A powerful mid-geared motor makes the iZip E3 Dash live well up to its name. Boasting ten Shimano gears, the iZip E3 weighs in at just under 55 pounds. Its motor is a 350-Watt mid-mounted, geared model powered by 48-Volt 8.7 ah LG cells. This is an aluminum-frame bike complete with full fenders and mud flaps that comes in multiple sizes (but offers no frame or color options, so you can have any color you want as long as it is black). The bike also has disc brakes. The motor lacks shift sensing, but the throttle does offer a “boost mode” that will propel you up to a regulated 20MPH. There’s also a cargo rack and fully integrated LED lights.
No discussion of the iZip E3 would be complete without touching on the price. This is an expensive bicycle. In fact, we’d wager that there are people out there driving cars that don’t cost too much more than the iZip. In other words, you’ve got to have deep pockets to buy one, in that you’ve got to be okay with spending twenty-six hundred dollars, or something in that neighborhood, to acquire it. That will price the iZip well beyond the means of many riders. Even those who can afford the price tag will be reluctant to drop that much on a bicycle, and we can’t say we blame them, especially when there are less expensive electric bicycles on the market that also reach the regulated limit.
That said, the iZip E3 does have plenty to recommend it. We were impressed with the fact that we could, using pedal assist mode, push the bicycle up to 28MPH, although that does mean sucking the batteries dry all the faster. We found the iZip a very comfortable bike with well thought out features and a good, supportive saddle. Ergonomics are excellent throughout. We also appreciated the iZip’s low center of gravity, which makes it easier to handle than comparable models.
What we didn’t like about the iZip included the separate activation for the battery back and control panel, which invariably led to us forgetting to switch on one or the other. We also wonder just how durable that display is going to be if the bike is used, or stored, in inclement weather. The motor was powerful and offers lots of torque, but also kind of sluggish. The lack of shift detection further contributed to that sluggish performance. Overall, the bike is nice, but we keep coming back to the price paid versus these nagging detractors.
– Very high price
– Confusing display panel
– Lack of frame and color options
– High-torque motor propels the bike well during hill climbs
– Powerful pedal assist feature
– High-quality construction
VERDICT: While it’s a high-quality bicycle that offers good features, the price of the E3 is high enough that we don’t recommend buying it unless you luck into a sale of some kind. This is a price tag that will prove prohibitive for many buyers.