Lectric eBikes Lectric XP Step-Thru Review

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Summary

  • Ultra affordable folding electric fat bike that looks pretty nice in two colors (black or white) with stylish accents. Great utility here with sturdy steel fenders, rear cargo rack, and integrated LED lights. Impressive 28mph top speed option. The step-thru version is super approachable with a low stand-over height but reinforced for stiffness and strength, supporting up to 330lbs total.
  • Adjustable seat post and telescoping steer post allows this bike to fit a range of riders, though it's only available in one frame size. Though the company began fairly recently, in 2019, they have focused on customer support and hardware quality to become one of the fastest growing ebike brands in North America.
  • Seven speed drivetrain provides a decent range pedal speeds, the fat four inch wide tires offer stability and comfort, ergonomic grips reduce hand numbness, the thick padded saddle has rubber bumpers to take the edge off, and Lectric eBikes sells an optional suspension seat post.
  • No suspension fork, but they do sell an optional suspension seat post and the padded saddle has built-in bumpers to improve ride quality. May encounter rust on the steel fork, fenders, rear rack, and non-sealed headset while some competing products use aluminum alloy or sealed parts that cost more. The lights help you to be seen, more than they illuminate the path and dthere's no USB charging port on the display or bottle cage bosses on the frame. The battery locking cylinder is below the main tube, making it somewhat difficult to reach for battery removal.

Introduction

Make:

Lectric eBikes

Model:

Lectric XP Step-Thru

Price:

$899 (Free Shipping in Contiguous US)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Trail, Travel, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedelec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

20202021

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

63 lbs (28.57 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.7 lbs (3.94 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded Dimensions: 66" x 18" x 47", Folded dimensions: 37" x 18" x 27"

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Folding

Frame Colors:

Gloss Black with Metallic Gray and Lectric Blue Accents, Gloss White with Metallic Gray and Lectric Blue Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel, 135mm Hub Spacing, 10mm Threaded Axle with 15mm Nuts

Frame Rear Details:

175mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Slotted Threaded Axle with 10mm Flats, 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney Derailleur, Shimano Freewheel 14-28 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Prowheel Cold-Forged Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, Sealed BB Assembly, Square Tapered Spindle, 52 Tooth Chainring with Prowheel Plastic Chain Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo P256 Aluminum Alloy Folding Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

Threaded, Steel Ball Bearings in Retainer, Non-Sealed, 1-1/8" Straight

Stem:

NECO Aluminum Alloy, Folding Telescoping Height with Quick Release Lever 250mm Base with 120mm Extension, 10mm Spacer, 25.4mm Clamp

Handlebar:

Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 570mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro MD-M280 Mechanical Disc with 160mm Rotors, Wuxing 5-Star Four-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

T375 Ergonomic, Rubber, Black

Saddle:

Unbranded Comfort Saddle with Elastomer Bumpers, Black

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Tapered Clamp Mount

Seat Post Length:

500 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.8 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 80mm Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

CST BFT, 20" x 4.0" (98-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

5 to 30 PSI, 0.4 to 2.0 BAR, 60 TPI, Puncture Resistant

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Rear-Mount Kickstand, Steel Derailleur Guard, Integrated Blaze-Lite Headlight (30 Lumens), Integrated Blaze-Lite RL1900 Backlight (Single LED, 15 Lumens), Steel Rear Rack with Spring Latch (25kg 55lb Max Weight), Optional Suspension Seat Post (500mm Length, Preload Adjust, $89), Optional Pannier Bags ($49), Optional Additional Replacement Battery Pack ($299), Optional Battery Charger ($49)

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack, D-Power 1.4lb 2 Amp Charger, 48 Volt 18 Amp Peak Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 330lb Maximum Weight Rating (275lb Max Rider Weight, 55lb Max Cargo Rack Weight)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Lectric eBikes Specific

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

982 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

LG 18650 2600mAH 13S4P Configuration

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

499.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide)

Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

LCD-M5, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Backlit, 3.5" Grayscale LCD

Readouts:

Battery Charge Level Energy Bar (10 Bars), Current Speed (MPH or KMH), Assist Level (0 to 5), Odometer, Trip A, Voltage, Current, Trip Time, Lights Indicator, Walk Mode Indicator

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Pad on Left, Buttons: Up, Down, M, Lights: Hold Up, Walk Mode: Hold Down, Settings: Hold Up and Down, Cycle Readouts: Press M

