IZIP E3 Vibe+ Review

Izip E3 Vibe Plus Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Vibe Plus
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Tranzx M16gta Motor
Izip E3 Vibe Plus 48 Volt Removable Rack Battery
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Steel Bars Swept Back
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Velo Dual Density Basic Grips
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Adjustable Kickstand
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Seven Speed Shimano Altus
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Two Amp Charger
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Electric Bike Review
Izip E3 Vibe Plus
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Tranzx M16gta Motor
Izip E3 Vibe Plus 48 Volt Removable Rack Battery
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Steel Bars Swept Back
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Velo Dual Density Basic Grips
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Adjustable Kickstand
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Seven Speed Shimano Altus
Izip E3 Vibe Plus Two Amp Charger

Summary

  • An approachable electric bike with deep low-step frame, adjustable stem, swept back handle bars and a large comfortable saddle
  • Simple linear pull brakes work well and are easy to adjust, quick release skewers on both wheels for hassle-free maintenance, removable battery pack for on or off-bike charging
  • Powerful mid-drive with four levels of assist and optional boost button pad (for throttle on demand operation), the lower levels of assist are smooth and quiet
  • No shift sensing built in to the drive unit so ease off, the motor responds mostly to cadence vs. torque so it’s easy to pedal, solid two year comprehensive warranty

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Introduction

Make:

IZIP

Model:

E3 Vibe+

Price:

$1,799

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

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

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

54 lbs (24.49 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.3 lbs (3.31 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.5 lbs (3.85 kg)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Sizes:

13 in (33.02 cm)15 in (38.1 cm)17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

16.5" Stand Over Height

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Colors:

Metallic Red with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Altus, CS-HG20-7, 22-30T

Shifter Details:

microSHIFT Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Lasco EB05 Chainring with Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Resin Platform with Non-Slip Tread

Headset:

VP Semi-Integrated Ahead, 4 Risers

Stem:

Promax Aluminum Alloy

Handlebar:

Promax 25.4 mm Diameter, Steel, 630 mm x 55 mm Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Linear Pull with Generic Levers

Grips:

Velo Dual Density, Semi-Ergonomic Rubber

Saddle:

Velo Commuter with Integrated Handle

Seat Post:

Promax Aluminum Alloy with Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

324 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

29.8 mm

Rims:

DM18 Alexrims Doublewall, Aluminum Alloy

Spokes:

Stainless Steel 13 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Hybrid, 26" x 1.95"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Slime Inside (Self-Sealing Flat Tire Prevention System)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Pre-Wired for 6 Volt LED Lights (Front and Rear), Single Side Adjustable Length Kickstand, Welded-On Battery Support Rack with Standard-Gauge Surround Bars (For Panniers or Trunk Bag), Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 2 Amp 1.8 Pound Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Currie Electro-Drive® (TranzX), Model M16GTA

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

68 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung or LG

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

422.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Fixed Monochrome Backlit LCD with Adjustable Angle

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Battery Capacity (5 Bars), Assist Level (0-4), Range Estimation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist (Optional Button Throttle)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The original IZIP E3 Vibe has been completely remodeled for 2016 and is now called the Vibe Plus. The suspension fork is gone but the bike weighs nearly 10 pounds less and has a more streamlined battery pack. You get a more powerful and more efficient mid drive motor and a larger battery capacity but the price has risen a bit to compensate. With three frame sizes to choose from, the Vibe+ can be the most compact and easiest to mount electric bicycle in the IZIP family. For this review I was on the extra small frame… and it worked quite well once I raised the seat post a bit :)

This thing is easy to mount, relatively stable and at ~54 pounds it’s not super heavy considering the sturdy rear rack, oversized handle bars and comfort accessories. I spent a bunch of time riding in pedal assist level one because it’s the smoothest and slowest mode (topping out around 11 mph). This is an electric bike that would do well in neighborhoods or around town, perhaps running short errands and loading food or school supplies. While it only comes in one color scheme (metallic red with black accents) I noticed that the spokes, chain guard, saddle and grips all tied in. The electronic wires are also black but seamlessly pass through the downtube so you don’t notice them as much. It’s a good looking ebike but one that also feels sturdy, I love that the tire tubes come with Slime installed to help resist flats and appreciate the front and rear quick release skewers that come in handy if you do have to perform maintenance or transport the bike.

