IZIP E3 Moda Review

Izip E3 Moda Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Moda Mid Step Frame
Izip E3 Moda Brose Drive Tf Mid Motor
Izip E3 Moda Brose 36 Volt Ebike Battery
Izip E3 Moda Brose Original Lcd Display
Izip E3 Moda Tektro Orion Brake Levers Rubber Ergonomic Grips
Izip E3 Moda Schwalbe Super Moto X Tires
Izip E3 Moda Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180mm 160mm Size
Izip E3 Moda Wellgo C211 Plastic Pedals With Grip Tape
Izip E3 Moda Alloy Fenders Adjustable Kickstand Custom Rear Rack
Izip E3 Moda Axa Blueline Backlight
Izip E3 Moda Shimano Deore M610 Derailleur 10 Speed
Izip E3 Moda
Izip E3 Moda 4 Amp Charger Magnetic Plug
Izip E3 Moda Stock Step Over
Izip E3 Moda Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Moda Mid Step Frame
Izip E3 Moda Brose Drive Tf Mid Motor
Izip E3 Moda Brose 36 Volt Ebike Battery
Izip E3 Moda Brose Original Lcd Display
Izip E3 Moda Tektro Orion Brake Levers Rubber Ergonomic Grips
Izip E3 Moda Schwalbe Super Moto X Tires
Izip E3 Moda Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180mm 160mm Size
Izip E3 Moda Wellgo C211 Plastic Pedals With Grip Tape
Izip E3 Moda Alloy Fenders Adjustable Kickstand Custom Rear Rack
Izip E3 Moda Axa Blueline Backlight
Izip E3 Moda Shimano Deore M610 Derailleur 10 Speed
Izip E3 Moda
Izip E3 Moda 4 Amp Charger Magnetic Plug
Izip E3 Moda Stock Step Over

Summary

  • An urban oriented speed pedelec, capable of 28 mph pedal-assisted speeds, complete with wide alloy fenders, a streamlined rear rack, and integrated LED lights
  • Powerful hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable levers, the front rotor is larger at 180mm and uses a quad-piston caliper which improves stopping power and cooling
  • Three frame sizes and two style, the mid-step frame is easier to mount but might be not be as easy to lift up or hang from some bike racks, it also doesn't have room for bottle cage bosses
  • Wide 2.4" Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires offer stability, comfort, and puncture protection, alloy chain guide reduces drops and protects clothing, the Brose motor is quiet, smooth, and very natural to pedal with, beautiful battery integration

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

E3 Moda

Price:

$2,999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52.8 lbs (23.94 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.49 lbs (3.39 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small Step-Thru 43 cm: 17" Seat Tube, 23" Reach, 26.5" Stand Over Height, 27.25" Width, 73.5" Length, Medium Step-Over 48 cm: 17" Seat Tube, 23" Reach, 30.5" Stand Over Height, 27.25" Width, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Blue-Gray with Black and Orange Accents, Blue-Gray with Black and Lime Green Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Formed 6061 T6 Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, Tapered 12 mm to 10 mm Thru-Axle with Release

Attachment Points:

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

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore M610 Derailleur, Shimano 11-32 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore M610 Triggers on Right (Two-Way High, Three-Shift Low)

Cranks:

FSA Forged Alloy Crank Arms, 170 mm Length, 48 Tooth Chainring with Alloy Guide Bash Guard Plates

Pedals:

Wellgo C211 Plastic Platform with Grip Tape

Headset:

Integrated, Threadless Internal Cups, Sealed Bearing, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Alloy, 90 mm Length, 6° Rise, One 20 mm Riser, Five 5 mm Risers

Handlebar:

Alloy, Low-Rise, 680 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Orion Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Back Rotor, Quad Piston Front Caliper and Dual Piston Back Caiper, Tektro Orion Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Rubber, Ergonomic, Locking

Saddle:

IZIP Branded Velo, Ergonomic

Seat Post:

JD Brand, Alloy, Forged Head

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Alloy, Double Wall, 31 mm Outer Width, 32 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Super Moto-X, 27.5" x 2.4" (62-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Performance GreenGuard Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Custom Designed Alloy Structural Extrusion Fenders (66 mm Width), Custom Designed Alloy Rear Rack, AXA Blueline50 Integrated Headlight (50 Lux), AXA Blueline Integrated Backlight, Rear Mounted Adjustable Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack (TKm Cylinder), 1.9 Pound 4 Amp Charger with Rosenberger Magnetic Connector Plug, Maximum 120 RPM Motor Pedal Support

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Brose Drive TF

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

530 watts

Motor Torque:

90 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

496.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Brose Original, Removable, Backlit LCD, Buttons: Power, Light, Menu, (Hold Menu and Light to Clear Trip Stats, Hold Power and Menu When Powering Bike on to Change Units)

Readouts:

Assist Level (Off, Cruise, Tour, Sport), Speed, Battery Level (10 Bars), Range Time, Trip Distance, Trip Avg Speed, Trip Time, Total Distance, Total Time, Clock Time

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad, Buttons: Up, Menu, Down, (Hold Down in No Assist Level for Walk Mode 4 MPH), Full Sized USB Type A Plug Under Display (5 Volt 500 mA Output)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)

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Written Review

The IZIP E3 Moda is a commuter-ready urban electric bike that comes complete with wide 60 mm alloy fenders to keep you dry, a sleek rear rack for clip-on panniers, and integrated LED lights to help you see and be seen. It’s feature complete, meaning that you really don’t have to add anything to deal with rain or night riding, and it’s a Class 3 ebike, meaning that it can reach top speeds of ~28mph vs. just 20mph for most other ebikes. Priced at roughly three-thousand dollars, the bike is backed by IZIP’s leading two-year comprehensive warranty and growing network of dealers in North America. This product is strikingly similar to the Raleigh Redux iE, because both brands are owned by the Accell Group. Amazingly, the E3 Moda is priced lower than the 2017 Redux iE that I reviewed… and that product didn’t include the fenders, rear rack, or lights. IZIP is a less well-known brand compared to Raleigh, and their products tend to offer additional value and are sold through independent electric bike dealers as well as online through the official website. This electric bicycle uses the trusted Brose TF motor, a high capacity integrated battery pack, and fancy removable LCD display with integrated USB charging port. I love that the step-over model comes with bottle cage bosses on the seat tube, and understand why they wouldn’t quite fit on the step-thru (which is really more of a mid-step frame in my opinion). It’s wonderful to have multiple frame sizes and styles to choose from, and I love how the tubing is reinforced with angular gussets on both the top tube and down tube for strength and stiffness. This is a stealthy electric bike because the battery is hardly visible from the side and the the dark color scheme blends nicely with the compact black motor casing. Furthermore, the Brose mid-drive is tilted up in such a way that it hides behind the 48 tooth chainring. I love that this chainring has an alloy guide to keep the chain on track, and want to emphasize just how quiet and smooth the motor is. It’s one of my favorites.

Driving the IZIP Moda is a 350 to 530 watt mid-motor from Brose. It offers an impressive torque output of up to 90 newton meters and can support up to 120 pedal strokes per minute. These specs are very competitive, and my own experience riding on this and other ebikes that use it have been very good. I love how quite and smooth it operates, in large part due to an internal Gates belt drive that transfers power between the gearing system. It feels more natural than the nylon gears of other systems. While the motor does not offer shift detection, like Bosch, it does respond quickly when you ease back on pedal force. The motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque. I have found the pedal torque signal to be the most noticeable, meaning that if you only pedal lightly, the motor will only activate a little bit. The Brose TF stands for Trekking Fast and designates the higher speed output potential. At ~7.4 lbs, it’s average in terms of weight, and that weight is positioned well at the low-center point of the frame. Both the front and rear wheels feature quick release, which is one of the big benefits of utilizing a mid-drive vs. a hub motor system. It’s very efficient because it leverages the gears that you shift through as a rider… just ease off a bit when shifting so you don’t mash the sprockets and derailleur as demonstrated in the video review above. The bike comes stock with a mid-level Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain, but the spread is only 11-32 tooth vs. 11-36 or 42 tooth. When combined with the larger 48 tooth chainring, it’s really designed for medium and high speed riding, and you don’t really have the low gears for steep climbs. That shouldn’t be an issue given the higher torque potential of the motor and smooth efficient tires, but I wanted to call it out. There’s also no one-way clutch system to tighten the chain and reduce bouncing, and I didn’t see a slap guard on the right chain stay of the demo bikes. The trigger shifter mechanism worked very well, with two-way action on the high shifter and three-shift action on the low shifter. All in all, the drivetrain is good enough, but probably one of the areas where they compromised a bit to keep the price point low.

