The Electric XP LITE was introduced for a $ 799 electric bike for a very affordable ride.

The Phoenix, Arizona based Lectric eBikes team has introduced a new and more affordable electric bike: the Electric XP Lite. At just $ 799, it packs much of what riders already like about the brand’s flagship Lectric XP 2.0 folding e – bike, but also cuts down on some serious dollars and foundations.

The Electric XP 2.0 has been the leading affordable electric bike in the United States for many years. Riders have long praised the balance of performance and comfort at a very reasonable $ 999 price.

Levi Conlow, co-founder of Lectric eBike, told me after the introduction of the original XP and subsequent XP 2.0, that he was confident that it would soon face competition from other large US-based e-bike companies. “I was convinced that Rod and other great men were going to come out immediately with a bike that was cheap enough to compete with us, so I quickly developed this design for an even more affordable e-bike.

But as the years went by, low-cost challengers did not arise, and Levy finally decided that they should not sit on the design. If no one else is competing with Electric to cut prices further, they will do it themselves. So, the Electric 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 walk a few miles on the first unit outside the line. One afternoon with the bike, I can already tell you that this is the # 1 electric bike. If I’ve learned anything about low-cost e-bikes, there is a lot of junk in the $ 500- $ 800 e-bike category. But XP LITE is finally a beacon – a quality offering at a very affordable price. It may not have the same high performance as the XP 2.0, but the LITE version offers more than any other e-bike in its price range.

To see what I was riding for the first time on this new budget e-bike, check out my test ride video below.

The first ride video of the Electric XP Lite

Electric XP Lite Quick Specifications

  • Motor: 300 W (720 W Peak) Gear Hub
  • Top speed: 32 km / h (20 mph)
  • Inventory: Up to 72 km (45 miles)
  • Battery: 48V 7.8 Ah (375 Wh)
  • Weight: 20.8 kg (46 lbs)
  • Maximum load: 124 kg (275 lbs)
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc brake calipers
  • Price: $ 799!

Keep the best and remove the rest.

The Lectric XP LITE is much loved by XP 2.0 and reduces anything extra to reduce cost and weight.

For example, it’s still a Class 2 e-bike with 20 mph and twist throttle. Electric bike). The nominal 300W motor actually emits 720W peak power, so even though it is not a powerhouse, it has got good pep. I rode up some of the grass mounds and it was perfect for work. I do not know what it will be like in San Francisco, but the temperate mountains are not a problem.

There is also a minimum folding frame that holds the bike at just 46 lb (20.8 kg). It’s not lightweight by folding-bike standards, but it is definitely lighter by folding Electric Bike Standards!

Then you’ve got your backlit LCD display, giant visible readout, 160mm disc brakes, integrated lighting, IP65 water resistant built in and more. All of these are supported by the US Shipping and Young Arizona Group. Customer support phone links and email / chat boxes. You can not get it on any other ultra-budget electric bike these days.

Now here are some compromises, to be fair.

For example, it is a single-speed electric-bike, so there is no multi-speed transmission to run through gears. But with that 720W peak-rated motor, you don’t have to go downhill when climbing mountains.

There is no pause, which brings us back to the Electric XP 1.0 days, when a hard fork had reduced weight and had a longer lifespan.

The tires are also narrower at 2.6 inches wide. So, this is a very urban electric bike, however it did not stop me from doing some off-road riding in the parks (see my video above). Due to the lack of suspension, the bushy areas will shock you a bit, but the bike is still powerful and rugged enough to handle as long as your body is equally capable.

The last compromise is the small battery of the XP LITE. It is small in terms of capacity, but it is still a relatively high voltage system at 48V, making it the most affordable 48V e-bike on the market. Even so, the Ah rating is just 7.8, for a total of 375 Wh. This is not a huge battery for any length of imagination. They say the maximum limit is 45 miles (72 km), but it is a serious pedaling effort on your part. For riding on the throttle only, 15-25 miles is a very realistic real world figure.

Electric XP Lite

So, the bike is not perfect. It has 28 mph of XP 2.0 and does not have a large battery, suspension and 7-speed shifter. But it’s smaller, 20 pounds lighter, easier to get around, faster, and definitely more affordable. Also it comes in four color options which is a fun little bonus than the black and white options for XP 2.0.

In addition, the Lectric XP LITE can be used in many environments such as racks and baskets, upgraded lamps, comfort packaging, and pre-slim tires for self-sealing tires.

Fenders and rack included would have been a nice touch, but when the base price was just $ 799 it was hard to complain about missing parts. They gave us LED headlights and taillights, which is more than I would say for many e-bikes that turn off the lights these days.

Just because it is a very exciting price point now does not mean that this e-bike is suitable for everyone. Due to the narrow tires and lack of suspension, it is not suitable for adventure like the wide tire and XP 2.0 suspended on the front. Also, the smaller battery does not allow the ride 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 motor.

So, if you are hungry or want a more comfortable ride, this is not the bike for you. But as long as “normal” bike tires (i.e. not ridiculously fat tires) are acceptable and you can go up to 20 mph speed and moderate power, the XP LITE offers truly fun riding. The bike thinks you should have paid more, that’s for sure.

I expect to get more time on the bike for the full review. But after an afternoon ride, I was very surprised by the XP Lite. Also, I have a feeling you will like it too. At this price, there is no point in going with some off-brand anymore.

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