Let's Chat: iZip Dash Overview & Review
Let's Chat: iZip Dash Overview, Specs, & Review
iZip Dash Overview
Today, let’s break down one of the zippiest electric bikes I have experienced, the iZip Dash. The Dash that we have in the shop is a 2016 model, so that’s what I’ll primarily focus on reviewing. However, the 2017 models just came out and the silver color is sharp - like a knife cut through butter sharp.
iZip is a part of a greater company, Raleigh Electric, and I consider it to be the “punky” yet functional line (in other words, you’re going to get where you want to go and still have a bit of edge and style). The frame is a classic diamond shape and offers a mid-drive motor and a battery in the down tube. The handlebar is a classic commuter-style and the bike offers a rack in the back for a pannier bag or for some extra gear. The Dash is only available in a diamond frame; however, those who may be a little shorter might enjoy the step-thru Vibe Plus or the Path Plus LS.
The Dash is just as its name and can travel at a whopping 28 miles per hour. For those looking for a commuter bike but not looking for the Stromer price tag, the Dash is a good option. The shift between the differing levels of pedal assist is easy, with a simple (+) and (-) selection.
The design of the LCD display showcases speed, miles, level of assist, and battery level.
The Dash features a 350 Watt motor and a 48V 8.7Ah battery. The combination of the two help over hills and help with longer distances. Speaking of which, the estimated range of the battery is 16 to 35 miles (to note, that range does vary based on your input and the terrain in which you're traveling).
To get more technical, the Dash features a RockShox Paragon suspension fork. The suspension fork is useful in suppressing the vibrations of the uneven road to the rider. The fork is relatively light and helps make for a balanced ride. Also on the Dash are Shimano M365 hydraulic brakes. The M365 brakes feature a lighter aluminum lever and offer low-noise and stable braking. The lever can fit three fingers comfortably. The tires are from Kenda and are the Kwick Bitumen model. This tire is designed for the city and focuses on comfort. The tire is great for wetter conditions thanks to the deep water grooves. On top of that, Kenda has added a continuous center ridge to help accommodate speed and efficiency of the electric bike. These features definitely help the Dash when traveling at speeds close to 28 mph.
As far as fit goes, there are three sizes to the Dash: small, medium, and large. The small is a 15” frame and can fit those two are 5’3” to 5’6”. The medium is a 17” frame and can fit those 5’6” to 5’9”. The large is a 19” frame that can fit those 5’9” to 6’. If you haven’t sized yourself before, take a look at our size guides (also, on every product page there should be a size chart). If you’re still unsure of your size, come into the shop or give us a call (800-622-4655), and we’ll be happy to help. A geometry chart is included in this overview.
iZip Dash Specs
|Motor||Currie Electro-Drive Centerdrive 350W||Battery||Li-Ion 48V 8.7Ah 417Wh|
|Display||LCD multi-function display||Max. Assisted Speed||28 mph (45 kph)|
|Range Estimated||16 mi (26 km) to 35 mi (56 km).||Frame||Aluminum 6061, rack, lock, and fender bosses|
|Fork||RockShox Paragon, 65mm travel||Cranks||42T w/ Double Alloy Guard|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X7||Shifter||SRAM x7|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M365 hydraulic||Brakes||Shimano M355 hydraulic disc, F180/R160mm rotors|
|Cogset||Shimano 11-32T, 10-speed||Rims||Alex DH19 doublewall|
|Tires||Kenda Kwick Bitumen 700x45c||Pedals||Alloy platform|
|Handlebar||Tranz-X DB alloy 31.8, 650mm x 25mm rise||Stem||Tranz-X 3D forged alloy 31.8|
|Seatpost||TranzX alloy 31.6 x 350mm||Seat||Velo street|
|Headset||FSA zero stack alloy ahead 1 - 1/8"||Chain||KMC x10eRB high torque rust proof|
|Front Hub||Alloy/QR||Rear Hub||Alloy 142/12mm|
||Velo dual density|
iZip Dash Geometry
|Bike Size||SM/15" Fits 5'3" - 5'6"||MD/17" Fits 5'6" - 5'9"||LG/19" Fits 5'9" - 6'|
|Seat Tube Length||400.0mm||430.0mm||480.0mm|
|Stand Over Height||706.0mm||749.0mm||773.0mm|
|Top Tube Length||590.0mm||606.0mm||616.0mm|
|Head Tube Length||145.0mm||160.0mm||160.0mm|
|Chain Stay Length||480.0mm||480.0mm||480.0mm|
|Seat Post Length||350.0mm||350.0mm||350.0mm|
iZip Dash Review
I never really expected to find as many ebikes in the store as I have now. If you know anything about our shop history, we’ve been kiteboarders for a very long time. So, when I see about 20 ebikes in the store, my head becomes a little flustered with wanting to try everything. I’ve had a few months to try out the electric bikes we have available; yet, I felt like I was missing something. I couldn’t put my foot on it...until I ran into it, the iZip Dash. This matte black, blue-striped beauty was just waiting and I thought I would give it a try.
At first glance, the iZip Dash looks like a nice commuter bike - something simple to get you from point A to point B easily. When I began to pedal, I instantly noticed the motor kick in and realized that this bike could be more than just a commuter. I saw a playful side in my quick turns and sudden stops. I saw the speed and power ramp up when I accelerated; and, many times, not even noticing that I was cruising at 17 mph.
I took the iZip Dash on one of the routes in an industrial park. The sidewalk was a little bumpy, and I while I could feel the bumps, they didn’t seem terrible. Would I want to encounter these bumps all throughout my ride? Definitely not, but the minor bumps that I encountered were manageable.
Overall, I enjoyed riding the iZip Dash. I felt that the motor was on point, even if it did have a gentle hum, and that the bike was comfortable. Personally, I could consider the Dash a fun commuter bike that is perfect for the flat pavement.