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (12-Magnet Sealed Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)(Adjustable to 28 MPH in Display Settings)


Written Review

This review was not sponsored by Lectric eBikes, it was provided free of charge and based on my time with the original Lectric XP (video review here), studying the official hardware details online, and exploring other hands-on reviews from competing sites. My goal is to provide insights and a strong starting point for you, but I have not test ridden this particular model as I have for most of the other ebikes on this website. This is not meant to be an endorsement of Lectric eBikes products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below, and the Lectric eBikes electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • Great attention to detail on the hardware and customer support for such a young (less than two years old at the time of this review) company. This is definitely value-priced, but they don’t skimp on the truly important parts as much as I was expecting (alloy folding platform pedals from Wellgo, Nice display… but no USB ports, included steel fenders and “be seen” Blaze-Lights wired into the battery pack vs. those using disposable cells.
  • The bike defaults to assist level zero for safety, you get full throttle power in levels 1-5, to turn the bike on you must insert and twist the keys… then leave them hanging from the base of the downtube. This is one of my biggest complaints, especially if you plan to remove the battery for charging or to reduce the weight of the bike during transport. I do recommend storing the battery in a cool, dry location between 20% and 80% to maximize battery lifespan.

Pros:

  • One of the biggest and most obvious advantages to this electric bicycle is the low price, it’s slightly more than some China-direct Amazono or Walmart products but offers way more support, better attention to detail, and will arrive sooner with warranty and quality battery cells… to me, that’s worth at least $100 price difference that you might see.
  • While the original Lectric XP was approachable (as most folding ebikes with 20″ tires are), the super low step-thru frame on this new model is even easier to step over and manage at stops. Based on their official specs, this model is only 0.5 to 1lb heavier, and I observe that the frame should not suffer from frame flex too much because of the additional reinforcement tube connecting the downtube to the seat tube.
  • Compared to the original mid-step frame, I love how the folding joint and buckle are much lower here because they are less likely to protrude into your knees. I have occasionally bumped my knees and thighs when pedaling on folding bikes (and so has my girlfriend!) which isn’t super fun or comfortable. It’s a big design win that is oft overlooked when considering a low step folding ebike :D
  • The battery pack and controller are hidden on this frame, which gives it a nice aesthetic and probably protects the parts from physical impact and the elements… though it requires a bit more effort to remove the battery. The wires and electrical cabling is all external, but on a folding frame, that can mean they won’t get pinched as easily. The wires tend to blend in more on the black frame, but white may be safer for commuting purposes due to higher reflectivity.
  • I love that the bike comes in two colors, and am a fan of their design and accent color choices, this lets you and a friend personalize a bit if you’re getting the same bike. As mentioned above, the white is my favorite because it’s more visible at night. I appreciate how Lectric eBikes paint matched the fork and fenders on both models!
  • I love the sturdy Wellgo platform pedals they chose here, many other folding pedals are plastic and offer less surface area and rigidity, the plastic chain guide and steel derailleur guard also keep it running smoothly and protected when folding and unfolding, the chain shouldn’t drop off and you’ll be less likely to get a snag or bend in the derailleur cable and motor power cable.
  • The battery design is compact and nicely hidden, I like that they use LG cells in the pack (higher quality) and offer a replacement pack for less than a few hundred dollars! Solid one year warranty with good customer support availability and willingness to make things right has propelled this brand to become almost an overnight success.
  • The company offers two decent accessories as optional add-ons including water resistant pannier bags and a long suspension seat post for added comfort. I found their accessories and replacement parts to be well priced.
  • The display is large and easy to read, it angles slightly to help you reduce glare, has a higher resolution 10-bar battery charge level indicator, and offers lots of customization in the settings… including the ability to set the top speed at ~28 MPH for speed pedelec performance, or lower it for improved range and possibly safety or peace of mind for some riders.
  • The Lectric XP Step-Thru uses a high-resolution 12-magnet cadence sensor which makes starting and stopping more predictable. I love that they also included motor inhibitors on both brake levers, I always turn the bike completely off before hopping on or off and folding just to be safe, and the buttons to interact with the display are easily reachable and simple to understand (up, down, and M for “mode selection” and “power on/off”).
  • The kickstand is positioned very well at the rear end of the bike, this won’t cause pedal lock and it didn’t bounce around or make a lot of noise during my test rides on the original version… even on bumpy hilly grass sections.
  • Both wheels are built with thicker 12 gauge spokes for increased durability and weight capacity. The official max weight rating is 330 pounds (~149 kilograms) which is the best I’ve seen for a folding model.
  • The geared hub motor is zippy and powerful, it gets a big mechanical advantage because of the smaller 20″ wheels and can produce a lot of torque (up to 60 newton meters), it freewheels efficiently and is fat-tire specific so it’s wider and offers a solid bracing angle for the spokes.
  • The rear rack is wide, has a spring latch, and uses standard gauge tubing so it will work with most aftermarket clip-on pannier bags or the ones that hang over. Please note that it’s 55lb (25kg) max weight rating subtracts from the total load of the bike (so a 55lb loaded rack plus a 275lb rider combine to 330lbs).
  • Even though the saddle and ergonomic grips are unbranded, they both performed very well and offered a lot of comfort, especially the saddle, which is thick, not too wide that it chaffs your legs, and has rubber bumpers for added cushion.
  • The bike comes fully assembled, so you don’t need any tools or a bike stand to get going. It’s not a bad idea to take it in for a quick tuneup and possibly lube the chain or adjust the twist barrel adjusters on the shifting (if it’s not shifting just perfectly, turn one or two clicks to the left to lengthen the housing and offset settling) but in general, this is a great purchase experience for people… just be careful lifting the bike out of the big box, because it’s fairly heavy at ~63lbs.
  • I thought it was kind of creative that the team put a picture of a television on the outside of the box, which they say has improved the way that shipping companies handle the package. They also added more padding inside to ensure that the product arrives in great shape. Finally, they have touch-up paint for people who need it if they get a scratch. Keep that in mind on the fork and fenders especially, since they are steel and could rust. Most auto touch up paint and even fingernail polish can work for this as well.
  • I appreciate that the bike has walk mode, especially with the heavier build. This can be useful for ascending hills that are too technical to ride up, or for walking through crowded areas if the rear rack is fully loaded. Just keep in mind that this walk mode doesn’t auto-shutoff like most other ebikes, I had to tap the brakes to send the motor cutoff signal for it to stop, which surprised me a little bit.

