iGO Electric Core Extreme 3.0 Review

Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electric Bike Review
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Bafang Planetary Geared Hub Motor 500 To 750 Watt
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Downtube Integrated Battery 48 Volt 13 Amp Hour
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Handlebar Grips Shifter And Display
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Grayscale Lcd Display Panel And Trigger Throttle
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Kenda Juggernaut 4 5 Fat Tires
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electronics Access Port Bottom Bracket Box
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Aluminum Alloy 110mm Fenders Rear Rack And 2 Led Light
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Mechanical Disc Brakes Tektro Aries 180mm Rotors
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Shimano Altus Derailleur 8 Speed Drivetrain Narrow Wide Chainring
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Ebike
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electric Fat Bike In Snow
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Ebike Charger 2 Amp
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Manual Toolkit And Keys
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Stock High Step Grey
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electric Bike Review
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Bafang Planetary Geared Hub Motor 500 To 750 Watt
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Downtube Integrated Battery 48 Volt 13 Amp Hour
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Handlebar Grips Shifter And Display
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Grayscale Lcd Display Panel And Trigger Throttle
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Kenda Juggernaut 4 5 Fat Tires
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electronics Access Port Bottom Bracket Box
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Aluminum Alloy 110mm Fenders Rear Rack And 2 Led Light
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Mechanical Disc Brakes Tektro Aries 180mm Rotors
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Shimano Altus Derailleur 8 Speed Drivetrain Narrow Wide Chainring
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Ebike
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Electric Fat Bike In Snow
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Ebike Charger 2 Amp
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Manual Toolkit And Keys
Igo Electric Core Extreme 3 0 Stock High Step Grey

Summary

  • A hardtail electric fat bike with extra large 4.5" wide tires that improve float and traction. Gnarly Kenda Juggernaut tires feature bigger knobs spaced further apart that dig into loamy, snowy, or sandy terrain. Redesigned hydroformed aluminum alloy frame is sturdy but approachable with lower standover height, due to aggressively sloped top tube, and fully integrated downtube battery pack. The bike is feature complete with alloy fenders, rear rack, and integrated lights.
  • Advanced 32 pulse cadence sensor is responsive and durable. Unique "Electronics Access Port" bottom bracket box makes the bike easy to service, improving reliability since this is a direct-order ebike. Powerful 48 volt 13 amp hour battery system uses a powerful 22 amp controller that supports a 500 to 750 watt hub motor offering up to 80 newton meters of torque. The punched out rims reduce rolling mass and overall weight, making the bike easier to start.
  • Simple greyscale display is easy to read, interact with, and even has a full sized USB Type A charging port built in so you can maintain a phone, run additional lights, or use other portable electronic devices. Variable speed trigger throttle is reliable and ideal for off-road riding because it offers full power override in all 9 levels of assist. Overall great attention to detail with sturdy spokes, slap guard, derailleur guard, narrow wide chainring, optimized 11 to 34 tooth cassette with 8 speed drivetrain, adjustable suspension fork, great pedals, kickstand, and integrated bell.
  • Only available in one frame size and color, but the long 350mm seat post and adjustable angle stem provide a decent range of fit options. The bike is fairly heavy at 73.9lbs, but they've kept weight mostly low and center. The suspension fork uses a straight steer tube, so upgrade options are somewhat limited, and it locks out vs. compression adjust and felt kind of bouncy to me. Mechanical disc brakes aren't as easy to operate as hydraulic, but they do have motor inhibitors and are easier to repair "in the wild" if necessary.

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

iGO Electric

Model:

Core Extreme 3.0

Price:

$1,899 ($2,499 CAD, Free Shipping in North America)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Commuting, Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 18 Months on Battery

Availability:

Canada, United States

Model Year:

20202021

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

73.9 lbs (33.52 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.1 lbs (3.22 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.47 lbs (4.29 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, Hydroformed

Frame Sizes:

17.75 in (45.08 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.75" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 26.75" Stand Over Height, 31.5" Minimum Saddle Height, 37.5" Maximum Saddle Height, 27.5" Width, 77" Length, 47" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matt Graphite Grey with Black and Gloss Metallic Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RST Guide 26 Coil Suspension, 80mm Travel, Lockout, Preload Adjust, 32mm Stanchions, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

175mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Slotted Axle, 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano HG MEGARANGE CS-HG41-8ao 11-34 Tooth Nickel Plated Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Rapidfire Triggers on Right (One-Way High Lever, Three-Shift Low Lever)

