The new affordable IZIP Simi electric cruiser bike is in for testing & review!
This is an easy going cruiser with a relaxed feel that is well equipped for casual cruising, commuting, and errand running.
Some of the highlights are the new SR Suntour Performance system that features a 400 watt motor, 36V 11.6ah lithium battery, Tektro disc brakes, full accessory package, and more.
The IZIP Simi is affordably priced at $1,599 USD with free shipping and IZIP offers monthly payments.
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 Simi 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 Simi!
The IZIP Simi in this testing & review is the step-thru frame design in the Gray color.
The Simi is also available in this Salmon color in the step-thru frame type.
The IZIP Simi is also available in a step over frame design in Gray or Black.
The Simi step-thru aluminum frame has a stylish design with curved top tube that drops down to make it easy to get and off the bike.
The step-thru height is 20″ off of the ground.
The fork is of steel construction and it is built with fender attachment points inside the fork legs.
In this view you can see the low step-thru area as well as the relaxed seat tube angle that makes it easy to stay seated while putting your feet on the ground at a stop.
The aluminum welds have a clean look and in this view you can also see how the downtube has been shaped to provide a platform for the battery.
Internal cable routing is on the left side of the downtube to provide some cable protection and a cleaner look.
Here is a look at the welds at the seat stays and seat tube junction. The rear cargo rack has an attachment at this point as well.
The SR Suntour battery is located on the downtube of the frame for central and low weight distribution. This is an ideal location for the overall handling of the bike.
The lithium battery is a 36V 11.6ah pack with 418Wh of capacity.
On the left side of the battery is the frame lock.
Once unlocked, the battery rotates to the right side of the bike for removal. Here is the downtube of the frame with the battery removed.
When the battery has been removed the bike weighs 48.4 pounds. The total bike weight with the battery is 54.1 pounds.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike. Charging time is about 4 to 5 hours for the 36V 11.6ah battery and it weighs 5.7 pounds.
Here is a look at the charger plugged into the battery on the bike.
The Suntour HESC cranks feature a 42 tooth chainring with double chainring guards to keep the chain on the chainring and to provide some pant leg protection.
The SR Suntour Performance system uses an Active Torque Sensor (ATS) to measure your riding and provide the proportional amount of assist based on the pedal assist level selected.
IZIP states “ATS simultaneously monitors the rider’s torque, cadence and bike speed to seamlessly connect the rider and bike delivering power upon demand while increasing riding range.
ATS systems have a high motor efficiency of 87%. Other systems which only monitor torque or only cadence require the motor to always be at full power requiring a larger battery to continuously deliver enough power to the system. Larger batteries significantly increase the overall weight of the bicycle which in most cases bring their bikes to well over 60lbs. which is over 20% heavier than comparable IZIP models.”
Wellgo plastic platform pedals have a large grippy platform for a solid ride feel.
A Shimano Tourney rear derailleur shifts through the 7 speed Shimano cogset.
The SR Suntour Performance geared rear hub motor provides pedal assist up to 20 mph with a peak power of 400 watts and peak torque of 60Nm.
The IZIP Simi is a Class 1 electric bike which is pedal assist up to 20 mph.
Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors slow the IZIP Simi down.
The same Tektro mechanical disc brake with 160mm rotor is used on the back of the bike.
The 26″ x 2.125″ Vee Rubber tires have a unique tread pattern that adds some fun style to the Simi.
The handlebars are wide with a swept back profile.
Here is a view to give you an idea of the handlebar sweep.
On the right side of the handle bar is the file pattern grip, Shimano 7 speed shifter, bell, and Tektro rear brake lever.
On the left side of the handlebar is the SR Suntour display and control pad. The up and down arrows adjust the 3 levels of pedal assist that are Eco, Std, and Hi.
To the right of that is the speedometer and battery level indicator. And below that are the power and light buttons.
On the right side of the display/control pad is a USB port for charging smartphones, tablets, or other USB chargeable devices.
The Tektro brake levers have a set screw to adjust the lever reach to fit your hand size.
In this view you can also see the grips that have a small file pattern.
The IZIP saddle has a wide profile and it matches the cruiser style of the bike well.
The LED headlight is powered by the eBike battery and it also is equipped with a reflector just below the bulb.
The taillight is also powered by the eBike battery and it projects a solid beam.
Front and rear aluminum full coverage fenders come stock on the Simi.
The aluminum rear rack supports up to 55 pounds of cargo and it is built well for carrying bags/panniers on the sides with a good platform for attaching items or a bag to the top.
The kickstand height is adjustable so you can vary the tilt of the bike when it is parked.
IZIP Simi Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Aluminum step-thru frame with internal cable routing
Fork: Steel fork
Motor: SR Suntour Performance geared rear hub motor with 400 watts peak power and 60Nm peak torque
Battery: 36V 11.6Ah (418 Wh) lithium battery. The battery weighs 5.7 pounds.
Assist Options: 3 pedal assist levels: Eco, Std, Hi. Active Torque Sensor system: torque, cadence, speed
Speed: Pedal assist up to 20 mph makes this a Class 1 eBike
Display: Display and control pad provides information on the battery level, speedometer, and pedal assist level (3 levels). USB charge port
Drivetrain: Shimano 7 speed with Tourney rear derailleur
Brakeset: Tektro mechanical disc brake with 160mm rotors
Tires: Vee Rubber 26″ x 2.125″ tires
Seat: IZIP Seat
Accessories: Headlight and taillight powered by ebike battery, front & rear aluminum fenders, aluminum rear rack, bell, and kickstand.
Sizes: One step-thru or step-over frame size.
Colors: Gray or Salmon in the step-thru frame. Gray or Black in the step-over frame design.
Weight: Bike without the battery = 48.4 pounds. Battery = 5.7 pounds. Total bike = 54.1 pounds.
Price: $1,599 USD with free shipping and IZIP offers monthly payments.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the IZIP Simi testing & review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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