Cons:

  • The biggest thing I hear when people suggest improvements to these bikes is that they’d like suspension, but this adds weight and cost. The Lectric XP and Step-Thru model opted for high-volume fat tires instead, and they suggest lowering the PSI a bit to improve comfort. As mentioned previously, they also sell a suspension seat post.
  • As with any step-thru or mid-step frame, the overall strength is reduced when there’s only one main tube and it’s made to curve down lower vs. being straight. This can introduce some frame flex and reduce overall weight capacity, but it’s not something I could observe directly here, and it has not influenced their official advertised max weight rating.
  • The handlebar is a bit narrow, which can make the steering feel a bit twitchy… especially since it has smaller 20″ wheels to begin with. Fortunately, this is easy and cheap to fix with a different aftermarket handlebar but it’s something Lectric eBikes could also upgrade in the future. Consider a bar that’s got a bit more rise and backsweep like we see on the e-Joe Epik SE. Two downsides are that this type of bar could take up more space when folding, and might require more width for entryways into houses or RV’s.
  • They chose a very basic Shimano Tourney derailleur and limited range freewheel for this bike, probably to help keep the price down. It offers a 14 to 28 tooth sprocket spread vs 11 to 34 tooth on some competing models. Given the adjustable speed settings, up to ~28mph, it would be nice to see an upgraded freewheel or cassette so you can pedal comfortably at a wider range of speeds. I’d also love to see a rust resistant chain and aluminum alloy rack, fenders, and sealed bearings all around… but that all costs money, and steel tends to be very sturdy and quieter than aluminum and plastic :)
  • The bike is fairly heavy at ~63 pounds (28.57kg), especially for a folding ebike. Yes, you can remove the 6.6lb battery pack and even take the rack and fenders off… but that takes time and manny people will just want to load it up and go. Please consider getting help from a friend and lift with your legs, not your back. You may also find success in loading the bike into a plastic tub before placing into your storage space. There are some posts in the forums that show this here, here, and here ;)
  • These aren’t complaints as much as comparisons to other slightly more expensive products: the tires don’t have reflective stripes, the lights are kind of basic, the mechanical brakes and levers are pretty entry-level, there’s no quick release on the front wheel, no options for adding a front rack, the kickstand is positioned well but not adjustable and the bike leans pretty far to the left, and the seat clamp is just lame… but how often do you need to adjust the seat angle? I believe that these are all cost savings decisions.
  • I wish the locking core for the battery was somewhere more convenient than below the main tube, it requires you to bend down and insert upwards in a direction that you can’t really look at unless you get down on your knees. Turning the key wasn’t particularly easy or smooth for me… these issues are all compounded by the requirement that you insert the keys and turn the bike to “ON” each time you want to ride! Perhaps you could lay the bike on its side, just be careful with the disc brake rotors and derailleur. The guys said that they required the on/off key step for safety, so the bike can’t be tampered with. They said that it completely shuts down the battery so it won’t slowly drain and get damaged… but for me, even having to leave the keys in while riding (possibly dangling down with a keychain on them) is annoying and uncommon. The charging port is also very low on the frame (near the left crank arm), and somewhat vulnerable to snags if the pedals are bumped while it’s plugged in.
  • There are no USB charging ports on the display or battery pack here, that’s something you get with most competing bikes that are just a bit more expensive, but that can also slowly drain the battery, add electronic complexity, and not everyone needs it, so I see why they left it off. You could spend the $100+ that you save on this affordable ebike on a phone battery backup charger case or something similar ;)
  • The display is large and easy to read but not removable, so it could take extra weather wear and possibly get scratched at a bike rack, if the bike gets crashed, or if you’re folding it.
  • The motor controller is square wave vs sine wave, so the bike produces more noise and isn’t as smooth as some of the more expensive products I’ve seen. You can see and hear this in the video review of the original version, during the ride test.
  • This is more of a preference thing, but the pedal assist engaged slower than I’m used to and the lowest level was a bit stronger and more abrupt than competing products… but the bike does offer good power, which is very satisfying.
  • I’m not a huge fan of the big thumb shifter design for the gears on this and other cheaper bikes because it seems like I have to stretch my right hand to reach it and the gears don’t shift as quickly or crisply, but this shifter is often chosen to make room for twist throttles (as we see here), and the larger shifter levers can actually be easier to interact with when wearing gloves.
  • The 160mm mechanical disc brakes worked okay during my ride test, especially with the smaller 20″ wheels, but I definitely prefer hydraulic because the levers are easier to pull and can be reach-adjusted for small and large hands, expect the right lever (for the rear brake) to be harder to pull, for there to be some cable stretch over time, and for both levers to become more gunked up over time as dust and water get into the cable housings.
  • Minor gripe here, there doesn’t appear to be any bottle cage mounting points on the frame. You might have to use a trunk bag with a bottle holster, or maybe wear a hydration pack or something. I can see why they skipped bosses because the frame is compact, has a battery mounted inside, and the folding action could bump or bend a bottle cage accessory.
  • There is no folding retention mechanism (like magnets or a rubber strap), so consider buying so plastic bungee cords and putting a towel between the two portions of frame to keep the bike from rattling around and scratching itself up.

Useful Resources:

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Comments (8) YouTube Comments

Jeff
7 months ago

Bought this ebike for my daughter, who loves it. All was fine until the bike just stopped working and started showing a E 009 error code where the odometer is. With that, I have contacted the company and they have been more than responsive. They sent me a couple of videos to watch that were easy to view and also had very clear direction. Since the check lists in the videos did not work, they decided to send me a new control module. We will see how that works. So, I can tell you this, my daughter loves the bike, the customer service is stellar, the service department is VERY responsive, and I’m hopeful this solves the riddle. They seem more than willing to help. More to come.

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Court
7 months ago

Hi Jeff! That’s so great to hear, thanks for taking a moment to share the experience you had. I’m sure these guys are working hard to provide great customer support, and it’s wonderful to hear that your daughter loves the bike! Hope the new display works perfectly so she can get back out there ;)

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Joseph Waring
5 months ago

Hi can we get your EBIKES in the UK yet?

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Court
5 months ago

Good question, Joseph! I cannot speak directly for Lectric eBikes (the company that makes these), but perhaps you could ask them directly by visiting their official website here.