This ebike uses more basic components but not quite bottom of the line… You get Tektro linear pull brakes, a seven speed Shimano Altus derailleur, a decent kickstand and a nice chain guard to keep your pants or dress clean. The rear-mounted battery doubles as a cargo rack and fender but positions the weight of the battery high and towards the rear compromising frame stiffness and handling to a limited extent. Frankly, it works fine for basic city riding. My favorite parts about this model are the powerful motor, easy to read display panel and optional boost button (which costs $50 extra) that turns this into a Class 2 electric bike offering throttle on demand.

Once you’ve charged the battery (on or off the frame!) and mounted it, you press the power button towards the left side of the pack then press another power button near the display console to get the systems all booted up. It’s more involved than I’d like but once it’s online the button pad makes changing modes or screen readouts very easy. You can arrow up or down between four levels of assist with increasing speed and power as you get up to four (topping out at 20 mph). The motor responds mostly to pedal cadence verses torque and I prefer this for more relaxed riding because my knees get sensitive if I push too hard. There’s no shift-sensing feature on this drive system so keep that in mind but given the gentler pedaling for around-town use that shouldn’t be a huge issue here :)

Pros:

  • One of the smallest and easiest to mount electric bikes I’ve tested, the single-tube low-step frame offers a 16.5″ stand over height and the seat can go down to ~28″ off ground level
  • The rear rack is setup with a “cage” that protects the battery but can also work with a trunk bag or side mounted panniers, it uses standard gauge tubing that should be compatible with the widest range of accessories including clip-on panniers
  • I love that you can purchase the “boost button” and turn this into a Class 2 electric bike for $50 and that it’s pre-wired with 6 volt leads for adding lights
  • The rear rack functions as a fender to keep your back dry and there are mounting points on the front fork for adding a 26″ fender
  • The tire tubes come with Slime inside designed to plug holes and stop leaks, you could bring along a mini-pump in a bag or mount one like this to the bottle cage bosses along the downtube
  • Available in three frame sizes including the extra small 13″ which would be perfect for petite riders, it’s nice that it also goes large for taller people who just want to save money and prefer step-thru
  • The drive unit relies mostly on cadence sensing so you don’t have to push especially hard in order to make the motor go, this is good for people with sensitive knees or when riding with a heavier load but may drain the battery a bit faster than torque sensing
  • Extra attention to detail with the plastic sticker slap guard on the right chain stay, the aluminum chain guide to keep the chain on track and black painted spokes that match the tires and black highlights of the frame, I also like that most of the wires and cables are internally routed through the frame so it looks nicer
  • The electronic systems all “talk to each other” using CAN bus (Controller Area Network) which makes diagnosing issues and updating firmware much easier for shops, that’s a unique feature for a more affordable ebike like the Vibe Plus

Cons:

  • The battery pack has to be switched on before the display panel can be activated, it’s an extra step that takes time and can be easy to forget… also, the button pad on/off has to be held for three or four seconds and once the display begins booting up there’s an eight second countdown to wait through
  • There is a “zero” assist level that completely shuts off the motor but leaves the display active like a cycle computer (or to power integrated lights) but it’s kind of hidden, once the display is on and you’re in assist level 1 just hold the power button on the button pad for a couple of seconds and it will go to zero, another tip is to hold the plus button for a few seconds to activate the lights and display backlighting and to hold the box icon to switch from mph to km/h
  • The display backlighting only has two options (on or auto) so you can’t switch it off completely if you want to ride without light which could be annoying for some people
  • Because the Vibe+ uses a single-tube frame and the battery is mounted on a rear rack, there is some frame flex (especially if you stand up and pedal hard)
  • Without a suspension fork the bike can feel a little stiff and jarring at higher speed, the tires are medium in size which adds some bounce and comfort and the saddle is oversized but you might consider getting a suspension seat post to reduce bumps while riding (you’ll need a 27.2 mm to 29.8 mm seat post shim like this in order to make it work)

