IZIP E3 Zuma Review

2018 Izip E3 Zuma Electric Bike Review
2018 Izip E3 Zuma
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 48 Volt 8 7 Amp Hour Battery
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Tranzx M16 Gta Mid Drive Motor
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Steel Mid Rise Handlebar With Control Pad
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Schwalbe Balloon Fat Frank Tires Rigid Alloy Fork
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Adjustable Angle Stem
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Optional Trigger Throttle Near Right Grip
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Rear Kickstand Velo Wide Saddle
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 7 Speed Shimano Altus
2018 Izip E3 Zuma High Step Mens
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Downtube Battery Pack Key
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Electric Bike Back
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 3 Amp Battery Charger With Metal Tip
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Electric Bike Review
2018 Izip E3 Zuma
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 48 Volt 8 7 Amp Hour Battery
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Tranzx M16 Gta Mid Drive Motor
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Steel Mid Rise Handlebar With Control Pad
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Schwalbe Balloon Fat Frank Tires Rigid Alloy Fork
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Adjustable Angle Stem
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Optional Trigger Throttle Near Right Grip
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Rear Kickstand Velo Wide Saddle
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 7 Speed Shimano Altus
2018 Izip E3 Zuma High Step Mens
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Downtube Battery Pack Key
2018 Izip E3 Zuma Electric Bike Back
2018 Izip E3 Zuma 3 Amp Battery Charger With Metal Tip

Summary

  • A value-priced cruiser from a larger trusted company, available in a high-step and mid-step frame styles with one color pattern for each (white or metallic gray)
  • Efficient mid-drive motor keeps weight low and center, the battery clicks in from the left and can be charged on or off the frame, pre-wired for lights, optional trigger throttle works from standstill
  • Decent mechanical 160 mm disc brakes, aluminum paint-matched chain cover keeps your pants clean, larger balloon tires add comfort along with the swept-back steel handlebar and larger saddle
  • Great pedals and kickstand, mounting points for adding fenders but not a bottle cage or rear rack, basic 7-speed drivetrain with oversized Shimano thumb shifter, two-step on/off process, some wires exposed below motor casing

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

E3 Zuma

Price:

$1,899

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Battery, 2 Year Motor, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51.3 lbs (23.26 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.14 in (40.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Step-Thru 41 cm: 16.25" Seat Tube, 23.5" Reach, 20" Stand Over Height, 29" Width, 73.5" Length, High-Step 41 cm: 16.25" Seat Tube, 24" Reach, 27" Stand Over Height, 29" Width, 74" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss White with Black and Green Accents, Gloss Silver with Black and Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9.8 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9.8 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano CS-HG200-7 Cassette 12-32 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Lasco EBO5, Forged Alloy Crank Arms, 38 Tooth Steel Chainring with Steel Guard

Pedals:

VP-535 Plastic Platform, Black

Headset:

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

Stem:

Forged Alloy, Adjustable Angle, 100 mm Length, 25.4 mm Clamp Diameter, One 30 mm Spacer, Four 5 mm Spacers

Handlebar:

Steel, Mid-Rise, Swept Back, 670 mm Length, Black

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Faux Leather, Padded Stitched, Black

Saddle:

IZIP Branded Velo, Wide with Rubber Bumpers

Seat Post:

Alloy, Forged Head

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

29.8 mm

Rims:

Alloy, Double Wall, 26 mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge , Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Balloon Fat Frank, 26" x 2.35” (60-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

22 to 60 PSI, 1.5 to 4.0 BAR, K-Guard 3 Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Paint-Matched Alloy Chain Cover, Rear Mount Adjustable Length Kickstand, Optional Trigger Throttle ($50)

Other:

Locking Downtube Mounted Battery Pack (ABUS Locking Cylinder and Key), 2.2 lb 3 Amp Charger with Metal Plug, Pre- Wired for Lights (6 Volt DC)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

TranzX M16 GTA

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

68 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

LG MG1 18650 (13 Series 3 Parallel)

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

TranzX DP27, Fixed, LED Console, Buttons: +, -, Power, (Tap Power in 1-5 Assist for Range Estimate, Hold + and - to Change Units, Hold - for Two Seconds to Activate Lights, Hold Power and + for Power Trim 5 Middle -15% or +15%)