Powering the motor and beautiful backlit display, as well as a full sized 5 volt 500 milliamp USB port on the base of the display panel, and both Blueline LED lights is a 36 volt 13.8 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack. The capacity is quite good, slightly above average for the 2018 season, and the battery casing felt solid and tough. Because the casing is made of aluminum alloy and not plastic, the pack does weigh slightly more than average at 6.4 lbs (compared to ~5.7 lbs for the similar-capacity Bosch Powerpack 500). Thankfully, this weight is sunk into the downtube, which improves handling and keeps it hidden. I love how this opens up the middle triangle of the frame, providing plenty of space for a bottle cage on the seat tube (for the step-over model) and making the bike frame easy to lift and hang on some car racks. I feel that IZIP could have added a second set of bosses on top of this battery pack or maybe below the top tube, but that’s a minor consideration. At least the wires on this bike are mostly hidden and the paint matches throughout. Basically, there’s a dark frame color and all of the little hardware accessories are black, giving it a mean cool look. The battery did vibrate and rattle a bit during my ride test off-road on the Raleigh product called the Tamland iE (which uses the same battery design), but that wasn’t an issue on the Moda. The battery pack was easy to charge on the bike and to remove for off-bike charging, using the key slot at the bottom left side of the downtube. It’s nice that you do not have to leave the key in when inserting the pack, just push it down until you hear a click. I also appreciate the stable kickstand, that doesn’t get in the way of the left crank arm. The included four amp battery charger is faster than average and not especially heavy or large, but I do worry about the magnetic cap at the top of the battery. Just try not to misplace the cap or the electrical connector pins that it covers will be exposed and get messy with dust and water over time. By comparison, Stromer electric bikes use a very similar Rosenberger charging port design but have included a plastic leash to keep their cover from getting lost. I’d love to see that from IZIP and others in the future. The other gripe I have with the battery pack is that it must be physically turned on before the display and ebike will work. The power button is located way down near the base of the seat tube, and could be tricky to reach if you forget before mounting. Once it has been activated, however, the display can be turned on and off with a separate power button for up to two hours, before it automatically enters sleep mode. Also, be careful when unlocking the battery pack because the key cylinder is positioned very close to the left crank arm and could get snagged or bent if a keychain is attached. I do like that the battery pack has these little plastic ledges near the base, for easy removal, but there isn’t really a handle to hold once it’s off, so be careful not to drop it. Avoid extreme temperatures when storing and charging lithium ion batteries like this, and try to keep them above 20% full at all times to reduce stress in the cell chemistry.

