The all terrain 2017 IZIP E3 Peak+ with nearly 3″ wide off road tires and Bosch mid-drive system has arrived for testing and review!
This 27.5″ Plus size wheel eMTB features the Bosch Performance Line CX 350 watt mid-drive and a nice mix of components for $3,099.
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 Peak+ 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 Peak+!
With nearly 3″ wide off road tires and the Bosch Performance Line CX mid-drive, the IZIP E3 Peak+ is ready for almost any terrain: sand, hard packed trails, loose rocks, mud, snow, and pavement. It is built for all terrain riding!
To start thing off we will take a closer look at the custom butted 6061 aluminum frame that has some uniquely shaped hydroformed tubing. The IZIP E3 Peak+ comes in 2 different size options: Medium is a 17″ frame or the Large which is a 19″ frame. The bike being used in this testing and review is a 19″ frame.
The headtube junction looks very sturdy with the attachment of large tube sections of the top tube and down tube welded to the large headtube. The low-stack FSA headset creates a clean look.
The frame also features some internal cable routing for a clean look and cable/wiring protection.
The IZIP E3 Peak+ frame has a steeply sloped top tube to fit a wide range of riders by providing a nice amount of stand over height. In this picture you can see the seat tube junction where the top tube dips down and is reinforced with an additional tube at the seat tube connection. This is a structural element but it also looks pretty cool!
The 36V 11.1ah (400 Wh) Bosch PowerPack 400 lithium battery is mounted on the downtube of the frame providing a low and centered weight distribution, which is good for overall bike handling. Notice how the battery pack sits on the downtube and blends in with the overall look of the frame.
On the left side of the battery is the battery lock and battery level indicator towards the bottom of the pack. Also notice how the seat tube is enlarged for a large surface area connection at the motor mount. This is another example of how IZIP is able to provide strength where it is needed while keeping the tubes in other areas smaller.
On the left side is the battery level indicator towards the bottom of the pack and just below that is the charging port for charging the battery on the bike. There is a rubber plug that fits in the charging port when it is not in use and that can be seen in the previous picture.
The battery is removed by unlocking it from the frame with the supplied key and pulling the pack up and off of the frame mount. The 2 supplied keys can fit an ABUS lock so that you have the same key for the battery and bike lock.
Here’s a look at the frame after the battery pack has been removed. Note how the downtube has been shaped to provide a flat surface at the battery mount location and there is aluminum shrouding around the lower part of the battery mount to create a cohesive look when the battery is mounted on the frame.
The Bosch PowerPack 400 battery can be charged on or off the bike. The charging port on the battery itself is on the bottom of the battery pack. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 3.5 hours to charge an empty battery and charging 50% only takes 1.5 hours.
The battery pack weighs 5.5 pounds.
The Bosch Performance Line CX 350W mid-drive motor provides pedal assist up to 2o mph and it has the ability to provide 75 Nm of continuous torque. The CX motors have been tuned to provide a lot of initial torque for off-road riding conditions.
Also note the bash guard below the motor that provides additional protection when riding off-road.
The Bosch pedal assist system uses a torque sensor in addition to crank and wheel speed sensors. The Bosch system takes 1,000 measurements per second to respond to your riding style in a smooth, proportional, and intuitive way.
The SR Suntour XCR 32-AIR suspension fork has 4.7″ or 120mm of suspension travel. It features a thru-axle for solid lateral (side to side) stability.
The fork also has a lockout dial for a more efficient ride on smoother roads. This prevents the fork from bobbing up and down when you stand out of the saddle and pedal hard.
A Shimano Deore rear derailleur shifts through the 10 speed Sunrace 11-40T cogset, which is a good gear range for off road riding.
TRP Slate T4 hydraulic discs brakes with 180 mm rotors are used front and rear. These hydraulic brakes have a solid feel with impressive stopping power.
Here is the rear TRP Slate T4 hydraulic disc brake with 180mm rotor. A rear thru axle with the Boost 148 spacing (for Plus size tires) provides for solid side to side stiffness of the rear wheel.
The Kenda Havoc 27.5″ x 2.8″ tires have nice rounded profile and tread pattern. These larger 27+ size tires can be run at lower pressures (+ or -) 20 psi to provide a bit of tire suspension and the ability for the tire to mold itself to the terrain for very solid traction.
Here’s a look at the rear tire and clearance at the seat stays of the frame.
The Alex Rims MD50 have a very rounded profile with the width to support the nearly 3″ wide Kenda Havoc tires.
In the center of the handlebar is the Bosch Intuvia display that shows the 4 different pedal assist levels (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, and estimated range! The estimated range is a cool feature because it will estimate your range remaining based on the current battery level, what pedal assist level you are in, and what kind of terrain you have been riding on.
The display has a backlit for good visibility both day and night. The display can be quickly removed from the handlebars when locking the bike up.
The Bosch control pad on the left side of the handlebar adjusts the pedal assist levels (+ – buttons), and cycles through the display settings (i button). Also on the left side of the handlebar is the front TRP hydraulic disc brake lever.
Here’s a look at the TRP hydraulic brake lever for the rear brake and the Shimano Deore rear shifter. The reach of the brake levers can be adjusted with an allen wrench to fit your hand size properly.
Here’s a look at the paddles of the Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter, the TRP rear brake lever, and the Velo lock on grip. The lock on collars at the ends of the grips tighten to the handlebars for a very solid feel.
IZIP spec’ed these wide and relatively narrow alloy platform pedals that provide a solid grip.
The Velo racing saddle has a narrow performance style profile with center relief section.
IZIP E3 Peak+ Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Custom butted 6061 aluminium frame with hydroformed tubes
Fork: SR Suntour XCR32-AIR suspension fork with 4.7″ or 120mm of travel. Boost 148 spacing
Motor: Bosch CX Performance Line, 350W with 75 Nm of continuous torque
Battery: Bosch PowerPack 400. 36V 11.1Ah (400 watt hour) lithium battery. 3.5 hours to charge an empty battery and charging to 50% only takes 1.5 hours. The battery weighs 5.5 pounds. The battery lock key can work with an ABUS lock.
Assist Options: 4 levels of pedal assist: Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo. Torque sensor pedal assist.
Speed: Pedal assist (no throttle) up to 20 mph which makes this a Class 1 eBike
Display: Bosch Intuvia display with information on: pedal assist level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, and estimated range. Backlit for good visibility both day and night.
Drivetrain: Sunrace 11-40T 10-speed cogset with Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter & rear derailleur
Brakeset: TRP Slate T4 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors
Rims: Alex MD50 rims for 27+ size tires
Tires: Kenda Havoc 27.5″ x 2.8″
Sizes: Medium 17″ frame, Large 19″ frame
Colors: Dark Gray
Weight: 52.3 pounds. 46.8 pounds when the battery is removed.
Price: $3,099 USD at the time of this review
Here is a link to the specifications page of the IZIP E3 Peak+ electric bike.
Now checkout part 2 of the IZIP E3 Peak+ review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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