Specs, Standards and Options
The PEBL comes standard with many unique features to make your ride as fun, functional and comfortable as possible. We realize that different climates and styles of riding require different options, so we have those too!
Standard on Every PEBL:
The frame and components:
- Aluminum frame
- Lightweight and very corrosion resistant
- Standard rear suspension
- We feel this is a must in recumbent riding. On a regular bike, you can cushion the bumps with your legs, but in a recumbent, your legs are in front of you, so without suspension, especially in the rear, every bump will be absorbed by your spine and payload instead.
Sturmey Archer 90mm drum brake hubs up front, Avid BB7 disc with 200mm rotor in the back
- Sturmey Archer's oversized drum brakes are practically maintenance free and these hubs are designed specifically for recumbents. We also put an oversized disc brake rotor on the rear wheel for incredible stopping power.
- 24 inch double walled alloy rims with heavy duty spokes and extra wide, cushiony, Kenda 2.3 inch tires all around.
- We also offer wider rims and 3" cruiser tires as an option for an even softer ride.
- Sturmey Archer 8 speed internally geared rear hub
The originator of internally geared hubs, Sturmey Archer offers very reliable, beautiful, brushed aluminum hubs. Their 8 speed has a very wide range, eliminating the need for additional gearing at the pedals and allowing more room on the handlebars with their grip shifter. Makes your ride much less complicated.
Programmable 750 watt, internally geared, brushless mid-drive motor
Mid drive motor refers to a motor that is not in the hub. This allows for much better torque (hill climbing ability). The motor is also internally geared, providing even more torque. There is an optional USB interface to adjust certain parameters of the motor controller such as amperage, percent regenerative braking and acceleration. Each state has it's own laws around what is legal for an electric assist bicycle; the federal limit is 750 watts and 20 mph by motor alone, so we've factory set those at 750 and about 19.5. Your state may be different and allow for more or less, so if you decide to change the parameters, be sure to keep it legal.
- Lithium ion battery
- The PEBL comes standard with a 48 volt 16 amph lithium-ion battery that on flat roads provides up to 20- 30 miles of continuous riding without using the pedals. We live in very hilly terrain and we get 30+ miles with moderate pedaling. Our batteries are one of the safest, reliable, lightweight types of batteries available without being cost prohibitive. The battery and charger are stowed out of sight and charging is done with an extension cord that pulls out from a port in the back. The charger and battery pack can also be easily removed for inside charging. Charging one fully discharged battery takes 2.5-3 hours. We also offer additional battery power for ranges of 50, 75, 100 miles or even more with pedaling.
- Buttons for reverse, cruise control, lighting, turn signals and horn all mounted on the handlebar
- Would you drive a car without reverse? On a small recumbent bike, using your feet is effective for backing up, but in a velomobile, backing up like Fred Flintstone isn't very fun, and of course, the PEBL has a floor, so our drivetrain offers the ability to go backwards with the press of a button. Now we're talkin'!
- Cruise control, on a bike? This is a feature you'd expect to find on a car! This is particularly helpful if you have a long, flat stretch of road. When you're at your desired speed, simply press the button, take your thumb off the throttle, and the controller will keep the motor going at that speed. To turn it off, you simply press the button again, or apply the brakes.
- Full lighting all around. Powerful 18 watt LED headlights up front, 5 red LED lights all around for great night visibility. There's also turn signals, brake lights, a horn and optional interior lighting.
- Keyed power switch, USB charger and digital voltmeter on the dashboard
- There's a dashboard too? Yes, the maple dash has on it a keyed power switch, USB charger and a voltmeter. We found that the standard battery meter on most ebikes is very inadequate, so we've installed a very precise voltmeter in your dashboard so that you can more accurately keep track of your battery's charge. It's like a gas gauge in your car. The keyed power switch helps to prevent theft and you can charge your phone with the USB port.
- Regenerative braking
- Recharges the battery when you brake, especially going down a steep hill.
Made with plants
One of the very unique features of the PEBL is its body. Besides it's distinctive, aerodynamic styling, it's also made with plants. We spent hundreds of hours coming up with a combination of materials that would be good for us and the planet, and still provide a lightweight, strong and durable shell that is very forgiving to bumps and impacts. Traditional fiberglassing methods are very toxic and produce large amounts of volatile organic compound (VOC's) which are known carcinogens and significant contributors to air pollution. While strong, the product can also be somewhat brittle and prone to cracking. The PEBL's body is made from a bio-based resin derived from plants such as pine and soy. The raw materials for the resins are also certified renewable and resourced. They are co-products or waste products of other industrially important processes and do not compete with food sources or displace food-based agriculture. Farmers are our friends.
- Fully enclosed
- We live in western MA. We know about varying seasons. We want to ride our PEBL all year. The PEBL comes standard with a carpeted floor, heel wells and roll up doors to make it fully enclosed. The doors are vinyl and roll up under the roof when not needed, but can easily roll back down if they are. This feature, combined with removable flooring under the pedals, create a tremendous sense of freedom when PEBLing in the warmer weather. For colder weather, we offer a powerful, custom built, 600 watt heater as an option!
- Cloth interior
- To increase comfort and reduce noise, we've lined the entire interior of the body with soft cloth, including the cargo space. We know of no other velomobile that does this and it makes a tremendous difference in your riding experience. Would you like being in your car if it was all bare metal inside?
- Polycarbonate windshield
- The polycarbonate (Lexan) windshield is virtually unbreakable and is very lightweight.
- Trunk lid with gas lifters
- Besides being fun and looking really cool, they keep the trunk open when loading it and ease it back down when closing.
- Rear passenger seat and lots of cargo space
- The PEBL can carry 6-8 bags of groceries. The rear cargo space has two levels, so you can stash things below you'd rather not have visible. With riders, the PEBL can carry up to 350 lbs.
- The PEBL also comes standard with a rear bench seat that can hold an adult up to 5'11" or 2-3 small kids.
- Really cool looking mirrors
- Black, metal, fully adjustable mirrors that give a full view of what's behind you, without sticking out too far.
- Available in many colors
- A virtual rainbow of colors available. We offer 6 standard colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, white) but as an option, we offer almost any color you like!
- Length: 99"
- Width: 45"
- Height: 58"
- Weight: 195 lbs