Cranks:

Prowheel Zephyr Forged Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, 104 BCD 38 Tooth Narrow Wide Steel Chainring with Aluminum Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo K79 Aluminum Alloy Platform, Large, Fixed Pins

Headset:

Neco Threadless, Internal Cups, Cartridge Bearing, Straight 1-1/8" (44mm Outer Diameter)

Stem:

Promax Adjustable Angle (+40 and -40 Degrees), 110mm Length, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter, One 20mm Tapered Spacer, One 5mm Spacers, One 15mm Tapered Spacer

Handlebar:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy, Low-Rise, 690mm Length, Black

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 180mm Rotors, Four-Finger Levers with Rubberized Edge, Integrated Bell, Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Velo, Flat Rubber, Locking, Black

Saddle:

Selle Royal Viento, Sport, Black

Seat Post:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy, Single-Bolt Clamp

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.4 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, Punched Out, 95mm Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front, 12 Gauge Rear, Adjustable Brass Nipples, Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Juggernaut, 26" x 4.5" (116-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

5 to 30 PSI, 0.4 to 2.1 BAR, 60 TPI Casing

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Custom iGO Rear Rack with Standard Gauge Pannier Hangers and Triple Bungee Strap (25kg 55lb Max Weight), Aluminum Alloy Fenders (110mm Width), Oversteer Bumpers on Downtube, Clear Sticker Slap Guard, Rear-Mount Adjustable Kickstand (40mm Bolt Spacing), Buchel Shiny 50 Integrated Front Light (50 Lumen, Side Windows), Buchel Edge Integrated Rear Light (2 LED)

Other:

Locking Removable Integrated Downtube Battery Pack, MDA 1.6lb 54.6 Volt 2 Amp Charger, Ergofit System Allows the Seat to Reach Lower Positions and the Stem and Handlebars to Adjust, Internal Cable Routing, 48 Volt 22 Amp 9 Mosfet Controller (Proprietary Programming), 136kg (300lbs) Max Load, Rust Resistant KMC Z8

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang RMG062.500.DC

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

80 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650 3,200mAh Cells

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

624 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Adjustable Angle, Greyscale Backlit 2.25" LCD, Buttons: +, -, M, Power, Lights: Hold +, Walk Mode: Hold -, Clear Readouts: Hold + and -, Settings: Hold M (Cr: Clear Menus, 57: Units Km/Mph, backlit, off (automatically off), hd wheel diameter, b0 voltage, Password)

Readouts:

Current Speed, Avg Speed, Max Speed, Light Icon, Battery Charge Level (5 Bars), Assist Level (0-9), Walk Mode Icon, Trip Distance, Odometer, Trip Time

Display Accessories:

USB A Charging Port on Display (5 Volt 1 Amp, 5 Watt), LED Charge Level Indicator on Battery

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Bottom Bracket Integrated 32 Pulse Electronic Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

This review was provided for free, but iGO and Cap’s E-Bikes did organize delivery of a temporary demo bike to test. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of iGO Electric products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below, and the iGO Electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • iGO Electric has been selling ebikes since 2006, way before EBR had even launched! I considered their products when I bought my first ebike in 2011 because they used purpose-built frames, offered free shipping in the US and Canada, and were available to answer questions via email and phone. They still do a great job with support, and have expanded the lineup quite a bit in recent years. The Core line is their most affordable, and the biggest trade-off is that the batteries and displays tend to be more basic, they don’t have a smartphone app for this bike and the display is greyscale vs. color.
  • There are several Core models, all of them used to use a semi-integrated battery pack. Now, they’ve moved to fully integrated (which looks great) and introduced an upgraded display panel with USB charging port. Compared with the Core Extreme 2.0, the 3.0 has a lower stand-over height, shorter reach (for improved control and comfortable body position), larger 4.5″ fat tires vs. 4.0, and lighter punched out rims that are easier for the motor to turn (somewhat offsetting the heavier tires). It’s about two pounds heavier but is actually less expensive by $100 in USD and CAD.

