The new iGO eXtreme 2.0 electric fat bike is in for testing & review!
This performance eFat bike features a Bafang 500W hub motor, 48V 13Ah high capacity battery, Tektro mechanical disc brakes and a wide range of accessories.
The iGO eXtreme 2.0 is priced at $1,999 including shipping within the US and Canada.
In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.
Part 2 of the iGO Extreme 2.0 review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this eBike.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the iGO eXtreme 2.0!
The iGO eXtreme 2.0 is an all terrain fat eBike with 4″ wide tires but also comes equipped with all the accessories you would expect to make daily commuting nice and simple.
The frame is hydroformed 6061 aluminum tubing and is sized at 18” with a 32“ – 40” (81cm – 101.5cm) saddle height and 28” (71cm) standover height.
It has a sloping top tube for more stand over height and the frame itself looks extremely stylish and sturdily made.
The angular design of the top tube ties in with its sloping nature while the much wider down tube acts both as a mounting platform for the battery and….
…..creates an extremely strong looking connection at the head tube with very smooth welding.
Electrical, brake and gear cables are internally routed at the front end of the frame which also adds to the sleek look of the bike.
The 48V 13Ah 624Wh battery fits snugly within the frame. The mounting position on the down tube means the battery weight is kept relatively low and central which helps keep the handling of the bike predictable and balanced.
iGO states that the new large box section downtube provides a stiffer frame and ride.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike using the neatly concealed charging port.
The fact the battery sits on top of the down tube is nice and accessible for taking on and off and the power socket where it feeds power to the bike has an obvious locating slot, again something which makes slipping the battery on and off the bike nice and easy.
The battery is securely key locked to the frame at its top end and also has a push button that shows you the current state of charge.
The battery is removed by unlocking it with one of the supplied keys and rotating it to the left side of the bike.
When the 8.4 pounds battery has been removed the bike weighs 63.9 pounds. The total bike weight with the battery is 72.3 pounds.
It takes 4 to 6 hours to charge a completely an empty battery using the 2 amp rated charger.
One interesting feature of the iGO eXtreme 2.0 is the mid motor style housing around the bottom bracket area.
As the bike is powered by a rear hub motor this housing actually contains the controller. The screws on the side plate show that this is easily accessible should you ever need to access the controller for maintenance or replacement.
Speaking of service, there is a QR code on the top tube of the frame. From iGO “Just aim your smart devices camera onto the QR code located on all iGo frames to open our service manuals.. Information on everything from how to change a flat tire, to how to operate the display is a click away.”
Now let’s take a look at the drive system.
The controller itself – best though of as the ‘brains’ of the system – regulates how much power is fed through to the motor and at a 22 amp rating this should provide plenty of power to the rear Bafang hub motor, rated at 500 watts.
The motor has a torque rating of 80Nm which on paper makes it comparable to, or more powerful than many (the usually more expensive) mid drive motors.
The drive system provides 9 levels of pedal assistance up to 20 mph/32 kmh in addition to the thumb throttle, making this a Class 2 e-bike.
The throttle can be used on its own without pedaling if you prefer.
On the left side of the motor is the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brake with 180mm rotor.
On the drive side of the rear hub motor is the Shimano seven speed cogset and Shimano Altus short cage derailleur. Additionally there is derailleur hanger protection to help protect the derailleur if the bike were to fall over or hit an obstacle.
Another practical touch is the chainring guard to prevent clothing from getting tangled in the chain and chainring.
The sturdy metal pedals are from the recognized brand Wellgo and feature a nice amount of grip tread around the edge with reflectors front and rear.
Moving to the front end you can see the bike is well-equipped to even out the rough roads. First off is the RST Guide suspension fork with 90mm of travel.
The fork features a lockout dial on the top for more efficient pedaling on smooth roads. A quick turn of the dial activates the suspension again for rougher roads.
Second off the Kenda Krusade Sport 26” x 4” tires will also soak up the rough stuff and can be run as low as 5psi for better progress on really loose surfaces or up to 30psi on harder surfaces.
