The sporty IZIP E3 Moda mid-drive speed pedelec has arrived for testing & review!
With a high torque Brose mid-drive providing assist up to 28 mph and an integrated 500 Wh lithium frame battery, the Moda has an impressive pedal assist system.
Additional features are a Shimano Deore drivetrain, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, Schwalbe balloon style tires, and high quality accessories that include structural aluminum fenders.
The IZIP E3 Moda is priced at $2,999.
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 IZIP E3 Moda 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 IZIP E3 Moda!
The IZIP E3 Moda is a versatile eBike that is well equipped for daily commuting & errand running while also being a good eBike for road and gravel road exploring.
It is available in 3 sizes: Small (5′-3″ to 5′-6″), Medium (5′-6″ to 5′-9″) Large (5′-9″ to 6′-0″)
The Moda is also available in a step thru frame design and it is available in the Small (5′-3″ to 5′-6″) and Medium (5′-6″ to 5′-9″) frame sizes.
The Moda frame is constructed with hydroformed 6061 aluminum tubing that has been shaped to place more material where it is needed at higher stress areas like the headtube, top tube, and downtube intersection.
In this view you can also see the clean integration of the lithium battery into the downtube of the frame.
The headtube itself is a good example of how the tubing has been shaped to provide more material where its needed (at the ends) while minimizing material at lower stress areas (in the center).
Also note the smoothed welds that create a clean look with the tubes flowing together.
There is a lot of internal cable routing on the frame and the downtube routing has a very clean organization of the 3 cables.
This is the seat tube connection at the mid-drive motor mount. The hydroformed tubing has been shaped to provide a large surface area connection for added strength and stability.
In this view you can also see the motor mount is a fully enclosed aluminum shell for protection of the motor.
Here is a look at the left side of the Brose mid-drive motor. The Moda is a class 3 electric bike (per eBike laws that are being used in many US states) which is a speed pedelec providing pedal assist up to 28 mph.
The 36V 13.8ah (496.8 Wh) lithium battery is mounted inside the downtube of the frame providing low and centered weight distribution, which is good for overall bike handling. It is also a good way to provide protection for the battery pack.
The battery pack charging port is located at the top of the pack near the headtube. There is a magnetic charging port cover that is easily removed for charging (cover removed in this picture). The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The battery casing is mostly aluminum which gives the battery and the Moda a high quality look and feel. Many eBike batteries use plastic cases.
At the bottom of the pack is the on/off button and the battery is removed by unlocking it from the frame with the supplied key (2 keys supplied) and lifting the pack out of the downtube.
In this view with the battery pack removed you can see how the pack is housed within the large downtube.
At the top of the downtube is where the battery connects to the eBike drive system.
Here is a look at the battery removed from the bike with the charger. The battery can be charged on or off the bike and fully charging from empty takes 4 to 5 hours.
The battery pack weighs 6.7 pounds.
The aluminum fork has a wide stance to fit wider tires and a thru axle for solid side to side wheel stability.
Another stylish feature is internal cable routing for the front hydraulic disc brake through the fork leg!
The Brose LCD display is located in the center of the handlebar. The display shows the pedal assist level (there are 3 levels), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, trip time, trip average speed, and current time.
The display has a backlight for good visibility both day and night. There is also a button to control the front and rear lights that run off of the main eBike battery. The Brose system is designed so that even if the battery does not have enough charge for pedal assist, it will still provide 2 hours for the light system.
Here is a look at the display removed. It can be easily removed from the handlebar mount by pushing down on a tab and sliding the display up and off. There is also a way to fix the display to the mount with an optional fastening bolt. At the base of the display mount is a USB charging port for charging a smartphone, tablet, or other USB chargeable device from the eBike battery.
On the left side of the handlebar is the control pad that adjusts the pedal assist levels (up and down arrows) and cycles through the display settings (center button).
