IZIP E3 Edge Review

Izip E3 Edge Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Edge
Izip E3 Edge 42 Tooth Chain Ring Plastic Guide
Izip E3 Edge 48v 8 7ah Battery Bottle Cage Bosses
Izip E3 Edge Cockpit View With Controls
Izip E3 Edge Grips With Display
Izip E3 Edge Front Suspension Fork Tapered Head Tube
Izip E3 Edge Saddle Ridgid Seat Post
Izip E3 Edge Cassette Rear Cst Patrol Tire
Izip E3 Edge Tranzx M16 Mid Drive
Izip E3 Edge Mid Step Blue
Izip E3 Edge High Step Black Yellow Accents
Izip E3 Edge Portable Battery Charger
Izip E3 Edge Stock Mid Step Blue
Izip E3 Edge Stock High Step Black
Izip E3 Edge Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Edge
Izip E3 Edge 42 Tooth Chain Ring Plastic Guide
Izip E3 Edge 48v 8 7ah Battery Bottle Cage Bosses
Izip E3 Edge Cockpit View With Controls
Izip E3 Edge Grips With Display
Izip E3 Edge Front Suspension Fork Tapered Head Tube
Izip E3 Edge Saddle Ridgid Seat Post
Izip E3 Edge Cassette Rear Cst Patrol Tire
Izip E3 Edge Tranzx M16 Mid Drive
Izip E3 Edge Mid Step Blue
Izip E3 Edge High Step Black Yellow Accents
Izip E3 Edge Portable Battery Charger
Izip E3 Edge Stock Mid Step Blue
Izip E3 Edge Stock High Step Black

Summary

  • An affordable entry level hardtail mountain mid-drive ebike that is at home on the streets and trails, priced at $1,999 and legal for all Class 1 jurisdictions
  • Comes in a mid-step and high-step, two different colors (black with yellow accents or blue with lime accents), and 3 different frame sizes (17" and 19" for mid-step, 19" and 21" for high-step)
  • Front suspension fork, quick release on both wheels, Wellgo aluminum alloy pedals, internally routed wires, and USB port charging, torque and cadence based pedal assist, can add a throttle
  • Doesn't have the big name mid-drive or high end components you sometimes see on mountain ebikes, but this was likely all choices made to keep cost down

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

E3 Edge

Price:

$1,999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52.2 lbs (23.67 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.9 lbs (2.67 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.59 lbs (3.89 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21.5 in (54.61 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium High-Step 48cm: 19" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 31" Stand Over Height, 34" Minimum Saddle Height, 25.5" Width, 72" Length, Medium Mid-Step 48cm: 19" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 26.5" Stand Over Height, 34" Minimum Saddle Height, 25.5" Width, 72" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Black with Lime Accents, Blue with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour XCT30, 100mm Travel, Preload Adjust, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano 11-32 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Plus Triggers on Right (Optical Display, One Way High, Three-Shift Low)

Cranks:

Lasco, Forged Alloy Cranks, 170mm Length, 42 Tooth Steel Chainring with Plastic Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo K79 Alloy Platform with Reflectors

Headset:

Integrated, Threadless Internal Cups, Sealed Bearings, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"

Stem:

Alloy, 17° Rise, 80mm, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter, One 5mm Spacer, Two 10mm Spacers, One 20mm Spacer

Handlebar:

Alloy Low-Rise, 650mm Length, 25mm Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Mechanical Disc with 160mm Rotors, Tektro Four-Finger Levers

Grips:

IZIP Kraton, Flat, Rubber, Black

Saddle:

IZIP Custom Ergo Performance

Seat Post:

Alloy with Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Double Wall, Aluminum Alloy, 29mm Outer Width, 584 ETRO, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Silver Nipples

Tire Brand:

CST Patrol, 27.5" x 2.25" (57-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.5 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Adjustable Length Rear-Mount Kickstand (40mm Mounting Size), Flick Bell

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack (ABUS Amparo Locking Cylinder), 1.8lb 2 Amp Sans Charger, KMC X8 Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

TranzX M16 GTA

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

65 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

TranzX BL19

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

TranzX DP29, Fixed, White LED, Buttons: Up, Down, Power

Readouts:

Current Speed (MPH), Range, Battery Capacity (4 Bars), Assist Level (1-4), Lights (Hold Down Arrow)

Display Accessories:

Mini USB Port on Side of Display (5v, 500mA)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Cadence and Torque, Twist Throttle is Optional, $50)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by IZIP Electric Bikes. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of IZIP Electric Bike products.