Pros:

  • 100% feature-complete with everything you’d need to ride in the rain, mud, snow, sand, or commute to work… day or night! Sturdy and extra wide 110mm aluminum alloy fenders, above-average integrated lights with side windows, and a custom rear rack with pannier hangers and positioning that maximizes carrying space without colliding with the saddle in the lower positions.
  • The fully integrated downtube battery pack provides lots of space mid-frame, so you could add a triangle frame bag. iGO included a set of bottle cage bosses on the seat tube which could be used for fluids or accessories like folding locks or mini pumps, because you might not always want to bring a trunk bag or panniers… or wear a backpack.
  • iGO was definitely trying to keep this product affordable, but none of the parts are entry-level. The Shimano Altus drivetrain is one step up from base, the 8-speed drivetrain uses a nickel plated cassette with respectable 11-34 tooth spread, and the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes utilize large 180mm rotors and top-end rubberized brake levers with an integrated bell. I love these brake levers because they keep your fingers warmer than all metal, the bell is durable and happy sounding, and both levers have motor inhibitors for extra safety when stopping.
  • Even though the frame only comes in one size, the adjustable height seat post and adjustable angle stem provide a wide range of options for different body sizes. Overall, the diamond frame is sturdy and stiff, which is what you want for off-road riding, but the sloped top tube makes it fairly approachable and easy to stand-over.
  • At first, I thought that maybe this was a mid-drive electric bike because of the black box thing at the bottom bracket. This is actually just a storage compartment for wires and the powerful 22 amp battery controller which iGO calls the Electronics Access Port. Separating the controller like this makes it easier to replace, keeps the battery cooler, and makes additional battery packs much less expensive because the electronics in each pack are simpler.
  • Inside that bottom bracket box is 32 pulse cadence sensor that is VERY responsive and durable. Most of the cadence sensors that I see and test on competing products utilize 6 or 12 magnets. They can get bumped around more easily because they are external… but the electronic sensor that iGO chose seems like an upgrade, and it worked well during my tests.
  • Great hardware choices on the Velo locking grips and adjustable suspension fork. You get lockout and preload adjust which helps to dial things in for your body weight (pre-load the spring for heavier loads, lock out the suspension to reduce bobbing and perform more efficiently on hard or paved surfaces). That said, the suspension fork is a bit heavier as a spring fork vs. air and felt kind of bouncy during my test rides.
  • The shorter reach on the 3.0 vs. the 2.0 combined with a highly adjustable stem allows for a more upright body position that feels commanding and can be more comfortable for casual riding. For me, it also allows for reduced back and neck pain. Note that iGO also upgraded the seat post from 27.2mm to 30.4mm diameter, which is sturdier, provides more options for suspension posts and dropper posts aftermarket.
  • Great attention to detail with the little things: adjustable length kickstand positioned perfectly at the rear of the bike (won’t get kicked or cause pedal lock and will support a loaded rack), rack is far back so it won’t block the seat coming all the way down, rubber bumpers on the downtube reduce damage from oversteer or accidents where the fork crowns could collide with the frame, large aluminum alloy Wellgo pedals feel secure and work well with boots, most of the supporting hardware is black and matches beautifully (rims, spokes, hubs, fork, seat post, cranks, stem, handlebar etc.)
  • This is a purpose-built frame with fully internal cable routing. This reduces snags and protects sensitive bits if the bike crashes or is ridden in close proximity to brush and sticks. Having a box at the bottom bracket vs. a bunch of wires protruding exposed seems like a great upgrade that could be overlooked if you aren’t looking really closely. I also like the aluminum alloy bash guard chainring guard that protects the chainring.
  • iGO upgraded the chainring for the Core Extreme 3.0 from 42 tooth to 38 tooth with a narrow wide design. The smaller size means you get more leverage and power for starting and climbing, the NW tooth configuration reduces chain drops and allowed the to drop the heavier chainring guide for a more standard chainring guard (bash guard).
  • I love that they positioned the locking cylinder and battery charge port up high on the right side (drivetrain side) of the bike. This is EXACTLY where it should be for convenient access and minimized damage if you remove the kickstand and lay the bike down on the left side (non drivetrain side).
  • The charger is pretty average, offering 2 amp output, but the fact that you can charge the battery on or off the bike means that you can store the bike in a hot or cold environment (or outside) while taking better care of the battery (store in a cool dry location and keep at least half full). This will help the battery last longer, it also means that you can easily reduce the weight of the bike by ~7lbs if you have to lift it onto a car rack or do repairs.
  • The battery connects to the frame without requiring the key, it secures with a click and feels solid. I did not hear it rattling around during my test rides and I found that it was easy to remove when I was done. Considering that this is a custom frame, everything worked well… which is not always the case, especially for more affordable ebikes.
  • The display is easy to use and fairly intuitive with only four buttons. Use the + and – buttons to navigate through the nine levels of assist and hold + to activate or de-activate the lights. Hold the – button to activate walk mode if you’re struggling to push the bike up a hill or through grass. Press the shoe button (or possibly an M depending on your hardware) to navigate through readouts like max speed, average speed, odometer, trip distance, and timer, or hold it to get into settings.
  • It’s nice to have pedal assist that can go slower and be quiet and efficient as well as throttle override with full power on demand in all 1-9 levels of assist. Overall, I really like the display and trigger throttle operation. For off-road riding, I have found that triggers are less likely to be activated accidentally than twist throttles, which can be twisted faster if you get scared and are just trying to hold on and not crash. You can also completely remove the throttle if you want to convert the bike from Class 2 to Class 1 for riding on certain mountain bike trails.
  • The front wheel is connected via quick release, making it easier to remove and stow if you’re limited on space in your truck bed or home etc. I would love to see a 15mm thru axle vs. the standard 9mm quick release skewer, and I’d also love a tapered steer tube and air fork… but that would easily add $500 to the price tag.
  • The rear rack was specifically designed to stay out of the way so the seat can drop further down. It’s rated up to 25kg (55lbs) of weight, and seemed securely attached. I appreciate that the rack has standard gauge pannier hangers welded onto the sides (though I wish it had more of a pannier blocker and bungee loop at the base)
  • I love that they color-coded the wire connectors at the front of the bike, in case you need to disconnect them someday and aren’t sure which goes to which. The older version of the bike had some threaded sealed connectors that seemed even more durable, so that might have been a slight downgrade for this generation.
  • The way that the rear light is positioned on the rack keeps it protected during shipping, it’s under and behind the rack tubing… The bike also ships with a derailleur guard that helps keep the sensitive power cable and derailleur from getting bumped.

