Electric Bikes - Walmart I-Zip
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The Big Wheel
01-22-09, 03:23 PM
Ok, so everyone has heard about the E-zip at Walmart for $300.
But how about the I-zip? It's $1,200.
Here are the pros:
* Weighs 48 lbs
* Up to 18 mph (depends on rider weight)
* Up to 23 to 30 miles, or 38 to 48 km with normal pedaling
I'm not really sure if that's worth the extra $900 or not.
With the E-zip, if you add in another pack, it's over 90 pounds.
So basically this bike is 50% less weight but costs a lot more. Thoughts?
01-23-09, 05:02 AM
handling sucks at higher speed, with light weight. Have been doing lots of reading on the motored bicycle forums. There experiance is that a heavier bike actually works better when it has a motor. There is some best balance point somewhere. Also found out too late that it is better to have a flatter tread road tires for a nicer ride.
01-23-09, 12:28 PM
I would say just build your own. Honestly its really isn't too hard and there is lots of info on these boards.
01-24-09, 08:20 AM
There's quite a few differences between the IZIP and EZIP products. You've already pointed out the most obvious one - the weight! Basically, the main reason there's such a significant price difference is that the IZIP model uses an aluminum frame and higher quality, lighter weight components vs. steel. An aluminum frame costs much more than steel - electric bike or not. Not only will the lighter frame be easier to handle, ride, lift, etc. - it will also put less stress on the motor and battery which should also extend the life and range of the IZIP. Here's an article I wrote specifically about this topic (EZIP vs. IZIP):
Not sure which IZIP model you're looking at, but the model which most closely ressembles the Wal-Mart EZIP, is the IZIP Mountain Trailz AL (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/izip-mountain-trailz-al-p-37.php) (or Trailz AL (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/izip-trailz-al-electric-bike-p-38.php)). Both these models cost around $700 - not $1200. You're probably referring to one of IZIP's higher end "Enlightened" series bikes. Besides an aluminum frame, these also use upgraded NiMH batteries (or Li-Ion on 2009 models) that cost significantly more than the cheaper lead acid batteries on the EZIP.
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