Electric Bikes - Ebike at WallyWorld
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06-11-09, 09:09 PM
Does anyone know anything about the ebikes at Walmart? $300 something and an optional 2nd battery pack. Are they any good?
06-11-09, 09:50 PM
Hi my wife and I both have the ezip bikes and find them a good buy. They are built strong but weigh 75 lbs they ride nice and ran first time out of the box. It only took less then 1/2 hr to put together.
I know they are not $2000.00 bikes but for what we want to use them for they are great. You will enjoy having one.
06-13-09, 08:49 PM
I bought a closeout 2008 eZip Trailz Mountain from target.com, $299 shipped. Enjoying it very much.
The battery packs are overpriced at $120; many folks either make their own pack and strap it to the rack, or conver to lithium or whatever when the time comes.
06-14-09, 10:06 AM
The cheap Walmart EZIP's might be OK if you're looking for a starter bike to use on casual cruises. But if you're looking for something that's lighter weight and will hold up over time, you'll have many other options to consider.
Many people on this forum (and others) prefer installing electric bike kits (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/electric-bike-kits-c-1_11.php). This allows you to choose almost any standard bike model, ensuring you have the perfect ride to suit your needs. It also allows for greater flexibility in function and design. With an electric bike kit, you'll have a wide variety options: front or rear wheel motor, voltage, top speed, battery type, etc. And if you'd like to upgrade later, it's relatively easy to change batteries, switch controllers, etc.
If a kit seems too intimidating, a simple step-up from the EZIP models - is the IZIP brand of electric bikes. They're made by the same company (Currie Technologies), but use upper end components, including an all ALUMINUM FRAME. The IZIP's are much ligher weight, will last longer and are more comfortable than the EZIPs. You can get an entry level IZIP for $649 (vs. $399 for an EZIP).
The EZIP might be a good way to get a "feel" for electric bikes. But if you plan on getting serious about e-biking, it might be worth considering the other options...
06-15-09, 09:34 AM
Thanks for the replies.
I think I'll look at the converter kits, that may be fun.
06-15-09, 09:37 AM
I just saw the long thread about this, I guess I didn't look before. Maybe this could be merged or just let it sink away.
You can get an entry level IZIP for $649 (vs. $399 for an EZIP).
Ezip is now $299 from Walmart online.
06-15-09, 10:29 PM
Ezip is now $299 from Walmart online.
The $300 bikes at Walmart are the old 2008 EZIP models. Once they sell out, the price will probably go back up to $399 or higher. Other retailers already have the new 2009's, and the price is definitely higher. If you want a rock-bottom price (with a heavy steel frame and possibly an old battery!), these prices will last as long as the old bikes remain in stock...
a coworker has one of these e Walmart bikes and loves it. He is a big guy and it allows him to commute in about 10 miles each way and get some excercise and still be able to function at his job. He just bought one from his wife also. Buy online its cheaper and it can ship to the store or your home - I put them together for him and its a piece of cake. He runs 1 battery only and recharges it at his desk for the ride home with no issues.
09-05-09, 10:09 AM
Thanks to forums like this, I got myself started on a Canadian Tire ebike. Loved the concept, got a refund (because the bike kept breaking) and finally went ahead and bought a mountain bike from Walmart, and slapped on a rear hub motor, battery, controller etc. I love it, I think it's great and makes people want to get out there.
Let's just keep safe and alive. There are cars out there and depending on your local laws you may be required to ride on the road, like I do.
Let's have fun and be safe.
I'm having a great time with the one I bought several months back. After riding it all over town I got on my unpowered bike and it felt like it was motorized as well. I had apparently been getting a lot of excercise on the e-zip without realizing it.
There was a post somewhere that said the 'I-Zip' had been spotted on sale for almost thge same price. It's a much better bike than the E-Zip, but for $300, the E-Zip is an incredible value.
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