The Hase Pino is, we believe, the very best way for two people to ride together. It's semi-recumbent tandem, meaning the front rider is recumbent and the rear rider is upright. This places the stoker (or non-steering rider) in a comfortable position with full view of the vistas ahead.
The Pino has a couple of design tweaks that make it handle and ride better than other semi-recumbent tandems as well:
This is the 2020 "Tour" model, which has upgraded components and a black paint job. See the exact specifications in the "Specs" tab.
The motor works to assist your pedal power. It will turn on to the power level that you select on the display as soon as you start pedaling. When you stop pedaling, the motor shuts off. You can also purchase a handlebar mounted throttle to engage the motor if you'd like to cruise around without pedaling.
Each system is limited to the road-legal top speed of 20mph. However, with the speed limiting removed, the top speed varies with wheel size. 20” version = 20mph; 26" = 25mph; 700C and 29er = 27mph
The battery life varies based on numerous factors (the power level used, the rider’s weight, the amount of pedal assistance, cargo, terrain, wind, etc). Even a cargo-bike rider using full power can expect at least 20 miles to a charge, and you get over 60 miles on a standard bike using lower power settings and pedaling normally. Most folks report a battery range between 25 and 45 miles.
The total system weighs 18.1 lbs, but it replaces your rear wheel, which weighs 2-3 lbs. So it will add 15-16 lbs to your bike, but the power it gives you will offset its weight 20 times over!
The Meridian requires a bike with:
We suggest having this system professionally installed. The cost for this is $159, and generally $150-250 at most local bike shops comfortable with electric assist installation. If you'd like to install it yourself, please contact us for instructions.
The entire system comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Essentially, that means that any damage not caused by an accident or misuse is covered. See the full warranty here.
It really comes down to how well you, the battery’s owner, care for it. With that said, you can expect a full 400 cycles with the standard charger before the battery life drops to 80% of its original capacity. But with the variable charger, you can extend that number to 1,000 cycles or more. Find out how here. We warranty the battery for 2 years with some stipulations (see warranty section for more information).
From completely flat, the standard battery takes 6 hours to charge, and the extended battery takes 8 hours to charge. Want faster charging speeds? Check out the variable charger!
Nope. But don’t leave it plugged in for too long (24 hours or more). It keeps the cells from dropping down to their resting voltage and prematurely ages the pack.
No! Actually, it's best to not completely discharge the battery. We suggest you simply recharge the battery overnight after riding, regardless of whether it's completely dead or not.
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