Earlier this summer, Specialized released their first moped style ebike, called the Haul ST. It was the first time we saw a major bike brand enter the e-moped market. Now, Trek, through their Electra brand, has released the Ponto Go!. Yes, with an exclamation mark, like their other Go! electric bicycle models.
The Ponto Go! is a Class 3 ebike, meaning it can reach speeds of up to 28 mph using pedal assist. It also has a thumb throttle, and let’s be honest here, a bike designed like the Ponto Go! is going to have some heavy throttle usage. Moped style bikes with non-adjustable seats aren’t the greatest to pedal. I learned that with the Juiced HyperScopion, and even more so with the Super 73 Z1.
- Seating for Two
- 360 LBS Payload Capacity
- Brake Light/Turn Signals
- Adjustable Handlebar
- Passenger Features (Grab rail, foot pegs, wheel guard)
- Front Suspension
- Hydraulic Brakes
- 28 MPH Top Speed
- Electra Brand (Dealer Support)
- Fun to Ride!
- Not Super Ideal for Pedaling
- Heavy at 80 LBS
- May Not Be Welcome on all Trails
So, why would anyone want a bicycle that isn’t so great for pedaling? Well, not everyone wants to pedal. Bikes like the Ponto Go! in many ways are just a step behind a 50 cc moped, which often requires registration, licensing, and insurance, depending upon what state you live in. If you’re looking for an affordable way to scoot around town, an e-moped might be what you’re looking for.
The Ponto Go! even comes with turn signals and a rear brake light, so riding around traffic will be a little safer. Since it has pedals, and is still technically a Class 3 ebike, you may be able to ride it in bike lanes, away from traffic.
Most of all, moped style ebikes are just a lot of fun to ride. They’re as fun as a motorcycle, but without all the legal hassle, at least in most places.
A couple of cons to moped style ebikes is that they may not be welcome on every bike path, and if you’re taller, pedaling is going to be awkward. Another thing I noticed when I had my Juiced HyperScopion is that since it looked so much like a street legal moped, cars didn’t know how to behave around me. I tried riding on the side of the road, and drivers weren’t sure if they should pass, or wait to see if I was going to speed up.
So, it really just depends upon where you plan to ride. In some cities a moped style ebike, like the Ponto makes a lot of sense, and in others, not so much.
But beyond all that, what does the Ponto Go! have to offer?
- 750 Watt Rear Hub Motor
- 650 Wh Lithium-ion Battery
- 60 Nm of torque
- 28 MPH top speed
- Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- Front and Rear Integrated Lights
- Brake Light
- Turn Signals
- Seating for Two
- 360 lbs Payload Capacity
- 20″ x 4″ Tires
- Front Suspension
- Rear Wheelguard for Passenger
- Foot Pegs for Passenger
- Phone Mount
- 3-Levels of Pedal Assist
- Thumb Throttle
- 8-Speed MicroShift Transmission
- Bike Weight of About 80 Lbs
Where to Buy:
One feature I really like about the Ponto Go! is the ability to add a roomy frame bag beneath the seat. You can also add a front rack and basket, so the bike offers some decent hauling capabilities.
The battery is mounted low and center on the bike, right where you want the weight to be for good handling. It’s easily removable for charging on or off the bike. Overall, the frame style of the Ponto Go! is unique. Well, as unique is it can be, knowing that there are zillions of other moped style ebikes out there. It has a fairly sleek, purpose-built look.
The front suspension will be welcome by city commuters. Couple that with the 4-inch wide tires, and the bike will offer a comfortable ride up front. The turn signals are bright enough to be seen. I would have preferred that they be mounted on the seat stays, so they’re positioned farther apart, like Aventon has done with many of their models, but at least they’ll grab attention.
Overall, one of the best things about the Ponto Go! is that it’s made by Electra, which is part of Trek. So, you know you’re getting a bike from a reputable brand that offers dealer support.
If you really like this style of ebikes, but prefer to pedal, or be more welcome on a variety of trails, I’d recommend taking a look at the Rad Power Bikes RadRunner, or even a fat tire ebike like the Lectric XP 3.0. Another great option is the Specialized Haul ST. You can read a comparison between the RadRunner and Haul ST, here.
But, the Electra Ponto Go! is still a sweet ride for the right person! It’s great to see the big names get in the game. Dealer support is so nice to have.