Cons:

  • This is a heavy electric bike, weighing in at roughly 73.9lbs (33.5kg), so it could be difficult to lift. Consider removing the battery and quick-release front wheel to lighten the load a bit. That said, the bike shouldn’t get any heavier because it already comes with fenders, a rack, and lights… which could all be removed to save some weight if you don’t need them ;)
  • The tires don’t have reflective sidewall stripes, and I didn’t see any icons for puncture protection. In all fairness, I don’t think there are many options for tires in this size, and the thicker knobs and rubber might be durable enough as-is. The fact that the bike has integrated lights with side cutouts is already a big win for safety.
  • Adjustable stems are nice for improving body position, but they tend to be less sturdy than a fixed stem. I spoke with the founder about this particular choice and he said that they researched a bunch of models and chose one that they had seen in use on exercise bikes (which are adjusted daily) that seemed to hold up well in the real world. Still, given the increased weight of the bike and off-road use, I’d recommend keeping that bolt tight and re-tightening if you notice it starting to wobble. If it begins to strip, consider replacing it with a rigid stem that’s the same angle and length you prefer, and look for a 31.8mm clamp diameter to fit the handlebar that comes with this ebike :)
  • The integrated headlight is pretty bright and protrudes a bit on a plastic adjustable stand, so it should be visible from the sides and able to aim down towards the road over the front fender. One drawback is that the default mounting position is on top of the suspension arch, so it could bounce around more than if it was up on the stem or handlebar. At least the headlight points where you steer and is wired in to the main rechargeable ebike battery.
  • The mechanical brakes are a step-down in terms of quality and usability when compared with hydraulic… and that would have been a great upgrade for such a heavy ebike! However, the larger 180mm disc brake rotors provide a good mechanical advantage, and it’s usually easier for people to adjust their own brakes when they are mechanical vs. hydraulic… still, there is no adjustable reach on these, and the right lever may require more hand effort since the cable goes further to reach the rear wheel. Also, the rear cable housing is angled down so water and dust can collect inside more easily as I point out in the video review above.
  • This bike is only available in one color and one size… but I think they chose very well and it looks awesome for the price. The “one size fits all” approach allows the company to keep the price down, and I feel like they chose well and it felt good (I’m 5’9″ and 135lbs). The matte grey paint, metallic red accents, and black matches all of the accessories (including the wires and battery) and won’t show dirt and smudges as much as white… but it’s not as safe if you’re riding at night, especially without reflective tires. Consider a light colored helmet or reflective clothes if you’re using this in the city or near automobiles.
  • iGO really tries to support dealers by dedicating online sales to regional dealers. They sometimes ship bikes to dealers for assembly and support… but if you buy direct, there’s some work to do unpacking, assembling etc. These bikes come 95% assembled: just attach the racks, put the stem onto steer tube, add the pedals, the front wheel, fender, and the headlight. This can take some time, and the tools they include are pretty basic.
  • This is a very minor point, but the throttle doesn’t work in assist level zero. This means that you’ll have to arrow up to 1-9 levels of assist in order to activate, but then the throttle offers full power! For me, five levels of assist would be enough, it’s a lot of clicking to get all the way up to 9, and the menu doesn’t cycle back to zero, so you click down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down to get back to level 1. Also, the display doesn’t remember your last setting, it always starts in zero.
  • The trigger shifter component that iGO chose from Shimano doesn’t offer two-way high shifting, you have to pull back on the lever with your right index/pointer finger. This is a very small consideration, but it’s something I notice because Shimano also sells a two-way trigger that allows shifting with your thumb for high and low, which is more comfortable to me because I can keep my hand gripped more securely at all times while dedicating my index and middle finger to braking.
  • The display panel is not removable and doesn’t have a password setup for riders, just for the settings menu. If you park at a public rack, the display could get scratched or tampered with and will take more sun and weather damage in general. You could probably swivel it to reduce glare if you don’t over-tighten the clamp screw.
  • This is a very minor gripe, but the trigger throttle is near the left grip vs. right. I grew up riding dirt bikes, jet skis, snowmobiles etc. that all put the twist or trigger throttle on the right. Many ebikes choose not to do this because they put trigger shifters (for the bike gears) on the right side.

