The Trikke Pon-e 48v Electric Scooter
I spent over a year reviewing the the Trikke Pon-E 48v Electric Scooter. It is by far one of the best recreational/exercise devices I’ve played with in a long time. When we originally contacted John Simpson in 2012 we told him we would like to check his Trikke out and write a review. When it came in the Editor Brade Smith went nuts over it and wanted to get it in my hands. He contacted John Simpson again and said “Hey listen… I know a guy that is really a pretty big guy, he would benefit from the Trikke, but he is over the weight capacity. ” John didn’t skip a beat he said “Go for it”.
This is where I get to tell you how well this machine is built. Most of these electric scooters are made with cheap parts. When I started riding the Trikke I was about 100 pounds over the weight capacity of the Trikke Pon-e 48v. I fully expected the Trikke to break and send me flying into a jogger on the bike path to and from work everyday at some point. It didn’t. Not only did it not break, but I have spent over a YEAR putting 12 miles a day on the thing (clearly on days that were warm enough to ride, and not raining (although I did go out in wet weather, I did not do it in actual rain).
Needless to say, I am now at the weight capacity of the Trikke 48v. That’s right I lost 105 pounds using the Trikke Pon-e 48v. I can say it was just the Trikke because I’ve done nothing different. NOTHING. I am a diabetic. I had pitting edema in my legs (this means when you push my leg it would dent in and stay that way for a few minutes). It happens because of poor circulation. I had hyper-tension (common in folks with pitting edema, less circulation in the legs = more pressure above the legs).
I don’t have pitting edema anymore. My blood pressure is on average 125 over 72 and my pulse went from 85-90 (resting) to 60-65. I FEEL GREAT. The whole reason is the Trikke Pon-E 48v. It has changed my life. The design is ingenious you stand on it and do this carving motion while using the throttle to engage the electric motor. The faster you carve the faster you go. The Trikke Pon-e 48v has 2 speeds. If you have it in position 1 you will go about 12 miles an hour full throttle. If you have it in position 2 you will go about 18 mph.
The range is pretty amazing. Now if you weigh about 200 pounds you are looking at between 22-24 miles on a single charge (on speed 1). If you weigh 450 and you inflate the tires to 90 psi and have it set on speed 1 you will get about 12 miles out of it. The tire psi is KEY.
Working on the Trikke to perform maintenance is a dream. It is easy, and something you should do if you are going to ride over the weight capacity. I repacked the wheel bearings in grease at the beginning of the spring to make sure I didn’t wear them out. It was easy and took me about 15 minutes.
The batteries are expensive (they run about 750 bucks) and the machine itself (which comes with a battery) is about $2200-$2400 depending on your dealer and their pricing/promotions. As you can imagine for the price tag it better be good right? It is. Nothing is cheap or poorly made, it is well constructed, it is a real tool.
Aside from the weight loss, I spent about $75 a week going to work and back in gas (I do have a truck). During the spring, summer and fall I saved a considerable amount of money going back and forth with the Trikke. The battery charges in 3 hours from a completely discharged state. It costs 10 cents to charge. Any questions? Seriously, it is almost the cost of the trike from May through October in gas savings in the first year.
Riding the Trikke Pon-e 48v has been like meditating for me. It allows me to think about what I’m going to do for the day on the way to work, and it allows me to discharge all that stress during the day on the way home. It took me about 35 minutes to go to and from work each day along a beautiful bike path on the Fox River. The sun coming up over the river, the ducks and geese walking around… the rush of the river as it flows, and the light hum of my Trikke Pon-e moving toward my destination in no particular hurry. Even when it is hot the breeze from being on the Trikke is refreshing and my new tanned color looks pretty good on me! I have tons of energy and I can tell you that my stress levels are on the floor compared to where they were. I was a candidate for a heart attack.
The Trikke Pon-e 48v saved my life, I can tell you that with certainty. I’m going to ride it until it drops or I do. If you are interested in getting on check out http://www.trikke.com/product/trikke-ev-48v/ for more information. They have other models that are cheaper, have less battery assist and more carving for those of you who are interested in more exercise or a smaller price tag. I have not used any of them so I can’t speak to their durability or performance, but I can wholeheartedly sign off on the 48v version.
I give the Trikke Pon-e 48v 5 out of 5 stars and the 2013 Reviewboard Magazine Product of the Year Award.
Update** I’ve included some video that I found on youtube of the trikke in action, I tried recording some video while riding but it didn’t come out looking very good: