- Shipping Weight: 100 pounds
- ASIN: B00JA1XQDI
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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2014 iZip E3 Path+ Medium (Electric Bike)
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- Rear hub 500W, gearless high speed
- Lithium-ion 48V8.8Ah 422Wh
- LCD multi-function display with power adjustment features
- 20 mph / 32 kph motor only
- 25 - 35 Miles / 40 - 56 km with normal pedaling
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Don't call it a commuter. No one really wants to ride their bike to work. Sure it's a great way to wake up, get in some exercise, and beat the traffic all while saving a bunch of money, but when it comes down to it wouldn't you rather be riding to the beach instead? That's why calling a bike like the E3 Path+ a commuter is doing it a disservice. Look: ride it to work! No one's stopping you! But why quit there? Take a day off some time and ride this so-called commuter bike somewhere else. Ignore all those important emails and don't answer when your boss calls—just listen to the wind in your ears and smell the salt air. You might just realize that you were riding to work because it was fun, and all that other stuff was ancillary. People loved using the original Path to get around town. We designed the Path+ to help you get around... well, everywhere. The motor is twice as powerful. The battery is nearly twice as big. They're bolted to a bike that takes its cues from everything we love about European city bikes. The rear hub motor is silent, smooth, and powerful. The centrally-mounted LCD shows speed, distance and time in addition to controlling the hybrid assist. A remote button pad lets you operate the system without taking your hand from the bars. The rear rack battery is easy to remove, so you can charge it anywhere. City-riding accessories keep you clean and dry all the way to your destination. Narrow tires for maximum speed; disc brakes for maximum stop.
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In throttle mode the bike has a neat cruise control feature. Get to speed, hold the cruise button and just go until you touch the brakes.
The computer has a nice big display with lots of info about speed, distance and even an estimated distance on the current charge.
The bike charged in about six hours with the included charger which resembles a laptop charger. It's small enough to carry on a backpack or a pannier system if you choose to add one. Most pannier bags can work with this bike thanks to rear mounted battery rack.
I had some concerns about the battery/motor placement. The reviews and descriptions online made it seem like this might not be a great idea, saying it made it back heavy or that it wasn't balanced well. I was worried about how it would handle. Those worries were eliminated right away. It handles exactly like a regular bike. The only thing you will have to learn is not only how to shift gears for terrain, but what assist mode you want. I like the trigger shifters this bike uses. It took almost no time to get used to them. Eight speed cassette and the motor, you're all set.
If you want a little more speed, you might want to look at a model with say a 750 or 1000 watt motor. This one is quite satisfying to me as I no longer will have to heave ho over hills anymore.
One more note, When coasting down a hill, make sure to be out of throttle mode. The bike has some kind of speed limiter that tries to slow you down and not let you go over 20mph. Just drop to one of the peddle assist modes and you will coast more freely. I expected it to coast a little faster with all the extra weight, than it did. Next time I will try turning it off completely to coast and see if it coasts more freely.
All in all, it was a great purchase for me. My first ride was a lot of fun and look forward to more, including riding to work on it. It's a good starter choice to get used to a ride like this. The more high powered bikes may not be street legal or you may have to get a motorcycle endorsement to ride them on the road. This one falls into the federal classification of a bicycle. So you should be good to go wherever you are. Check with your local municipality and state to make sure you can ride one of these. You should because it's a bicycle.
Hope this helps. Get one and have fun!
I have only one complaint about this bike: the documentation is terrible. The owner's manual is intended to cover every type of electric bike Currie sells, so it contains unhelpful instructions covering three or four options. For example, the shifter is of a type I had never seen before so I had to experiment with it. In several cases in the book they say to ask your dealer to demonstrate. Since I bought the bike on ebay the dealer is half a continent away. The bike came in a box with minimal instructions on how to set it up. It's now obvious, but my preference would be for model-specific instructions. Besides that, the manual was obviously written by lawyers. Every page has paragraphs set out with CAUTION! WARNING! notations, sometimes three or four to a page, most of which are good advice if you've never ridden a bike before.
Now the good parts. This bike is literally a joy to ride. One of my main reasons for bike riding has been to combine errands with exercise. With its pedal assist, you can exercise as much or as little as you want. You can turn it off, but the weight (55 lbs) makes it noticeably harder to pedal than a regular bike. I've done most of my riding in pedal assist level 1, which makes my steep hill feel like a moderate one so I'm not panting when I arrive home. You can dial in additional assist up to level 4 with the touch of a button and even go into throttle mode, which requires no pedaling. Another button turns on cruise control in throttle mode, which holds the speed within a couple of miles per hour. In throttle mode the speed is limited to 20 mph. In pedal assist you can exceed this speed downhill.
The bike has a neat display mounted on the handlebars. By pressing a button you can advance between mph, odometer, trip odometer, and range. The range is displayed in miles, and it varies with the amount of pedal assist. Fully charged in level 1 my bike usually shows 40-43 miles of range. The display continually shows the charge level with five slanted black bars.
This bike takes some getting used to. It's rear heavy, so you can't swing the rear wheel around easily like when you've ridden to a crosswalk and pushed the button. The heavy battery on the back tends to make it feel top heavy. Other than that it soon feels natural, and the hills are no longer an obstacle.