Buying an EBike in Canada
Buying an electric bike is an exciting purchase! It will bring SO much fun, adventure, community and convenience into your life. But, before you open your wallet, do your research and learn the ebike basics. There are new models of bikes on the market every day. You might even see them at the grocery store! Founded in 2008, Pedego is an early adopter, an expert in the electric bike field.
Pedego uses proven electric bike technology. Let us tell you about it!
There are plenty of good reasons to choose Pedego. In the end, the most important reason to you is how you feel when you ride it. It should be blissful! After you read more, connect with us to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! Pedego is here to help you with all your questions and match you to the bike of your dreams. Find a store near you and let us support you on your journey to ebike ownership!
Pedal assist systems sense your pedaling and provides assistance automatically.
They’re most popular among experienced cyclists that want a more natural, bike-like riding experience.
Pedal assist is also nice for long rides with few stops. You can just find a rhythm, relax and enjoy the ride – without holding a throttle in place.
In Canada, we have the luxury of putting throttles on our electric bikes. They are are forbidden in Europe.
Throttles provide full power on demand and we love them because they give us complete control.
They’re especially helpful for getting started from a standstill (sometimes it can be awkward to gain momentum), getting a quick burst of power to climb a hill, or safely getting through an intersection.
Use the throttle if you can’t pedal, or you just don’t feel like it. You may want to take a break on a long ride and cruise for a bit. It’s your option!
THROTTLE & PEDAL ASSIST – BOTH ARE BEST!
Our experience shows that the ideal electric bike has both pedal assist and a throttle, and the next best thing is one with only a throttle.
Most Pedego Electric Bikes sold in Canada have a throttle and the option of pedal assist.
Most people like having a throttle — they’re fun!
HUB MOTORS VS. MID DRIVES
Our philosophy is the best electric bike is the one that’s the most fun for you to ride – regardless of the motor. You will adjust to either style with a bit of riding. There are benefits to both.
Hub-drive vs Mid-drive – Understanding the Difference in Motors
The majority of electric bikes in Canada have hub motors.
They’re very popular with Canadians because they’re simple and easy to use. They seamlessly deliver power right where it’s needed – without any extra gear shifting or wear on the drivetrain.
Every Pedego with a hub motor includes a twist-and-go throttle.
Hub motors are also admired for their breathtaking performance. Most Pedegos sport a 500 watt hub motor with twice the power of a typical mid drive. You can feel the difference!
While mid drives aren’t as common, there are things that they’re ideally suited for.
The Pedego Elevate is made for seasoned mountain bikers. Its weight is lower and more centered, and the gears of the bike can be leveraged to navigate off-road terrain.
Note: Mid drives are best suited for capable cyclists who are comfortable shifting gears often. They also require additional maintenance because of the added wear on the drivetrain.
So, you can feel safe and confident in your product, it’s important to do your homework and shop smart in order to make a solid decision about your electric bike purchase. It’s especially important to research the battery as it makes up the largest cost of your ebike. You want it to be safe, durable, long lived and able to get you there AND back again.
Pedego Battery Cells
Pedego batteries are made with premium brand-name lithium-ion cells supplied by manufacturers LG, Panasonic, and Samsung. These Li-ion batteries are model 18650, named after their size (18mmx65mm). They are lightweight, have high energy capacity, and hold their charge.
There are two types of 18650 cells – those made by reputable, name-brand suppliers and everything else. The name-brand cells are much safer and more reliable than cheaper cells. Read more: READ MORE
Pedego Battery Life
Our batteries are covered by a 5-year prorated warranty because we’re so confident in our batteries and the quality of the components in them.
Lithium batteries usually don’t stop working altogether. What happens is they gradually lose their capacity over time. With proper storage and use, you can prolong the life of your battery. Get tips for this: READ MORE
Pedego Charging Time
A battery will charge in between 2-6 hours with a standard wall outlet. It uses very little energy – usually about ten cents worth of electricity.
The battery is equipped with an advanced battery management system (BMS), so you don’t have to worry about discharging it completely*, and it’s best to recharge it after each use.
And it includes a smart charger that will automatically shut off when it’s done.
*If you do discharge your battery completely, leaving it in an empty state for an extended period is not advised. We suggest that you fully charge the battery as soon as possible.
Charge by Pedaling
A Pedego battery is charged by plugging it into the wall, not by pedaling. Pedaling does extend the life of your battery, however.
The technology that would allow you to charge your bike by pedaling does exist, but it’s heavy and expensive and we’ve found that it just doesn’t make sense in the real world. The main problem is it makes your bike too heavy.
When charged, stored, and recycled properly, your Pedego battery is safe. Our batteries are made with premium brand name cells with great care and attention taken in construction. Industry experts agree you can have confidence in your product because we do an excellent job! “The best in the industry.” Learn more.
A PEDEGO IS JUST LIKE A REGULAR BIKE – ONLY BETTER!
An electric bike isn’t a completely foreign beast. Just like when you learned to ride as a kid – you hop on the seat, grip the bars and hit the pedals. Now that you’ve grown up, you want all the features added to your bike. Pedego is giving you this in spades.
Pedego batteries are made with premium brand name lithium-ion cells supplied by manufacturers LG, Panasonic, and Samsung. Pedego batteries have great range, getting you where you want to go and beyond.
THROTTLE & PEDAL ASSIST
Exclusive Pedalsense® technology gives you the freedom to ride how you want.
COMFORTABLE & USER-FRIENDLY
Choose from more than 15 models to find the perfect fit for you!
A powerful, whisper-quiet motor delivers best in class acceleration and hill climbing.
QUALITY THAT LASTS
Premium, name-brand components from the ground up and an industry-leading 5-year warranty. Learn more about Pedego Care’s best ebike warranty…
Join a Community of Riders!
A huge part of the exciting experience of owning an electric bike comes from joining a community of enthusiastic riders. From the owner of your local Pedego dealer to the matrix of stores across North America to the other Pedego owners, you will find someone to take a spin with you. Sign up for a group ride, attend a Pedego Palooza and even track your distance ridden with mile marker pins.
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