The 2016 IZIP E3 Dash

BY Cameron Newland

The 2015 IZIP E3 Dash got a radically-reworked frame from the 2014 model, and for 2016, Currie Tech’s flagship IZIP road model is seeing some even bigger changes, most important of which is the new 350W mid-drive motor, which replaces the 500W rear hub motor that has powered the Dash for the last few years.

Dash

The 2015 model’s range was listed as 25-35 miles, but the 2016 model’s range is listed as an arguably more-realistic 16-35 miles. It’s not clear why the Dash’s range would have falled from the previous model year, as 2015 Dash models have been known to indicate up to 47 miles of range when fully charged and when using the lowest pedal-assist setting.

The 2016 Dash’s motor is likely very similar to the mid-drive that powers the 2014 IZIP E3 Peak, however, the 2016 E3 Dash’s motor is optimized for high speed”, and though it’s unclear what that means for the Dash’s performance, we can assume that the motor is likely wound for less torque and a higher top speed. This potential difference between motors sold by the same brand is hardly unique: Swiss ebike manufacturer eFlow has sold different versions of their E3 Nitro model to optimize for either climbing ability or top speed.

Also changing for 2016 is the transmission. The outgoing SRAM X9 10-speed has been replaced with a 10-speed Shimano Deore unit that is less expensive but that hopefully is still a quality, reliable gear-change. The Dash’s brakes are being switched out, too, and the change marks an important upgrade. In a lauded move, IZIP has outfitted their 2016 Dash with Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes with staggered front and rear brake rotors, and the switch to hydraulic shold increase braking power and reduce the need for brake cable adjustments. The mechanical disc brakes that were fitted to the 2015 E3 Dash were something of a let-down, so this switch to hydraulic units deserves some serious applause.

Unfortunately, the bike’s listed weight has risen by 4 lbs to 54 lbs, but the bike is still light enough to avoid being listed as overweight.

Overall, the 2016 seems to be a step in the right direction for IZIP and Currie Tech. We can’t wait to give it a test drive!