Operating this bike is fairly intuitive in terms of button and display arrangement. The display is large, clear, and mounted high in the center of the handlebar, making it easy to read. I have done an in-depth guide and video on the display in the EBR Forums here, but will also go into some detail below. Once the battery is activated, the display automatically powers up as well. It’s a grayscale LCD that has a dim mode and a bright mode that activates automatically whenever you press the navigation buttons. It’s handy, and saves power this way while also reducing distraction at night. There’s a power button at the top right edge of the display that basically puts it to sleep but does not de-activate the battery, you can accomplish that by holding the button for several seconds. On the right edge of the display, there’s a light button that power on the headlight and taillight. If you hold the light button in, it will cycle to automatic mode, which uses a built-in sensor to switch the lights on and off as you ride. Just below the light button is a menu button that cycles through readouts, and this button is duplicated on the remote pad which is mounted within reach of the left grip. On this button pad, the center circle button is what changes menus. Above the circle is an up arrow and below the circle is a down arrow. These arrows let you navigate through three levels of assist (Cruise, Tour, and Sport), or you can go all the way down to Off and then hold the down arrow to activate walk mode. I love that the bike has a functional walk-mode because some big companies have disabled it on their US products. The walk assist only goes up to ~4mph (~6km/h) but is useful for pushing the bike if you get a flat tire or have to climb up a steep section of trail that isn’t rideable. For an electric bike like the E3 Moda, that weighs 52lbs without cargo, it could be especially useful when the bike is also loaded with gear. All in all, this display is elegant, simple to use, and offers more precise battery charge level feedback than a lot of competing devices. You get a 10-bar infographic with each bar representing a 10% step. The Brose Classic Original display is removable, easier to find and replace than some custom proprietary solution, and provides most of the menus I like, but didn’t seem to have a dynamic range estimate like Bosch, Shimano, and some others.

It looks like Raleigh has dropped the price of their Redux iE to the same $2,999 price point as the similar IZIP E3 Moda here, and it also comes in two frame styles with fenders, a rack, and lights. I mention this because you might prefer the solid black or white color schemes that Raleigh is offering or have a more convenient Raleigh dealer verses IZIP. For me, it’s wonderful to be able to go in and test ride an electric bicycle, get fitted, be sure that it was assembled properly (though these products do ship almost ride-ready). I like the fun accents that the Moda brings, appreciate how refined the drive system is, and enjoyed the higher speed output of the motor. The chainring spins 1-to-1 here and does not introduce drag when pedaling unassisted or beyond 28mph as some Bosch systems have. The bike utilizes mostly normal parts that shops will be familiar with and able to replace or tune-up as needed. I weighed the 2017 Raleigh Redux at roughly 48 lbs, so I’m guessing that’s how much the fenders, rack, and lights add (if you chose to remove them). I love the utility that this ebike brings and was very impressed with the quiet operation… it’s just solid. Being able to park at a public rack, take the battery and display off for protection, and then charge in your office during the workday is just perfect. I must say however, that the display clicks in around the middle of the mount vs. the very top, and this caused me some confusion and frustration at first (especially while trying to film and make it go quickly), it just wasn’t as intuitive as I felt it could have been. I welcome questions and comments below, I’ll do my best to help out and clarify! Big thanks to IZIP for inviting me to review this new 2018 model and partnering with me on this review. I’ve got more guides in the EBR forums and a special IZIP electric bike forum where you can post pictures, questions, updates, and connect with other owners ;)

Pros:

  • The IZIP E3 Moda is a great platform for sporty urban commuting, it has bottle cage bosses (on the step-over frame), a sleek rear rack, alloy fenders, and integrated LED Lights that run off of the main battery! I especially like how the headlight is aimable and has windows on the sides for increased visual footprint
  • As a Class 3 electric bike, you get motor assist up to 28 mph which is perfect for people who enjoy faster rides or have a tight schedule, it uses the battery faster but the Brose motor is very efficient
  • Comes with a high capacity 500 watt hour battery pack that fits beautifully into the downtube for protection and excellent weight distribution, the 4-amp charger will top you off quickly on longer commutes
  • I was amazed at how quiet it rides, the motor, the battery mount, the chain etc. don’t produce a lot of humming or rattling, even at higher speeds
  • Thru-axles keep the wheels stiff and support larger tires, this allows you and the motor to transfer energy more efficiently into the bike, it handles well and feels stable with the larger 2.4″ wide Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires
  • Minor detail, but I like the kickstand they chose because it stays out of the way and looks nice, it’s slightly fatter than other stands and holds the bike up well, this is great if you’ve loaded the rear rack with bags and gear
  • The battery, display panel and both wheels are easy to remove which is great for transporting the bike, fixing flats on the go or charging / protecting sensitive parts when you’ve locked it up to a public rack
  • Some electric bicycles are notorious for dropping the chain while riding on rough terrain (my Uncle owns the Stromer ST1 Limited and it falls off all the time for him) but IZIP has used a chain guide (two plates sandwiching the chainring to keep the chain on track) so this won’t happen… and the guide doubles as a chain protector to keep pants clean
  • It’s really cool that IZIP is selling the Moda in three frame sizes and offering a traditional high-step and approachable mid-step to make it approachable and comfortable for many types of riders
  • IZIP has a large dealer network in the US so you can probably find and test ride this bike easier than some other brands, their two-year comprehensive warranty provides some peace of mind and the Brose system is high quality and reliable from what shops and owners have told me
  • Excellent weight distribution and a sweet appearance thanks to mid-drive motor and downtube-integrated battery, they blend in perfectly with the dark color schemes and make this e-bike “stealthy” so it blends in with non-electric bikes
  • Hydraulic disc brakes offer good stopping power and the adjustable reach levers are good for large and small riders with different length fingers (or if you wear gloves), love the larger 180mm front rotor with quad-piston calipers for applying force and dissipating heat faster
  • The Brose motor is relatively quiet and smooth thanks to a Gates carbon transfer belt inside, it’s not just plastic and metal gears interfacing with each other
  • The battery can be charged on or off the bike, the port is magnetic so the plug will pop out without tipping the frame and won’t damage the interface, it’s located in a spot that isn’t in the way of the crank arms like a lot of other electric bicycles I test and review
  • Full sized USB port the base of the display mount would allow you to charge a mobile phone, music player or headlight while riding
  • I really appreciate how the battery pack seats in from the top vs. the bottom of the downtube because it’s less likely to drop and generally easier to work with here, I also like side-mounting batteries for this reason
  • The display panel is large, easy to read and comfortable to use because of the remote button pad located near the left grip, you can adjust assist without looking down as you get some practice
  • Both wheels offer quick release for easier maintenance and transport, though the fenders would still stick out a bit so you can’t lay the bike on its side with the bar turned quite as easily as other products
  • Unique design choices with the paint and stickers, I appreciate how IZIP brought the accent colors all the way through the frame, fork, saddle, battery case, and even the fenders (although they were just stickers on parts, which could come off easier than paint)
  • IZIP left walk mode enabled, just arrow down to no assist and you’ll see this little arrow on the right side of the speed readout, all you have to do is hold the down arrow and the bike motor will run a few miles per hour to help you push the bike (which is great, since it weighs ~52 lbs)

Cons:

  • While the larger Super Moto-X tires and ergonomic grips reduce vibration a little bit, I’d consider getting a comfortable 31.6 mm seat post suspension to improve comfort for longer rides at faster speeds with this ebike
  • I appreciate the integrated lights but the dark frame colors, non-reflective tires, and higher speed operation would give me pause about riding at night, just be careful out there and maybe install the wheel/spoke reflectors if they come with… they are not pictured in the stock image
  • Keep an eye on the little rubber cap used to cover the magnetic charging interface at the top of the battery, this rubber protector doesn’t have a leash and can easily be set down and lost if you don’t keep an eye on it
  • The battery pack weighs more than some competing 500 watt hour packs, 6.8 lbs vs. 5.7 lbs on the Bosch Powerpack 500, this may be due to the metal casing and unique in-frame design
  • I did not see a range estimator menu like some of the other ebikes are offering but do appreciate the 10-bar battery infographic, it’s more precise than the 4 or 5-bar menus that are common
  • Brose mid-drive motors do not offer shift sensing at the time of this review, so it’s best to reduce pedal pressure when changing gears, this reduces mashing and wear on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur
  • I tend to prefer metal pedals with pins for maximum power transfer and grip, the plastic pedals with sandpaper texture were okay, but not what I was expecting for a higher speed Class 3 ebike, I’d probably replace them with some lightweight magnesium Wellgo platform pedals like these
  • Powering the bike on can be a multi-step process since there’s a power button on the battery pack, once you’ve activated it, the display can turn on and off within two-hours or so while the battery is still active
  • Minor thing here, but I was a little bit bummed not to see the one-way clutch on the Shimano Deore derailleur, this clutch offers users the ability to tighten the derailleur springs to reduce chain slap on rough terrain, which can also be handy when riding fast on a speed pedelec like the IZIP Moda… and I didn’t see a slap guard on the right chain stay, so the chain could chip the paint, consider adding some clear plastic box tape or getting a slap guard chain protector yourself to keep it looking nice

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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...

