A great "starter" eBike.
This is the budget "base" model of the eZip line.
Durable, dependable, fun ... basic transportation.
Of course, not directly comparable to eBikes costing twice, to 10 times, as much, but a fine introduction to eco2 transportation. (economical-ecological)
Fuel cost compares in the 1000 - 2000 eMPG range. (electric, or equivalent, MPG)
At the very worst, it will help you decide exactly what you want in a top quality-price eBike. Basic tips for best performance - durability:
Do not deeply discharge battery. Charge often. Discharging deeply, or leaving in a discharged condition, greatly reduces battery life. Carry charger, or keep 2nd ... at work, etc.
Keep tire pressure at maximum.
Always pedal assist. At minimum, pedal assist getting up to cruising speed and going up hills! This is my 5th eZip ... all still running perfectly!
With some engineering education, I have, variously, modified, enhanced, eZips towards better speed, torque, range, durability. For example ...
16 > 20mph upgrade - ACS Southpaw LHS freewheel & 3/8" washer - http://www.amazon.com/ACS-SouthPaw-Left-Drive-Freewheel/dp/B000VSWIWE/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1355401453&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=acs+southpaw
ACS SouthPaw 16T Left Hand Drive Freewheel 1/8"
Precise 11mm ID washer to realign motor sprocket
Shortening motor chain by 2T - recommend chain breaker rather than "repair link"
Should be a simple job at any bike shop or if you are mechanically inclined.
Increases assist speed toward the Federal "legal standard" of 20mph.
Reduces torque at below 10mph, but increases it above 10mph! 15,000+ eZippin' miles!
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