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


  • 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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E3 Vibe+



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame


United States

Model Year:


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 Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

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 Types:


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


Lasco EB05 Chainring with Alloy Guide


Resin Platform with Non-Slip Tread


VP Semi-Integrated Ahead, 4 Risers


Promax Aluminum Alloy


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

Brake Details:

Tektro Linear Pull with Generic Levers


Velo Dual Density, Semi-Ergonomic Rubber


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


DM18 Alexrims Doublewall, Aluminum Alloy


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


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


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:


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


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 :)


  • 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


  • 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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2 years 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

2 years 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.

10 months ago

The IZIP E3 Vibe+ seems almost identical to the Raleigh Sprite iE. Does it also have 6 volt wires at the front and rear to add lights?

Also, do you have any preference between these two bikes?


10 months ago

Hi Ron! You’re correct, Raleigh Electric and IZIP are owned by the same parent company called Accell North America. They put out several of the same models that are just colored and accessorized differently in order to reach different dealers. I believe that yes, they both have wires for lights. I’d go for the one you can get at a dealer so they can fit you and service the product (unless one color appeals to you more than another).


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2 days ago


My battery is dying and it's hard to find a replacement. I found only one place online, where I can get it for ~800 with shipping and taxes. Sounds a lot. I know that there alternatives, line Luna Cycle battery, but they don't have anything in stock and where some questions and it'll match my bike.

What's the usual route people are taking here? DIY with attaching custom batter to frame? (My battery is rear)

My bicycle seems like share the same battery with IZIP E3 Plus, same model


Nova Haibike
2 days ago

The rotor size is independent of the brake itself. You just need to mount the caliper to the appropriate bracket, which is already on your bike (usually a black aluminum bracket between the caliper and fork, and in the rear between the caliper and the left chain stay.

2 days ago

Do the HY/RD's only work on rotors up to 160mm or will they work on 180mm? I have 180mm on the front and 160mm on the back of my Izip E3 Dash.

5 days ago

Drew, I know exactly what you're talking about - I had to get rid of a perfectly good iZip due to a lack of battery replacement. Although I appreciate Ann M's attempt to put a good face on an untenable situation the fact of the matter is that anyone buying an eBike, even from a so-called top tier vendor at top prices can't count on being able to get spare parts (many of which are proprietary) in the future. As for the cell phone comment, look at the press Apple is getting for purposely slowing thier phones as the battery wore down to force people to upgrade. The battery situation makes ebikes an incredibly ungreen solution - they end up getting dumped in landfills. Yes lithium technology has issues, but as car manufacturers have shown if the vendor isn't greedy and takes this into account by not allowing severe discharge and trying to inflate range claims they can actually last a long time. Anyway, my solution has been to buy the cheapest, simplest eBike available knowing full well that it won't have much of a life span. With a $1500 eBike that's doable, but not so much fun with a $5,000 bike. And yes, the top tier vendors supposedly have these long warranties that people go on about, but when you read the fine print such as that of Haibike the coverage is laughable - such as not covering labor costs, or excluding so many items - this is never pointed out in the reviews, but we sure hear about it from forum members who have had problems with their expensive bikes and are trying to get warranty repairs.

Ann M.
5 days ago

Sorry that you feel that way, @ew. As a 17 year veteran of this industry; I can concur that the batteries are a real issue. There are reputable battery rebuilding companies or individuals out there and the beauty of this is that those new cells will have a much greater capacity and potentially range, depending upon how it's built. You certainly will get more charge cycles if the battery is built with known good cells. We have dealt with this dilemma and have a couple of options at our shop. One is to order a whole new battery with a box from a known good manufacturer or to have a known competent electronics specialist rebuild it using the case and possibly the BMS (if it's still good) providing a bit of savings over a whole new battery.

A replacement battery is a lot less expensive than a whole new ebike. Now with that said, the technology and styling has changed a bit since your 2012 Zuma. Those have good strong hub motors but a bit more weight in the back than is optimal. If you like how this bike rides, then replace or rebuild the battery or if you like some of the newer styles; get a new bike. The last Izip Zuma battery our shop purchased from Currie Tech for a customer cost $800 plus shipping, so a build by a battery manufacturer or a rebuild from a good service provider would save a bit of money.

