IZIP E3 Path—An E-bike that is a True Bicycle.
E-bikes are getting stranger looking, heavier and too powerful in today’s world. Some might like all those attributes, but most, if they’re like me, want an E-bike that is a bicycle. One that looks like a bike. One that rides like a bike. One that is really a bicycle. The IZIP E3 Path is that bike.
This trim, light-weight and fun riding machine is what every E-bike should strive to be. It’s true that the slightly lesser power could be a problem for riders who encounter very hilly roads. Yet it has more than sufficient go power for most areas and riders. Part of what makes it what it is has to do with the classic bike look and feel. The only thing that really tips off that is an E-bike is the rack mounted battery.
The battery and control system is a 24 volt package. Even though more voltage can be a factor in more power, it isn’t nearly as important as having a correctly matched group of components. IZIP has nailed it in this respect. The power-assist system is light, high-quality and works great. And that battery, a set of pannier bags will hide it from view and add some extra utility. That’s what I’ve done with this one I’m riding.
The Path has a very simple set of controls that run the show. Two switches and a half throttle (it only covers half of the hand grip area) are all you need to master. One switch is for the power on/off, one is for the pedelec feature (when activated, the motor will come to about half power when you are pedaling) and the throttle will work the motor whenever you feel the need. The smoothness and the feel of the throttle is so much better than almost every E-bike I ride.
The looks are all bike. A sleek frame, decent components, a light-weight feel and a up-right seating position are part of that. Riding it is a pleasure that takes me back to my youth. Carefree comfort and pedaling are yours whether you use the power-assist or not. The shifting is also simple with a handlebar mounted twist-shift. You have 7 gears to choose from, with 1st gear being extra low to help on the steeper climbs.
One of the factors I consider and test for on all E-bikes is how they ride without the power engaged. On some bikes I will try this with the battery removed and on the Path it (the battery) is so light that it really makes little difference. Many E-bikes are so heavy or just generally poor performers in the regular bike mode I would be quite worried to be on the road if the battery charge got depleted. On this IZIP, that is a concern that doesn’t cross my mind.
Other than the electric package, the modern disc brakes lend to today’s times. They are very effective and modulate smoothly. If there is one concern that I have with letting people try out this E-bike, it’s that the brakes work so well. If you are used to brakes that only work when you really grab a lot of lever, then these will be your favorite new excitement. They stop the bike well and work like you expect disc brakes to work.
The tall 700c wheels and tires add to the easy rolling of the Path. The tubes are Slimed to help with flat control. A matching painted set of fenders cover them to keep the ugly off your body and clothes. The dual chain guard does the same for your pants. Unlike some other E-bikes, the rack is fully usable, as it surrounds the battery, not just supports it. A kickstand and a vintage saddle say bike too.
I’ve had this Path for longer than most E-bikes I test, just over two months. We’ve taken it on a bunch of rides. My wife has used it for a couple of our group rides and she normally leaves the power off and just pedals. She is a little more into the non-powered exercise thing than me, and this bike has made her happy. IZIP offers it in a low-frame model too, and that would probably fit her better. That bike comes in a very similar color combo, with a more bluish frame and baby blue trim.
I have taken it out for some long rides on my own and just can’t get over how much it differs from most of the E-bike market. It can really stretch its legs and eats up the miles easily. And I enjoy the good old-fashioned feel it shows on every ride. The moustache style bars and sit-up straight posture of the bike are something that makes me feel good. I have a couple vintage college bikes that I ride quite a bit and this E3 Path is the closest I’ve come to those on any E-bike I’ve ridden.
Back to the light-weight riding feel. Once again, E-bikes don’t usually have this feature. Many E-bikes just are so bulky, over stated and gaudy. Sure the Path has a couple wires showing here and there. Yet, with the panniers covering the battery it doesn’t show-off its electric boost to the whole world. When a hill comes in sight, then the E-bike part becomes evident and welcome.
IZIP has a wide range of E-bikes to choose from. Our own E-bikes we’ve had for over four years are also made by Currie Technologies. You can choose from the ’least expensive’ electric bike on the planet, all the way up to the really fast and powerful expensive ones they make. I think the E3 Path is a good middle of the road bike with a decent price and very bike like riding. Everyone has their own idea about what they need in and electric-assist bike, yet the Path seems to be a good place to start. Sure, if you want to climb the steepest hill there is, it might not be the one for you. But if you want a sleek, comfortable and good performing bike, this might be the one worth looking at.
Vintage style and good riding, Turbo Bob.
“With the advent of the bicycle, America (and other countries as well) became less provincial. People who had previously spent most of their time at home suddenly found that a trip of twenty miles could be undertaken for pleasure.”—Gurdon S. Leete.
Check out the E3 Path on Currie Technologies website or Facebook page.
Those BikeSmart accessories? Look here.
Plus I just did a post on BikeSmart. Did you see it?
I have posted articles about the IZIP E3 Path on the Currie Tech blog site. You can follow these links to see them all. That way you can read more about what I liked and didn’t like about it.
And here is a video I posted featuring the IZIP E3 Path