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Richard Stuart
5 months ago

Well, I have had my XP for about two months now. I am in MD. and it is now Mid March. So some rides are at “freezing” and some moderate low temps, but FUN. First, absolutely LOVE this bike! Everything about the bike is really well done! AND Everything about the Manufacture and Support team is top notch. Not only do they seem to really KNOW the bike – They understand Customer Support! I am reminded of a Car Dealership Sales Manager; Well we lose money on every sale and make it up in volume! I will be happy to explain in an Email.

Quality: You can NOT find better actual product quality for even 3 times the price, believe me, my son paid 3 times as much as this XP, Yes, his has more Power, etc. but NOT better quality.

1. Performance: Be Advised: The Main Elements, Brakes, Electric Motor & Battery.

A. Brakes – Mechanical Disc Brakes, or Hydraulic Disk Brakes and Size of the Disc! The Lectric XP’s have Mechanical Disc Brakes, Some would argue that Hydraulic is better! and I would agree that Hydraulic, (with both Pads Floating) should provide a smoother overall braking experience, at a significant cost increase. The XP has Mech Disc Brakes, but comes with oversized Disk, STANDARD! NOW, I live in a very hilly neighborhood in Maryland. Basically, all hill – either up or down, no significant flat street stretch. You are always going up or down hill, and quite significant, It is easy to hit 30 MPH without pedaling! – So that means quite a work out on the way back, for ME and the Battery! NOTE: I am very uncomfortable doing those speeds and so most all the time I am doing heavy braking! (Suffice it to say I am 84, but sometimes you just have to try it!) To sum up, on the brakes, the oversized Mech Disc Brakes are more then adequate!. I can go from 30 to a stop in about two car lengths with ease! In one car length with a good squeeze!

B. Performance, Motor Size and Battery Considerations:
a. Motor Size: The XP has a 500 Watt Motor capable of Peak Levels to 800 Watts Lets add a little additional perspective to this! 1 Horse Power is equivalent to 746 Watts! So, The XP Motor is equivalent to 2/3rds Horsepower – continuous! and demands of over a HP on peak load situations! AT ITS! Price Point there is no match on the market! For Husband & Wife camping fun, for your kid, for good fun exercise etc. etc. You just can’t beat it, quality, performance for the money.
b. Battery: The battery is Lithium Ion Chemistry, as are ALL Ebikes! — ALL Ebikes. – The batteries are built up from 18650 Lithium Ion Cells. That is the cells are 18 mm Diameter, by 65 mm long. A little larger than a AA cell but smaller then a C Cell. They have been used for years in Laptop for example; The Cell are attached in Series to achieve the needed voltage and in parallel to achieve the need MaH charge capacity. The very early quality producers where Panasonic and Sanyo out of Japan, They were followed by Samsung and LG from South Korea, All four of these, from my experience produce QUALITY Lithium Ion Cells AND – extremely important – AND are honest about the ratings and the labeling of such info. on the battery dells THEY manufacture. There are a number of this type Cells now manufactured in CHINA. HOWEVER, They are all very inferior and the manufactures ALL, YES ALL, that I have found totally LIE about the ratings. They insult America with advertising of Cells supposedly rated at 5500 MaH for example, and, of course when tested you find they are only 800 to 1000 MaH. The best that can be done in an 18650 Cell is about 3500 MaH! WHAT Insults for CHINA, CHINA Lies. Some are even advertised, – on the battery label as 9900 MaH! WHAT CHINA LIES! CHINA LIES! I am an Engineer, I have the equipment to properly make these measurement! Be careful – AMAZON, Ebay, etc. are a party to supporting these Lies.

So if you are in the Southern US, where the Temp is usually above 50 F. The battery in the Lectric XP is great! but you will be disappointed on steep hills when the temp is in the 30s to Mid 40s Fahrenheit

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Court
5 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to share your perspectives on this bike, Richard! I hope you enjoy it for many more months to come :)

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Elliott
4 months ago

Will this bike work for someone who is 5’10”?

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Court
4 months ago

Hi Elliott! I would say, yes. I’m 5’9″ and tested the mid-step version of the bike (shown in the video). It worked great and I felt comfortable. The handlebar and seat height are both adjustable, so you can maximize leg extension and not have to bend down too far. The only difference with the step-thru is a more approachable frame so you don’t have to lift your leg as high up to get on :)

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