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Comments (32) YouTube Comments

Douglas
9 months ago

Those winter-y pics are great!

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Court
9 months ago

Thanks Douglas! It was a special day for sure, I thought they looked amazing too… the bike is just glistening with the fresh clean snow and spray from riding around all morning :D

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Bart
9 months ago

How do you feel about this bike in comparison to Voltbike Yukon 750? I ordered Voltbike because of the 17.5ah vs 13ah battery as well as hydraulic brakes on Yukon. The rest feels very similar in specs. I had a chance of test-driving Yukon, and at the time Yukon was $200 cheaper than iGo (sold in Costco). It was a tough decision to make and I’m still waiting for my Voltbike to arrive. I’m not sure if I made the right choice though. Any suggestions?

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Court
9 months ago

Hi Bart! I feel that VoltBike has been doing a wonderful job in recent years. I haven’t covered their latest models, but they look great. It’s a company that has earned my trust, who I see working hard to provide good customer service. I think that you made a great decision. This iGO is a fairly new model that probably wasn’t available in the final form (or maybe it was at Costco?) I think both of these Canadian companies are doing good, and I hope you enjoy your bike. Feel free to share about it here or in the VoltBike forums as you receive and ride it :)

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Alan
9 months ago

How does the iGO Core Extreme 3.0 compare to NCM Moscow which is $1,700 Canadian during Christmas season now?

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Court
9 months ago

Hi Alan! I prefer iGO, even though it’s slightly more expensive. This is because I have seen a strong push for customer service and noticed that their frames, batteries, and displays are customized… but not in ways that are frivolous or introduce complexity. I feel that iGO is doing an excellent job in ways that I care about and I just haven’t seen as much engagement from NCM. I feel like they are aiming for lower prices, and I know that the founder is very smart and has some great international connections. That said, if you buy from Amazon or direct from them, I feel like there could be more issues (this is based on comments in the NCM reviews I’ve done and in the NCM ebike forums). Don’t just take my word for it though, I feel like I’m a bit out of touch with that brand and never had the same level of connection that was built with iGO over nearly eight years now.

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Rich
9 months ago

Hi Court, it’s listed as $2499 CAD on the iGO website.

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Court
9 months ago

Hmm, thanks Rich! Maybe they raised the Canadian price based on demand or limited inventory? I record what I see or am told at the time of review… but this is a very fresh review so maybe I’ll update it ;)

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Ken
9 months ago

I am looking for an e-bike, mainly for commuting, and my work is 5 miles away. I am trying to determine if the RadRover 5 or IGO Extreme 3.0 is better. I read the reviews and compared them, and can’t decide. Since I am commuting on roads, I would weigh easy and reliable more important than rugged. Any thoughts on which would be better would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for the reviews, they are extremely helpful!

