It appears that IZIP has finally heard the gospel and built a bike with a downtube-integrated battery – something that archnemesis competitors Easy Motion and Specialized have been doing for years.
According to Motostrano’s model description, the $3,600 model from Currie has similar specs to the 2016 E3 Dash, but with a higher nominal power, 500W mid-drive motor:
- 48V downtube integrated battery
- 500W Currie Electro-Drive centerdrive system
- Fully capable and equipped with all accessories
- New compact high torque Currie Electro-Drive™ centerdrive system with battery integrated into the down tube
- Easily capable of long distance at high speed
- Designed for all weather, distance, and commuter use with integrated fenders, rack, high output lights, kickstand and lock
- Super convenient and ready for all occasions!
- Speed bike with front suspension and thru axle fork and frame for strength and load capacity.
- Premium parts include Kenda 45c tires, the wider Alex FR30 rims, Shimano SLX 1×10 gearing, and Shimano hydraulic brakes
- Pure pedal assist with optional boost button for instant power
- Improved e-system integration to give smoother and faster response for an intuitive ride feel
Given that the ProTour includes lots of extras like a rack, fenders and headlights, and premium features like hydraulic disc brakes, it’s actually quite a good value even though its $3,599 MSRP is higher than all of the other IZIP models.
We’re not sure when you’ll be able to take delivery of your own ProTour, but we’re guessing that the friendly folks at Motostrano wouldn’t mind taking a deposit from you.