2015 IZIP E3 Dash Review

  • MSRP: $2,900
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

High performance city style electric bike that offers throttle mode up to 20mph and pedal assist up to 28mph. Comfortable ride with oversized 700x45c tires, suspension fork with lockout and updated Velo Street saddle...

IZIP E3 Twn:exp Review

  • MSRP: $2,900
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

A sturdy, highly adjustable city bike that's perfect for rentals or fleets. High torque 400 watt direct drive motor is quiet and extremely durable, encased in rear…...

2014 IZIP E3 Path+ Review

  • MSRP: $2,200
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

An active urban-style electric bike with near-silent motor operation and clean design helping it blend in. Strong 500 watt motor paired with large 48 volt battery that's removable and uses premium…...

IZIP E3 Metro Review

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Sturdy, stiff and capable of hauling cargo with the reinforced front basket and welded rear rack. Oversized tires, adjustable stem and seat post suspension improved comfort when riding...

2014 IZIP E3 Zuma Review

  • MSRP: $2,400
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Clean design with integrated battery pack improves balance, eight frame colors to choose from. Delivers smooth pedal assist and twist throttle mode for easy start from rest...

2014 IZIP E3 Dash Review

  • MSRP: $2,600
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

High quality features and well rounded drive system at an excellent price. Strong but quiet 500 watt gearless rear hub motor offers throttle mode and torque-sensing pedal…...

2014 IZIP E3 Peak Review

  • MSRP: $3,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

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2013 IZIP E3 Metro Review

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2013 IZIP E3 Zuma Review

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IZIP Express Review

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2012, 2013

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R Wolf
2 weeks ago

Court, The IZIP E3 Moda and Raleigh Rudux use the OLD 2014 Brose motor and display, not the new 2017 Brose TF (touring 45kmh)! Hopefully they will upgrade to the newer version for the 2019 model year.

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Court
2 weeks ago

Interesting, it’s really difficult to tell which Brose motor is on bikes because their plastic casing does not say (the way that Bosch does). During my ride test of the IZIP E3 Moda for this review, I was able to reach ~28 mph, so I feel like I must have been on the TF, or some other fast version. I asked for input from the team, but sometimes I only have access to marketing reps and the bikes can be pre-production vs. final build. What have you seen with the 2018 Moda?

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Thomas Yondorf
2 weeks ago

The article still lists the motor as: Brose Drive TF . Have you been able to check on R Wolf’s comment?

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Court
2 weeks ago

Hi, Thomas! I listed it as TF because I believe that’s what it is and I don’t have a way to confirm it more than I did during the visit and review. I believe that it’s the TF motor based on the time of release and what the IZIP reps told me on site. That doesn’t mean that I’m right… but I have also spoken with the Brose reps for North America who gave me feedback about the different motors and timeframes of when they were available. I tried to record that information in a clear way with this forum post, and I welcome your input and other evidence that I might be mistaken.

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R Wolf
2 weeks ago

Thomas,

The Bikes were released only months after the Brose Gen 2 motors were announced. Both the Raleigh & Izip MODELS are using the old Gen1 display and a tech rep from the Accell group admitted when pressed that they had already contracted for the old series motors! The Redux & Moda were in production when the new systems were announced. They should be updated for 2019 hopefully.

R Wolf

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Court
1 week ago

Wow, thanks for the details on this, R Wolf! I do my best to get accurate info but am often moving from one detailed project to the next and have to keep on moving. Your extra energy and effort here are really appreciated!

