Aside from the wonderfully big tires, I also like the generosity of the included accessories. You get fenders, rear rack, rotary throttle, integrated battery-powered front and rear lighting, and a center-mounted LCD display to show battery levels and other useful data like your speed (no apps necessary!). As an added bonus, you can increase the top speed from 20 miles per hour to 28 via the display, converting it from a Class 2 to a class 3 electric bike.
Ready. Together. To go!
The ride itself is comfortable. Thick tires help smooth out a lot of bumps in the road, but they’re meant for the road. There is no suspension system, so avoid large potholes or extremely rocky terrain.
There are five levels of pedal assistance to choose from; I mainly stayed at levels two and three. Nothing more was so fun. I didn’t feel any resistance, like I was pedaling in air, even in seventh gear (highest on the Shimano 7-speed shifter).
The 500 watt rear hub motor is impressive for such an affordable bike. I was able to easily walk through the steep hills of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Having a throttle is also handy, especially when you need to navigate smoothly through tight spaces with bumper-to-bumper traffic.
What I don’t like is the way the engine keeps running for a few seconds after you stop pedaling. Glad I figured this out by testing the bike in an empty parking lot and not coming to a traffic light. It is potentially dangerous. At least the Tektro disc brakes do their job well and bring it to a stop pretty quickly.
Lectric says you can get over 45 miles with one charge. It will depend on various factors, such as your weight, level of pedaling assistance, terrain, weather, etc. For me, it was 20 miles north. This led me to my dentist appointment and back, about 12 miles away, with juice to spare for other runs. Never felt like I had to charge it after every ride which is good.
Long term reliability
Lectric is able to lower its price because of the parts used by the company. The Chaoyang or CST tires that come with the bike and Tektro brakes are nothing special. I was initially worried about long term reliability, but after six months none of the parts were a problem for me.
If you’re worried, Lectric says it’s very easy to replace electrical parts on their bike using the quick-disconnect outlets everywhere. Its customer service team will walk you through it and the company has several videos if you just want to follow along. Lectric doesn’t have a lot of dealer network, but if you want to take it to a store, the company says they’re “happy to find a local bike store” to help you with a warranty repair if you have one. own for less than a year. (He will provide the workshop with the necessary parts and cover the cost of the repair.)
You might also want to consider a little paint job. I don’t like that “LECTRIC” is written in a gigantic font on the side of the motorcycle. It just makes XP a great target for bike thieves. A little subtlety would have been nice.
If stairs aren’t something you have to deal with on a regular basis and you can lift 63 pounds, this is one of the best and most affordable ways to wade through the electric bike world.