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Currie Technologies iZIP Hybrid Via Mezza Electric Bicycle

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  • Hybrid electric bicycle with powerful high-torque brushless hub motor
  • Runs on electric power, pedal power, or both; 24-volt rechargeable battery
  • Range of up to 20 miles per charge; top speed of 15 miles per hour
  • Easy-to-use Twist and Go (TAG) throttle helps propel you forward
  • Folding frame for easy transport and storage; 240-pound weight limit
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Product Description

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Battery and Charger Included MOTOR Exclusive Geared Brushless DC Hub Motor BATTERY EV Rated SLA Type Plug and Play Design 24V / 12AH Pack (2) 12V / 12AH Valve regulated, rechargeable CHARGE SYSTEM UL Listed Currie Smart Charger with LED status display CONTROLLER Exclusive Currie Electro-Drive, 24 Volt with Power Gauge Function TOP SPEED Up to 15 mph / 24 kph (rider weight contingent) RANGE Up to 20 Miles / 32 km with Normal Pedaling (Rider Weight, Rider Input and Terrain Contingent) DRIVE Exclusive Currie Geared Hub Motor System w/44T x 16T Gearing BRAKES Alloy Linear Pull Front with Rear DiaCompe Band Brake with Alloy/Resin Brake Inhibit Levers WHEELS Heavy Duty Alloy 16 Rims with Stainless Steel Spokes and Full Fenders TIRES Currie 16 x 1.75, Slime Self-Sealing Flat Tire Prevention System HANDLEBARS Alloy Folding Adjustable Bars with Dual Density Grips FORK Suspension, Fender Eyelets USER CONTROLS Twist Throttle with Battery Gauge, Power On/Off Switch and Easy Access Charger Port SADDLE Velo Suspension Comfort and Alloy Post FRAME Exclusive Currie Folding Design Aluminum Frame with Integrated Rear Carrier, Bottle Bosses CRANK AND PEDALS Alloy 44T Crankset, Single Chainguard, Alloy Folding Pedals NET WEIGHT 58 lbs / 26 kg RIDER AGE & WEIGHT LIMIT Young Adult to Adult / Do Not Exceed 240 lbs / 109 kg SIZES Low Step Thru (Unisex)

Bicycles are a terrific mode of transportation, but sometimes you just need a little extra push while getting around town. Enter the iZip Via Mezza electric bicycle, which is equipped with a powerful high-torque brushless hub motor and a 24-volt rechargeable battery. Far cleaner than gas-powered scooters or even hybrid cars, the Via Mezza will get you from point A to B in no time at all, but won't guzzle gas or belch pollutants in the process. The battery offers a range of up to 20 miles per charge, so you can make it back and forth to the grocery store or work multiple times without running low on power. And once you're on the road, the Via Mezza boasts a top speed of 15 miles per hour (contingent on rider weight)--plenty fast enough for most side streets. Is the market too far to walk but close enough that a car seems wasteful? Turn to the Via Mezza, which comes with a rack on the back for panniers.

The Via Mezza is powered by both the electric motor and good old-fashioned foot power, with an easy-to-use Twist and Go (TAG) throttle helping propel you forward. The TAG throttle allows you to power the bike without pedaling at all, or you can use your legs to significantly increase your range and speed. As a result, you can get as much or as little exercise as you desire (in hilly terrain, pedaling may be required). The bike is also extremely comfortable thanks to the Velo suspension saddle. Perhaps the best feature, however, is the folding frame, which collapses into a compact footprint for easy transport and storage. The folding frame is ideal for families traveling to beach towns or users living in small apartments. Other features include a UL-listed Currie Smart Charger with an LED status display, alloy linear pull front brakes and DiaCompe band rear brakes, and adjustable alloy handlebars with dual-density grips.


  • Motor: Exclusive DC brushless geared 24-volt, 180-watt hub motor
  • Battery: EV-rated, SLA-type plug-and-play design, 24-volt/12 Ah pack, (2) 12-volt/12 Ah valve-regulated, rechargeable
  • Charge system: UL-listed Currie Smart Charger with LED status display
  • Controller: Exclusive Currie Electro-Drive, 24-volt with Power Gauge function
  • Top speed: Up to 15 miles per hour (contingent on rider weight, rider input, and terrain)
  • Range: Up to 20 miles with normal pedaling (contingent on rider weight, rider input, and terrain)
  • Drive: Exclusive Currie Geared Hub Motor system with 44T x 16T gearing
  • Brakes: Alloy linear pull front and DiaCompe band rear with alloy/resin brake inhibit levers
  • Wheels: Heavy-duty alloy, 16-inch rims with stainless-steel spokes and full fenders
  • Tires: Currie 16 x 1.75-inch, slime self-sealing flat tire prevention system
  • Handlebars: Alloy folding adjustable bars with dual-density grips
  • Fork: Suspension, fender eyelets
  • User controls: Twist throttle with battery gauge, power on/off switch, and easy-access charger port
  • Saddle: Velo suspension comfort and alloy post
  • Frame: Exclusive Currie folding design aluminum frame with integrated rear carrier, bottle bosses
  • Crank and pedals: Alloy 44T crankset, single chainguard, alloy folding pedals
  • Size: Low step thru (unisex)
  • Rider age: Young adult to adult
  • Weight limit: 240 pounds
  • Weight: 58 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 65.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: IZ-VM-AN
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,628 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Customer Reviews

