2015 IZIP E3 Path+ Review

2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Electric Bike Review 1
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Hub Motor
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Rack Battery Pack
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Display Buttons Throttle
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Pedals Kickstand
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Fenders
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Disc Brakes
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Comfort Saddle
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Cassette
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Cadence Sensor
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Electric Bike Review 1
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Hub Motor
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Rack Battery Pack
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Display Buttons Throttle
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Pedals Kickstand
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Fenders
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Disc Brakes
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Comfort Saddle
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Cassette
2015 Izip E3 Path Plus Cadence Sensor

Summary

  • Near-silent commuter style electric bike offering pedal assist and throttle mode, fenders and a carry rack
  • Comfortable ride with upright seating position, swept back handlebars and oversized Velo comfort saddle
  • Available in two low-step and two high-step frame sizes for improved fit, excellent warranty and support

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

Path+

Price:

$2,600 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

Lifetime Frame, 2 Year Motor, 1 Year Battery

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55 lbs (24.94 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, Integrated Wire Channels

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17" and 19" Step-Thru (Wheelbase 1075 mm and 1105 mm, Stand Over Height 548 mm and 555 mm), 17" and 19" High-Step (Wheelbase 1075 mm and 1105 mm, Stand Over Height 747 mm and 786 mm)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Cream (Step-Thru), Gray (High-Step)

Frame Fork Details:

Chromoly Steel, Rigid

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses (Only on High-Step Version)

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Altus RD-M280, 11-34T

Shifter Details:

Microshift TS70 Trigger on Right Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

VP Semi-Integrated Ahead

Stem:

Promax Alloy, Fixed

Handlebar:

Promax Commuter

Brake Details:

Promax Render Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Levers with Integrated Motor Cutoff Switch

Grips:

Velo Dual Density

Saddle:

Velo Commuter

Seat Post:

Promax Alloy with Microadjust

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Alex DM18 Doublewall

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

CST Center Ridge 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed Tubes, Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Matching Chain Guard, Rear Carry Rack with Bungee Chords, Optional City Kit with Fenders and Lights

Other:

Light Sensor on LCD Display for Automatic Backlighting, Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release Wheels Front and Rear

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

8Fun

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

422 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Display Type:

Backlit Monochrome LCD, Fixed with Swivel Adjust

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Battery Capacity, Assist Level

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left Bar

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The most recent version of the IZIP E3 Path+ came out in 2016 and features a mid-drive motor from Shimano STePs instead of a gearless direct drive hub, this makes the frame more balanced front to rear and offers better efficiency and range by leveraging the cassette, the price also dropped. The latest review is posted here.

The second generation E3 Path+ launched in 2014 and was well received because it offered a larger motor and improved frame design over the original 2013 version. The bike was relatively comfortable and efficient to ride with fenders, cruise control and a rear carry rack that had built in bungee cords for securing cargo. It also offered a solid warranty with industry leading support from Currie Technologies that has one of the largest networks of dealers in the US. These benefits remain true with the updated second generation version for 2015 shown in this review and it improves on the original in several key ways. Those improvements include a sturdier display panel, sleeker control pad that’s easier to reach, more comfortable handlebars that still sweep back but aren’t as wide as before and an improved extra-wide saddle. It’s an ebike that performs best on paved streets and sidewalks in city and neighborhood environments and really blends in as a traditional bicycle. This is especially true if you add panniers on the back to hide the battery. The narrower tires and large 700c (~28.5″) wheels offer excellent efficiency but a bit less comfort than the IZIP Zuma Cruiser while beating it in terms of utility with its fenders and rear rack setup.

Driving this electric bike is a powerful 500 watt gearless direct drive hub motor located in the rear wheel. It’s powerful, fast and extremely quiet to operate but doesn’t offer regeneration modes as some other models do. I’m a bit torn on this because I realize regenerative braking systems add complexity and expense without much improvement in range but they do limit hand fatigue and wear on brake pads, especially when coasting down large hills. One highlight here is that both the front and rear wheels feature quick release which makes changing flats and servicing rims and spokes much easier. The power cable that connects the motor to the control system has its own little quick release point just below the left chain stay. One downside that most gearless direct drive motors suffer from, including the Dash, is cogging. This happens when the permanent magnets lining the outside of the hub motor repel the electromagnet stators when the system is not operating under power (this is demonstrated in the video review above). Still, gearless hub motors are known for being reliable because they contain fewer moving parts than geared motors. For this third generation of Path+ ebikes IZIP made some improvements in the glue and hardware used to build the motor after several bikes had issues in 2014. These bikes were all serviced under warranty and Currie Technologies acknowledged the problem which was great.

