The team at Phoenix, Arizona-based Lectric eBikes has just launched their latest and most affordable electric bike yet: the Lectric XP LITE. At just $ 799, it holds much of what riders already loved about the brand’s flagship Lectric XP 2.0 folding e-bike, yet still shaves off some serious dollars and pounds.
Lectric XP 2.0 has been used for years as the leading affordable electric bike in the United States. 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 XP 2.0, Lectric eBike co-founder Levi Conlow told me he was confident it would soon face competition from the other US-based major e-bike companies. “I was sure Rad and the other big guys would immediately come out with a bike that was low enough to compete with us. So I pretty quickly worked up this design into an even more affordable e-bike to top them off. . ”
But as the years went by and no low-cost challenger arose, Levi finally decided that they should not just sit on the design anymore. If no one else wanted to compete with Lectric to push prices even lower, they would just do it themselves. And with that, the Lectric XP LITE was born, costing only $ 799.
Levi and his co-founder / childhood friend Robby Deziel recently invited me out to Phoenix to see the Lectric XP LITE e-bike in person and put a few miles on one of the first devices out of line. After just one afternoon with the bike, I can already tell you that this is the # 1 electric bike I would recommend to anyone shopping on a tight budget. If I have learned one thing about cheap e-bikes, it is that there is a lot of junk in the 500- $ 800 e-bike category. But XP LITE is finally a ray of light – a quality offer at a super low price. It may not have the same high performance as XP 2.0, but the LITE version still offers much more than any other e-bike in its price range.
Take a look at my test ride video below to see as I get my first ride ever on this new budget e-bike.
Lectric XP LITE first tour video
Lectric XP LITE fast specifications
- Engine: 300 W (720 W peak) geared nav
- Top speed: 32 km / h (20 mph)
- Range: Up to 72 km (45 mi)
- Battery: 48V 7.8 Ah (375 Wh)
- Weight: 20.8 kg (46 lb)
- Max load: 124 kg (275 lb)
- Brakes: Mechanical disc brake calipers
- Price: $ 799!
Keep the best, get rid of the rest.
Lectric XP LITE retains much of what makes XP 2.0 so popular that it then charges something extra to cut down on extra cost and weight.
For example, it’s still a Class 2 e-bike with a top speed of 20 mph and a swivel throttle to get there without stepping on the pedals (though of course you can ignore or remove the throttle and use the pedal assistant to ride it like a Class 1 e-bike). The rated 300 W motor actually emits 720 W peak power, so it has a decent pep, even though it is not a powerhouse. I drove a little uphill on grassy hills and it was up to the task. I’m not sure how it would do in San Francisco, but moderate hills were not a problem.
It also has a minimalist folding frame that keeps the bike at just 46 lb (20.8 kg). It is not easy by folding bike standards, but it is certainly easy to fold electric bike standards!
Then you have your backlit LCD screen with giant visible readout, 160mm disc brakes, integrated lights, IP65 water-repellent construction, etc. It’s all backed by a US-based company with local shipping and a team of young Arizona staffing customer support phone lines and e-mail mail / chat boxes. You just can not get that with pretty much any other ultra-budget electric bike these days.
Now, there are some compromises here, to be fair.
For example, this is a single-speed e-bike, so there is no multi-speed transmission to ride through the gears. But with the 720W top-rated motor, you probably won’t need to shift down when climbing up hills.
And there is no suspension, which brings us back to the Lectric XP 1.0 days, where a rigid fork kept the weight down and the life up.
The tires are also narrower with 2.6 inches wide. So this is a more urban-oriented electric bike, although that did not stop me from riding some terrain in parks (see my video above). The lack of suspension means that rough grass areas will give you a bit of a shock, but the bike is still powerful enough and sturdy enough to handle it as long as your body is just as capable.
The last compromise is XP LITE’s smaller battery. It is small in terms of capacity, but it is still a relatively high voltage system of 48V, making this probably the most affordable 48V e-bike on the market. Still, the Ah rating is only 7.8, for a total of 375 Wh. It is not a huge battery by any imagination. They claim a maximum range of 45 miles (72 km), but that is with a serious pedal effort on your part. For driving with throttle, 15-25 miles is a more realistic figure in the real world.
So the bike is not perfect. It lacks the 28 mph speed from XP 2.0 and the larger battery, suspension and 7-speed shifter. But it’s smaller, 20 pounds lighter, easier to move around, more agile and of course even more affordable. And it comes in four color options, which is a fun little bonus compared to the black and white options for XP 2.0.
Plus, the Lectric XP LITE can even take advantage of much of the same ecosystem of accessories like racks and baskets, upgraded headlights, comfort packs, slim-fit tires for auto-sealing tires, and more.
Including screens and stand would have been a nice touch, but I have a hard time complaining about 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 hold out on light.
Just because this is a pretty great price does not mean that this e-bike is for everyone. The narrower tires and lack of suspension mean it will not be as adventure-friendly as the wider tire and front-suspension XP 2.0. And the smaller battery will not let the rides last quite as long as other e-bikes with larger batteries, though the medium power level will help the battery last longer than a higher power engine would have allowed.
So if you are power hungry or want the most comfortable ride out there, this is probably not the bike for you. But as long as “normal” bike tires (ie not ridiculously fat tires) are acceptable and you can handle 20 mph speeds and modest power, XP LITE offers a really fun ride. The bike feels like you should have paid a lot more for it, that’s for sure.
I look forward to having more time on the bike for a complete review. But after just one afternoon riding, I’m pretty crazy about XP LITE. And I have a feeling you’ll love it too. At this price, there is just no point in going with some off-brand anymore.
FTC: We use revenue-earning auto affiliate links. More.
Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.