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THE LECTRIC XP LITE REVIEW

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THE LECTRIC XP LITE REVIEW

THE LECTRIC XP LITE REVIEW

Summary

The idea of a foldable electric bike might seem a bit gimmicky initially, but the deeper we dive into electric bikes, the more we love it. We tested the Lectric XP Lite and love how compact it is as well as how well it performs. The XP lite from Lectric is comfortable and easily adjusts to the rider’s needs, with the look and feel of a BMX-style bike. This e-bike is lightweight, performs well, and is super compact, giving it a huge advantage. The XP Lite folds in half and the handlebars break down to allow for easy storage and transportation.

Overall
5

Pros

  • Lightweight and foldable for easy storage and transportation
  • 48V powerful battery
  • Large, easily-readable LCD Display
  • Sturdy build quality
  • It can be folded within 30 seconds.
  • Super affordable with great features

Cons

  • It might feel a bit uncomfortable on hilly terrains
  • Only about 15-mile range at top speed
  • Still heavy to carry despite the compact storage and size

The idea of a foldable electric bike might seem a bit gimmicky initially, but the deeper we dive into electric bikes, the more we love it. We tested the Lectric XP Lite and love how compact it is as well as how well it performs. The XP lite from Lectric is comfortable and easily adjusts to the rider’s needs, with the look and feel of a BMX-style bike. This e-bike is lightweight, performs well, and is super compact, giving it a huge advantage. The XP Lite folds in half and the handlebars break down to allow for easy storage and transportation.

Weighing in at about 46 lbs and at a cost range lower than most of the electric bikes in the same range and features, Lectric counts it under ‘one of the most accessible e-bike models’ to date.

Detailed Overview

The Lectric XP lite is designed very thoughtfully. The bike folds from two areas, the middle of its frame and one at the bottom of the handlebar pole. Transparent rubber discs are attached to the bike’s frame in selected areas where potential impact might occur due to folding.

The Lectric XP lite has one gear and performs naturally compared to other e-bikes. The electric pedal assist and throttle give a regular bike experience, making it easier to get acclimated.

The XP Lite has a 300-watt rear hub motor and a 720-watt peak. The bike can attain a top speed of up to 20 miles per hour on the throttle. However, constant use and steep slopes might keep it from hitting that level. The bike can retain more power with continuous pedalling.

The throttle is discreet and nicely blends with the handgrip. It is very convenient to activate it by rotating it downward. It can be a bit tricky the first time, but it’s not a problem once you get used to it.

The bike is built with a 300W rear hub motor and 48V, 7.8Ah (374.4Wh) battery that’s cleanly mounted inside the bike body.

The powerful 48V battery of the XP Lite is removable and swappable, but a spare battery might be a bit expensive. The battery can also be placed at the bike’s joints to utilize the openings created by the folds.

The entire frame folds down the middle, making it easy to pack the frame and carry it.

One front light is included with the bike and can be toggled from the pedal assist controls.

The large LCD screen on the bike is also an applaudable feature with stylish looks and a comfortable reading size. The screen, however, isn’t touch-capable, and you can’t connect any mobile apps with it.

The tires are 20” X 2.4” and weigh less than the original XP model. Mechanical disk brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear are used to stop the bike smoothly.

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Specifications

Motor 300W (720W+ peak) rear hub with five pedal-assist levels
Battery 48v 7.8ah lithium-ion
Range 40-mile range, 15 miles with the throttle
Charge Time 4 to 6 hours
Top Speed 20mph
Weight Capacity 275 lbs (payload)
Bike Weight 46 lbs
Brakes 160mm mechanical disc brakes
Tires Chaoyang or CST 2.4” x 20” tires
Accessories Heads-up LCD display, integrated front and rear lights, external charging port, removable battery, kickstand

What is new to the Lectric XP Lite?

  • It weighs just 46 lbs, about 20 pounds less than the original XP model from Lectric.
  • The battery is about 20 percent smaller.
  • The motor size has been reduced from 500W to 300W.
  • It has a sleeker and skinnier look than the original XP model.
  • It is a single-speed bike with no gear change options.
  • The XP Lite is the first bike from Lectric that does not use fat tires.
  • The XP Lite uses slimmer 2.4” tires.

What we love about the Lectric XP Lite?

  • It is conveniently affordable given its lightweight frame and commendable features.
  • It can be folded beautifully for easy transportation and storage.
  • It is one of the lightest folding e-bikes on the market.
  • The Lectric XP Lite measures just 35” x 18” x 27.5” when folded, making it one of the smallest folding e-bikes.
  • The 48V battery is very powerful and can work wonders for the single-gear bike.
  • IP-65-rated electrical components ensure water and dust resistance.

XP Lite Field Test

The field test of the XP Lite not only exceeded our expectations but also a blast. However, because of its smaller and lightweight design, it has a payload capacity of 275 lbs making it most suitable for smaller riders.

The XP Lite’s slimmer tires affect the bike’s off-road capability a bit. The seat isn’t very comfortable to sit on because of the tires’ build. But, on the other hand, it increases the bike’s handling and cornering speed. The best point of the XP Lite during its field test turned out to be its single-speed drivetrain. Even though you aren’t able to shift gears, which can be difficult on rough terrains, the powerful 48V motor can easily make the bike crest those hills in style. The pedal assists and twist throttle work together to prevent you from getting stuck on hilly terrains.

The Lectric XP Lite does not have a front suspension like most folding e-bikes, which might result in a slightly rougher ride. However, we confirmed that this will only affect the rider’s comfort on bumpy pavements or off-road trails. Nevertheless, the ride felt smooth and fun on regular roads and sidewalks.

The XP Lite can motor up to 20mph using either throttle or pedal assist. It has five different pedal assist levels, providing a range of 15-40 miles. The XP Lite can attain a top speed of 20mph.

Assistant level 1 provides the most extended range at a speed of 6-7mph, whereas assistant level 5 can carry you up to 15 miles at 17-20 mph.

This bike performs amazingly with the throttle as well. Using only throttle, you can get an impressive 15 miles at 20mph, which is more than enough power and range for your daily commute.

The XP Lite provides a great range in the first two levels of pedal-assistance, with Lectric listing an extended 40 miles distance at level 1. Level 3 can be called the sweet spot, with a range of 22 miles.

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Pedal-Assist

PEDAL-ASSIST STAGE SPEED RANGE
1 6-7 mph 40 miles
2 8-11 mph 31 miles
3 11-15 mph 22 miles
4 15-20 mph 18 miles
5 17-20 mph 15 miles

Throttle Only

SPEED RANGE
20 mph 15 miles

The electric range of the XP Lite will solely depend on the bike’s purpose. At full speed, you can expect no further than about 7 miles, one way. However, you could double that if you plan on carrying a charger or an extra battery.

Overall, we think the XP Lite does an excellent job of balancing its features with the price. The XP Lite is safe, fun, effective, and very affordable. For beginners in the e-bike community or those looking for an affordable yet value-driven electric commuter, the Lectric XP Lite has it all.

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