Pedego Elevate Video Review – $5.5k Full Suspension, Shimano E8000, Electric Mountain Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/elevate/ The Pedego Elevate is a powerful, well-balanced, trail or all-mountain style electric bike with 140 mm dual air suspension, available from one of the largest ebike dealer networks in the world with a great warranty and two sizes. This is the first Class 1 pedal assist only electric bike from Pedego, the Shimano E8000 motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque for instant power and a more natural feel. Boost hub spacing with thru-axles provides strength for the larger plus sized tires, extra-large 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide leverage for stopping at speed and they cool faster, nice Race Face pedals, stem, and handlebar. Narrow-wide chainring, frame-mount plastic guide, and upgraded Shimano SLX derailleur with one-way clutch reduces drops and chain bounce, the motor supports faster 120+ RPM pedaling but does whine at speed, no shift sensing, larger and heavier battery charger, display readouts aren’t as easy to adjust on the fly without removing your hand.

Comments

Aaron Kuehn says:

What does tubeless ready mean?

Ron OBlack says:

Court, great review. I have a Pedego Ridgerider and I love having a throttle.

eBikeSupply says:

Unfortunately, the Shimano motor needs some refining, not unlike the first gen Dura Ace Di2 7970. I did some runs on the Luge with Pivots new full carbon Shuttle and it sounds like a dentist drill on the trail. As with most of Pedegos line-up, price to value ratio is low. 90s suspension kinematics and Sr Suntour forks, this bike is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the uninformed.

Steve Donovan says:

I would like to offer a suggestion. Interest in the mountain biking community these last few years has picked up over the quality and design characteristics of the rear hub. Durability has been a growing concern with lighter weight materials, for example aluminum free-hubs and steel sprockets biting into them. Also, the points of engagement (POE) and how quickly the chain-driven cassette sprocket engages and drives the wheel hub. With my mid drive, when the chain turning the specified rear sprocket engaged the actual wheel hub to turn the wheel, the split second time delay could be quite noticeable. So I replaced the Shimano Acera hub for a different model with about 2.5 times the speed of engagement and my ride, especially when using throttle-only, is smoother in response and more dependable when changing speed and/or shifting. I’ve felt the difference between a high end fast engagement hub and a more typical offering could affect one’s impression of a mid drive motor in how efficient and even natural it rides. I know this may sound more technical and not considered by a lot of people looking at ebikes but wheel hubs as I assume you know are very important in the quality of the bike and since it’s a growing awareness in the non-electric community I thought you might consider picking up on it at least with some ebikes, probably higher priced, that might integrate higher end hubs.

Larry Conger says:

Great Review Court, nice to see them branching out!

DP ie says:

I would climb that hill with my normal mtb…..but then again I live in Switzerland. :-)

Yasir mahmood says:

Way too expensive man and not even twist throttle

Christopher Wain says:

If an electric bike takes a car off the road it’s all good but these bikes are just creating more consumables things to buy and throw away good for businesses to create another revenue stream :(

T Spurlock says:

Nice report, nice bike. I appreciate the honest reporting with the designer standing there. Good points about the controls, not as convenient as the Yamaha PWX motor setup. The bike looks much like a 2017 Haibike, with a different motor. I like the swing-arm, having a nice offset on the bottom horizontal member to clear the chain better. Haibike costs less, more travel, weighs less, includes a dropper seat, and offers more options. Haibike using the Yamaha motor did a better job on the ergonomics and display options, such as exact battery percentage available, and up and down power level buttons. Pedego makes good stuff, but Haibike has this bike beat I’m afraid.

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