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Old 01-22-09, 04:23 PM   #1
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Walmart I-Zip

Ok, so everyone has heard about the E-zip at Walmart for $300.

But how about the I-zip? It's $1,200.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr

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?
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Old 01-23-09, 06:02 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-23-09, 01:28 PM   #3
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I would say just build your own. Honestly its really isn't too hard and there is lots of info on these boards.
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It's way over priced
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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):

http://www.eco-wheelz.com/news/diffe...izip-brand.php

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 (or Trailz AL). 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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