On the left side of the fork is the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brake with 180mm rotor.
The comfort theme is continued as we take a look at the handlebar controls.
The adjustable handlebar stem gives the rider some 60 degrees of angular movement.
This is useful for accommodating riders of different sizes and also for letting you adopt a more comfortable upright or sportier forward leaning position.
Also in this view are the twist locking weatherproof connectors that allow quick swapping of components if need be.
The riser style handlebars are also a great feature if you are looking for a comfortable more upright riding position.
The Shimano seven speed rear derailleur is controlled by the Shimano thumb trigger shifter by the right hand handlebar grip. The grips have a tactile dimpled rubber design and lock onto the bars with collars on each end.
The Tektro brake levers also have a nice tactile design featuring a grippy texture on the front edge. Also note the bell built into the brake lever.
There are sensors in each brake lever that will stop the assist when either brake lever is engaged.
By the left hand grip are the electrical controls consisting of a thumb throttle and a display console with buttons for on-off, mode, and pedal assist level controls (+ and – for the 9 levels of pedal assist).
You can also turn the front and rear LED lights on and off at the console.
In addition, the diagnostic display will identify an issue should one arise by displaying an error code.
The LCD display has a backlit and display info includes:
- Current speed, average speed, max speed
- Battery level
- Trip distance
- Trip time
- Power the motor is providing
As well as the lights the iGO eXtreme 2.0 has some great practical features that mean the bike isn’t just for going off-road but can be used for commuting, leisure riding and even touring.
The rear rack looks to be well constructed and the small diameter mounting rails look like they should accommodate just about any type of pannier mounting system.
The rear LED light is nicely tucked away under the back of the rack, affording good protection from accidental damage.
The front light is a nice sleek design and mounted to the front suspension fork brace. Both the front and rear lights are powered by the eBike battery.
Use in any weather and for any purpose is possible as the bike comes equipped with front and rear plastic fenders and a solid kickstand.
The kickstand length is adjustable to set the angle of the bike when it is parked.
Other practical touches include water bottle bosses on the seat tube, iGO branded Comfort seat and the inclusion of a tool kit.
A final notable feature is the ‘plug and play’ nature of all the electrical elements that make up the system on the bike, allowing for ease of swapping out should one of them ever fail.
This means the three main elements of rear hub motor, controller and display unit are all easily unpluggable by the end user.
iGO eXtreme 2.0 Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: 6061 Aluminum hydroformed tubing with internal cable routing
Fork: RST Guide spring suspension fork. 90mm of travel with preload and lockout dials.
Motor: Bafang (8Fun) 500W geared rear hub motor. Up to 80Nm torque.
Battery: 48V 13Ah / 624Wh with 18650 size lithium-ion cells. The battery weighs 8.4 pounds.
Assist Options: 9 pedal assist levels (cadence sensor) and/or thumb throttle
Speed: Pedal assist and/or throttle up to 20 mph which makes this a Class 2 eBike
Display: LCD display that provides information on the battery level, odometer and trip distance and ride time, current speed, average speed, max speed, power the motor is providing, pedal assist level (9 levels) and features diagnostic status and backlight.
Drivetrain: 7 speed Shimano cogset with Shimano Altus derailleur.
Brakeset: Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors and motor cut-off sensors in the brake levers.
Tires: Kenda Krusade 26″ x 4″ tires, 60tpi
Seat: iGO Comfort
Accessories: Front & rear lights, front & rear plastic fenders, rear rack, kickstand. Tool kit included as standard.
Sizes: The 18″ frame has a standover height of 28″ and a saddle height of between 32″ and 40″.
Colors: Matte black
Weight: Bike without the battery = 63.9 pounds. Battery = 8.4 pounds. Total bike = 72.3 pounds.
Price: $1,999 including shipping anywhere in the US or Canada.
Now checkout Part 2 of the iGO eXtreme 2.0 review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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