2019 iGO Electric Bikes: Bafang m800, Carbon Road & Fat Bikes, Canadian Ebikes

iGO had a beautiful booth at Interbike 2018, showcasing a portion of thier 2019 lineup. It’s a big year for them with a completely new lineup of electric bikes. Some of the standout features include custom integrated batteries and motors, premium Shimano drive E8000 systems, and lightweight carbon fiber models, one with the new compact Bafang motor. This company has been in business since 2006 and entered the United States in 2010, it’s a Canadian company that is based in Montreal, Québec. This conversation was filmed with a marketing representative from the company named Damo.

iGO is utilizing several drive systems for their 2019 ebikes in the US and these are the models we looked at during the show:
– iGO Aspire $1,899 (uses a hub motor and hidden downtube battery, has cool pedal foot straps, it’s like a hipster city road bike, it can be setup with a cadence or torque sensor, technically the battery is removable through the bottom bracket area for storage and charging indoors during winter months, comes in multiple sizes)
– iGO Discovery 26 $1,999 and Horizon (they use the same integrated downtube battery as all other Discovery line models, they use Samsung batteries, the Discovery Horizon uses a propretary mid-motor vs. the hub motor on the Discovery 26)
– iGO 27.5 Dual Suspension Mid $3,999 (part of the Outland Series, has air suspension and thru-axles, uses the proprietary battery and in-house mid-motor with upgraded 120 Nm torque output, custom display with USB and Bluetooth for a smartphone app)
– iGO Fat Hub $2,699 (part of the Outland Series, has a 500 watt geared hub motor offering up to 120 newton meters of torque, it’s even cheaper at $2,399 if you get it without the suspension fork)
– iGO Carbon 27.5 Dual Suspension $5,999 (uses the Shimano STePs drive system with integrated 504 watt hour battery and E8000 motor, Fox air suspension front and rear, Shimano 11-42 tooth cassette)
– iGO Carbon Fat (fully submersible super tough motor MPS 6.1 Drive mid-drive motor)
– iGO Carbon Road $4,299 (lightweight design at ~28.6lbs / 12.97kg, compact Bafang m800 mid-drive motor, comes in multiple sizes)

Feel free to skip ahead with the following timestamps:
– Aspire Series 1:36
– Discovery Series 5:25
– Outland Series 12:34
– Performance Plus Series 16:33
– Carbon Road 19:32

It sounds like all of their hub motor electric bikes can be setup with a torque sensor or cadence sensor, to deliver a different ride experience. This is unique in the world of ebikes, where choice is usually limited… Their proprietary mid-motor measures both torque and cadence together, for the most natural ride. In terms of sizing and colors, most models are limited to keep the price down, but some of the higher-end ones do come in multiple sizes. Even with the single size options, iGO has this “Ergofit” concept where the bike is meant to be highly adjustable. They claim that these models can fit riders between 5′ (152.4cm) and 6’4″ (182.9cm) comfortably.

It sounds like iGO chose to make their own frames, batteries, and motors so that they could optimize the experience and streamline support for owners… it’s easier and faster to get parts if you need them. It’s interesting to hear that their motor is rated at 500 watts, while most mainstream drive units are rated at 250 or 350, but they also said that the motor could be 8-12lbs, which is on the heavier side. I was really impressed with some of the smart wire management going on, how they used a rubber cover to make it easier to reach wires. Their custom battery pack has an integrated USB port for charging accessories when it’s on or off the bike. I was told that every one of their ebikes would have bluetooth and work with a smartphone app that runs through a diagnostic checklist, so you know the status of everything.

iGO offers a two-year comprehensive warranty for all of their mechanical components and electrical but the battery gets slightly less at 18 months vs. 24 months. Their dealer network in North America has been growing significantly.

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I have introduced a universal service fee for my reviews and some in-depth videos like this one. iGO paid me to produce this longer video of their ebikes. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and post are not meant to be an endorsement of their products. I am labeling this video as an #AD to be transparent and honest with you.

Comments

Shawn Vega Velez says:

That first bike, from the Aspire line, is my pick. Are the any bikes with this slim design that use throttle controls?

Mr. Officer says:

That guy seems like an incredibly nice person.

Pure Water Window Cleaning says:

Congrats iGO… Really stepping it up!

Robert Kribs says:

Hopefully you can get to ride one of the bikes with the proprietary mid motor soon to let us know how it compares to the rest of the market (Bosch, Brose, Shimano, Bafang) in terms of noise, smoothness and power. Nice video. I agree that the disclaimer is maybe a bit over the top. I would feel fully informed with a graphic that says “Paid review – see our website for details.”

tompaah7503 says:

Motors from no less than 4 manufacturers on the same brand bikes. MPF, Bafang, Shimano and some home cooked. What does this communicate to the buyers?

joe laubriel says:

What kind of bike you have I like to know

Gary Fujioka Sr. says:

So if Trump institutes the across-the-board tariffs he threatened against Canada yesterday 9-26, iGo will face a 27% exchange rate, plus a 25% tariff. Ironically it will likely be the automaker’s lobby that will block the tariff, or at least try. Apart from that 120Nm and 28 lb. bikes = wheelie time!

Errol Yeaman says:

Does the folding fat bike come with 20 inch wheels or 26 inch wheels? Also, is it a mid-step frame like a Radmini or a low step frame? I am currently looking at the Radmini but ma;y hold out for the folding Igo fat bike if I could see what it looks like and get the specs. Thanks

Cannondale2019 says:

hub motors are a drag

cresshead says:

these look excellent and the pricing is competitive++

Gary Bryan says:

All I can think is wow!

Adge e bike. says:

Are these coming to the UK. They would be good to purchase on the cycle to work deal. Upto £2000 pounds.

MLWATKK says:

IGO definitely needs better visibility though. They are in my back yard and I had no idea they existed!

Ron OBlack says:

The carbon road looks very interesting. Great competition for the upcoming Orbea Gain.

Don Scott Macdonald says:

Good looking new lineup. The founder says elsewhere that 2019 bikes will be available next February.

Ian Moone says:

Igo never answered the phone. My frame broke in 8 months.

CircleOfSorrow says:

I don’t know why you feel the need to be so transparent so suddenly. Did you come under some heavy attack at the point of some criticism? I have always enjoyed your content, and I have always hoped you were profiting from producing it. I’m not sure why a consumer of your content would feel differently.

Mitchell Barnow says:

iGO has an impressive lineup! Great overview and exhibit.

Scorpionleader says:

This guy from iGo doesn’t inspire confidence with the upward inflection in his voice at the end of sentences that end with a period. Everything is a question. I guess it’s the language barrier between Canada and the US.

Boatdesigner says:

They are stepping up their game, but not much for us old folks that need light, easy approach and comfortable bikes with great shifting and brakes.

Tracey McNeel says:

I wish more e-bike businesses would offer more frame color options.

CircleOfSorrow says:

Can anybody recommend a good brand or model of fat bike with full suspension that I could buy as a basis for a project bike? I am researching for a bike that will last me ten years or more. I am willing to spend up to two grand in euros for the bike, and I want to install a strong mid motor and rear hub gearbox combo for mostly flat commuting for up to 50km, but would really enjoy longer touring if possible. The paths in the Netherlands are amazing at times, but I live in a rural region, so sometimes the surface quality falls off greatly. I want a monster bike that doesn’t care about cobblestone and scoffs and kerbs.

LongIslandADED. says:

I have a quadricycle are there any motors i can use ? The mid drive motor on that mega phat bike looks dope

George Wachsmuth says:

28 pound, electric road bike? Nice.

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