The Lectric XP 2.0 folding ebike is an absolute bargain

While I personally tend to gravitate toward lighter ebikes with stealthy motor systems, these tend to have weaker motors and drive up the price. Sometimes you just want a powerful electric bike that won’t break the bank — but that also doesn’t make huge sacrifices on quality. For that, the Lectric XP 2.0 has you covered.

Lectric has taken the American ebike market by storm since its launch in 2019. The company only really sells one ebike, the folding Lectric XP, but it comes in standard and step-through frames for those who’d prefer a lower standover height (I tested the latter). Now in its 2.0 iteration — which adds a suspension fork and slightly narrower tires — the ebike delivers a seriously compelling combination of power and features at a price of $949 (on sale from an MSRP of $1,099), with shipping included.

Some basic specs and key features first:

  • 500W (850W peak) geared rear hub motor
  • 460 Wh removable integrated battery with a claimed range of 45+ miles with pedal assist
  • 5 levels of pedal assist and twist throttle
  • Tektro 160mm mechanical disc brakes
  • 20″ x 3″ puncture-resistant, knobby CST fat tires
  • 7-gear Shimano tourney drivetrain
  • Class 3 designation allows a max pedaling speed of 28mph and a max throttle of 20mph (speed limit can be adjusted to fit local regulations)
  • 12-magnet cadence sensor
  • Integrated headlight and tail light
  • Large handlebar display
  • Adjustable hydraulic oil suspension fork
  • 330 lbs payload capacity
  • Beefy 75lb-rated rear rack included
  • 64 lbs overall weight
  • Folded dimensions: 37 x 18 x 28 inches
  • Arrives fully assembled
  • 1-year warranty
  • Available in white or black
  • Ships only to the contiguous 48 US states and Canada (the latter is an extra $200)
  • Optional accessories include a brighter headlight ($50), a suspension seatpost ($89), front racks and baskets, and more

The first thing that struck me about the Lectric XP upon unboxing — it arrives fully assembled — is just how nicely put together it feels.  The build quality feels a notch above its price point, and the cables are also neatly managed while still being accessible for repairs.

Though I could do without the conspicuous branding, the paint job has a really nice glossy finish that feels much classier than many cheap ebikes. Notably, Lectric even paints the suspension fork to match the rest of the bike; most other ebikes this price don’t even bother.

While I sometimes worry about how some cheaper bikes will hold up over time, the Lectric XP 2.0 gives the impression of a bike that isn’t meant for the junkyard in two years. The proof is in the pudding, of course — the company has only been around a few years, after all — but it’s a positive first impression.

It should go without saying by now that this isn’t the type of ebike you get if you want something that mostly rides like a regular bike with a bit of assist. While it can be pedaled comfortably, you’ll want to have the motor engaged for anything other than leisurely strolls through flat terrain — and I expect many will use this bike more like a moped.

It’s a good thing, then, that this motor has plenty of power. The beefy 500W motor could readily power my heavy self up hills, even when just using the throttle. Of course, you’ll get the most benefit when you put in some work of your own, but you don’t need to.

Lectric XP 2.0 Step-Thru ebike motor

The bike only offers a basic cadence sensor (as opposed to a torque sensor), so the pedaling experience isn’t anything to write home about. This isn’t a knock against Lectric, mind you — I’ve never tested an ebike below $1,000 that does have a torque sensor, and they usually don’t show up until you cross the $2,000 threshold.

But in any case, the Lectric is clearly tuned to be on the zippier side of the spectrum, with the assist kicking in rather rapidly, as opposed to the more gradual assist of some cadence-based ebikes. It takes about half to a full pedal rotation before you really feel the motor kick in, which would be an issue at a red light or at the bottom of a hill if not for the throttle.

As with many throttle-enabled ebikes, I found that instead of changing gears when I came to a stop, I’d simply accelerate using the throttle, before returning to pedaling once I hit a comfortable speed. It’s a much welcome option even if, like me, you do prefer to pedal, as I’m able to easily get the jump on cars from a red light, helping me feel safer on the roads.

The XP 2.0 also offers a much cushier ride than most 20-inch wheels — or many bikes in general — thanks to the beefy tires and a decent adjustable suspension fork. The fact that my review unit included a suspension seatpost makes riding the Lectric XP absurdly cozy.

Lectric XP 2.0 Step-Thru ebike latch and key