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Court
9 months ago

Hi Ken! Glad the reviews are helping you out! Great question here… I’d go for the RadRover 5 if my rides were mostly in town. I like their rack accessories… but would skip them to save money and weight if I wasn’t actually using them. The plastic fenders are nice and the wheels in general are not as wide, so parking at bike racks will be easier, same with going through doors. Both have nice lights, the bell, and great customer support. I like the upright handlebar on the RadRover more than the adjustable stem, and I like how universal their battery packs are. You also get excellent resale value with Rad. It’s a close call in many ways, and I love the way the iGO Core Extreme 3.0 looks :)

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Ken
9 months ago

Thanks Court! That is very helpful and made my decision.

Marie-Diane
9 months ago

Hi Court. We love to watch your reviews! Always very thorough and fun to watch. My boyfriend and I are hesitating between the new IGO Extreme 3.0 and the Teo Velo S500 2021. Tks!

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Court
8 months ago

Hey Marie, thanks! Glad the site is helping you. I haven’t covered a Teo model for a couple of years, I’m not even in touch with them lately? My experience with the S Limited model was pretty good, but they were just starting out. IGO is a much larger company with a long history in the ebike space. Their frames and controllers are very custom, but well done. All things equal, I’d probably go with iGO… but I don’t mean to speak negatively of Teo because I’m sure they would love you as a customer and the S500 looks pretty sweet!

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Marie-Diane
8 months ago

Thanks Court! Purchase made!

Marie-Diane
8 months ago

Hello Court! Our bikes should be shipped from BC on February 12th. We can’t wait to try them out! We’ll be sure to post our comments. Our biggest concern now is finding a bike rack. The only one that seems to fit the weight of these bikes is from Hollywood Racks (HR1500), but it is sold out at the moment. Any suggestions? Thanks again!

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Court
8 months ago

Hi Marie-Diane! I hear you, lots of ebike stuff has been selling out recently. My friend found this company “Buzz Rack” a while back and he purchased the E-Scorpion 2 for his electric bikes. He said it worked well, and I think he bought it off of e-Bay but this is their official site with all of the models ;) I hope it helps you.

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Marie-Diane
7 months ago

Hi Court! We finally received our new bikes! We are so excited. First time with an electric bike. Lots of power on this one! We’re very happy with our purchase. Unfortunately, all the electric bike racks are sold out at this point. We may opt for a trailer which would allow us to carry our 2 bikes and our 16.5 foot kayak. Thanks again!

Greg Ferrao
7 months ago

Hi Court, excellent review (as always)! I would like to try something totally different so I’m interested in fat-tire eBikes. I’m trying to decide between the Voltbike Yukon (20″) or this iGO Extreme 3.0.

Two quick questions…

  1. If possible I’d appreciate some street riding feedback on the iGO. Do the larger 4.5″ tires (compared to 4″) help or hinder the street experience. Obviously they produce more resistance but is that negated by the motor?
  2. Although I’d be the main rider, ideally, I’d like to get something that my wife could ride into town occasionally. Clearly both the Yukon (20″) and iGO are oversized/heavy bikes but would you say the iGO is more universally suited for a 5’10” male and a 5′ 7″ female? Maybe it’s the slope of the frame, maybe it’s just an illusion but the iGO appears ‘smaller’?

Any advice you could offer between the two bikes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all your hard work.
GREG

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Court
7 months ago

Hi Greg! Great questions, and kudos for trying something a bit different… or at least considering it ;)

Fat tires can add weight, drag, and change steering a bit (less quick to turn, but won’t get hung up in deep cracks like train tracks). I also noticed that sometimes as the bike turns, you actually have to steer against the tire wanting to turn further in. This might be called oversteer in the motorcycle world. I like their stability, comfort, and go-anywhere capabilities!

The iGO did feel “approachable” to me, and I know that they worked hard to make a design that was strong but also had that sloped top tube and easier stand-over. This is important for mounting and for dismounting in uneven terrain. You could go all the way to step-thru with something like the RadRover Step-Thru, but the frame won’t be quite as stiff, and you’ll have a hub motor vs. more powerful and more efficient mid-drive with iGO Core Extreme 3.0 :)

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Peter
7 months ago

Hi Court, I enjoyed your video review on the iGO Extreme 3.0, well done and very thorough. You mentioned the bike was a medium/large. I am wondering (because it only comes in one size), if it would be suitable for me at 6’0″ and perhaps my son could also use it? He is 6’4″. What are your thoughts? Thanks, Peter.