All new for 2019 is the IZIP E3 Edge, an affordable entry level hardtail mountain mid-drive ebike that is at home on the streets and trails. The Edge comes in both a mid-step and high-step as well as 2 colors: black with lime accents or neon blue with green and black accents. Each frame style also has its own sizes with the mid-step coming in a 17” or 19” frame and the high-step coming in either a 19” or 21” frame. The E3 Edge is somewhat lightweight with an aluminum alloy frame weighing in at 52lbs. Its got a nice SR Suntour XCT30 semi-adjustable suspension fork with the preload being the adjustable option. If you weigh a little more or just want less travel, you can configure those in tandem for better results. No full lockout here or rebound, but you do have these thicker stanchions. The tires are CST Patrol with some nice tread to them. 40-65 PSI capacity, but unfortunately no puncture protection is included in this set. The size itself is great, using a 27.5” x 2.25” setup. This is a compromising size that does great for both on and off road and really works great for a dual-use/cross-country sort of applications. Some options for configuration here like the bottle cage bosses, rear rack bosses, threaded eyelets for adding fenders, tapered head tube if you want to swap out a different fork… there is a ridged seat post, that can also be swapped out for more comfortable options. Being a kind of dual purpose bike, they added a kickstand and it can be removed as well if you don’t want it bouncing around on a trail ride. Some other features include quick release on both wheels, Wellgo aluminum alloy pedals, internally routed wires, and USB port charging.

Driving the bike is a TranzX M16 GTA mid-drive motor. The system has a 300-500 watt output and 60nm of torque. The M16 is capable of measuring both cadence and torque in pedal cycles. Not an advanced motor, but still great. There is no shift detection, so ease off some when changing gears so the derailleur doesn’t take quite as much pressure. Its got a 20mph top speed but cuts out at that 20mph and doesn’t support fast pedal rotations, so be careful when taking it to the max. As it stands, it is a Class 1 ebike, making it legal for most trails. There is a throttle optional wire so you can add a throttle, but then it becomes a Class 2, so keep that in mind. Riding with the motor is great, its zippy and fairly quiet while being somewhat dynamic. On the mechanical side, the bike is driven by a Shimano Altus 8 speed with 11-32 tooth cassette. Not the highest end drivetrain, but still better than the entry level. Shimano Acera rapid fire plus triggers on tight (optical window display, one way high, three-shift low). Tektro 160mm mechanical disc brakes with 4 finger levers. Since they are mechanical brakes and must travel further, you might have to get a hard press going to get that real stopping power, additionally, there are no motor inhibitors so keep that in mind.

The battery is a TranzX BL19 which is a 48v 8.7ahah lithium-ion pack running at 417.6 watt hours. The charger is a 2amp charger that weighs ~1.8lbs. 2amp chargers are common, especially among the value priced bikes. This one takes about 5 and a half hours to charge. It can be charged on or off the bike and is removable via a lock and key setup. The battery has an LED readout that shows 5 separate 20% intervals. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life, and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

The cockpit features the brake levers on each side, display on the left, and Shimano trigger shifter on the right. The display controls have 3 buttons: up, down, and power. To power on the bike, once the battery is secure, press and hold the power button on the battery, then if the bike is asleep (it does have a sleep mode), press the power button over on the display controls. When standing still, the display primarily shows the assist level but will show MPH as you get going. Use the up and down arrows to scroll through the various modes of assist: 0-4 (0 being no electric motor power). To the right of the numeric indicator is a battery readout that shows remaining battery life in 5 separate 20% steps. In highest level of assist, if you press the power button again, it will show you dynamic range estimate, letting you know approximately how many more miles you have left of the charge in real time. Press the up or down arrows to show remaining range (after a brief pause) in other modes as well. Holding the down arrow activates the intergraded rear and headlight. Another nice feature is the USB port on the side of the display which can charge devices up to 500mA.

