Currie EZip Eco Ride Electric Bike

Currie EZip Eco Ride Electric Bike

  • Electric bike with 250-watt DC Earth magnet motor for assisted riding
  • Range of 15 to 22 miles per charge; top speed of 15 miles per hour
  • TAG-PAS pedal assist system and removable lithium-ion battery pack
  • Suspension fork, suspension seat post, and comfortable saddle
  • Exclusive Currie aluminum frame; 240-pound weight limit; weighs 54 pounds

Bicycles are a terrific mode of transportation, but sometimes you just need a little extra push while getting around town. Enter the eZip Eco Ride electric comfort bike, which is equipped with a 450-watt DC earth magnet motor and a 24-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. Far cleaner than gas-powered scooters but zippier than a traditional bike, the Coastline will get you from point A to B in no time at all, but won’t guzzle gas or belch pollutants in the process. The battery offers a range of

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List Price: $ 999.00

Price: $ 469.00

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  1. Review by Edward B. Heath for Currie EZip Eco Ride Electric Bike
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    If you have looked at electric bikes, you know there is more than one model. I believe you can choose between models and brands based on what you want the bike to do. For example, if you are only interested in commuting by bike, you are heavier (which I am), you want a motorized boost because the terrain where you live is hilly (and to arrive not too sweaty at work or home), you can charge the battery at work, you want a cheap bike but a reputable company and your commute is five miles or less, the Trailz model (available on Amazon at around $400 and […]) is a good choice. On the downside, it weighs 75 lbs, tough to take up and down stairs, and the sealed lead acid batteries are not supposed to be run down below 80% or they will not recharge properly (limiting range) and you are supposed to recharge them promptly after every ride. So the Trailz is not good for rides to the grocery store or gym, it is really just for commuting. Plus, although the batteries are relatively cheap (at $129 or so), they would likely last at most six months of workday use (rated for 150 to 300 charges).

    The Eco Ride (the bike I am supposed to be reviewing) can do shorter commutes, but with a range (in my experience) of near twenty miles, it could also do longer commutes. The Eco Ride uses a lithium battery pack, so it is more forgiving of waiting to recharge the batteries after several rides (up to the twenty mile limit cumulative). The Lithium battery is supposed to be good for 1500 to 2000 charges, which if you use it for six months of the year and only charge it every couple of days like I am, means it should be good for up to four years. By the way, Curie does not show the Lithium battery pack on its website, but my best estimate is that it might cost four to five hundred dollars to replace, and it is a custom shaped battery pack (as far as replacing the batteries inside the pack, you are on your own, although that should be cheaper).

    This bike is still heavy, being part of Curies’ cheaper eZip line. The bike frame is steel and it weighs 50lbs; total weight even with the lighter lithium battery pack is 60lbs, still pretty heavy. But this bike rolls well, so the weight is not much of a factor. The motor works when you pedal, you can not use this bike as a motorcycle. But that’s OK, I think you should pedal a bicycle and anyway pedaling saves on the battery, stretching each charge. The pedal assist from the motor runs at 50% of the motor’s (potential) power, which means you get a considerable push from the motor when you start out. There is a throttle for additional power if you need it. I rarely use the throttle, only occasionally to get out of the way of an approaching bus or something. There just isn’t much need for it.

    My commute is somewhat hilly, and the weather here has been warm and humid. But this bike has allowed me to arrive at work or at home only slightly sweaty. As it happens, I could shower at work if I needed to, but so far this bike has allowed me to avoid the hassle of having to carry (clean, dry) clothes or keep them at work. That makes this bike attractive not only to the environmental set, but also those who would otherwise find bike commuting too inconvenient.

    Now it happens I work at a University, and there is free (car) parking around a mile away from my office. So this bike does not save me that much money. But if you pay for parking and if you use this bike for short trips to the grocery store or the gym or the movie theater or to visit friends, it might pay for itself in six months or so. And in most cases, the battery should be good for multiple years (rated somewhere between 1000 and 2000 charges).

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