Readouts:

Current Speed, Assist Level (4 Bars), Range Estimate, Battery Level (Green, Yellow, Red)

Display Accessories:

Mini-USB Charging Port (CAN BUS Diagnostics, 5 Volt 500 mA Output), Optional Trigger Throttle

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Twist Throttle is Optional, $50)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

I’ve reviewed four earlier versions of the IZIP E3 Zuma electric bicycle, dating back to 2014, but this latest 2018 iteration is the first one I’ve seen that uses a mid-drive motor and downtube mounted battery pack. This improves frame stability and handling, reduces frame flex, and offers greater range because the mid-motor can leverage the gears to climb or maintain speed more efficiently. It’s a wonderful update and one of my favorite current-generation cruiser ebikes. IZIP has a good reputation in the space because they are backed by an electric bike competency support center. You can call in to get help with issues and find replacement parts going back several generations. I’ve visited the headquarters and personally know a few of the team members who answer calls and they helped me get feedback and details to create this review. What the IZIP E3 Zuma offers is a comfortable, relatively affordable, neighborhood cycling experience. The geometry is relaxed and upright, wider tires provide stability and comfort, and two frame styles and colorways offer a “his and hers” possibility where you could share batteries and deal with one company (and possibly get a deal purchasing multiple bikes at the same time). In order to get the price point lower, a few hardware compromises have been made. The seven-speed drivetrain is good enough for around urban rides on concrete but might struggle a bit on the steepest hills. They opted for a Shimano Altus derailleur, which is one step-up from the lowest component group in the Shimano line. Instead of trigger shifters, they chose a large thumb shifter that can be trickier to reach, and the 160 mm disc brakes are mechanical which requires more hand strength and isn’t as adjustable (in terms of lever reach). There’s no suspension fork or seat post suspension here, but you could add a cheap aftermarket post and shim for under $50. Finally, the mid-drive motor used here doesn’t offer fancy shift detection or offer torque sensing, just a fairly-good cadence sensor. It’s a bike that was specced well for relaxed daytime riding for pleasure, but doesn’t come with fenders, a rear rack, or integrated lights… Though, it is wired for lights if you want to add them later. And, there’s an optional trigger throttle upgrade for those who just want to cruise and relax without pedaling.

Driving this bike is a 350 to 500 watt TranzX M16 GTA centerdrive that is horizontally mounted at the bottom bracket. This is one of the nicer TranzX motors, offering up to 60 Newton meters of torque, but it’s definitely a value part compared with the Bosch Active Line motors. By comparison, those motors weigh two pounds less, measure cadence in addition to rear wheel speed and torque, and offer shift detection to protect the drivetrain. They do not offer quite as much torque, and none of them are compatible with throttles at this time. The TranzX M16 stands out a bit visually, and some wires have been run below the motor casing (which exposes them a bit), but the ride quality is good. I especially appreciate how IZIP has added a steel chainring guard and smaller guide to make sure the chain doesn’t drop if you ride over bumpy terrain. Covering the back half of the motor and the top section of chain is a beautiful paint-matched chain cover, made from aluminum alloy. This guard will keep your pants or skirt clean when pedaling and won’t rust the way steel might, if it gets scratched up over time. My guess is that this motor only supports pedal strokes up to 100 rotations per minute vs. some of the fancier motors that can reach 120 RPM. This means that you’ll have to change gears more actively to hit different speeds. The maximum assisted speed is 20 mph (25 km/h), and that makes this a Class 1 product by default, allowable in the most locations and trails. If you opt for the plug-and-play trigger throttle, the bike becomes a Class 2 and may not be allowed on some dirt paths and bike trails. I actually really like the throttle option because I have a sensitive knee and like help climbing, starting from standstill, or simply taking a break. Older IZIP models offered a press-button throttle, and I found that it wasn’t a variable-speed throttle and required more hand dexterity and finger force to keep active.

