its dozens of physical franchise retail outlet locations located throughout the USA. While this seems like a nice approach to take, it seems obvious that this approach has driven up their cost of overhead tremendously, which then gets passed onto the consumer. This is one main reason that Pedego bikes are so expensive. While the salesman at the store will claim the high sticker price is due to quality, let’s be honest, many of the parts on most electric bikes are the same, from Shimano gears to Samsung cell batteries. So when it comes to the price, it seems quite obvious that if you decide to buy a Pedego, you’ll pay extra for the convenience and luxury of being able to touch and feel the eBikes in physical showrooms planted throughout the country.
Now, beyond the company itself. The Pedego Classic City Commuter was chosen for our review because it is pretty much the staple model in their collection. The Classic City Commuter is your “run of the mill” eBike from Pedego and thus the most obvious choice to review.
With a price tag ($2,600+) comparable to a brand-new moped, the specs just don’t add up for us. Using only a 36-volt 500-watt motor, this thing seems very weak and underpowered for the price. Sure, not everyone “needs” a powerful eBike all the time, but it’s sure nice to have when you’re going up a hill, or you just want that extra bit of power to accelerate when you’re passing someone, and of course you’ll have better max range with a more powerful motor. Yes, you can upgrade to a 48-volt motor, but for a whopping extra $400! That puts the bike at $3,000! The bike itself looks like a standard Dutch-style cruiser, but isn’t the best looking bike we’ve seen. It is available in black, steel blue, and taupe, with black being the only good looking color in our opinion.
Everything else on the bike is pretty standard and nice to have including the Shimano 7-speed gears, front and rear disc brakes, LCD display, and aluminum frame. All and all, the Classic City Commuter has the bells and whistles expected on an expensive electric bike, but for a $2,600 electric bike we would expect a longer warranty on the bike (1-year warranty on the bike and 3-year limited battery warranty) and we wouldn’t expect that to upgrade from a 36-volt motor to a 48-volt motor that it would cost a whopping $400 extra.
-Very high price tag
-Medium-sized motor (small motor considering the price tag)
-Not the prettiest looking eBike
-Ugly color selections besides black
-Solid/sturdy aluminum frame
-One year bike warranty and three year limited battery warranty
-Samsung cell battery
VERDICT: We would not recommend buying the Classic City Commuter unless you can get one on sale for 30-50% off the MSRP.