The battery powering the 2015 IZIP E3 Path+ offers 48 volts of power with ~8.8 amp hours of capacity. Many electric bike companies are switching to 48 volt systems like this because they deliver electricity more efficiently (extending range) and offer a zippier ride experience. The actual cells used here are 18650 sized and contain a Lithium-ion chemistry which is known for being light weight and long lasting. The pack itself locks to rear-rack when riding but can be charged on or off the bike. Having a removable battery like this is convenient for times when you need to transport the bike and want to reduce its weight or those times when you just need to top the battery off without bringing the entire frame inside. While the battery itself is great, its location higher up on the rear rack negatively impacts balance and contributes to a rear-heavy design due to the hub motor also being located towards the back. This isn’t the only ebike that’s setup this way and it rides well enough but isn’t as easy to lift over curbs, handle off-road or turn sharply at higher speeds. As far as range, you can expect at least 25 miles per charge all the way up to 45 if you rely on lower levels of pedal assist and help the system out.

One of the big improvement areas on this third gen IZIP Path+ is the display panel which now mounts to the center of the handle bars with two arms instead of just one. It feels very sturdy but can also easily be adjusted, swiveling forward and back, to reduce glare. The display panel itself is not removable which is a bit of a drawback if you plan to store this outside frequently or in sketchier neighborhoods but as a result you may experience fewer connection issues that have to do with contact pads wearing out. The display shows your remaining battery capacity, speed, pedal assist level or throttle mode indicator, distance traveled and range expected with the remaining battery level. There’s also neat light sensor built right into the upper left corner of the display that activates backlighting for use at night. The display itself does not have any buttons built into it, instead there’s a nice little control pad that sits right up against the left grip and this has also been improved for 2015. The new design is easier to reach than the old one and seems to be sealed against water and dust better thanks to a seamless rubberized coating. The pad lets you power on the bike, navigate through four levels of assist up to throttle mode and engage cruise control.

For people who are interested in a clean looking around-town type of bike that’s backed by a reputable company but not too expensive, the IZIP E3 Path+ is a solid choice. The new design is very similar to the second generation which was a big leap forward from the original. You can pay a bit extra for the lighting kit directly from IZIP or easily add your own and then this bike will be complete. The bungee cords work well, the updated seat feels comfortable and I really like the kickstand they chose. This is an electric bike you really don’t have to screw around with. Even though it uses a cadence sensor instead of a speed and torque sensor like the E3 Dash, it feels very similar and motor activation isn’t jerky at all. With eight speeds to choose from it’s easy to climb or accelerate on this bike and the 20mph top speed is just about right given the lack of suspension and the rear-heavy design. You get mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic but that’s fine for around town and the brake levers do cut power to the motor which is nice. I was really impressed with the 2014 Path+ and this new version is a nice refinement.

Pros:

  • Front and rear wheel feature quick release system for easier wheel and tire maintenance, quick-disconnect point on cable for rear hub motor
  • LCD display has a built-in daylight sensor that automatically activates backlighting when it gets dark out
  • Battery pack locks to rear rack, is keyed to deter theft and is removable for safe storage or charging off of the bike itself – this also reduces overall frame weight for easier transport
  • 500 watt gearless direct drive hub motor is extremely quiet, durable and fast
  • Pedal assist is activated through a 12 magnet cadence sensor that is one of the smoothest I’ve tested thanks to intelligent software
  • Updated button pad on left handlebar activates the bike, initiates cruise control, navigates four levels of assist and changes display from speed, distance and estimated range
  • Twist throttle activates the motor up to 6 miles per hour in pedal assist mode or 20 miles per hour in throttle mode
  • Frame is available in two styles (step-thru and high-step) and two sizes for each (medium 17″ / 43cm, large 19″ / 48cm) offering improved fit
  • Aluminum alloy chain guide keeps the chain from falling off and doubles as a bash guard to protect the front chain ring, matching chain guard keeps your pants from snagging or getting dirty on the chain
  • Optional lighting kit from IZIP improves safety and leverages the main battery pack vs. using disposables
  • Solid 12 month warranty on the battery and frame, two year warranty on the motor
  • IZIP is a large nationally distributed brand (part of Currie Technologies) making it easier to find a dealer, take a test ride and get service

