EG Zurich 350 IX Review

Eg Zurich 350 Ix Electric Bike Review 1
Eg Zurich 350 Ix
Eg Zurich 350 Ix 350w 8fun Motor
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Removable Battery Pack
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Trigger Throttle
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Enclosed Chain Guard
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Led Headlight
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Nexus Hub
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Electric Bike Review 1
Eg Zurich 350 Ix
Eg Zurich 350 Ix 350w 8fun Motor
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Removable Battery Pack
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Trigger Throttle
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Enclosed Chain Guard
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Led Headlight
Eg Zurich 350 Ix Nexus Hub

Summary

  • Stiff, efficient and affordable city style electric bike with pedal assist and twist throttle mode
  • Includes front and rear fenders, LED lights and a sturdy rear rack for transport utility
  • Basic pedal assist sensor is less smooth, weight of hub motor on front wheel can impact steering a bit

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

EG (EverGreen)

Model:

Zurich 350 IX

Price:

$1,799 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57 lbs (25.85 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

21 in (53.34 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte Super Black, Polished Aluminum Silver

Frame Fork Details:

High Tencil Steel

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Microshift Index Triggers on Right Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Stem:

Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Promax Mechanical V-Brakes, Tektro Levers with Motor Cutoff

Grips:

Rubber, Ergonomic

Saddle:

Velo Low Profile Hybrid

Rims:

Double Walled Aluminum Alloy

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

CST City, 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Kevlar Lined, Reflective Sidewall

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Deflopilator Spring to Stabilize Front Wheel, Front and Rear LED Lights, Rear Carry Rack with Pannier Blockers and Thick Tubing, Fully Enclosed ABS Plastic Chain Guard, ABS Fenders with Mud Flaps, Single Sided Kickstand, Bell on Left Bar

Other:

Lockable Removable Battery Pack

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

8Fun

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

12 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

432 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Level, Assist Level (1-3)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Zurich 350 IX by EG is a stiff and efficient city style electric bike with narrower tires and more traditional forward-leaning frame design that’s easy to mount on racks and convenient for commuting. The fenders, lights and rack match perfectly and even though there aren’t any shock absorbers the front fork is steel which reduces vibration and smoothes out the ride. With four levels of pedal assist and a trigger throttle this bike can scoot you around or climb and go for distance. I love the Shimano Nexus hub and overall balance (battery in the rear and motor in the front) but the motor weight does impact steering to a limited extent. It’s a compromise at a decent price point and it looks very sharp.

The motor driving this ebike is by 8FUN which is a trusted manufacturer from Asia. It’s black, to match the bike, and geared so it’s got more torque for acceleration and climbing without the added weight of a direct drive (gearless) solution. Offering 350 watts of power it’s very capable (even spinning the front wheel a bit if you gun it on gravel surfaces). There’s a spring going from the front fork to the downtube (called a deflopilator) meant to keep the bike steady when loading with gear and probably also to help with the added weight of the hub motor. Overall, it’s a decent design and it balances out the weight while providing space in the rear for an internally geared Nexus hub which stays clean and can be shifted at standstill.

The battery pack is slim, removable and painted black to match the rest of the bike. If you live in hot environments consider covering it with white or silver tape or putting a bag on top because heat is bad for Lithium-ion cells and well… black absorbs heat. The pack offers 36 volts of power and 12 amp hours of capacity. That’s a touch above average and I like the design overall. It’s great that the rear rack is a bit oversized to support the battery and any bags or panniers you add. Note that the larger gauge tubing may not fit all generic accessories.

Given the more standard straight top tube design of this bike and removable battery it’s going to be easier to mount onto hanging style bike racks (like those that attach to the back of cars). The front hub motor design also makes changing flats easier because the motor isn’t near the gears and chain which add complexity. This bike is a step above some “do it yourself” conversions and I like how it all matches. The control panel is simple and while it lacks speed, distance and precise battery indicators it looks durable and lets you choose from throttle mode or pedal assist. That’s the real advantage compared with a conversion kit which might not have assist (or would be complicated to install on the bottom bracket).