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Jordan
7 months ago

Big fan of your videos,man! I'm in my mid 30's and getting back into cycling after an 8 year hiatus. I live in Southern California on a hill above the ocean. I't about a 1.5 mile commute down to the beach, of which 1/2 a mile is very steep... I would say about 30%. The downhill's a blast (sometimes a bit scary) but it's the uphill ride back home that send a novice to the E.R. I need power, and lot's of it. After some research, I've narrowed down my search to the Vanmoof Electrified S and the Stromer ST2... mostly based on technology, aesthetics, and the larger batteries and power trains. Which one will better tackle the "hill of doom"? Any other suggestions welcome. Thanks, J

Court Rye
7 months ago

Hi Jordan! I'd go with any of the Stromer models (ST1 or ST2) because they ride more comfortably than the Vanmoof. It has a neat aesthetic but the large stiff aluminum tubes don't flex and just feel really hard and stiff compared to other frame designs. I haven't tested the Electrified S so I can't say for sure but I currently have an ST1 Limited Edition and it's awesome... has regen to help you brake down the hill, the motor is super powerful and quiet and it just feels good thanks to a Carbon fiber fork. Again, this is a bit of a one sided opinion but my experience with the Vanmoof frames has just been uncomfortable.

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SZY2Z
2 weeks ago

My wife is 5'0. Finding a bike that was easy for her to get on was time consuming. We eventually found three bikes that were suitable. She tested the Pedego Interceptor, Easy Motion Street and the iZip E3 Vibe+. The Pedego and the Easy Motion were nice bikes but both have 15" frames and were over $3000.

We bought the iZip because it was very comfortable for her and had most of the features that you mentioned. It will go about 40 miles per charge (there aren't many that will do 60). It is a mid-drive bike that has a removable, lockable battery, step through, upright design, wiring for lights, a rear rack that will accommodate panniers, good brakes and a good warranty. The display is not removable (new model has a tiny LED display that would not be a target for thieves). I don't know about carrying a dog.

She liked the bike so much I bought her a Raleigh Sprite IE, sight unseen, which is very similar. Both are made by Currie, who offers great customer service. She loves both bikes and rides them equally. Most of all, they have 13" frames, which are perfect for her size.

Thanks so much for your review. I fall into the height challenged category myself. I just started looking for an e-bike, so your comments are very helpful. I live in AZ...there is a Pedego place where I can rent and test ride one of those on a nearby trail, but otherwise I have no experience.

Lucky Vaga
2 weeks ago

My wife is 5'0. Finding a bike that was easy for her to get on was time consuming. We eventually found three bikes that were suitable. She tested the Pedego Interceptor, Easy Motion Street and the iZip E3 Vibe+. The Pedego and the Easy Motion were nice bikes but both have 15" frames and were over $3000.

We bought the iZip because it was very comfortable for her and had most of the features that you mentioned. It will go about 40 miles per charge (there aren't many that will do 60). It is a mid-drive bike that has a removable, lockable battery, step through, upright design, wiring for lights, a rear rack that will accommodate panniers, good brakes and a good warranty. The display is not removable (new model has a tiny LED display that would not be a target for thieves). I don't know about carrying a dog.

She liked the bike so much I bought her a Raleigh Sprite IE, sight unseen, which is very similar. Both are made by Currie, who offers great customer service. She loves both bikes and rides them equally. Most of all, they have 13" frames, which are perfect for her size.
thank you for your response. I will look for the bikes locally and test ride them.

Al P
2 weeks ago

My wife is 5'0. Finding a bike that was easy for her to get on was time consuming. We eventually found three bikes that were suitable. She tested the Pedego Interceptor, Easy Motion Street and the iZip E3 Vibe+. The Pedego and the Easy Motion were nice bikes but both have 15" frames and were over $3000.

We bought the iZip because it was very comfortable for her and had most of the features that you mentioned. It will go about 40 miles per charge (there aren't many that will do 60). It is a mid-drive bike that has a removable, lockable battery, step through, upright design, wiring for lights, a rear rack that will accommodate panniers, good brakes and a good warranty. The display is not removable (new model has a tiny LED display that would not be a target for thieves). I don't know about carrying a dog.