Your ebike shop didn't burn you; 6 years is a good run on a new technology product. Can you say the same for your cell phone? ;)

5 days ago

It's was so easy to say that, wasn't it? But it sounds like you haven't been on the e-bike scene for very long.

Because the reality is, there are no "OEM" batteries for a lot of not-so-old bikes.

For instance, Currie does not have any OEM replacement batteries for my 2012 iZip E3 Zuma.

And my e-LBS, where I bought the bike, referred me to batteryrefill.com.

Rather than pour $600 into the speculative venture of rebuilding a battery for a bike with 5000 miles on it, I am simply buying a new bike.

And it ain't gonna be no Currie. And I ain't buying it from my e-LBS. Once burned, twice shy on both counts.

6 days ago

Really good explanation from Tora on the advantages of having a throttle in stop start urban riding. For the past 18 months I have been using a bafang BBS01 kit as a pedelec motor without the throttle, but I've experienced issues Tora mentioned a couple of times I've struck my derailleur or my right pedal against a curbstone at low speed passing cars curbside, or found myself in the wrong gear at a stop light facing uphill, so I'm swapping out my derailleur for an IGH so I can shift down when stationary and fitting the throttle so I can coast without pedalling when necessary. I appreciate the versatility of a kit motor that lets me switch over from a Class 1 to a Class 2 by simply adding a throttle, the optional boost button on Raleigh and Izip ebikes does the same thing.

I also find walk assist useful when pushing my heavy ebike up ramps when towing a trailer or up the 3 steps into my backyard. Trek and other manufacturers are wrong not to activate walk assist on Bosch powered ebikes in the US. I know it's not legal in New York state at present to have a throttle but walk assist is capped to like 3mph so this is just stupid corporate BS. On the bright side I'm encouraged the People for Bikes model ebike legislation is being adopted by more and more states that legalizes both Class 1 and 2 riding on bike paths and sidewalks.

2 weeks ago

Took my izip out today for the first time this year. No way could I get that thing on my car. I love it but really need something portable. for the most part I will be riding streets, but I bought a camper last year and eventually want to be able to ride trails. I am leaning toward the rad mini as it has the fat tires. Anyone have any experience with that one?

bob armani
3 weeks ago

Surfstar-I agree with you on many of your points and your suggestions in your post. Everyone likes a great deal during the winter/spring sales. Can't beat it! Paying retail sucks when there are bargains out there with much better components. I also have issues with Haibikes missing wanted components. Somehow you'll have to mix and match comparisons on those bikes to get close to what you really want in an ebike. The Urban Plus is great, I just wish it had an option to either use COBI or use a traditional center mount display like an Intuvia or something similar.
Not sure if one can be retrofitted or not??

I also like Surface604 as well. Their full Carbon Oryx for 4k is a real beauty of a bike, however, never discounted. Looks like a very solid company for well built ebikes.

Juiced may not be a bad choice considering Tora has made some improvements and looks like his heart is into making a good product. A lot of bike for the $$$ and you can also make mods later if you see fit. I myself like rear hub drives with a TMM4 torque sensor on any ebike. Mid-drives have their place, but for commuting, that is my preference. Love the zippy feeling off the line in any gear from the powerful 350/500 watt motor. :p

3 weeks ago

I don't mean to be rude but to find one of those %50 mid drive deals, I did a lot of homework and in the end I could have easily gotten "screwed" by at least $600-1000 because no one bothered to decrease even $50 (When I got in touch with one of the dealers on this forums he wasn't even taking one step back from the 2300+tax of a 2016 xduro cross which I eventually got it from another online store "brand new" for $700 less after tax. The same dealer advertised that bike for $1700 after a month,another one ,a lbs, was trying to sell me a 2016 demo fullnine RC for 3000+tax now 2017 fullnine 6.0 (same components + 500W battery) is sold $2200 Brand New.) .