This isn’t the fanciest electric bike but it’s feature complete. The pedal assist modes can feel jerkier than newer ebikes with speed, torque and cadence sensors but those also cost more. There’s a certain charm and uniqueness with the Zurich 350 IX and I enjoyed riding it. It would be good for someone who enjoys pedaling along because the wheels and tires are so efficient. The internally geared Nexus hub will stay clean and require less maintenance but does add to the price and weight here. The fully enclosed chain guard also keeps things clean. To me this is a mid-level ebike in a world where so many cost $2K+ and others lack the features and quality seen here.

Pros:

  • Everything matches on the black version from the battery to the fenders and even the motor!
  • Well balanced with the battery in the rear and the motor up front
  • Lots of extras including deflopilator spring to stabilize front fork, fenders, LED lights, fully enclosed chain guard
  • Shimano Nexus internally geared hub stays clean, requires less maintenance and can be switched when standing still
  • Nice ergonomic grips decrease hand fatigue when riding
  • Removable battery pack reduces weight of bike during transport and makes charging more convenient
  • Extra sturdy rack works well for bags or panniers but uses slightly thicker tubing than standard
  • Internally routed wires look great and stay out of the way
  • Four levels of pedal assist for extended range or climbing and thumb throttle drive mode for relaxed cruising
  • Adjustable stem requires tools but gives you some flexibility in ride position

Cons:

  • Black battery pack may heat up faster than if it were silver or white, heat can damage Lithium batteries so consider covering with white tape or a cargo bag
  • Front mounted motor creates a gyroscopic pull and added weight that changes the steering a bit
  • LED lights have to be turned on independently, easier to forget
  • Stiffer electric bike with no suspension fork or padded saddle though the steel fork helps
  • Somewhat limited availability (may have to order online and finish assembly at destination)
  • Heavier than some other folding electric bikes at ~57lbs in part due to Nexus Hub

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Comments (14) YouTube Comments

bikerjohn
6 years ago

Today I settled on this bike through Electric Bikes of New England. After speaking to Paul Morlock, the proprietor, he even gave me free shipping. Seemed like a good deal!

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Court
6 years ago

Awesome! Glad it worked out for you man, looks like a great shop :)

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bikerjohn
6 years ago

The EG Zurich 350 IX is a lot of bike for the money! 3 days in with this bike, I remain completely positively impressed with e bike commuting.

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Court
5 years ago

Thanks for the testimonial bikerjohn! Glad to hear this thing is working out well for you :)

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Ian
5 years ago

I’m assuming this doesn’t have regenerative braking since it wasn’t mentioned in the review. Are there any other similar city bikes in the price range that have regenerative brakes? Also, how important would you say that feature is overall? I’m thinking about doing a 21 mile each way commute and just wanted to know if that would come in handy for keeping my range topped off.

Also, on a side note, do you think that 21 miles each way is too long for a bike commute? I figure if I can get a quick bike with around 25 mph top speed I’ll be able to cruise at that speed for quite a bit of it, and maybe do the commute in an hour one-way which would be about the same time doing it stuck in traffic burning gas.

Thanks in advance for your reply!

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Ian
5 years ago

Also, another quick question – you have 20 mph listed as the top speed but the EGBike site has it listed as 25 mph. I’m assuming they’ve got the more accurate data on that?

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Ian
5 years ago

I’m 6’1″ – would this bike work well for me on long commutes? I noticed that when you were riding in your demo that you were a little hunched over to get down to the handle bars. Just wondering if maybe it’s designed for smaller framed riders rather than tall, lanky ones like myself :)

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Court
5 years ago

Good question, they might have changed it but the bike I rode went 20mph and that’s the legal limit in the USA. Maybe reach out to them or call, I’d love to know what they say if you can share here once you find out :)

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Court
5 years ago

This bike doesn’t offer regenerative braking but there are several brands that do (Stromer, BionX, Falco) and I’ve heard mixed reviews on how well it works. You will definitely feel it and it will save your brake pads some wear but I think it adds to the price so other brands don’t include it.