She liked the bike so much I bought her a Raleigh Sprite IE, sight unseen, which is very similar. Both are made by Currie, who offers great customer service. She loves both bikes and rides them equally. Most of all, they have 13" frames, which are perfect for her size.

Al P
3 weeks ago

The iZip E3 Vibe+ and Raleigh IE Sprite also have mid-drives and both have a boost button option. I wouldn't own a bike without both PAS and a throttle or booster. It's good to have both options for varying circumstances. A throttle does not have to put a lot of strain on the chain when starting from a stopped position if you just remember to downshift before stopping.

Geoffrey Welsby
1 week ago

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Barbara Ludden
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I own one those and I love it! I haven't ridden bikes in years. Im on disability and now Im riding all over again, its great.

Lisa Colorado
8 months ago

Can you buy the booster switch and add it on? I ride one of these and I love it.

Jane Stinson
9 months ago

Got to ride the E3 Vibe when my bike needed servicing. Huge difference. Effortless hill riding in the Kaimuki area of Honolulu. No stability difference with 50lbs packed pannier. Fairly stable in moderate to strong head wind. Excellent, excellent bike! A little bit of Tesla in a little red package.

pfredricks
10 months ago

I read reviews on electricbikereview.com for this bike and the Izip E3 Path +.  They have same stats (same battery and same motor ratings), yet the estimated range is substantially better for the Path+.   Can anyone explain why?

William Statt
10 months ago

Does this guy really know what he is talking about. He says it will go up to 20 miles per hour and then says if you are in the higher ring and then points to the biggest cog on the rear hub. i think almost everyone else knows that it is the smallest cog on the rear hub that gives the highest speed.

Leo Jonkers
12 months ago

Little bit of lubricant on the back of the battery. This kind of force is not normal. Nice bike, a derailleur, normal brakes even. I like that. 1800 Dollar is cheap for such a bike.

Clinton Baltazor
1 year ago

Your camera work and editing together with different locations, indepth knowledge of electric bikes and the community that builds them makes each review top notch! Another ebike I could see myself buying.

nationofmillions
1 year ago

kind of loud

james gross
1 year ago

Mechanical advantage fail @ 1:50

George Sears
1 year ago

Nice to see the reviews of the sDuro and the Vibe, the 'value' mid-drives from last Fall's Interbike. (Finally). Gee, the theory is that you put a mid-drive on an ebike and it can climb any hill. But without the shift sensors both bikes drop a notch in terms of being 'user friendly'. Not sure why they didn't throw a basic suspension fork on the Vibe. If you have a row of Vibes in your ebike shop, how will they move, selling to people who know zip about ebikes. (Maybe that's why the line is called Zip?) You have 5 minutes to explain the concept. With luck, you might get something in about why mid-drives are better. They'll take the Vibe out and it will snap at them on the test drive, because it lacks a shift sensor. I guess that's why Pedego does so well. People understand those bikes. They are showroom friendly. Still, for the money, a nice bike. Just hard to explain?

Flo Mo
1 year ago

A beautiful electric bike for women and for older people. The deep entry makes it the bike for daily shopping. Again a very nice video. But on this video channel, we find only good videos.^^

MotorheadRedo
1 year ago

Pretty cool there using CAN technology on ebikes.

philodygmn
1 year ago

That diagnostic system had better integrate security features. How easy would it be for theives/griefers...

gojo bojo
1 year ago

1799 affordable? really

gojo bojo
1 year ago

+MotorheadRedo  i didn't know it was mid drive motor thats cool. 1799 is still bites my wallet but  u get what you paid for and it is quality bike so its cool for whoever can afford.

MotorheadRedo
1 year ago

+gojo bojo Only way your getting a new ebike with a mid drive motor for less than $800 is to build it yourself AND build your own lithium battery or use heavy SLA batteries AND consider your time and labor to be worth $0.

Vorname Nachname
1 year ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com plzzzz answer my previous question :/