The Trail Tracker is capable of an
extremely wide range of uses. Despite
the unstoppable off-road looks, it deals
well with the street and bike paths.
No pavement that we could find is too
beat up for these tires not to handle. To
test the sand prowess, we rode down
the actual beach with the tires at 5 psi;
the Pedego will float across soft beach
sand as long as you don’t allow the
speed to drop. It was super fun on the
damp sand down by the water.
Overall, the Pedego’s performance
is very satisfying. We have seen
that Pedego owners are passionate
about the brand, and we can see the
attraction. The bike has a nice finish
and polished performance. We alsow
liked the nice little toolkit that came with
the bike, which even included a small
bottle of touch-up paint.
Pedego’s combination of a geared
hub motor and a 48-volt battery has
literally raised the bar. For all future
road e-bikes we test, we have to rate
the performance against the Pedego’s
drive system. Off-road, the lack of
suspension limits the TT to smooth
terrain, but if you keep to smooth dirt,
sand and packed snow, it truly will
handle any surface while leaving you
with a smile. ■
Motor: 500W geared, high-torque rear
Battery: 48-V/11 Ah lithium-ion with
Samsung cells in a removable pack
Battery life: 1000 cycles
Charge time: 4–6 hours
Top speed: 20 mph (rider weight, rider
input and terrain contingent)
Range: 25–35 miles with normal
Drive: Shimano Tourney FT55 7 speed
Brakes: SRAM Avid BB7 disc brakes
Tires: Vee Rubber 26x4.00"
Controls: LCD multi-function display
with power adjustment features,
battery gauge, speedo, odo and time
Frame: Aluminum with integrated
Weight: 68 lb.
Suspension is provided by the big
tires and this suspension seatpost,
all adding up to a comfortable ride.
The Medusa of cables and quick disconnects is tamed somewhat by elegant
internal routing. The battery integrated
into the downtube adds to the great
looks of the Trail Tracker.
SRAM Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes
provide barely adequate stopping power.
The display for the controller is
large and easy to read.
The display also works as the power-level
control. It’s easily reachable from the grip.
The Tektro brake lever has an integrated bell
to let others know you’re coming.
A very small, simple plug is up at the top
of the battery, near the battery lock.
A headlight is standard for the Trail
Tracker; a taillight is not.