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Allan
1 week ago

This looks like a fantastic commuter bike. I’d like to see narrower tires and would like to see 700c wheels just so there would be more variety of tire choice. Would love to see this fast commuter with say 35 mm or even 32 mm tires. Would also love to see a longer top tube for a more aero stretched out position. But even with the way the bike is I suspect it’s a fast commuter, just not as fast as it could be.

Regarding Court’s comment about the 32T limitation on the cassette. I suppose if you’re touring and climbing steep hills it might be a problem, but generally if you’re just commuting and you have sufficient battery I don’t think I’d be worried about the 32T limitation. You can easily do a cassette swap, and I’m guessing the stock derailleur could handle a 36T gear, not sure about 42T but you could swap out the rear derailleur if you had to.

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Court
1 week ago

Good points Allan, it’s usually possible to upgrade cassettes, derailleurs, and chainring to fit your specific needs… especially with a standard sized chainring like Brose has vs. the proprietary sprocket that Bosch uses.

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Tambo74
2 weeks ago

I'm so glad as a consumer that you point out and call out the imperfections on bikes.. which is crucial, otherwise the issues won't be addressed and companies would take advantage but also be aware and thus the evolution can progress further. Thanks man.

techyin326
2 weeks ago

Those pedals, ugly

Larry Basinskl
2 weeks ago

E-Bike manufacturers take notice. I will not even consider a class 3 speed-pedelec without a suspension fork!

Mark Paul Sebar
2 weeks ago

Cheaper to go to www.bikesdirect.com get yourself a Motobecane then visit www.lunacycle.com for an ebike kit. Will take you about 4 fun hours and you will have a mid drive system that has suspension plus thumb, throttle and pedal assist. Will be faster and better than this IZIP piece of junk and you will save bucks too. The makers of Izip and Ezip are behind the consortium trying to fix a free marketplace. Don't let them, instead buy and build your own or get other turnkey products that at least give you a throttle option plus pedal assist.

Jan van Waaij
2 weeks ago

Dear EBR,

I really like your bike reviews. As I live in Germany, I would appreciate if you tell whether a bike is available in Europe. I would also appreciate if you give preference to reviewing bikes that are available everywhere.

Best,

Jan

scott ferguson
2 weeks ago

new intro graphic???
also that Brose display is WOKE

HackHunter1835
2 weeks ago

Nice looking bike, quality components (except for the garbage pedals) and as for no suspension fork, I keep mine locked out anyway, no big deal. Im seeing more IZips on the trails of late, most owners are very happy with the bike. Great city trail bike.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Awesome, thanks for the feedback! Nice to hear that more people are riding ebikes and enjoying IZIP in particular. I think that they offer great value.

Greg J Barber
2 weeks ago

I have the 2018 redux ie and I can confirm that you only ever have to press the power on the battery and not the display. I have never had to turn the display on separately

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Right, thanks for the input Greg! My experience was that you press the power button on the battery and it automatically powers up the display, but you can then put the display into sleep mode by pressing the power button on the top right edge or completely power the bike down by holding that same little button. When you press the power button on top of the battery again, that shuts it all the way down as well, does that sound correct?

Pașca Alexandru
2 weeks ago

I'm a diy-er... but I do lookup on RTRs and just weighed my bike after almost finishing the conversion and something does not add up.
This rigid, mid-drive, 500Wattish/h bike is 23kg (54lbs) with moderately fat but smooth tires.
I converted my ten years old hard-tail all-mountain bike with two geared hub motors. Huge and heavy 2.7" aggressive tires, heavy-duty rims, a 10-11 years old 7005 frame, yadda-yadda-yadda, old and 24.3kg heavy. With two motors.
I never went the lightweight path when I started to build that bike and neither when I converted it.

The point is I thought that recent bikes would come up way lighter!
What gives? I trust my tractor to get me up and down mountains without reaching the bottom of the valley with spokes and pieces of the handlebar embedded in my neck.

A city bike that is not intended to ride over rocks, roots, dirt and all the bumpiness the wilderness offers, shouldn't be a hell lot lighter?
Steel crank arms? Lead ballast somewhere? :D
Alright, the battery is around two kilos, the motor another two and a half, but the rest? We're left with 18 kilos of city bike?