You should understand that you are lucky and having those really nice deals without even having to worry about it, quite frankly for those prices you can just get a non-electric version of those bikes. I understand wanting throttle but I have to say your range with a throttle may not be much. If you are fit and if you don't want to tire yourself out just put it to the highest assist level and you will have a very comfortable ride.

3 weeks ago

Another set of test rides yesterday at a different shop (I wanted to ride my mtb there, but somehow the rear tire has gone completely flat and won't hold air - WTH)

Still trying to find a "cheap" hub motor setup to simulate riding a RadCity. The shop didn't carry the $1550 bike they showed online. Their only hub motor was a $3000 setup (emotion evo street), but I still took that for a spin, and then a couple mid-drive Giant bikes.

This was good, as it cemented a major realization for me:
I prefer the "lazy" ability of a throttle. All of the mid-drive, torque sensors are really just like riding a bike, but faster/easier. They still require a workout, which is not what I'm actually looking for. I want a faster, non-sweaty, biking commute. Its funny, though, as I am someone who prefers to be active - we run, hike, rock climb, surf, etc., and I do like biking; I just want to have the ability to not have to push when pedaling up a slight hill, and the mid-drive torque motors aren't meeting that for my needs - they require too much push on the pedals to give full assist, for me. Also, the mid-drives require you to stay on top of your shifting for best performance - just like riding a real bike. If I wanted to get a workout and everything, I would just buy a hybrid city commuter, for like $500, that was a little bit faster than my current mtb and ride a regular bike to work. That's not what I'm looking for in an ebike, I've realized.

The other conflict, is that I love a great deal (who doesn't!?!) - and all of the crazy 50% off deals I've been finding, are mid-drives!

If I was short, I'd grab the Raleigh Sprint IE - one left on their website for $1499, and you can add a boost (throttle) to it. If I could somehow know that the IZIP/Raleigh boost button would be able to adapt to the Haibike Urban Plus, I'd go that route (same TranzX motor, but Haibike may use a different controller? The Haibike does offer shift detection vs the others). If someone wants to buy this bike, they should click-through ActiveJunky.com for another 3% discount (use this link: https://www.activejunky.com/invite/18072 and you get an extra $10 if its your first time - so figure a small frame Sprint IE for $1450 after discounts!) https://raleighelectric.com/sprint-ie

Then I also see a Misceo IE Sport for half off - again, great price, hydraulic brakes, decent components, but mid-drive, no throttle. For anyone else looking: https://www.bikesourceonline.com/product/raleigh-electric-misceo-sport-ie-255681-1.htm

As, you can see, I'm good at finding deals online, but have yet to find one on a bike that will fit my "wants." Missed a quick deal on a Surface 604 Colt http://www.ebikesofne.com/Colt-Surface604-p/colt-surface-604.htm $1539, but now out of stock. That I should have jumped on.

So, I'm now leaning towards the Juiced CrossCurrent S - but, I hate to pay full retail, plus tax (CA). That puts it into the same price range as all of the Haibikes I've been looking at. And those seem like a better bike, although I would prefer the hub motor and throttle. As part of my deal finding knack - I hate paying full price for something ;) and feel that the RadCity and CCS would suit me well, IF I snagged a deal on one - like $200 off or something - lol. Just hard for me to pay the same price for a direct to consumer RadCity/CCS, when the fit and finish of a Haibike is much better! I do enjoy getting a good value for my dollar, but the lack of throttle is preventing me from the Haibikes. I realize that I'm such a sucker for a good deal / value, and that is strongly pulling me towards the Urban Plus. If only it could adapt the boost-throttle!

Just some more insight into my thought process as I figure this thing out. Ironically, I may go full circle and just get the RadCity which is what originally got me looking at ebikes...!

