Lectric XP 2.0 Reviews

RickyBikes

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The Lectric XP 2.0 is an affordable entry-level folding eBike from one of the fastest growing eBike brands in North America since their inception in 2019. This is the second generation of the enormously popular XP. Like the original XP, the 2.0 is available in black or white and as either a mid-step or step-through model. The low stand-over height on either model makes it an approachable eBike. Although it looks nearly identical to the original XP, the 2.0 has a few upgraded features and still maintains an affordable price at $999.00.

Highlights of this model include the variable front oil suspension, a slightly smaller tire, wider handlebars, IP-65 water and dust resistant electrical components, and additional mounting points for baskets, mirrors, locks, or other accessories. Here's their official website www.lectricebikes.com and I'd love to hear your thoughts below, especially if you own the Lectric XP 2.0 or plan to buy it!







While I haven't reviewed this electric bike myself, I have covered similar eBikes (you can also find Court’s review of the original Lectric XP here) and I wanted to provide some insights and open things up for your feedback. I hope providing several sources, with varying perspectives, allows everyone to come to their own conclusions. Sometimes short reviews and those created by shops only cover the good aspects and can come off like a commercial, so I've tried to be neutral and objective with these insights:


Pros – things that stand out as good:

  • I’ve got to hand it to the Lectric team, the biggest trade-off on the original XP was the lack of front suspension forks. They listened to their customers and outfitted the XP 2.0 with variable front oil suspension. The original XP had 4” fat-tires, which can offset some of the need for front and rear suspension and still provide a comfortable ride, but with this model they’ve accounted for the weight of the added suspension forks by providing slightly smaller 3” plus-sized tires. Those smaller tires can provide a little more agility, faster acceleration, and slightly better hill climbing capabilities than fat-tires.
  • Like its predecessor, the 2.0 comes fully assembled with free shipping and ready to ride which for new riders is an invaluable luxury. It also offers the same generous 330lb max payload capacity. I like that the rear load capacity has also increased to a 75lb max load from 55lbs.
  • The 2.0 sports larger handlebars than the previous generation while maintaining that nice ergonomic grip to add comfort to the ride. Pair this with the adjustable stem, seat post, and suspension forks, and it allows for a greater variety of riders despite the bike coming in only one frame size. As someone 6’3 with a 6’5 wingspan, this a great added feature.
  • For such an inexpensive bike, Lectric provides a tested, warranty supported motor and takes care of their customers. Providing a 1-year comprehensive warranty and great customer support is rare for bikes on this cheaper end of the spectrum. I particularly like the display – it’s nice and visible even in daylight, and the energy bar has ten ticks, so it's going to be a more precise gauge
  • Battery is high quality cells (LG), fully inside the frame which protects it, yet also removable when the frame is folded. Really great feature and a lot of folding bikes in this price range have either non-removable batteries, or batteries awkwardly mounted somewhere outside on the frame. Many cheaper bikes sacrifice battery capacity and quality, which makes them attractive for first purchase but then you have to spend hundreds of $ later down the road to replace a battery that probably requires a special expert to service.



Cons – things that seem like trade-offs or negatives:

  • This bike is steel, which means it’s sturdy and quiet, but the tradeoff is that 1) it’s a heavier folding bike (63lbs) and 2) if it gets scratched or dinged then it might require a glossy paint touch-up to prevent rusting.
  • The 2.0 still uses some lower-end components. For example, it has the entry-level Shimano Tourney derailleur, a 7-gear freewheel rather than a more durable free hub and cassette, 160mm Tektro mechanical brakes (mechanical disc brakes require more maintenance and grip strength compared to hydraulic brakes). The tradeoff comes down to the price point. Considering this is such an affordable bike, some of the compromise is found in those components. It still produces 60Nm of torque and both brake levers have motor inhibitors. All things considered, the nice display, battery, integrated lights, motor inhibitors, and cadence sensor are all areas where you shouldn’t want to compromise, and Lectric did a nice job of finding a balance between utility and value.
  • This is a bit of a trade-off, but at the bottom of the downtube one must insert a key at the bottom of the battery and turn it to arm the bike and ride it. It’s in a slightly awkward position if you’re an older, taller, or less mobile rider. The key will dangle under you as you ride, so if you had a keychain or other keys attached, it’s possible they could interfere with your feet or hit the pedals as you ride. It is a nice security feature, however, considering the bike won’t be tampered with without the key.
  • It would be nice if this bike had USB ports for charging a phone, a small stereo or additional lights. When you receive your bike, it is automatically set to a Class 2 setting (capping out at 20mph). You can manually program the bike to run as a Class 3 (capping out at 28mph) but you must do so through the display. This requires holding down both the up and down arrows for several seconds, and then combing through twenty different menus to do so. It’s a little convoluted process, but considering that you can switch between a Class 2 and a Class 3, it’s just a tradeoff.
  • Still no sidewall striping on the tires or reflectors on the spokes. On the black model this means very low side visibility. The white one is better for folks riding at night or with lots of traffic.
  • This is an online only bike, meaning 1) no way to test ride before buying, and 2) no dealer support for maintenance or warranty repairs. Yes, Lectric does have a great reputation for support, but the process is still much more hassle than being able to just take the bike into your local Trek or Giant dealer.