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Court
7 months ago

Hi Peter! Yeah, I think it would be workable for you two… and you could always swap the seat post, stem, and handlebar to extend reach and height. I’ve noticed that most frame size differences are just an inch or two in terms of reach or height, so you can get a similar change of geometry with these accessories, even just sliding the saddle back a bit. I hope this helps, it would be nice if they had multiple sizes, but this is one way that many companies keep their prices low.

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Greg Ferrao
7 months ago

Hi Court, thanks for the fun review. It really helped me make a final decision. The bike has been out of stock for a while so I contacted iGo directly and found out they were getting a shipment this week. I was refreshing the Extreme 3.0 webpage more then I would like to admit. Yesterday morning it was still listed as out of stock but at 11 am (ET) the magic ‘add to cart’ button appeared so I was able to purchase one! Very excited. By the evening they were out of stock again. They must get a very limit number of units.

So for anyone looking to buy one I found it very helpful to contact the sales department to get an idea of when they would be in stock again. Really looking forward to getting/riding my new bike!

Thanks again.

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Court
7 months ago

Great suggestion, Greg! It’s nice to be able to reach a sales department that is helpful and has some good info to share. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the bike, but if you have anything to share once you’ve spent some time in the saddle, do chime in here again!

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Greg Ferrao
6 months ago

FYI… I happened to get a iGo customer service reply from an older inquiry. They are expecting the next shipment of Extreme 3.0 bikes in the fall of 2021.

Mike Eckhardt
7 months ago

Hey Court, another amazing review. I’ve always been on and off the fence about purchasing an e-bike so have been for close to 1.5yr watching your videos and even if I wasn’t planning on purchasing an e-bike I enjoy your videos. Informative and generally fun to watch.

I have decided on the iGo Core Extreme 3 for purchase but was curious about the weight capacity the bike can handle. Amy advice on that, did I miss it in your video maybe? I am a heavier rider and carry gear when riding so was wondering how it could handle maybe 250-275lbs total. I usually have about 50lbs of gear since this will be used during my camping trips for remote locations.

Thanks again for your time and wicked reviews. Cheers mate

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Court
7 months ago

Hey! Thanks for the positive support Mike. Yeah, this is a good one… Sorry it took me some time to respond to your comment here. I was reading the details and see that this ebike is rated to handle 300lbs max load (that’s what I was told). The rear rack is rated to 55lbs, so you’re looking at about 250 rider + 250 on the rack if I understand correctly. That’s pretty standard for bigger bikes like this, most regular bikes and ebikes seem to be rated at 250lbs. The first failure point seems to be spokes, that get loose and then the wheel goes out of true. Keep an eye on the wheels and make fixes/adjustments quickly. You could also use Loctite blue to secure the nipples if you notice them loosening over time. I haven’t tried this, but have read it online several times ;) good luck!!

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Mike
7 months ago

Hey, thanks for the response my man. Appreciate the feedback. At 200lbs this will be more than enough for me. Thanks again for the feedback and reviews. Keep the reviews coming.

ian
6 months ago

I purchased the IGO Extreme 3 from Costco in Feb/21. It was missing the battery. I contacted both IGO and Costco to resolve the issue. IGO was unsympathetic and refused to assist me. They wanted to charge $699 retail plus $120 for a battery. Over $800 for a battery, which, btw is only 624Wh! I suggest people stay away from IGO for their poor customer support, and well as their expensive and weak batteries. I also suggest that potential IGO customers research the exorbitant cost of battery replacement on all of their models before purchase. Costco allowed me to return the bike btw. No more IGO for me.

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Court
6 months ago

Hi Ian! Wow, I’m glad that you got a refund. It sounds like you had to jump through some hoops, sorry to hear that the the bike didn’t come with a battery, that’s so odd. My experience reviewing ebikes here can be extra smooth sometimes, because the companies facilitate everything to make it easy. I haven’t ever bought an ebike from a big box store… and while I’d appreciate the convenience, I can see how support might be non-existent for repairs and service ongoing. Sorry to hear that iGo didn’t step up for you more :/

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