3 weeks ago

Hi Over50, I hate to resurrect this topic, but I too am struggling with the “right size” question. I’m 5-10 with a 31-inch inseam. I am 53 years old and want an ebike for use on paved bike paths and maybe some very light off-road. I am looking at the 2017 xduro cross 4.0, which appears to be identical to the xduro trekking 4.0 bike w/o the fenders, lights, etc. I started this process thinking the 56(M) would be the most appropriate frame size – because I have always been a medium. Fortunately, I spoke to some very knowledge folks who were well aware of Haibike’s useless size designations for this bike. The choice is now between the S and XS. It looks like you went with the XS 48. I read some feedback you provided shortly after you got the bike in July. I got the sense you thought it was a good fit, but you had some concern with the reach. Has your opinion of the size changed after six or seven months? Any suggestions for me on the size decision? I hate the idea of a bike that is too small. My one complaint with my old 1989 mountain bike is that my hands go numb on long rides. I assume that one explanation for that problem is that I’m riding a bike that is too small (18-inch frame) - but I suspect the real explanation may be more complicated. Alternatively, if I got the XS, I think my 5-5 wife could ride this bike in a pinch (until she gets her own.) I fear that if I got the S(52), that would not be an option – but maybe I’m wrong. Any insight you can provide on any of this would be greatly appreciated.

Al P
9 months ago

Both the Raleigh Sprite IE and iZip E3 Vibe+ are available in three sizes and the brands are nearly identical. Both have 350w mid-drive motors, 4 PAS levels, an optional booster throttle and fenders. They also can share the same 48v battery and charger.

9 months ago

Because I want to buy from a local dealer, I went to Ichi Bike in Des Moines' East Village today. They were out of Pedego models so I test rode the Izip E3 Vibe+ on a medium frame and the E3 Path Plus commuter on a large frame. I definitely need the large frame. Not being an aggressive rider, the frames felt very sturdy. It was my first time on an e-bike and was thrilling, a bit scary, and reassuring all at once. I loved that I could start from a stop quickly and get up the steep local hill without any difficulty. Wow, those can fly downhill! :D I really liked the cush of the Vibe with fatter tires and had no problem on the hill with it, even at low to mid-throttle. Maybe I didn't shift correctly on the Path, but without throttle, the pedal assist was not quite as helpful on the hill. This was probably my error but I love the option of either or both pedal assist & throttle on the Vibe. I wouldn't have any problem with either of these bikes and felt very comfortable with the upright position, but would go with the Vibe over the Path because of the softer ride over pavement bumps and the throttle assist. Either would need a suspension post and softer seat. ;) I ordered a Pedego 28" step-thru City Commuter to try without purchase obligation. When it arrives I will test them against each other. I am HOOKED! :p

10 months ago

Decided on the IZIP E3 Vibe+. It is currently on sale for $1499 directly from the manufacturer with free shipping. I added the boost button for $50 and can't wait!

10 months ago

some pics at the end

Hey. This is my first post and my first bike since I was in my teens, so if I misuse terms or I sound like a laymen it's because I am!

As a bit of history I have been commuting by car in the city of Boston for the last five or so years. Boston is a terrible city for car commuting, there are few parking spots, minor collisions are inevitable (I was hit at least four times between 2014 and my cars unfortunate death two months ago), tickets are a fact of life if you are forced into street parking like I was, and it's the most expensive insurance market in the country (A year in car insurance on a used VW alone pretty much buys this bike).

That's all before my car was totaled when a semi rear ended me. I was done driving in this warzone.

The Bike


I settled on the Enduro after doing a ton of research into alternative modes of transportation and then watching/reading plenty of reviews on this site. I tried to buy a clearance bike from a local bike shop that sold FELT electrics, but they just weren't able to bring the price to something I could accept. I think a four thousand dollar electric bike is probably worth the price, but so does every bike thief in the city and that's a liability I just wasn't into. That said, I also didn't want to go cheap, this site did a pretty good job convincing me that trying to go as cheap as I could was going to result in a bad experience.

I had initially tried to buy the IZIP E3 Vibe+ but that was back ordered for months. I'm glad I didn't as the roads in Boston are often a step away from disintegrating and the shocks are great to have. I feel like the Voltbike Enduro is the perfect price for someone in my situation and I haven't felt let down at all by the product. So far it's been worth every penny. With the 70 dollar shipping, free helmet, a Kryptonite bike lock and other minor accessories I have spent about $2,000 so far. An eighth the cost of the car its replacing, and that thing was used. I am excited watching the overall cost of electrics go down. I feel like this bike is part of a new generation of higher quality bikes that still sit in a somewhat affordable price range.

