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Lectric XP 3.0 Review

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Lectric XP Lite 3
By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Images from manufacturer's website

55 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

4 hrs

CHARGE TIME

64 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Lectric XP 3.0 Review: Takeaway

A good-quality, compact-folding electric bike, the Lectric XP 3.0 is ideal for small-space living, RVing, and camping. It’s small but fat wheels will handle a lot of abuse — perhaps a foray into the hills from your campsite. If you do live in a small space, it will open up your horizons with a great range.

All of this comes at the expense of weight, with the e-bike weighing in at around 64 lbs for the standard range version.

Ideal for...

Apartment living
RVing
Camping
Boating
Commuting
Utility runs
Multimodal commuting

E-Bike Overview

The XP 3.0 has become Lectric’s best-selling folding bike for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, its price point — at $999 for the standard range e-bike — it’s very affordable. Folding down small, it weighs in at an acceptable 64 lbs. That doesn’t compete with Brompton’s folding bikes that weigh under 40 lbs, but for the price, it’s quite reasonable.

The payload capacity, which can be split between the front basket, rear rack, and the rider, is 330 lbs. The rear rack can take up to 150 lbs, and should you add the passenger seat option, could allow you to carry your child with you on your trip.

The XP 3.0 electric bike has a punchy 500W motor that can be configured for Class 1, 2, or 3 riding depending on what you want and your state’s e-bike regulations. Its battery (a standard-range 499 Wh or long-range 672 Wh) offers more than enough range for most riding.

Finally, this comes as a step-through or classic version depending on your mobility needs.

Reasons to Buy

The Lectric XP 3.0 is ideal if you want an e-bike but lack the space to store it in your home, as it folds down small and can be stored in a closet. Out on the road, it can give you all the range you’re likely to need for an inner-city run. The motor is small but mighty and can get you up to 20 mph.

The customization options here are also a selling point. You can add on a passenger package that comes with a seat, handlebar, and footpegs for a second rider. Or, you can add on a comfort bundle that includes a bigger seat and suspension seat post. There’s even a cargo package upgrade. All of these are relatively affordable.

Things to Consider

The weight of this e-bike is a little on the high side at 64 lbs. Even though it folds up, you still might have a lot of trouble carrying it upstairs or on your commute. However, at the low price of just $999 for the standard range version, this isn’t too great a cross to bear.

Specs & Components

Motor
500W brushless, rear hub
Battery
499Wh (standard) or 672Wh (long range)
Drivetrain
7-speed, 11-28 tooth rear cassette
Brakes
Mechanical disc brakes
Accessories
Rear rack, fenders, lights as standard
Options
Front rack, mirrors, child seat

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
4/5
4

Given the limitations of the three-class e-bike system in the U.S., the 500W motor gives an ample kick for its size and weight. It will get you up to 20 mph quickly and will flatten out most hills, whether you ride on pedal assist or throttle. The small wheels will aid acceleration and not limit your top speed too much.

Range
4/5
4

Offering up to 45 miles per charge on the standard range version and 65 miles on the bigger battery version, the Lectric XP 3.0 offers a perfectly acceptable range for most people.

Limiting factors on range will include hills, weather, and the full payload weight. A heavier rider on a hilly route will have to charge more often than a lighter rider on a flatter route.

Comfort
4.5/5
4.5

At the end of the day, this is a folding e-bike, so you won’t have the comfort of riding a full-sized e-bike. It has small, 20” wheels that are compensated in size with their 3” width.

You’ll be sat in an upright, city bike position, and with its 50mm travel front suspension fork, the bike will absorb many of the bumps in the road. A custom-designed saddle and ergonomic grips add a little more comfort as well.

Durability
4.5/5
4.5

Keep the XP 3.0 well maintained by oiling the chain every week or so, and it will do many miles with minimal fuss. Lectric offers a one-year warranty on its frames and components, subject to fair wear and tear.

Style
4.5/5
4.5

This e-bike’s muted color schemes are great. Its small wheels and dinky looks give it a cuteness that belies its ability to get you around the city or from the campsite easily and comfortably. Whether you go with black or white, the pop of sky blue on the frame helps this bike stand out in a crowd.

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robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.

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