Powering the bike motor, compact LED display panel, and two six-volt light wires, is a Lithium-ion battery pack that seats onto the downtube. The pack slides in from the left, allowing for a lower top-tube design on the step-thru model. It only weighs ~5.8 lbs, but it offers lower than average capacity, for this generation of bikes (it’s about average for 2016/2017). The exact specification is 48 volts 8.7 amp hours for roughly 416 amp hours. By going with a 48 volt system, the Zuma sends power more efficiently and can drive a higher amp controller for more zippier starts. It’s a satisfying ride, and you can actually dial in the power amp out put by holding the plus and power button on the display for a few seconds to adjust what they call “power trim”. The default is 5 but you can go down to 1 or up to 9 for more or less “zip” and gain that sense of power. My guess is that the range on this ebike could be anywhere between 20 miles and 50 miles depending on whether you use the trigger throttle, ride at a higher level of assist, turn up power trim, climb steeper hills, or weigh a bit more than average. The good news is, the included battery charger is faster than average, putting out 3 amps vs. just 2. This gets you back outside riding in a jiffy, and the charger has a sturdy metal plug tip that won’t get bent or damaged as easily with years of use. The battery can be charged on or off the bike, and I’d recommend keeping it above 20% to avoid stressing the cell chemistry… extreme heat and cold can also prematurely wear the cells. The IZIP E3 Zuma only weighs ~51 lbs, which is light for a cruiser with fatter tires, a larger saddle, and longer handlebar. By taking the battery off, quick release wheels, and quick release seat, the bike can become super light and compact for transport or service. I was able to ride one of these bikes at the Accell Group headquarters in California, but it’s nice to be able to do the same at a local ebike shop. For those who live too far away, IZIP does ship direct, and assembly is minimal.

Operating the bike is a two-step process that requires pressing a rubber button on the left side of the battery before you can power up the display panel. This is a minor hassle, but could become frustrating if you’ve already mounted the bike and have to bend way forward and down to reach the button. Once the pack is on, the LED display can be powered up with a second rubberized button. It does a little startup dance, and red numbers read out your current speed, four red dots let you know your assist level (and the last level chosen seems to stick, which is nice), and three lighted LED colors communicate charge level. I do feel that it can be difficult and a bit confusing to base how much battery is left (and thus how far you can safely ride) by looking at a 33% color representation… so it’s wonderful that there is also a range estimator built in. When you’re in one of the levels of assist, simply tap the power button to get a quick range estimate readout. This may display as miles or kilometers, but is not labeled as such. You can switch units by holding plus and minus simultaneously for a moment… then note that the lower number will be miles (since 1 mile roughly equals 1.6 kilometers). Unlike larger, fancier LCD displays, the compact LED unit on the E3 Zuma is a bit small and hard to read, and leave off information about average speed, time, and odometer. It’s less likely to get damaged from scratches or glare up into your face, and I quite like it… even if some of the menus are a bit buried. The range estimate is very handy and easy to remember (just tap that power button) and there’s even a Mini-USB port built into the right side of the control pad, for charging your smartphone or GPS on the go! My biggest complaint about the display is actually how it interacts with the optional trigger throttle. Rather than allowing the throttle to override the levels of assist and start from zero, it makes you pedal up to ~2 mph before the throttle goes active… that is, unless you’ve clicked the minus key all the way down to no assist. In this ride mode, the throttle is active from stop, and is very handy for getting help at a stop sign. I have sensitive knees, so instant start help is great! However, I also want to conserve battery, so I tend to ride in assist level 2 or 3. The way it currently works (if you have the throttle option) the minus key has to be pressed at each stop to get throttle help and then the plus key has to be pressed a few times to get back into pedal assist.