Initial experience:

The box came pretty beat up, but it looked almost identical to the one in this sites review unit, so I guess that's just standard for bike shipping The review had no problem with it and the bike suffered no damage I could notice. The bike assembly was easy. I was able to figure it out with no instructions within a half hour of getting the box shipped to my office. This is coming from someone who has never assembled or even tuned a bike before, so that's a good thing.

The gearing was notably misaligned and the brakes were very loose out of the box. The rear air shock was also so over-filled it felt like it did nothing at all. I didn't fix anything for my first week, but the chain was dropping and it felt a little unsafe. Once I had some time alone with the bike and some youtube tutorials I was able to tune the derailleur and tighten the brakes. The brakes were easy, but tuning up gearing on a bike is not an easy process if you've never done anything like it before. I also made the exact mistake Court made in his review where I released all the air from the rear shock at once. Having no shock felt the same as an over-full one, except the bike then ran a good deal shorter. Luckily a local bike shop was nice enough to refill it for me and now it feels great. I would strongly suggest getting the bike tuned up out of the box if you're able, most aspect that can be tinkered with in my experience needed to be.

100 miles in:

I've had the bike for a few weeks and I passed the 100 mile mark on the trip meter today. Tuned up the bike runs wonderfully. Once I found the password and upped the governor to 28mph my commute time dropped noticeably. The battery doesn't last very long at the max power AND speed settings, with a range that feels to be around 20 miles, but I was getting better performance when I was trying to ride conservatively at a middle power setting and had not yet ungoverned the motor. I believe the documented min/max distances and I had been expecting a loss in battery life when I pushed the motor to a 28 cap. I find it very strange that they limited the motor to 14 MPH, which seems well below a legal limit anywhere, and I would suggest immediately upping it to whatever setting you feel comfortable with (there's a hard cap at 28). The motor can not hit the 28 mph it theoretically limits at. Even downhill while pedaling pretty hard passing 26mph is difficult and the tires are not built for speed, but it's relatively easy to maintain 20-23mph speeds on flat ground while sitting down. That has felt perfectly fine for me, Boston has a lot of stop signs and few straights. I think this is just an aspect of gearing, the bike just doesn't have a high enough gear for the motor to provide useful torque at speeds above the low 20's.

I have had one hiccup where at what looked to be 20% power the motor began to stutter, with the battery at one point seemingly dying. I popped the battery out and put it back in and it ran well enough to get me back home. I suspect this may have something to do with maxing out the engines cap, or it could be that the system inaccurately reads the batteries charge state at low levels. It ran fine the next day after a charge, so I am keeping watch.

The bike survived riding in a thunderstorm just fine, but I did get pretty wet. Fenders would be nice, but probably aren't realistic given the style of bike this is. It's a tradeoff, the rear shocks make the bumpy streets much smoother. If I had the choice I would go with the shocks over staying dry, but that's a personal preference.

I am a 6 foot 200 pound male and I mirror some of the complaints Court had in his review. Even raising the seat and setting it as far forward as possible it feels like there is too much distance between me and the handlebars. I've gotten used to it, but this is not a bike for small people and I would prefer the bike not be so long. It's also hell to get up to my second story apartment. I have been switching between upstairs and in the buildings basement. The weight makes the second floor climb annoying, but the bikes length makes navigating the tight basement stairs equally difficult. I am a gym goer, but this is a very awkward thing to carry with few good places to grasp. Again, this is not a bike for small people.

The bikes appearance is great. I have received several compliments on it. The matte black paint scheme is very attractive and I am happy that it lacks some of the more extreme sports inspired flourishes bikes often have in their design and paint jobs. I have made converts out of several co workers with both the looks and by giving them a ride. Most people are surprised trying an electric for the first time. It's an easy sell. The motorcycle style helmet is kinda dorky, but maybe that's just how it sits on me. It's definitely a fashion statement. The helmet is comfortable and feels sturdy and safe, so that's a plus.


