iGO ERÖ eBIKE TEST

Your go-to bike for com­mut­ing and leisurely week­end ex­plor­ing.

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Emily Flynn

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.

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