In conclusion, for $600 less than the prior year model, you’re getting a tried and true electric bike from a longstanding company that can be seen and test ridden at a bunch of dealers. Even though it doesn’t come with fenders, they could fairly easily be added if you live in a rainy area. There’s no cargo rack, but this is a fun machine… not exactly a commuter, and with the fender bosses on the rear, you might actually be able to set one up if you really wanted, or use a simple beam rack like this. You get the balance and efficiency of a mid-motor, an average drivetrain, the ability to add a throttle and even adjust the power level of the motor. IZIP uses a CAN Bus system on their electric bicycles, much like you’d have on an automobile, which allows for easier diagnosis of errors and issues that might crop up over time. This makes supporting them easier for you and the local shop, and the warranty is pretty solid with 1 year comprehensive and 2 years on the motor. The paint schemes are fun and tie throughout the fork and chain cover. The larger tires come from Schwalbe and offer K-Guard 3 puncture protection, so you shouldn’t encounter many flats as long as you keep the air pressure between the recommended levels. Since the bikes use 26-inch tires, the frame sits closer to the ground, making them easier to mount and stabilize at stops. I got help doing some test ride shots for the video review above from one of the IZIP employees, and he was fairly short (shorter than me, and I’m 5’9″) but he was still able to comfortably ride the high-step. The adjustable angle stem provides some good ergonomic options, but could rattle loose over time and even slip forward, so keep an eye on it and make sure it stays tight. The Accell Group owns IZIP as well as Raleigh, and there’s a very similar model from them called the Raleigh Retroglide iE which comes with fenders and an integrated rear rack for $300 more. The color schemes are different and there may not be dealer overlap. I’ve reviewed that model as well and should be posting later this year. Big thanks to the IZIP team for partnering with me on this post and having me out to review several models back to back. Feel free to post comments and feedback below, and I’ll do my best to answer questions and respond. You can also visit the IZIP Forums to post pictures and interact with other owners.

Pros:

  • The mid-motor and downtube battery keep weight relatively low and center across the frame, this is one of the more balanced cruiser style ebikes, the frame doesn’t flex a lot and it handles pretty well
  • Even though there’s no suspension fork or seat post suspension outfitted on this ebike, the larger balloon tires, wider saddle, swept-back steel handlebar, and adjustable angle stem provide a relaxed and fairly comfortable feel, you could always add an aftermarket suspension post… just make sure it fits 29.8 mm (which is a bit uncommon) or use a shim adapter like this with a standard 27.2 mm suspension post like this
  • Excellent kickstand position, it stays well out of the way from the left crank arm (so you can back the bike up without stowing it or perform drivetrain maintenance with the bike parked)
  • Quick release wheels and seat clamp make the bike easy to adjust, move, and service, the battery is also removable… so you can charge it separately or remove to take off ~5.8 lbs, making the bike lighter
  • Fun aesthetic, IZIP has added decals and used contrasting colors to make the ZUMA bright and fun, I appreciate that the wheel rums, spokes, and hubs are all black (along with the seat post, stem, handlebar, crank arms, pedals etc.) vs. using silver in some places and black in others, you can tell that they paid attention to the details with this ebike
  • Paint-matched alloy chain cover will keep your pant leg or dress/skirt clean when pedaling, it’s not going to rust the way that steel would if it gets scratched by your shoes over time
  • The TranzX M16 GTA felt pretty responsive, even though it just uses a cadence sensor… you could definitely mash gears if you don’t ease off when shifting, but overall I feel that it’s a good value-priced middrive and works well on with the Zuma
  • Excellent price point! The 2018 IZIP E3 Zuma is ~$600 less than the 2017 model and I’d consider it a bargain at just under $2k because it is sold through dealers and comes with a solid warranty and manufacturer parts support (IZIP is one of the oldest ebike brands in the USA and part of the Accell Group which owns Raleigh and Haibike too)
  • The battery packs tip out to the left side vs. mounting straight down, this enabled IZIP to build a lower top-tube on the step-thru frame without the risk of having the battery bump the top tube and get scratched or be difficult to remove
  • I love that the control panel on this bike shows range estimates and has a Mini-USB port built in, it’s one of the nicer “affordable” simple displays and it just stays out of the way and works well
  • I like that the chainring has an outer steel guard and a little inner guide piece, as a result, you shouldn’t have issues with the chain falling off of this bike, there’s a clear plastic slap guard on the right chain stay to keep the paint in tact if the chain bounces up and down a lot on bumpy terrain
  • It’s neat that they sell a trigger throttle accessory for $50 because some riders may not want to pedal constantly, it’s easy to install and works much better than the older button throttles from 2016/2017, I love that the throttle works from standstill if you’re in no-assist mode but wish that it would also work from zero in 1-4 assist vs. making you get the rear wheel moving… the whole point is to help you get started from stops and the default configuration here requires that you click the – button to get down to zero, and that’s just annoying to me
  • The battery charger is a little bit faster than average, putting out 3 amps vs. 2 amps, and it has a metal tipped plug at one end which won’t get cracked or bent as easily if you step on it or store it roughly
  • If you hold + and power, you can adjust “power trim” which allows you to raise or lower the zippiness of the bike… like how fast and hard it starts, this is a neat feature for people who like a sporty feeling as well as those who want to save the battery and start a bit slower