The E3 Edge is competitively priced at $1,999 which isn’t bad considering you get a lightweight mid-drive hardtail setup, front suspension, decent tires, and an electrical system that will keep things Class 1 for more fun. However, there is a little room for improvement in some areas. For example, the grips are non-locking, there is no slap guard which is a bummer if you’re trying to protect that cool paint color, there are no battery intergraded lights, and the motor is not a premium setup that most people see in mountain ebikes. All in all, those could be considered small potatoes since the E3 Edge has a great price, 2 year warranty, comes 95% assembled, and also includes support and a partnership with beeline mobile bike service. It was fun to take these out and I want to thank IZIP Electric Bikes for giving me the chance to visit and get a closer look at this all new bike.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the EBR forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • Affordable and capable with some components like Shimano Altus taking a step up from entry level
  • The mid-drive system and weight distribution of the battery help keep things blanced
  • Comes in a mid-step and high-step, two different colors (black with yellow accents or blue with lime accents), and 3 different frame sizes (17″ and 19″ for mid-step, 19″ and 21″ for high-step)
  • Equipped with an SR Suntour XCT30 semi-adjustable suspension fork with the preload being the adjustable option
  • The tires are CST Patrol with some nice tread to them, 40-65 PSI capacity, 27.5” x 2.25”, this is a compromising size that does great for both on and off road and really works great for a dual-use
  • Some versatility here with bottle cage bosses, rear rack bosses, threaded eyelets for adding fenders, tapered head tube if you want to swap out a different fork
  • The E3 Edge has a kickstand and it can be removed as well if you don’t want it bouncing around on a trail ride
  • Being a mid-drive, there is quick release on both wheels which is fantastic for mountain bikers and commuters alike
  • The display is on the more basic side, however I love that it includes a range estimator for each the varying levels of power, features like that really let you get the most out of your ride, knowing when you should head back

Cons:

  • The paint colors are really cool which is why it is a bummer there is no slap guard if you’re trying to protect that nice paint color, you can always get some box-tape or get a neoprene slap guard on Amazon or something similar
  • Its got a nice 48v battery but unfortunately no intergraded lights in the front or in the rear
  • The Tranzx mid-drive is not the most advanced motor available, but it does offer both torque and cadence sensing
  • No full lockout available on the suspension, no rebound, but it does have preload adjustments
  • Motor cuts out at 20mph and the motor doesn’t support faster pedal rotations, no shift detection, also no motor inhibitors, so be careful when taking it to the max as it could start feeling unnatural
  • No reflective sidewall on the tires, no puncture protection either, would be nice to see on a cross-country kind of bike like this
  • Mechanical disc brakes are decent, but hydraulic is becoming a preferred setup for some ebikes since mechanical requires a harder hand pull and are not as immediate, the mechanical brakes are easier to service and adjust however
  • The system is capable of a throttle, but it is not included here, probably to keep it a Class 1 ebike

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

giovanni
4 days ago

So negative and critical towards this company and this bike. Yet, almost no comments on positive features. Very biased and negative. The company is paying you good money to give a balanced review. Yet, you gush over bikes with similar or inferior features. Crappy review.

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Court
4 days ago

Hi Giovanni, can you please help me to understand if this feedback is in relation to the video, writeup, specific points? I’m listing and appreciate your time and input here.

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giovanni
2 days ago

You have developed a reputation as an untrustworthy reviewer. You charge $1K per review and other freebies from companies. These are not really reviews they are extended infomercials for the companies.

The companies that pay you more, like radpower for 6 reviews in a single day, receive preferential treatment. It’s really disgusting you have sold out to bike companies to the detriment of customers.

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Court
2 days ago

Thanks for the feedback! I receive the same payment from every company and covered more products for Accell Group than RAD. My aim is to be objective, but also honest with my feelings. The reviews are extended so that I can dig into the details, show some ride footage, and enjoy a conversation with friends or reps from the company. I’m doing my best traveling constantly, running this website with minimal ads (check out the forums, here, and the single ad play on YouTube) spending over $7k+ every month on hosting, programming, moderation, and other support. My goal is to be transparent, and that’s why I have the little intro slide for each video and the longer conversation about paid reviews. My goal in sharing this is to be transparent and supportive of you, whoever you are. This is the best I’ve been able to do (so far) in running a site about ebikes, making a living, and balancing ethics. It may not be good enough by some standards, but I’m happy with it and I’m happy with myself :)

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