2019 iGO Electric Bikes at Interbike

Court

Administrator
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Hi guys! iGO had a beautiful booth at Interbike 2018, showcasing a portion of their 2019 lineup. It's a big year for them with a completely new lineup of electric bikes. Some of the standout features include custom integrated batteries and motors, premium Shimano drive E8000 systems, and lightweight carbon fiber models, one with the new compact Bafang motor. This company has been in business since 2006 and entered the United States in 2010, it's a Canadian company that is based in Montreal, Québec. This conversation was filmed with a marketing representative from the company named Damo.

Feel free to skip ahead with the following timestamps:
  • Aspire Series 1:36
  • Discovery Series 5:25
  • Outland Series 12:34
  • Performance Plus Series 16:33
  • Carbon Road 19:32

iGO is utilizing several drive systems for their 2019 ebikes in the US and these are the models we looked at during the show:
  • iGO Aspire $1,899 (uses a hub motor and hidden downtube battery, has cool pedal foot straps, it's like a hipster city road bike, it can be setup with a cadence or torque sensor, technically the battery is removable through the bottom bracket area for storage and charging indoors during winter months, comes in multiple sizes)
  • iGO Discovery 26 $1,999 and Horizon (they use the same integrated downtube battery as all other Discovery line models, they use Samsung batteries, the Discovery Horizon uses a propretary mid-motor vs. the hub motor on the Discovery 26)
  • iGO 27.5 Dual Suspension Mid $3,999 (part of the Outland Series, has air suspension and thru-axles, uses the proprietary battery and in-house mid-motor with upgraded 120 Nm torque output, custom display with USB and Bluetooth for a smartphone app)
  • iGO Fat Hub $2,699 (part of the Outland Series, has a 500 watt geared hub motor offering up to 120 newton meters of torque, it's even cheaper at $2,399 if you get it without the suspension fork)
  • iGO Carbon 27.5 Dual Suspension $5,999 (uses the Shimano STePs drive system with integrated 504 watt hour battery and E8000 motor, Fox air suspension front and rear, Shimano 11-42 tooth cassette)
  • iGO Carbon Fat (fully submersible super tough motor MPS 6.1 Drive mid-drive motor)
  • iGO Carbon Road $4,299 (lightweight design at ~28.6lbs / 12.97kg, compact Bafang m800 mid-drive motor, comes in multiple sizes)
It sounds like all of their hub motor electric bikes can be setup with a torque sensor or cadence sensor, to deliver a different ride experience. This is unique in the world of ebikes, where choice is usually limited... Their proprietary mid-motor measures both torque and cadence together, for the most natural ride. In terms of sizing and colors, most models are limited to keep the price down, but some of the higher-end ones do come in multiple sizes. Even with the single size options, iGO has this "Ergofit" concept where the bike is meant to be highly adjustable. They claim that these models can fit riders between 5' (152.4cm) and 6'4" (182.9cm) comfortably.

It sounds like iGO chose to make their own frames, batteries, and motors so that they could optimize the experience and streamline support for owners... it's easier and faster to get parts if you need them. It's interesting to hear that their motor is rated at 500 watts, while most mainstream drive units are rated at 250 or 350, but they also said that the motor could be 8-12lbs, which is on the heavier side. I was really impressed with some of the smart wire management going on, how they used a rubber cover to make it easier to reach wires. Their custom battery pack has an integrated USB port for charging accessories when it's on or off the bike. I was told that every one of their ebikes would have bluetooth and work with a smartphone app that runs through a diagnostic checklist, so you know the status of everything.

iGO offers a two-year comprehensive warranty for all of their mechanical components and electrical but the battery gets slightly less at 18 months vs. 24 months. Their dealer network in North America has been growing significantly.

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I have introduced a universal service fee for my reviews and some in-depth videos like this one. iGO paid me to produce this longer video of their ebikes. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and post are not meant to be an endorsement of their products. I am labeling this video as an #AD to be transparent and honest with you.
 

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Mike's E-Bikes

Well-Known Member
Looks like it will be a great line up to carry. March (when they get delivered) should be fun !

Even better, their prices are reasonable for what you get, and NOT increasing from where they are now.

P.S. I have personally decided, if any OEM is giving me quality control problems throughout an entire line up, I am dropping them the next year. There are just too many other choices, to stick with a vendor that can't get it's act together on initial quality. So its nice to see IGO design and manufacture a lot of their own components. Also VERY re-freshing to a line up that starts at reasonable price points with a number of models, including the carbon frames and mid drives.
 

energy11

New Member
Hi Court, any chance you will get a chance to review the iGO Aspire? First time I've seen a road bike at such an affordable price. Smaller battery and smaller motor I would think means one has to work a bit more but the power is there when needed. Many thanks
 

bob armani

Well-Known Member
iGO Aspire-Nice commuter in a very nice weight class compared to others at a much higher price point. Sounds like the IGO rep said they can accommodate anyone from 5-6ft tall which is really nice to see. However, this bike (once again with others Propella, etc) reminds me a bit of the BH EasyGo Race with the same 250watt Dapu rear hub motor and in the lightweight class of bikes. Thanks for posting Court!
 

energy11

New Member
The Aspire has an uncanny resemblance to the Desiknio which Court reviewed earlier this early. Both minimalist quasi road bikes which have the battery exiting through the bottom of the down post. Technical specs for the Desiknio are of a higher quality but so is the price. Can't wait for the Aspire to hit the market early next year.
 

bob armani

Well-Known Member
The Aspire has an uncanny resemblance to the Desiknio which Court reviewed earlier this early. Both minimalist quasi road bikes which have the battery exiting through the bottom of the down post. Technical specs for the Desiknio are of a higher quality but so is the price. Can't wait for the Aspire to hit the market early next year.
Thanks for pointing that out. IGO really has them beat 2 fold on the pricing for basically the same setup. Go IGO!