iGO ERÖ eBIKE TEST
Your go-to bike for commuting and leisurely weekend exploring.
Launched in 2006 and based in Montreal, Que., iGo Electric is at the forefront of the e-bike movement. As the “e-Revolution” takes hold across Canada and around the world, companies such as iGo are excited to see this segment of the cycling industry evolve and grow, with e-bikes becoming an increasingly popular option for those looking to travel on two wheels.
The ERÖ is iGo’s luxury commuter model, and features a step-thru frame for easy mounting and dismounting, Suntour NEX E-25 front suspension with lockout, as well as Schwalbe Big Ben 48C tires to ensure a plush ride. Thanks to the power provided by the 48V Samsung 18650 LiMnC02 battery, city cruising is easy no matter what the terrain. The iGo ERÖ is a great option for older adults looking to remain active or for anyone with injuries that prevent them from riding a traditional bike.
The iGo ERÖ is designed to be one size fits all. It features a quick-release saddle and adjustable handlebars/stem, providing users measuring in height from five to six feet tall with a comfortable ride. As mentioned before, its step-thru toptube design makes it easy to mount and dismount, a particularly useful feature for those with a more limited range of motion.
The iGo ERÖ comes stock with a rear rack and bungee straps, front and rear fenders and lights, a bell, a kickstand and even a computer to track such things as speed, distance and battery status. Furthermore, the iGo ERÖ is equipped with an integrated AXA defender lock mounted to its seatstays. Locks are a common feature on European commuting bikes and a nice touch, though with the prevalence of bike thefts and the lure of the uniquely designed iGo ERÖ, most will want to protect their investment with additional security options.
The Samsung 48V battery gives an approximately 90-kilometre range per charge, depending on temperature, terrain and battery age. The 500W Hi Torque geared brushless rear hub motor is supported by eight settings of electric-assist, as well as an on-demand throttle “boost” button to be used when starting or powering up a hill. The Shimano Acera nine-speed drivetrain worked well, as did its Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors both front and rear.
As expected, shifting up from the lower support settings delivered smooth acceleration. The “boost” offered much more of a kick than anticipated (actually, a bit of a jolt until I got used to it), quickly bringing me up to cruising speed. As well, the battery provided ample speed at minimal pedaling effort, though its power-assist discontinues once you stop pedaling.
Note that given all of an e-bike’s components, as a rule these bikes tend to be heavier. As such, if you’re looking for weight-savings, its suspension fork could be swapped out since the Schwalbe Big Ben 48C tires really cushion your ride for most city commutes. Also always ensure that the battery is fully charged so that you don’t get more of workout than planned.
The iGo ERÖ could become your go-to for commuting, as well as for leisurely weekend exploring. At $2,499, it’s a worthwhile investment, and iGo offers free shipping and a seven-day trial on any of its e-bikes.
For more information, visit www.igoelectric.com.