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
. 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...
Last edited by Allen; 06-15-09 at 04:40 PM.