Currie Technologies eZip Skyline Men's Electric Bicycle
The eZip Skyline Men's Electric Comfort Bike is equipped with a 250-watt DC earth magnet motor and a 24-volt rechargeable battery. Far cleaner than gas-powered scooters, but zippier than a traditional bike, the Skyline 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 15 to 22 miles per charge, so you can make it back and forth to the grocery store several times without running low on power. Once you're on the road, the Skyline boasts a top speed of 15 miles per hour contingent on the rider weight--plenty fast enough for most bike-friendly city streets.
Power up and travel on two wheels. With the new Skyline, you will enjoy a comfortable ride and the advantage of our Currie Electro-Drive PAS/TAG system that allow you to choose throttle only or pedal assist modes of electric power. Equipped with a removable advanced Lithium-ion polymer battery pack mounted behind the seat tube, you can easily lock the bike outside and carry the battery pack indoors for charging. A comfort saddle, upright adjustable positioning, and a suspension fork to smooth out the road, the Skyline is comfortable and fun to ride. A high-torque system flattens hills and allows travel of 15 to 22 miles at a time at 15+ miles per hour on a single charge.
- Motor: 250 watts of power from a DC-brushed Earth Magnet motor
- Battery: EV Rated Li-ion type 24-volt mounted-behind-the-seat tube; rechargeable cells; advanced BMS
- Charge System: UL-listed Currie Smart Charger with LED status display
- Controller: Exclusive Currie Electro-Drive 24-volt fully-potted with power gauge function
- Top Speed: 15 miles per hour; rider weight, rider input, and terrain contingent
- Range: Up to 15 to 22 miles with normal pedaling; rider weight, rider input, and terrain contingent
- Drive: Patented Currie Electro-Drive system, Shimano rear derailleur, Shimano Revoshifter, Shimano 6-speed Freewheel
- Brakes: Alloy linear pull with alloy motor inhibit levers
- Wheels: Alloy front QR hub; alloy 26-inch doublewall rims
- Tires: Currie Comfort tires 26 by 1.75 inches
- Handlebar/Stem: Mid-Rise bar and stem
- Fork: Suspension with fender eyelets
- User Controls: Power on/off switch; easy-access charger port in removable battery pack; twist throttle
- Saddle: Comfort design; steel seatpost
Bicycles are a terrific mode of transportation, but sometimes you just need a little extra push while getting around town. Enter the eZip Skyline Women's Electric Comfort Bike, which is equipped with a 250-watt DC earth magnet motor and a 24-volt rechargeable battery. Far cleaner than gas-powered scooters but zippier than a traditional bike, the Skyline 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 15 to 22 miles per charge, so you can make it back and forth to the grocery store several times without running low on power. Once you're on the road, the Skyline boasts a top speed of 15 miles per hour (contingent on the rider weight)--plenty fast enough for most bike-friendly city streets. Is your work commute too far to walk but close enough that a car seems wasteful? Turn to the Skyline. SPECS: MOTOR: 250W of Power from a DC Brushed Earth Magnet Motor BATTERY: EV Rated Li-ion type 24V / 10Ah, Mounted Behind the Seat Tube, Rechargeable Cells, Advanced BMS CHARGE SYSTEM: UL Listed Currie Smart Charger with LED Status Display. CONTROLLER: Exclusive Currie Electro-Drive 24 Volt Fully Potted with Power Gauge Function. TOP SPEED: 15 mph / 24 km/h (Rider Weight, Rider Input and Terrain Contingent). RANGE: Up to 15 - 22 Miles / 24 - 35 km with Normal Pedaling (Rider Weight, Rider Input and Terrain Contingent) DRIVE: Patented Currie Electro-Drive System, Shimano Rear Derailleur, Shimano Revoshifter, Shimano 6 Speed Freewheel. BRAKES: Alloy Linear Pull with Alloy Motor Inhibit Levers. WHEELS: Alloy Front QR Hub, Alloy 26 Inch Double Wall Rims. TIRES: Currie Comfort Tires 26 Inch x 1.75 Inch. HANDLEBAR/STEM: Mid-Rise Bar and Stem. FORK: Suspension with Fender Eyelets. USER CONTROLS: Power On/Off Switch, Easy Access Charger Port in Removable Battery Pack, Twist Throttle with PAS+TAG Function and Battery Gauge. SADDLE: Comfort Design, Steel Seatpost.
*** Update 9/11/2012 - After a year of ownership, I still enjoy the bike, but there is about a 20 % diminishment in power going up and down hills. The charge ration is also very diminished. Where I used to be able to get a 15 mile ride out of one charge, I now only get 7.5 miles out of a single charge. Also, it's expensive to replace flat tires, and the manual does not help with this at all. If you have issues with the bike, Currie is very helpful, but the certified repair people are not convieniently located in my region. I still love riding the bike, but I'm wondering if there's a better option out there.
I bought the Currie EZip Skyline as a commuter bike to try and minimize my carbon footprint. I wanted a bike I'd have fun riding and that I could use to get some exercise , but not arrive at work or home completely worn out from the journey. I researched a bunch of bikes and decided on this one based on the battery type, shape, water 'resistance' and price. I received the bike last weekend, and after making my way through a slightly annoying set of assembly instructions, I can review it's performance based on my first 15 mile roundtrip commute.
- Overall performance - The bike is a lot of fun to ride and it seems pretty sturdy so far. I really liked the variable modes of travel, PAS (pedal assisted) or TAG (full scooter mode). I was able to 'zip' past quite a few different bikers on the hills, which made the overall distance seem less. In fact, with this bike, my 15 mile commute felt completely doable. There's a little bit of a whine when the electronic motor is assisting you, which may bother some. The amount of force that the electric assist produces seems well balanced to the type of bike. It's not so much that you feel like you're speeding out of control, but it's enough to get a good boost.
- Functionality - I found the controls fairly intuitive, once I figured out what mode I was in. It pays to have some practice time on the bike to figure out what's happening before you get into traffic. The gears are enough for my plans (no big long hills, mostly bike paths all the way to work). I believe that the correct handlebar placement has eluded me thus far. It's important to figure that out, as your wrists are engaged in a different way if you're using the throttle a lot. It's heavy, so when the electric assist isn't on, it's not fun going up hills, though it's fine on the flats.
- Battery Life -
I fully charged the battery the day I assembled the bike, and it stayed full for the first leg of my trip (7.5 miles) after an hour charge at work, it stayed on full all the way home too. Seems to have long life on a charge.
- Assembly - It's not completely simple to assemble as the packaging is not customized to the bike, and so there's plastic parts that are there just to support the shipping that are hard to remove. Also, there are some places where the instructions point to the wrong location for a bolt, the Wedge bolt in particular, and so that gets frustrating. I did insist on doing it myself though, cause I wanted to be able to know how it was put together if I had any problems out on the road.