I really like this bike. If the battery hiccup mentioned earlier turns out to be nothing then it'll be a purchase I have absolutely no regrets about and would suggest to anyone above a certain physical size. Looking at bikes that are twice the cost I can see their quality, but I think this thing holds its own. Looking at other bikes in the same price category or cheaper and this bike suddenly looks like an amazing value. The previously mentioned IZIP E3 Vibe+ has a rear rack serving as a fender and a step through frame but totally lacks the shocks that make this a great commuter at high speeds.

I am not a hardcore bike guy, and while I do a lot of hiking I have never done mountain biking. I'd like to in the future, but this is strictly from the perspective of a commuter. As a commuter this bike has been a dream, and riding is much more pleasant than driving. The weight is high and the bike is just too big overall, but that comes with the territory of a one size fits all approach. I have gotten a little bit of bike elitism thrown at me for buying an Electric with one co-worker jokingly (or maybe not?) saying they would beat me up if they saw me on a trail with it. This bike does not feel like it has the torque to actually damage a trail, but it's heavy so if you're skidding around every corner you could probably do some damage. But then so could anyone on any bike. I guess that comes with the territory of joining a new subculture. That one instance doesn't outweigh the good things people have been saying about the bike and I feel great riding it.

If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'll probably add to this if anything new pops up.

Al P
11 months ago

Edie, in addition to all of the bikes mentioned, you should also check out the Raleigh Sprite IE and the iZip E3 Vibe+, both made by Currie. They are similar bikes, but the importantant factor for you is that they both have an available 13" step-thru frame. My wife is about the same height as you and she has both bikes and rides very comfortably on them. They have removable batteries, weigh 54 lbs., ride well on all surfaces, and have pedal assist and optional boost throttle. Both can be bought for under $2k each. Be sure to try any bike you are considering before buying it. Good luck with your purchase.

Al P
11 months ago

My wife's 2016 iZip E3 Vibe+ has the TransX mid-drive motor. After about 200 miles the motor went bad. The reps at Currie didn't seem too surprised. It was replaced under warranty and Currie provided excellent customer service. There have been no problems with the replacement motor. I bought her a 2017 Raleigh Sprite IE as a second bike, which is almost identical to the iZip. It has the same motor but they have apparently fixed the problem, as she has had no issues with that one.

Al P
11 months ago

My wife's 2016 E3 Vibe+ motor went bad after only two months. The guys at Currie didn't sound surprised. Their warranty service was excellent and we have had no further problems with the new motor.

Al P
12 months ago

Raleigh and iZip electrics are subsidiaries of Currie, one of the major players in the ebike market. They are probably just changing their web marketing presence. I can vouch for Currie's customer support. Last year, the motor on my wife's iZip E3 Vibe+ went dead after only about 200 miles. I called their support line and the guys couldn't have been more helpful. My dealer is over 100 miles away, so they contacted a local bike shop that used to sell standard Raleigh bikes and he agreed to do the warranty repair. A week later we had the bike back with a new motor and display. It's been good ever since. I thought I might give them a plug for the way they handled the situation.

1 year ago

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
1 year ago

thank you for your response. I will look for the bikes locally and test ride them.

Al P
1 year 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
1 year 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.

Judy Diehl
7 months ago

Where can I purchase an E-3 Vibe+ XS or S

Veranda Tales
8 months ago

nice step through integrated battery design

Geoffrey Welsby
1 year ago

I'm very interested to know, if you were buying an ebike for yourself which one would you buy.. And why..range, price, speed etc...

leonie burnham
1 year ago

Hey EBR....love your reviews ... very techy though and some goes right over my head. Could you possibly do a few "this is a ?? and it does ??" style edu vids. I have a class 1-2 e-bike that I love and have had to have the odd repair over the last 3 yrs and would like to understand it a bit better.

Barbara Ludden
1 year ago

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
2 years ago

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

Jane Stinson
2 years 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.

2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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.

2 years ago

kind of loud

james gross
2 years ago

Mechanical advantage fail @ 1:50

George Sears
2 years 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
2 years 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.^^

2 years ago

Pretty cool there using CAN technology on ebikes.

2 years ago

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

Mami Nani
2 years ago

1799 affordable? really

Mami Nani
2 years 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.

2 years 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
2 years ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com plzzzz answer my previous question :/