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I've had this for months now I've been riding it at least 2-3 times a week. The bike has been running fine for months now and I haven't had any need for repair on it. This requires some assembly when you first receive it but its not difficult. This is my first electric bike and it's okay for the price I bought it for about $570.

I commute to work and back with this thing at a distance of 14 miles total. It goes at 15 mph top speed, but begins to lose speed 10 miles or so into the ride. I read that the speed limit on electric bikes are about 20 mph. I wish they made their bikes cap around that speed. Also, pedaling on this thing is hard.

Overall, its a nice bike for short distances and its great for storing in the back of cars.

*****************Update 4/11/2012***********
So, I've had this bike for more than an year now. Today my rear tire finally gave out from almost daily (4 days/week) commute to my college about 4-6 miles total. I realized that the spokes on the rear tire are also broken. About three of the spokes are completely broken and the rest are about to break.

Now that I've owned this bike for long enough, I can say that the bike was only okay. If I had a chance to get another bike I would get a full sized electric bike that I can actually pedal. And a bike that can actually handle my reckless riding. I also noticed currie technology discontinued the Mezza series recently(I saw it still there a few months ago).

Currently, I'm thinking of building my own electric bike from the parts of the Mezza and refurbish this one into a regular folding bike.

Oh yeah and I've downgraded this from 4 to 3 stars. My first review around.
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Before I start the review, I need to say now, have your front tire trued at a local bike shop BEFORE the first time you ride the bike. Throw the battery on the charger and let it sit for 6-8 hours, and have your tire trued sometime during that (it only takes a few minutes, and cost me 15 dollars). Also, I should note that when I bought this bike, it was about $300. Would I pay full price for it though? Eehhh, probably not. If you absolutely need a collapsible bike, than you can't go wrong here, but honestly you may be better off with the Currie Technologies eZip Men's Trailz Electric Bicycle. It's a full sized bike, and can handle far more than the Via Mezza can.

Assembly can be a bit difficult. The tools and instructions that arrived with the bike were...nice, but useless. The assembly instructions were so washed out I could not see the images, or read the text (these instructions were sent by the shop that shipped my bike, so thanks to them for trying). The included tools didn't fit a single thing. Still, it was nice of them to even send them at all.

The Currie Via Mezza is a decent commuter bike. I've had it for about 2 and a half months now, and it has saved me a considerable amount on gas (except when it's raining, then it's back to the car). The folding design is fantastic. When my car needed work, I was able to throw the bike in my car and bring it with me, since the distance from the garage to my house was too far to walk. I have gotten used to the BMX style pedal system, as this bike only uses one gear. You won't get much speed by pedaling, as you would look like a cartoon character running in the air before falling. However, with the electric assist, you can get pretty far. Just don't expect to get there fast.

This bike is NOT meant for hard riding.
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While it was working, this bike got me around town more or less the way I needed. Then I started having problems with the chain locking up or falling off the gear. Just the other day, after only two months of use, the chain problem has effectively killed the bike. The chain locked so tight that it bent the rear axle and now it won't even move under the battery power.

When you have the battery charged and everything is working properly, it could be fun. You get where you need to without having to exert yourself too much, which is nice if you're not in the habit of changing in and out of riding gear. Again, when it worked, there were positive things about the bike. Ultimately, the experience has been negative.

Despite any of the companies claims, this is not a good option for a serious commuter. If you're in an area that's remotely bigger than a suburb, this bike will not cut it. I'm not in a big city by any means but apparently its too much for this bike to handle. Despite the fact that federal standards allow for electric bikes to go 20 miles per hour, they cap this bike at 15mph. You can pedal to gain speed, but the bike fights you. Honestly if the quality of the bike wasn't so tremendously awful I'd recommend it to serious cyclists as great resistance training. After about a week on this thing I was getting some serious leg muscles. In fact, I might have started peddling more than the bike could keep up with. Which brings me to another problem, no matter how hard you pedal, it doesn't give you enough of an edge in traffic. You'll pass by most cyclists on a full charge, which is good, but it's still hard work to get out of the way of cars.

For a while the motor was the saving grace of this bike.
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