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Yeah, sometimes it surprises me as well... Might come down to the motor battery casing, and frame reinforcement combined with the four pounds of rack and fenders (since they are alloy in this case). I recorded how much the battery and motor weighed separately on the full review... but the frame and those big tires etc. still add up :)

dmitry manzano
2 weeks ago

Hello, Court, please help. Hello. I've bought a new bike with internal cable routing with unusual form of the frame and it not letting me to install the BBSHD properly. If I take off the plastic holder so I can install the motor but it will be leaning down. Question is can I use the hammer to make this bulge flat? What are the risks might be? The last video on my channel shows my bike.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Hi Dmitry, I saw your video and posted this advice: That's a nice looking CUBE bike! I understand that you're thinking about hammering the channel in order to make your BBSHD kit fit on the bottom bracket? Without seeing the motor up close, I'm not sure if it will even fit over the shifter cables there. Hammering the bike frame (especially at that bottom bracket joint area) could compromise the strength of the bike and lead to a critical failure or crack. I would suggest selling the CUBE before damaging it and then finding a bike that routes cables differently. I haven't installed a BBSHD myself, only seen bikes that already had it done. I realize this must be frustrating... maybe you can sell the bike kit and get a hub motor instead? Perhaps you could return the kit to whoever you bought it from and ask for their advice. I hope this helps :/

SuperPapadzul
2 weeks ago

3k and no suspension. OMG suspension in a city bicycle is very important. Jumping on or off the sidewalk is hard when there are no shock absorbers.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Yeah... I agree with you there, the tires help a lot and you can get a seat post suspension to take the edge off... even a suspension stem, but perhaps the rigid fork makes the bike a lot less expensive and heavy in this case. The PSI range is pretty wide at 30 to 55 PSI, so you could run them a bit low to absorb the bumps and cracks

J Clar
2 weeks ago

Amazing, major changes and improvements over the last 3 years while holding same price. Reminds me of my Kalkhoff Integrale, and that's saying something.

J Clar
2 weeks ago

Based in part on one of your in-depth videos I have also got an alpha 4 4 4 on the way. I'm extremely excited about that and I own a whole bunch of land with perfect hard dirt roads for that unit. I just wish you had mentioned how long the wait time is for it! I ordered it in Spring and won't get it till fall

J Clar
2 weeks ago

It's a bike that's extremely hard to fault. It does everything right. Although it's a little expensive. Yes I have the S-11. I will say though I have upgraded to a M1 Spitzen, with a spare battery pack and I find that to be the perfect and dialed in set up for someone who likes to ride their vehicle at the top of its speed and range. However it still does not exude the same quality as the Kalkhoff. "Integrale" is the perfect name for that bike. Most every component is made by the company and therefore integrates perfectly.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Sweet! Are you liking the Integrale? I reviewed the S11 version a while back, is that the one you got :D https://electricbikereview.com/kalkhoff/integrale-s11/

ModeBlitz
2 weeks ago

Can yo do a review on the Delfast bike

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Nice! Luna has some incredible ebikes, and this one is almost like a motorcycle. I was planning to visit and review there for a bit, earlier this year, but ran out of time. Hope to swing by in the coming months :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Hey Lance! I feel ya, seems like there are some $1.5k options but usually sold direct. It costs a lot to have a shop assembling, stocking, and providing service... and IZIP does a bit of both, trying to keep their prices a bit lower.

Lance McGrew
2 weeks ago

Sur-Ron MX Electric actually looks like a $3.5K bike. All these $3K - $4K EBR reviewed bikes are overpriced based on my personal 46 years experience in manufacturing.

TECH_GEEK10
2 weeks ago

@ModeBlitz go with a SUR-RON MX from Luna Cycle. https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-mx-electric/
Cheaper and has much much better quality parts

TECH_GEEK10
2 weeks ago

Considering it has "Shimano Turney" listed, and at 4k+, its a rip off in my opinion.