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Court
5 years ago

Hi Ian, I’d call this a medium sized bike and the high-step version is longer than the low-step so that’s the best option. You would probably fit alright but might feel a little cramped vs. getting a larger frame on something like the Neo Cross or E3 Dash. That said, one member of the forums recently got the EG Zurich and really likes it, you could ask him here.

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bikerjohn
5 years ago

Ian , on the subject of bike speed, distance, and energy consumption:

Averaging 25 mph requires a high amount of rider input as well as a high gear inch ratio. Combining those two aspects utilize a riders average sustained cadence capability to maximize bike speed .

Consider long distance biking assistance can be supplied with an electric motor.
An extreme example of the benefit from power assisted biking can be illustrated by answering a question from a would be bike commuter: A cyclist is interested in commuting a round trip distance of 42 miles and would prefer to accomplish that commute in under an hour each way, expecting a need to average 25 mph on the commute. Is it possible to accomplish that on an electric bike?

Answer: Perhaps that is a bit of a stretch of capability. Keep in mind that traveling a distance of say 40-50 miles at an average speed of say 25 mph, would require a large amp hour capacity battery (perhaps upwards of 36+ volts and 20+ ah) for a hub motored e-bike going that distance and speed. Also bear in mind that weight, wind, and rider effort are contingent. At a slower pace, using more rider effort, 40-50 miles can be achieved with 36 volts and 12 ah capacity on my Zurich 350 IX. The most significant difference required to accomplish that distance is greater rider input (substantial) and a lower average speed (say 15 mph).

The greater the speed and distance on a bike, the greater the energy required. The greater the assistance provided by the motor of an e-bike, the greater drain there will be on battery energy.

Understand too, that the greater your pedal effort, the less power drain there is on the battery. For example, if the goal for average speed is 25 mph, and if “full throttle” assist is needed in order to accomplish that speed average, then battery power consumed will be greater than if you were able to achieve that speed average with a low power assist setting.

The greatest asset to conserving battery power is pedaling effort! Adding more of your own pedaling effort, will decrease battery power consumption. Perhaps regenerative braking can help extend battery power too. But I suspect the regenerative gain is of minimal benefit for extending battery power availability on long commutes.

With the Zurich bike, I have found that my speed is limited by the gearing of the Nexus hub along with my ability to maintain hi cadence pedal effort, -regardless of electric assistance. If I could maintain a cadence of 100 rpm on my Zurich, then my average speed would be about 23.5 mph. Therein lies the limitation of speed on any bike you intend to pedal. My fastest steady cadence is about 85 rpm. I can reach a cadence upwards of 100 rpm but only for fractions of a minute. So it is a combination of a cyclist’s cadence capability, and gearing which combined will determine maximum speed.

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bikerjohn
5 years ago

Ian, I may have written a confusing answer previously as to a maximum sustainable speed with the Zurich or with any bike… Basically it is contingent on rider weight and input effort, as well as environmental factors such as wind and also the energy level remaining in the battery between recharge.

– My best speed average on my 16-18 mile r/t commute has been about 19.5 mph;
– Inbound, the 8 miles from my house to Hilton is slightly downhill, and my maximum sustainable average speed is about 20.5 mph.
– If I could maintain a cadence of 100 rpm in high gear, with the configuration of the Zurich bike, my speed average would be 23.5 mph; (I have not been able to maintain that cadence for longer than a fraction of a minute.)
– I often reach a peak speeds of over 30 mph but that is on a downhill, and has little to do with e-motor assistance.
– At full throttle, I can discern power assistance up to 24 mph or so.

Being a lighter weight would not achieve much faster average speed. But a lighter weight would enable less battery power drain over a given distance.

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Mike
5 years ago

bkerjohn Has your bike held up?

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bikerjohn
5 years ago

Mike, the EG Zurich has been a great commuter bike. Since acquiring the bike in May, I have logged 106 trips, with a total of 1,909.21 miles, in 108:54:10 hours, -averaging 17.64 mph; I have noticed a slight depletion of overall battery capacity, but the battery seems to have plenty of reserve to cover 20-25 miles/ 90 minutes of biking before recharging.

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