IZIP E3 Path Review

Izip E3 Path Electric Bike Review 1
E3 Path Electric Bike
Izip E3 Path Hub Motor
E3 Path Disc Brakes
E3 Path Twist Throttle
Izip E3 Path Electric Bike Review 1
E3 Path Electric Bike
Izip E3 Path Hub Motor
E3 Path Disc Brakes
E3 Path Twist Throttle

Summary

  • An affordable, classic style electric bike with balanced features
  • Weaker 250 watt motor offers less torque but also weighs less
  • Matching aluminum fenders, chain guard and stylized tires
  • Offers both pedal assist and "twist and go" throttle mode

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

E3 Path

Price:

$1,699 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Motor, 1 Year Frame and Battery

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2013

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52 lbs (23.58 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Dark Blue with Lime Green Accents (High-Step), Light Blue with White Accents (Step-Thru)

Frame Fork Details:

Chromoly Unicrown with Disc Brake Mounts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Acera, 44T

Shifter Details:

SRAM Grip Shifter

Pedals:

Plastic Platform

Stem:

Ahead Type

Handlebar:

Commuter Rise

Brake Details:

Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc with Motor Inhibit Levers

Grips:

Dual Density

Saddle:

Velo Suspension Sport

Seat Post:

Micro-Adjust

Rims:

Alex Double Wall Alloy

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Currie, 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed

Accessories:

Chain Guard, Fenders with Mud Flaps, Carry Rack

Other:

Quick Release Front Wheel, Removable Battery

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

30 Newton meters (Nominal 10.2 Nm)

Battery Voltage:

24 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

240 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Voltage (Full, Half, Low), Pedal Assist (PAS), Twist and Go (TAG)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

This review is for the first generation of IZIP E3 Path electric bikes. In 2014 the motor, battery pack and control system was updated to offer more power and provide a smoother ride. The price also jumped up to $2,200. You can see the updated E3 Path+ review here or continue reading for info on the old model which may be found used or on sale at local electric bike shops.

The IZIP E3 Path is a hidden treasure in my opinion. It offers something unique in a the world of ebikes where larger motors and big beefy tires get a lot of attention. It’s easy and comfortable to pedal, doesn’t weigh a whole lot (especially compared with electric bikes in the same price range) and offers several high quality extras that improve the aesthetic and function of the bike as a city or neighborhood rider.

While the hub motor on this bike is only a 250 watt, it still moves the bike considerably well. This is the standard size of electric bike motor in many European countries and it does mean that as a rider you’ll be required to pedal more, but the upside is that it weighs less. The smaller 24 volt 10 amp hour battery echos these same characteristics; light but less powerful.

Both the battery and motor on this bike are positioned at the rear so the bike is back-heavy which makes lifting it a bit awkward but this layout is standard on many ebikes and has the benefit of applying force to the strongest points of the frame and keeping wires shorter and easier to manage.

The beautiful fenders, painted rims, chain guard and tires make this bike a real beauty. While it does look like a classic cruising bike it also rides a bit like one in that it’s stiff and unforgiving over cracks. There are no shocks or extra air in the tires helping to absorb the bumps. This is less of an issue at lower speeds but worth considering for sensitive riders. The swept-back handlebars keep rider head position elevated which is great for spotting cars and relieving shoulders.

Overall, this is a fun, affordable electric bike produced by Currie Technologies (a long time leader in the space) that comes with a good warranty and looks great. It’s not the most powerful bike out there but it works quite well if you’re willing to pedal along.

Pros:

  • The rear rack is made from standard gauge tubing that works well with many stock pannier bags
  • The fenders are light weight but sturdy and offer great protection
  • Chain guard protects pants from getting greasy and chain guide keeps the chain from falling off
  • Lithium battery is light weight, offers many charge cycles and a one year warranty
  • Pedal assist and twist throttle modes let you choose how to ride, assist goes much further
  • Great kickstand, works well and stays out of the way
  • High quality disc brakes provide excellent stopping power

Cons:

  • No lights, those will have to be added separately
  • Less powerful 250 watt motor is noticeably weaker than competing bikes, but also lighter
  • Rear rack and fenders are bolt-on which means they need to be tightened over time to avoid rattling loose
  • Rear-heavy design with motor and battery at the back, makes it a bit harder to lift and easier to slide out
  • Entry-level pedals can be slippery when they get wet

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