On the left side of the handlebar is the IZIP Ergo Comfort Control lock on grip, front Tektro M735 hydraulic disc brake lever, and Brose control pad.
On the right side of the handlebars is the IZIP Ergo Comfort Control lock on grip, Tektro M735 hydraulic brake lever, and Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter. The reach of the brake levers can be adjusted with an allen wrench to fit your hand size properly.
Here’s a closer look at the paddles of the Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter. The lower paddle shifts up the cogset and the upper paddle shifts down the cogset.
There is a slight rise to the handlebar. The Moda has a performance style position for an efficient ride.
The Shimano Deore rear derailleur shifts through the 10 speed Shimano 11-32T cogset. A rear thru axle provides for solid side to side stiffness of the rear wheel.
Tektro M735 hydraulic discs brakes are used front and rear. The front disc brake features a 4 piston caliper with a 180mm diameter rotor.
Here is the rear Tektro M735 hydraulic disc brake with a 2 piston caliper and 180mm rotor. You can also see the quick release for the rear wheel thru axle.
The Schwalbe Super Moto-X 27.5″ x 2.4″ tires have an efficient tread pattern with channels for dissipating water. These balloon style tires have significant air volume for a smooth and comfortable ride.
The plastic platform pedals have a grip tape surface on both sides with reflectors on the front and back.
The IZIP Custom Ergo Performance saddle has a narrow performance style profile with graphics that match the bikes frame and fenders.
Custom designed alloy structural extrusion fenders are equipped front and rear and the rear rack uses the fender for structural support.
Here is a closer look at an attachment point of the rack to alloy fender.
The rear rack can support up to 22 pounds (10 kg) of cargo. In addition to strapping items to the top of the rack; bags, baskets, or panniers can be added to carry items.
The rear AXA Blueline light is attached to the rear rack and it is powered by the eBike battery.
The AXA Blueline 50 Lux headlight is powered by the eBike battery and it also has a reflector just below the light.
The front alloy fender provides full coverage and the graphics on the ends match the frame and seat graphics.
The kickstand rounds out the accessory package. It is attached to the chain stay of the frame and the height is adjustable so that you can set the tilt of the bike when it is using the kickstand.
IZIP E3 Moda Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Formed 6061 T6 Oversize Aluminum Alloy, Thru Axle Dropout, Integrated Headtube. There is a step thru frame option.
Fork: Formed 6061 T6 Integrated Crown, Disc Brake, Thru axle
Motor: Brose Speed, 28mph , 250w, Made in Germany.
Battery: Fully Integrated & Removable, HTE, 497Wh36V 13.8Ah (496.8 watt hour) lithium battery. The battery weighs 6.7 pounds.
Assist Options: 3 pedal assist levels: Cruise, Tour, Sport. Torque sensor pedal assist.
Speed: Pedal assist (no throttle) up to 28 mph which makes this a Class 3 eBike
Display: Brose LCD display with information on: pedal assist level (there are 3 levels), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, trip time, trip average speed, and current time.Backlit for good visibility both day and night.
Drivetrain: 48T chainring with Shimano 11-32T 10-speed cogset. Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter & rear derailleur
Brakeset: Tektro M735, 4 piston front 180mm rotor, 2 piston rear 180mm rotor
Tires: 27.5″ X 2.4″ Schwalbe Super Moto-X
Sizes: Small (5′-3″ to 5′-6″), Medium (5′-6″ to 5′-9″) Large (5′-9″ to 6′-0″). The step thru version comes in Small & Medium.
Accessories: Custom Designed Alloy Structural Extrusion Fenders, with Integrated Rear Rack, AXA Blue Line, 50 Lux front, LED rear.
Weight: 54.5 pounds. 47.8 pounds with the battery removed.
Price: $2,999 USD at the time of this review
Here is a link to the specifications page of the IZIP E3 Moda electric bike.
Now checkout part 2 of the IZIP E3 Moda review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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