As always, I welcome feedback and additions to these pros and cons, especially from people who have tried or own the bike. If you see other great video reviews for the Lectric XP 2.0, please share them and I may update this post ongoing so we can get the best perspectives and insights.
 
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Gordon71

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I get a kick that the word affordable is used and not cheap or low end. It sounds better I guess.
I would think it depends on ones needs. How many more trouble free miles would one expect to get from a $200,000 Lamborghini than a $20,000 Kia Soul? I think I remember seeing an Ebike selling for $10,000 somewhere when I was looking for my first. Would it last 10 times as long as an XP?
 

rawlus

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I get a kick that the word affordable is used and not cheap or low end. It sounds better I guess.
for me, cheap or low end refers to quality of the product, while affordability refers to cost.
not all less expensive things are bad. there’s value to be found in things that don’t cost as much as other options. also think you can have an expensive bike that’s still “cheap” or “low end” in terms of quality or spec.
 

fooferdoggie

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not saying its bad but it is a very cheap low quality bike no matter how you call it. I buy cheap sometimes and it makes sense but I never think its a superior product.
 

rawlus

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i think the Lectric holds true to what i’ve read the brand was shooting for, a less expensive (affordable?) entry level experience into the ebike world. Majority of ebikes i see in shops around me start in the $2000 range and go way up from there, i don’t see much in the way of sub-$1000 options except for the VERY low priced offerings.

bikes are interesting in that they are inherently modular, yes i agree some of the components are more entry level, mechanical discs, derailleur, freewheel, even the fact that it’s a hub motor is a compromise but i like the price point a lot and for someone with reasonable tools and ability can upgrade most of the components that have been selected to keep initial cost down pretty easily.

as a turn-key package i think most users, without any modding, have been pretty happy with how it performs out of the box. But bike culture is also driven by customization ano personalization and regardless of how a bike is equipped or what it’s cost is, passionate enthusiasts will still pursue aftermarket upgrading, personalization and adaptation to suit their specific needs... so i don’t take the modding that has been done to other Lectric XPs as a sign the OG version is flawed, as much as i take it as the XP is a good entry level platform out of the box and also for modding and upgrading. to each their own.

I think the Friend ebike is also very interesting, similar in many ways to Lectric down to the folding frame and fat tires but differing in a few ways with full suspension and a few other features. it comes in a few hundred above Lectric so it’s not like we don’t have options in the marketplace, even if Lectric doesn’t have 100% of what we are seeking.
 

fooferdoggie

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I doubt there is enough profit in selling such cheap bikes in a LBS. The warranty issues and maintenance would kill any profit. I could see walmart selling them of course.
 

fooferdoggie

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Now I find Lectrics a blast for exercise. not from riding them but from passing them by putting out 400 or more watts in passing them and getting my heart racing (G) you can hear an lectric from a ways off.
 

Pokerdogg

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Now I find Lectrics a blast for exercise. not from riding them but from passing them by putting out 400 or more watts in passing them and getting my heart racing (G) you can hear an lectric from a ways off.
If my legs can still put out 400 watts, without my knees falling apart, I will still be racing up hills against buses like I used to do on an analog bike. Alas, that was then and this is now.
 

fooferdoggie

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If my legs can still put out 400 watts, without my knees falling apart, I will still be racing up hills against buses like I used to do on an analog bike. Alas, that was then and this is now.
I am really suprised I can. when I first started riding while really sick I averaged 100 watts at most. even as I got better 400 was almost impossible. Now I can do it as needed. Once on an not too steep hill passing I got to 600 watts. felt great. once in awhile on a super steep slope I have gotten that on the tandem. but it is a short lived exertion for sure.
 

fooferdoggie

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if someone only has less then a 1000 to spend I will tell them about lectric it seems the best deal at that price. or maybe the best support. at that price you have amazon and no brand name bikes with no support.
 

troehrkasse

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not saying its bad but it is a very cheap low quality bike no matter how you call it. I buy cheap sometimes and it makes sense but I never think its a superior product.
It's definitely lower quality compared to a lot of more expensive ebikes, but I think Lectric does a good job of balancing quality and cost. I think the "cheap" vs "affordable" discussion comes down to the difference between "poor quality" and "lower quality than more premium options." It will probably feel "cheap" for anyone who has ridden a nice mid-drive and can compare them. First-time ebikers will enjoy a Lectric XP much more... and anyone who only has $1,000 to spend, since most ebikes at that price point are what I would truly consider cheap or poor quality.