The team at Phoenix, Arizona-based Lectric eBikes has just launched their newest and most affordable electric bike yet: the Lectric XP LITE. At just $ 799, it contains a lot of what riders already love about the brand’s flagship Lectric XP 2.0 rechargeable e-bike, but still shoots off some serious dollars and pounds.
The Lectric XP 2.0 has spent years as the leading affordable electric bike in the United States. Riders have long praised its balance of performance and comfort at a super-reasonable price of $ 999.
When the original XP was launched and then followed by the XP 2.0, Lectric eBike co-founder Levi Conlow told me that he was convinced it would soon have competition from the other US-based large e-bike companies. “I was sure that Rad and the other big boys would immediately come out with a bike that was low enough to compete with us. So I worked out this design pretty quickly for an even more affordable e-bike to top them. . ”
But as years passed and no cheap challengers emerged, Levi finally decided that they should no longer sit on the draft. If no one else was competing with Lectric to push prices even lower, they would just do it themselves. And so the Lectric XP LITE was born, coming in at just $ 799.
Levi and his co-founder / childhood friend Robby Deziel recently invited me to Phoenix to see the Lectric XP LITE e-bike in person and put it a few miles on one of the first units of the line. After just one afternoon with the bike, I can already tell you that this is the # 1 electric bike that I would recommend anyone to shop with on a tight budget. If I have learned one thing about cheap e-bikes, it is that there is a lot of clutter in the $ 500- $ 800 e-bike category. But the XP LITE is finally a ray of light – a quality offering for a super low price. It may not have the same high performance as the XP 2.0, but the LITE version still offers much more than any other e-bike in its price range.
Watch my test ride video below to see if I ever get my first ride on this new budget e-bike.
Lectric XP LITE first ride video
Lectric XP LITE fast specifications
- Engine: 300 W (720 W peak) geared hub
- Top speed: 32 km / h (20 mph)
- Range: Up to 72 km (45 mi)
- Battery: 48V 7.8 Ah (375 Wh)
- Weight: 20.8 kg (46 lb)
- Max charge: 124 kg (275 lb)
- Brakes: Mechanical disc brake calipers
- Price: $ 799!
Keep the best, lose the rest.
The Lectric XP LITE loves a lot of what makes the XP 2.0 so lovely, then throws everything extra to cut down on extra cost and weight.
For example, it’s still a Class 2 e-bike with a top speed of 20 mph and a spin gas to get you there without pedaling (although of course you can ignore or remove the gas and use the pedal assistant to drive it as a Class 1 e-bike). The rated 300W motor actually produces 720W of peak power, so it has decent pep, despite not being a powerhouse. I did some uphill riding on grassy hills and it was up to the task. I’m not sure what it would do in San Francisco, but moderate hills were no problem.
It also has a minimalist folding frame that holds the bike at just 46 lb (20.8 kg). That is not light by fold-bike standards, but it is certainly light by fold electrically cycling standards!
Then you have your backlit LCD display with giant visible reading, 160mm disc brakes, integrated lights, IP65 waterproof building, etc. All of this is backed by a US-based local shipping company and a team of young Arizonans who man the customer support telephone lines and e-mail / chat boxes. You just can not get that with just about any other ultra-budget electric bike these days.
Now there are some compromises here, to be honest.
This is for example a single speed e-bike, so there is no multi-speed transmission to run through the gears. But with that 720W peak-rated motor, you probably won’t have to switch down when climbing hills.
And there is no suspension, which brings us back to the Lectric XP 1.0 days when a rigid fork kept the weight and longevity at bay.
The tires are also narrower at 2.6 inches wide. That said, this is a more city-oriented electric bike, though that did not stop me from doing some off-road riding in parks (see my video above). The lack of suspension means that rutted out of grass areas will give you a bit of a shock, but the bike is still powerful enough and rough enough to handle it, as long as your body is as fit.
The last compromise is the smaller battery of the XP LITE. It’s small in terms of capacity, but it’s still a relatively high voltage system at 48V, which makes this probably the most affordable 48V e-bike on the market. However, the Ah rating is just 7.8, for a total of 375 Wh. That is not an enormous battery by any imagination. They claim a maximum range of 45 miles (72 km), but that is with serious stair efforts on your part. For gas-only driving, 15-25 miles is a more realistic figure in the real world.
So, the bike is not perfect. It lacks the 28 mph speed of the XP 2.0 and the larger battery, suspension and 7-speed shifter. But it’s smaller, 20 pounds lighter, easier to move, faster, and of course even more affordable. And it comes in four color options, which is a nice little bonus over the black-and-white options for the XP 2.0.
Plus, the Lectric XP LITE can even take advantage of many of the same ecosystem of accessories such as the racks and baskets, upgraded lights, comfort package, pre-slim tires for automatically tight tires, and so on.
Including fenders and rack would have been a nice touch, but I find it hard to complain about missing accessories when the base price is only $ 799. They gave us an LED headlamp and backlight, which is more than I can say for so many e-bikes these days that hold light.
Now just because this is a pretty amazing price point does not mean that this e-bike is for everyone. The narrower tires and lack of suspension mean it will not be as adventure-friendly as the wider tire and front-suspended XP 2.0. And the smaller battery does not allow the rides to last as long as other e-bikes with larger batteries, although the medium power level will help the battery last longer than a higher power engine would have allowed.
So, if you are hungry for power or want the most comfortable ride, this is probably not the bike for you. But as long as “normal” bike tires (so not ridiculously thick tires) are acceptable and you can come up with 20 mph speeds and modest power, the XP LITE offers a really fun ride. The bike finds that you have to pay a lot more for it, that’s for sure.
I look forward to a fa more time on the bike for a full review. But after only one afternoon of driving, I’m pretty much wounded with the XP LITE. And, I’m feeling like you’ll like it too. For this price, there is simply no point in going with any off-market anymore.
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