Pedego Factor launched as firm’s lowest priced electrical bike ever
Pedego’s hottest electrical bicycle fashions normally fall within the $3,000+ vary, however the firm’s latest e-bike is priced at simply half of these figures. Rolling into bike retailers at the moment, the Pedego Factor is a shot throughout the bow of the foremost value-oriented e-bike corporations.
Pedego Factor e-bike launched
The Pedego Factor is listed at just $1,495, which is pricing territory at present dominated by rival Rad Power Bikes.
However Pedego is hoping that its community of over 120 retail areas within the US will give it a leg up on this new market.
That benefit may very well be vital, particularly for the reason that specs don’t essentially place the Pedego Factor above and past different choices within the discipline.
As a Class 2 e-bike, the Pedego Factor contains each a hand throttle and pedal help, with each providing a prime pace of 20 mph (32 km/h).
The 500W rear hub motor is powered by a 500 Wh lithium battery. The battery is detachable and mounted on the downtube.
The Pedego Factor options giant 4-inch-wide fats tires on 20-inch rims, giving the bike a compact stance but nonetheless permitting it to function on much less forgiving terrain resembling sand and snow.
As Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo defined in a press release supplied to Electrek:
The aim of the Factor is to ship the premium high quality and native service that Pedego is understood for, at a value that extra individuals can afford.
The launch comes as a spot of excellent information following a big security recall simply introduced by Pedego. Among the corporations’ hottest fashions together with the Pedego Interceptor, Metropolis Commuter, Boomerang, Ridge Rider, Path Tracker, and Stretch offered between January 2018 and August 2020 had been recalled as a consequence of “a possible fall hazard.”
It’s nice to see Pedego launching a motorcycle within the $1,500 vary, since they’ve beforehand solely dipped as little as $2k, and even then the corporate’s hottest bikes usually value significantly extra.
And I’m really a fan of the 20″x4″ fats tire format. It supplies a enjoyable, all-around e-bike with out being a giant behemoth of a machine like some fat bikes I’ve tested.
I’d have cherished to seen some higher specs on the bike, although, together with a bit extra energy. With the choice to go as much as 750W within the US, it looks as if a disgrace to not provide that energy, particularly on a fats tire bike that advantages from extra energy to experience in additional unique areas.
Lastly, I’d have cherished to see nicer integration of the battery, although this has by no means been Pedego’s sturdy go well with (Hey Pedego, 2014 known as. They need their rack batteries again!). Even Amazon sellers are doing sleek integrated batteries now on sub-$800 e-bikes.
However the saving grace right here is probably going the help and supplier presence that Pedego can provide. Whereas direct-to-consumer e-bikes can typically go away you caught with issues down the street, relying how critical the corporate is about helping customers, Pedego’s expansive supplier and servicing community imply that riders can get nice procuring recommendation and after-sale help. There aren’t many e-bike corporations that may provide something near Pedego in that regard.