Cons:

  • It’s great that the bike is setup with fender bosses, but I wish it also had rear rack and bottle cage bosses, the Zuma is a relaxed neighborhood cruiser, but it’s still nice to have utility in some situations
  • I don’t love the oversized Shimano SIS Index thumb shifter, it takes more energy and reach to click compared to trigger shifters, but it does make room for the optional trigger throttle and works well if you’re wearing gloves
  • While I do like the display that they use here, it isn’t as large or feature-rich as a full LCD display with trip distance, average speed, clock, and other readouts… just current speed, assist level, range estimates, and a three-color battery level indicator that doesn’t seem super precise
  • The adjustable angle stem is nice for dialing in fit and providing a more upright body position, but they can sometimes rattle loose and slip forward if you ride off a curb or stop quickly, just keep an eye on it
  • I wish the tires had reflective sidewall paint, just to keep you safer and more visible at night, but at least the frames are pre-wired to accept lights! This is something a local e-bike shop could help you install
  • The wires are pretty well hidden and integrated through the frame, but they are a bit exposed along the base of the motor plate which could be vulnerable in some situations, overall… it’s a purpose-built frame that works very well with the mid-motor drive system
  • Minor complaint, the mechanical disc brakes work alright but use average-sized 160 mm rotors and will be harder to pull and less adjustable than hydraulic brakes
  • Powering the bike up to ride is a two-step process where you press a circular button on the left side of the battery and then press another power button on the control pad, the extra steps take extra time and might require you to bend down if you forgot to start with the battery

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2013

An affordable, classic style electric bike with balanced features. Weaker 250 watt motor offers less torque but also weighs less...

2013 IZIP E3 Zuma Review

  • MSRP: $2,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013

Solid frame with oversized cushy tires and seat delivers a fluid enjoyable ride. Powerful 500 watt geared rear hub motor paired with 36 volt Lithium-ion battery offers torque…...

IZIP Express Review

  • MSRP: $2,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2012, 2013

Ultra powerful and rugged long-range electric bike, originally designed for use by the Los Angeles police force for urban patrols. Unique mid-drive belt system delivers high torque for climbing and accelerating, speed pedelec design capable…...

IZIP E3 Ultra Review

  • MSRP: $2,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013

Powerful 500 Watt motor paired with strong 36 Volt battery for acceleration and climbing ability. Sensitive pedal assist mode becomes jerky when climbing hills but is otherwise very responsive...

IZIP E3 Vibe Review

  • MSRP: $999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013

Upright seating with high-rise handlebars, wide sprung saddle and seat post shock for improved comfort. 250 watt brushless rear hub motor works well with pedal assist or throttle mode for…...

IZIP Trekking Enlightened Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2009

Discontinued in 2009, replaced with the E3 Path which is sturdier, less expensive and features twist throttle as well as pedal assist. Designed to be pedaled, the Trekking Enlightened lacks throttle mode but features 24 speed, lights,…...

IZIP Urban Cruiser Enlightened Review

  • MSRP: $1,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2009

A relaxed, comfortable and stable cruiser style electric bike with integrated downtube-battery that keeps weight low and center. Smooth torque sensing pedal assist is responsive but requires more care when working on the…...


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Dakota Gardner
5 days ago

Coming from someone who has previously purchased and abused the crap out of IZip electric bikes... Don't believe the mileage provided by the company. The mileage NEVER lasts as long as it says it does, and the battery degregation is significant over time, significant to the tune of over 50% degregation over a 2 year period, less than 3000 miles used overall. So i'd suggest seriously testing an izip bike mileage wise before quoting the assist approximate. On a side note, my new Haibike never lies to me, and the mileage is way better than the approximate. A much better company for electric bikes I.m.o.