Cons:

  • Gearless direct drive motor doesn’t offer the same feeling of torque and climbing as equivalent sized geared options, does not offer regenerative braking and also experiences some cogging due to internal magnetic resistance
  • The first generation E3 Dash was introduced in 2014 and several customers reported motor issues (which were resolved by IZIP and corrected with a materials improvement including a stronger adhesive). All 2015 models feature the stronger materials and many 2014 Dash’s have been retrofitted
  • LCD display panel is not removable for protection or storage but does swivel to reduce glare when riding
  • No built in water bottle mounting points on the low-step model E3 Path+, consider adding an after market adapter
  • Motor and battery weight is located at the rear and higher up than some other ebikes reducing balance and maneuverability
  • Alloy pedals are solid and stiff but rubberized grip can become slippery when wet vs. metal studs
  • Narrower tires and lack of suspension fork and seat post springs makes the bike feel stiffer, consider a seat post shock for added comfort

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Comments (8) YouTube Comments

Penny Leistiko
5 years ago

What head light and tail lights are available for the izip E3 Path+? All I have seen on line are the type that have their own batteries or require AA or AAA batteries. Since the bike is pre wired and has a control panel on the handle bar, I would like to find a front and tail light for such a bike. Thank You, Penny

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Court
5 years ago

Great question Penny! The Path+ uses the same systems as the Dash and I’ve seen a few threads discussing this on the forums. Here’s a recent one and another one started just today (maybe this was yours?). Here’s one more thread where a shop owner is talking about how the lights can be wired in directly to run off the man battery pack. Hope this helps! I’m not super familiar with wiring up lights but these guys are making it work, ride safe out there :)

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Greg
4 years ago

Great review. I am just about to go buy a Pedego City Commuter with the 48 volt 15 amp battery and saw this review. I know you have reviewed the Pedego and am wondering how you would compare the two. I don’t want to make a mistake. Thank you in advance, Greg

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Court
4 years ago

Very good question… both this and the City Commuter offer two sizes, two frame sizes and use the rear-heavy battery design. The City Commuter has lights which is nice but is a heavier bike overall… The balloon tires smooth the ride out but the pedal assist isn’t as smooth or responsive. You get more battery, motor power and color options with the City Commuter but the ride isn’t as nimble as the Path+. It might boil down to relaxed, powerful cruising (Pedego City Commuter) vs. active, efficient pedaling (IZIP E3 Path+). Both companies are reputable with solid warranties, finding a local dealer might be a deciding factor here. I would recommend both bikes.

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Greg
4 years ago

Court, Thank you very much for the reply. My wife has rented the City Commuter and has really liked it. The one she rented had the 36 volt motor and 15ah battery. She weighs 125lbs. I am wanting to get her the 48 volt 15ah model to give her the longest range possible. Is this correct thinking on my part? Do you think the 48v 15 amp will have better range than the 36v 15 amp? Thank you in advance for your expertise. Greg

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Court
4 years ago

Hi Greg, glad she enjoyed it! Yes, going for the 48 volt battery will add a lot of power and efficiency when carrying weight. I weigh ~135 lbs and notice much more power and speed with the higher voltage but have to consider the price and added weight… for me it’s a preference on feel but for people who are transporting lots of stuff or weigh upwards of 180 then the 48 volt will just be more efficient overall because the motor won’t struggle. As far as the 15 amp hour version, that just means you have increased capacity and can go further. The battery you’re talking about is about as big as they come from any brand I know of (for low speed ebikes). She would probably be fine with a 48 volt 10 amp hour pack for rides under 10 miles even with some hills.

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Jenny Price
3 years ago

Totally in love with this bike. It’s super quiet and the gear-shifting and motor engagement and disengagement are all super smooth, with a gentler engagement and acceleration than the jumpier bikes I’d ridden before. As Court said, the stiff suspension can make the ride on a bumpy surface a little too jolting, so I took his advice and put on a Suntour suspension seatpost, and that took care of it.

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Court
3 years ago

Cool! Thanks for sharing your experience with the IZIP E3 Path Jenny. I assume you were talking about the Suntour NCX Suspension seat post so I updated the comment a little bit :)

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