Lectric XP LITE launched as $799 e-bike for ultra-affordable riding

The team at Lectric eBikes, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has just released their newest and most affordable e-bike yet: the Lectric XP LITE. At just $799, it packs in much of what riders already loved about the brand’s flagship Lectric XP 2.0 folding e-bike, while saving money and weight.

The Lectric XP 2.0 spent years as America’s first affordable e-bike. 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 he was confident it would soon face competition from other major bike companies. electricians based in the United States. “I was sure Rad and the other big guys were going to immediately come out with a bike that was priced low enough to compete with us. So I pretty quickly came up with this design for an even more affordable e-bike to surpass them.

But as the years passed and no low-cost challengers presented themselves, Levi finally decided that it was no longer just about sitting on the design. If no one else was competing with Lectric to bring prices even lower, they would just do it themselves. And so the Lectric XP LITE was born, 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 ride a few miles on one of the first units offline. After just one afternoon with the bike, I can already tell you that this is the #1 electric bike I will recommend to anyone shopping on a tight budget. If I’ve learned one thing about low-cost e-bikes, it’s that there’s a lot of junk in the $500-$800 e-bike category. But the XP LITE is finally a ray of light – a quality offering at a very low price. It may not have the same high performance as the XP 2.0, but the LITE version still offers so much more than any other e-bike in its price range.

Check out my test video below to watch how I do my very first ride on this new budget e-bike.

Lectric XP LITE first driving video

Lectric XP LITE Quick Specs

  • Engine: 300W gear hub (720W peak)
  • Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph)
  • Vary: Up to 72 km (45 mi)
  • Battery: 48V 7.8Ah (375Wh)
  • Mass: 20.8 kg (46 lbs)
  • Maximum charge : 124 kg (275 lbs)
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc brake calipers
  • Price: $799!

Keep the best, get rid of the rest.

The Lectric XP LITE retains much of what makes the XP 2.0 so popular, then adds everything extra to cut the extra cost and weight.

For example, it’s still a Class 2 e-bike with a top speed of 20mph and a twist throttle to get you there without pedaling (although you can of course ignore or remove the throttle and use the throttle). pedaling assistance to drive it as a class 1 electric bike). The nominally 300W motor actually puts out 720W of peak power, so it has good dynamism, despite not being a powerhouse. Did some climbing on grassy hills and it was up to the task. Not sure how it would be in San Francisco, but moderate hills were no problem.

It also features a minimalist folding frame that keeps the bike at just 46 lbs (20.8 kg). It’s not light by folding bike standards, but it sure is light when folding electric bike standards!

Then you have your backlit LCD display with giant visible readout, 160mm disc brakes, integrated lights, IP65 water resistant construction, and more. All of this is backed by a US-based company with local expedition and a team of young Arizonans. customer support phone lines and email/chat boxes. You just can’t get that with just about any other ultra-low budget e-bike these days.

Now, there are tradeoffs here, to be fair.

For example, this is a single-speed e-bike, so there’s no multi-speed drivetrain to shift gears. But with that cutting-edge 720W motor, you probably won’t need to downshift when going up hills.

And there’s no suspension, which harkens back to the days of the Lectric XP 1.0 where a rigid fork kept down weight and longevity.

The tires are also narrower at 2.6 inches wide. So it’s a more urban e-bike, although that didn’t stop me from off-roading in parks (see my video above). The lack of suspension means rutted grassy areas will give you a bit of a bump, but the bike is still powerful and sturdy enough to handle it, as long as your body is capable as well.

The final compromise is the XP LITE’s smaller battery. It’s small in capacity, but it’s still a relatively high-voltage system at 48V, making it probably the most affordable 48V e-bike on the market. Even so, the Ah rating is only 7.8, for a total of 375 Wh. It’s not a huge battery by any stretch of the imagination. They claim a maximum range of 45 miles (72 km), but that’s with some serious pedaling effort on your part. For throttle only driving, 15-25 miles is a more realistic real number.

electric xp lite

So the bike is not perfect. It lacks the XP 2.0’s 28mph top speed and larger 7-speed battery, suspension and shifter. But it’s smaller, 20 pounds lighter, easier to move, more nimble and of course even more affordable. And it comes in four color options, which is a fun little bonus over the XP 2.0’s black and white options.

Plus, the Lectric XP LITE can even take advantage of much of the same ecosystem of accessories like racks and baskets, upgraded lights, comfort pack, pre-filed tires for self-sealing tires, and more.

Including the fenders and rack would have been a nice touch, but I have a hard time complaining about the missing accessories when the base price is only $799. They gave us an LED headlight and taillight, which is more than I can say for so many e-bikes these days that resist lights.

Now, just because it’s a pretty impressive price doesn’t mean this e-bike is for everyone. The narrower tires and lack of suspension mean it won’t be as adventurous as the wider tire and front-suspension XP 2.0. And, the smaller battery won’t let rides last as long as other e-bikes with larger batteries, although the medium power level will help the battery last longer than a more powerful motor would. permit.

So if you’re power-hungry or want the most comfortable ride around, this probably isn’t the bike for you. But as long as “regular” bike tires (i.e. not ridiculously fat tires) are acceptable and you can get by with speeds of 20 mph and modest power, the XP LITE offers a really good ride. fun. The bike feels like you should have paid a lot more, that’s for sure.

Can’t wait to have more time on the bike for a full review. But after just an afternoon of riding, I’m damn smitten with the XP LITE. And I have a feeling you’ll love it too. At this price, there is no longer any point in going with off-brand products.

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