IZIP E3 Path+ Video Review – Urban Electric Bike with Rack, Fenders and 500 Watt Motor

IZIP E3 Path+ Video Review – Urban Electric Bike with Rack, Fenders and 500 Watt Motor


>>Court: This is the updated IZIP E3 Path+
and quite a bit has been changed even though the frame, and you know I guess at first glance
it looks similar to the old version, it just rides so much better and is really a pleasure
to ride because it’s so smooth. What we’re working with here is an eight speed cassette;
this is Shimano Altus. Up here we’ve got trigger shifters, pretty standard, nice swept back
handlebars. A little bit more, kind of an upright riding position. So you’re not going
to be hunched over quite so far. You know it’s a city bike but it’s pretty comfortable.
The seat’s plush, you’ve got your fenders and they’re solid. You know they aren’t really
rattling around when you ride, they’re aluminum light weight. But they’re not going to crack
or whatever like plastic and they match, they’re beautiful! This bike comes in a low-step version
or a high-step version. So it kind of fits each rider and the low step is going to be
easier to mount. Its got the nice water bottle cages and I would say its got rack mounts
but it actually has a whole rack already pre-installed. And it uses sort of the standard gauge tubing
so it’s going to work with most of the existing pannier systems, bag systems that are out
there. Now it does have a rear mounted battery. A little bit higher up, kind of rear heavy
as you can see the hub motor is back here as well as the battery but it works pretty
well. And frankly, the battery’s removable; you don’t have to leave the keys in when you’re
riding. I’ve kind of just got them there because I’m testing this bike out. And check this
out, it’s pre-wired for lights, front and rear. Okay, so you can see the control system,
there’s like a light icon and you know, if you want you could just put those on at a
bike shop which is very cool. And then, basically the bike’s ready to go. You know its got a
wonderful kickstand that blends in, pre-Slimed tires, kind of the 700c 29 inch wheel diameter
here which is, you know idea for city riding. There’s no shock, there’s no suspension fork
but it’s an efficient bike. And if you’re riding on pavement and stuff it’s going to
be pretty comfortable with the seat and everything. I didn’t have too much of a problem in those
swept back handlebars. So let’s get into the drive system here. This is a 500 watt direct
drive, that means gearless, rear hub motor. It’s super quiet, coasts really well and it’s
durable. You know, it’s pretty solid but it’s not especially large or heavy compared to
some of the other direct drive hub motors I’ve used. And it feels really smooth, and
again it’s quiet. Right, so those are some of the advantages of that system. And it actually
just runs off of these cadence sensors right here. So this pedelec, there’s 12 sensors,
there’s twelve magnets that go by this little sensor piece down here and that creates a
really smooth feel. And actually, the software on this in general, it almost feels like a
torque sensing bike because it responds so quickly and so smoothly. So, using this is
actually pretty simple. You’ve got the battery in here, come up here and press the power
button. The display comes on and you can cycle through four levels of assist right here or
go to throttle mode, which is really cool. And in throttle mode there’s even a cruise
setting, okay. So, let’s see, we’re in two right now. I’m going to go ahead and press
the circulate button and it just goes one way. So it’s like throttle, 1, 2, 3, 4, throttle,
1, 2… you get it right? And the pedal assist is the most satisfying. That’s going to get
you the best range but it’s nice that they’ve also got that throttle because if you’re starting
from a stop or maybe you’ve got some high heeled shoes that are not as enjoyable to
pedal with, you’ve got that option. And then the information: you’ve got speed, odometer,
distance, range. Range is really cool, so right now we’re on assist level three. If
I change that to four, see the range goes down. But If I go to one, look at that, thirty-four
miles to a charge – estimated range. So it’s just cool, this is a more sophisticated system.
You’ve still got your bell, you got your brakes, you got your discs. It’s kind of like everything
you’d expect and then kind of an upgraded drive system with some of these electronics.
So I’m going to go ahead and hop on and just try to show you what it’s like to ride this
thing around. So here we go, kickstand up. I’m in pedal assist level one; it’s amazing,
even in this level it feels pretty satisfying. [quiet whirring] And I’m sure you can’t even
hear that but it’s actually kicking in pretty well. And if I switch this to one of the higher
assist levels it’s gonna get us going. So, here’s assist level 4. Let’s go to the information,
17 miles per hour in just a short little jog. [wind noise] Woo! Haha, really fun, really
smooth. That is the IZIP E3 Path updated, it’s a sweet bike and pretty affordable too.
This one’s like $2,200 USD. You can really see the progress from the previous generations
of this bike and it’s one that I’ve really enjoyed riding around. So a good commuter
bike, something worth considering that’s gonna last and have high quality stuff with the
Lithium-ion battery that’s removable and the built in lights and all of that other stuff.
It’s a sweet bike so for more on this and other electric bikes I’ll see ya at ElectricBikeReview.com