I rode the authentic Lectric XP electric bike for six months throughout the pandemic in 2020. It was a salve, a method to really feel the breeze on my face throughout quarantine and go farther than traditional with out hopping on public transportation. I’ve a little bit of a tender spot for it. Lectric’s purpose was to ship a foldable, highly effective fat-tire ebike for underneath $1,000, and that is nonetheless true with model 3.0 of the XP three years later.
I’ve seen extra Lectric ebikes right here in New York Metropolis than I can depend. I get it—the Lectric XP is likely one of the most affordable foldable ebikes, and it comes with a variety of extras. I would nonetheless by no means purchase it myself—I stay in a walk-up and do not wish to cope with such a heavy, cumbersome factor. That does not imply I do not recognize this chunky automobile. Within the third iteration, Lectric has made some small however good tweaks to the method, leading to a extra refined and practical fat-tire ebike that is nonetheless enjoyable to trip.
I examined the usual Lectric XP, however as traditional there is a Step-Thru model if you would like a better time clambering onto the seat. A lot of what I stated in my evaluation of the Lectric XP 1.0 is similar for the XP 3.0. This factor comes utterly assembled, so all you’ll want to do is take it out of the field and unfold it. It is nonetheless freakin’ heavy (in actual fact, it is 1 pound heavier at 64 kilos), however I discovered it simpler to unfold than the cheaper and lighter Lectric XP Lite—the hinge is quite a bit smoother.
It is nonetheless annoying to maneuver and carry. I want there was a method to affix the tires to one another when the Lectric is folded up, à la the Montague ME-1, which has tires that may be hooked collectively in order that the entire ebike can roll round like a trolley. The XP 3.0 is cumbersome, so carrying it’s a ache even with the metallic deal with close to the seat submit. There’s virtually all the time one thing jabbing my legs as I stroll down my steps.
Be sure you select the Elite Bundle if you purchase, because it comes with a bigger seat, suspension seat submit, bike lock, and Elite headlight. These are all actually helpful equipment. As a 6’4″ man, I a lot favor the enormous seat over the unique saddle; it is extra snug. That is my first time making an attempt a suspension seat submit, and think about me a convert. It makes these sudden bumps on the highway simpler on the butt. The headlight will get pretty shiny, although its place tends to maneuver round if the roads are tough, so you will have to readjust it now and again. I recognize the choice to put in storage for the included bike lock, although it was a bit tough with the slender house on the body. Not less than I need not convey a bag to hold the lock.
Three years on and I am nonetheless not a fan of the way you energy the ebike. Lectric makes you stick a key into the underside body of the downtube. Twist it to show the battery on to be able to press the facility button on the handlebar and produce the XP 3.0 to life. In the event you plan to park it outdoor typically, the important thing additionally unlocks the battery, permitting you to take it indoors for security and recharging. I simply hate consistently having to achieve the underside of the body. Do you assume James Bond could be hunting for the keyhole earlier than he hopped on a motorbike? So uncool.