Patrick Burgard
1 week ago

Thanks so much for all you do, Court! I just bought the bulls urban evo after watching hours and hours of your videos. Sad that it doesn't come with a cafe lock, though. Any recommendations for an aftermarket one that will fit the bikes 2" tires? Also they just fit on any bike or do I have to find a specific size? Thanks in advance :-)

Patrick Burgard
1 week ago

Thanks a ton!

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Cool! I hope you enjoy it this Summer, I personally go with a cable and u-lock and really like the Blackburn rubberized ones because they lock on both ends of the metal and are fairly lightweight: https://amzn.to/2rDePNB here's a guide I made about locking ebikes that shows the Blackburn in action: https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/how-to-securely-lock-and-fully-protect-your-electric-bike-accessories.22743/

Dennis Dowd
1 week ago

I am really against the his and hers definitions. A bike is a bike. But that is just me. I say this because people should buy the bike they are comfortable with, and not be drawn away from their initial choice because of the sex differentiation, which is basically an artificial thing anyway. Well, there is my argument. I love the look of the Retroglide. I can't tell the difference between those colors, I am color blind.

OMGWTFLOL
1 week ago

People are hung up on labels. You need a truck to be a "man", and a Miata is a "chick car". It's nonsense created by the insecure.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

I'm with you... most of the time I stay gender neutral, but there are actually companies that delineate models by "his and hers" and in this case, the colors were a bit more masculine and feminine following US cultural norms so I played it that way. Don't mean to rub anyone the wrong way, and I actually prefer step-thru frames myself sometimes. It's nice when they offer a couple of color choices or go neutral but the bright fun colors are also great. Nice to have choice ;)

Martin Schmidt
1 week ago

Nice Review again. Your Videos are my Highlight on yt. I love my ebike and i think the money is well spent. :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Aww, made my day Martin! Thanks, glad to hear you're enjoying your ebike. Which model do you have?

012345 alone
1 week ago

👏👍👍

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Thank you, glad you enjoyed the bike :D

AdamSolarRides
1 week ago

Nice review as always.. It gave me some great talking and selling points for today! The Retroglide has really grown on me this year, I find it to be my go to bike for riding along on test rides. Thanks Court

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Sweet! Glad you enjoyed it, I'll have the Retroglide out sometime soon, it was cool to compare the models back to back this way to discover the little differences ;)

Sunshine State Lover
1 week ago

I'm considering a new E- bike & want to try a mid drive but never really heard of the " Trans X motor " , with all the great name brands out there in mid drives like Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano, are these motors built by & a relabel of one of these I wonder ?

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Hi Scot! TranzX has been producing and selling motors for several years (at least). I've test ridden them on many other IZIP products and haven't heard many complaints. Yeah, they tend to be less sophisticated, but they usually offer more power and are priced lower. I wouldn't worry about the reliability of this motor, especially for cruising and urban rides :) you could poke around in the TranzX forums, there isn't much going on there yet but maybe someone would chime in who owns an older model https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/tranzx/

Carlos E. Torchia
1 week ago

Love the indigenous patterns on the right cruiser. Like the ability to have integrated lights. Do not like the vulnerable underbelly wire. Love fat tires and seat. "IZIP around town a lot."

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Right on! The decals and paint are fun, really set this ebike apart. It would be nice if all wires were fully protected (and hidden) but that can make them difficult to work on and cost more for frame design. For a neighborhood/cruiser model like this, the wires are probably pretty safe

Raul M.
1 week ago

Sweet Bikes👍👍

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Yeah, pretty nice setup here, especially for the lower price!

012345 alone
1 week ago

Raul M. Yes

MRBARBARYCOAST
1 week ago

Odd looking frames but I can see how they would be functional with making it easier to get on the bike. I am glad that Currie Technologies is still producing ebikes. I just wish they would come out with a new and improved version of the IZIP Express.

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 week ago

Oh yeah! That was a crazy ebike... it had a funky internal mid-motor that ran a belt and could go super fast. I got to review a used model a long time ago, did you own one or test ride it at some point? https://electricbikereview.com/izip/express/