Writing my bike blog just gets more fun everyday. With so many great E-bikes to try, and people who are interested to read about them, I am enjoying being involved with the experience. Such was the case last week. I was in the garage, working over one of the old English 3-speeds I got recently, when the phone rang. It was Gary from Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center, calling to invite me to try out a bike they had just put on the sales floor. “You have just got to give this new bike a ride.” I heard him say.
So, before long, I was saddling up on an all black Pedego Interceptor Special Edition electric bike. With sleek lines, and the promise of an exhilarating ride, off I went. The view of the bike practically disappeared as the power kicked in. The rush was immediate and satisfying. This is one fast E-bike. But don’t get me wrong, there is so much more to this bike than sheer speed. It is has some great specs and is built to last. And yes, it looks fantastic while it hauls the mail like no other E-bike I have ridden.
So what makes this beauty so quick, you might ask. It is a combination of 48 volts of lithium power, 500 watts of un-geared brushless motor, and the basic simplicity of its electrical system. The 48 volt-10 ah lithium battery slides onto the rear rack. This is the lightweight push for the bike. The 500 watt rear hub-mounted motor is the heart of the power system. With no internal reduction gears to cause problems, it pushes this bike in a quiet, friction free way that has to be felt to be believed. And with only a throttle and off-on switch to control the power, you are in charge of the assist, not some series of sensors and the such.
This bike has been designed for use by police and emergency crews. So it has one feature that is a little un-common for most E-bikes. It comes preset to limit its top speed to under 20 mph to meet needed standards. But accessible to the owner is an adjustment that can increase its top speed to almost 30 mph. This is an off-road mode and not recommended for street use. It will also reduce the 15-30 mile range of the battery considerably if you decide to use it. And believe me when I say that the top speed in the standard mode is all the faster than you need to go. I do have an interest to try out the off-road maximum speed. Just for kicks, you know.
With the high-performance of this bike, a good set of brakes is important. I found the front disc very strong, and the rear hub brake the same. I tried some serious stops from speed with great results. Those stops were almost as much fun as the thrill of power the motor gives. Mounted from the factory is a pair of Schwalbe balloon tires that offer a compliment to the power. They have built-in Kevlar to keep you riding when the going gets a little rough.
The aluminum frame carries this bike nicely. The bike I rode has the comfort-step through frame, and the one I saw on the Pedego’s website has a high bar frame. This will give you the option to choose the one that fits you best. The 6-speed Shimano drive train is more than sufficient for any rides you might have planned. The handlebar mounted shifter was easy to use. A comfy seat and high-rise cruiser style handlebars allow a very relaxed feel when you are riding. The suspension seat post is a nice addition.
Another nice piece on the Interceptor are the leatherette handgrips. They might be real leather, I’m not sure. They look good, and have a nice feel. The reason I mention the grips, is that when this bike starts really moving, you will be gripping them quite tightly. Other than the acceleration and speed, the grips might be the only other thing you notice when you have this baby ramped up. Consider the fact that you don’t have to go full speed all the time. A nice easy 12-14 mph is a comfortable pace on a E-bike.
I got a chance to talk to Terry, one of the owners of Pedego, on the phone. I had a few questions about the bike I needed answered before I sat down to write this review. He is a knowledgeable guy who was fun to talk E-bikes with. If you have any needs or concerns about getting your new Pedego E-bike, he will be glad to help you. They have a well set-up website, and also organize Pedego owner rides. You can also find them on Facebook to follow along with their desire to get you on two wheels. They love bikes, and it shows.
Terry told me of the many benefits of E-bikes. Of course, he was preaching to the choir, if you catch my drift. I hope to meet him in person at an up-coming Pedego owners bike ride. My wife and I have E-Zipps, but I am assured we will be welcome to join in. In addition to everyday rides and the work commute, part of the fun of bikes in general is to join in with others that share your love of the fun, thrill, and freedom a bike offers.
Here in San Diego, your Pedego connection is Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center. They have the full line available and offer sales and service. They can also rent you a Pedego by the hour, half day, or day to see the town. This is a great opportunity to try one out before your purchase. But keep your plastic handy, as an E-bike is so much fun and useful, you will almost be assured of owning one before your day is done. And if you are anything like my wife and I, you will find the bike will pay for itself before you know it.
Thanks for reading. As my blog continues to become more popular, I want to thank you for the support and interest. Thank you so very much, Turbo Bob.
“The bicycle had, and still has, a humane, almost classical moderation in the kind of pleasure it offers. It is the kind of machine that a Hellenistic Greek might have invented and ridden. It does no violence to our normal reactions: It does not pretend to free us from our normal environment.”—J. B. Jackson.
You can find Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center on Facebook or