Are you considering buying a folding e-bike to take on the road? Not long ago, you’d only see a few RV early adopters riding e-bikes. Times have changed. Most full-time or part-time RVers we know either have an e-bike or plan to buy one. Why is that?
E-bikes make riding really fun. Just ask anybody who has one. There’s no need to worry about tough hills or long distances. Just jump on and go.
My wife Melissa and I have been riding and testing the LECTRIC XP 2.0 e-bikes for a few months and we’d like to share our thoughts and riding experiences with you. Hopefully our feedback will help you decide if a LECTRIC e-bike is the right e-bike for you.
Our research and testing focused on answering these key questions:
- What is LECTRIC E-Bikes All About?
- Is the LECTRIC XP 2.0 easy to ride?
- How portable is the e-bike?
- Difference between step-through and standard LECTRIC XP 2.0 models?
- How much does the LECTRIC XP 2.0 cost?
Who are LECTRIC E-Bikes?
Phoenix, Arizona based LECTRIC E-Bikes started in 2018 are owned by cycling enthusiasts who want to get more people riding. Their father challenged them to “design an affordable e-bike that your mother and I can ride”. So they set out to design an easy-to-ride e-bike that gives you the most value for your buck.
Based on the popularity of the LECTRIC XP 2.0 folding e-bike, launched in 2021, they are succeeding. In the RV community alone, the standard and new step-through XP 2.0 models have become very popular. Most buyers have never owned an e-bike before, but see the value of the XP 2.0 as a perfect fit for their RV lifestyle.
LECTRIC has continued to expand their operation in the Phoenix area. We’ve met them and toured their facility. They are rapidly growing and have emerged as one of the fasted growing e-bike companies in the country.
So let’s take a closer look at the their best selling e-bike, the LECTRIC XP 2.0.
LECTRIC XP 2.0 Specifications
|Available Models||Standard or Step Through|
|Colors||Standard: Black, Step Through: Black or White|
|Motor||500 Watt Rear Hub Motor (850 Watt Peak Power)|
|Battery||10.8 Amp Hour Lithium Battery|
|Recharge Time||4 – 6 Hours from Full Discharge|
|Throttle||1/2 Twist Throttle on Right Handle|
|Pedal Assist Levels||5 (PA of 0 disables pedal assist)|
|Tires||20″ x 3″ All Terrain Fat Tire|
|Transmission||7 Gear Shimano|
|Brakes||Mechanical Disc Brakes|
|Extras||Front/Rear metal fenders, Luggage Rack, Front/Rear Lights|
|Weatherproof?||IP65 Rated control panel and connections|
|Weight Limit||330 Lbs|
|Available Accessories||Cargo Racks, Comfort Seat, Bike Lock, and more…|
|Price||$999 (check current price)|
Riding the LECTRIC XP 2.0 E-Bike
Is it easy to ride?
Yes. It just takes a couple minutes to get familiarized with the basic operation of the bike before taking off for your first ride. There’s no need to feel intimidated. You can ride the XP 2.0 like a regular bicycle if you want. Pedaling, shifting gears, and braking should be familiar if you’ve ridden a regular bike.
When you’re ready, take the next step and add some pedal assist and throttle.
Your First Ride
For your first ride, start by pressing the “+” button on the control until the Pedal Assist (PA) level says 1. Then start pedaling in a low gear to get a feel for the motor engaging. This may catch you off-guard at first, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
Gradually increase your speed and increase your pedal assist level to your liking. Stop the motor at any time by tapping the brake handle. The bike will slow down or stop. It’s that easy.
Mastering the Pedal Assist, Throttle and Brakes
What is pedal assist (PA)? The pedal assist tells the bike’s motor how much to help you move. The higher the pedal assist level, the more help you’ll get and the faster you’ll go. Start with a pedal assist level 1 and slowly increase it to 2 and 3 once you feel comfortable going faster. The digital display will show the current pedal assist level.
NOTE: A pedal assist level of 0 means there is no help given (assist). This will be like riding a regular bicycle with no motor.
Use your gears and pedal assist together. Increasing your pedal assist will cause your speed to increase while pedaling. When this happens, switching to a higher gear will help match your pedal speed to the speed of the bike.
The throttle (next to the right grip) engages the motor immediately regardless of what pedal assist mode you’re in. Simply put, the more you turn the throttle, the faster you’ll go.
Don’t want to pedal? Just stop pedaling and use the throttle only…like a moped. Keep in mind that your battery charge will drop faster in this mode.
TIP: When seated from a dead stop, give it a little throttle to get moving. Easily start pedaling once your moving. The pedal assist will kick in and off you go.
Finally, The motor will automatically disengage whenever the brakes are applied. So just tap or squeeze the brake handles if you want to slow down or stop.
How Capable is the XP 2.0 E-Bike?
How does the XP 2.0 perform on hills
You really start to see the benefit an e-bike when you get to a hill. No more cursing those hills. Once you start climbing, keep increasing the pedal assist modes until you reach a comfortable uphill climbing speed.
Riding uphill will be much more enjoyable when you let the e-bike do the work for you. It’s a great feeling cruising uphill without overexerting yourself.
Can You Ride Off-Road With the XP 2.0?
We’ve felt pretty confident and in control while riding on pavement, gravel, dirt, and most dirt roads.
The adjustable front suspension on the XP 2.0 definitely improves the riding experience under most of these conditions. This is especially true on bumpy dirt or packed gravel roads. Adjust the shocks to your liking by twisting the control knob on the top. Most of the time, I prefer the softest setting.
Riding this bike in soft sand or dirt is not recommended. I’ve tried it and didn’t get very far before walking the bike. It’s not a dune buggy after all. So keep this bike off the beach unless it has hard packed sand that you can drive on.
How fast will it go?
I’ve had no trouble getting the bike up to 20 miles per hour, which is what it’s been pre-programed for. The bike will actually go up to 27 miles per hour though by changing the max speed on the Advanced System Settings screen. I’ll show you how to set the maximum speed in this video.
How far can you go on a battery charge?
This will vary depending on your weight, terrain, and how you ride. The harder your e-bike motor has to work, the faster the battery charge will drop.
I typically pedal while in pedal assist mode 2 or 3. I can ride about 35 miles on a charge. I would expect the range to drop to around 15 miles if I didn’t pedal and just used the throttle.
TIP: To go further on a battery charge, pedal more and keep your pedal assist level low. I also recommend switching the display to show Current (in Amps) and monitor that number while riding. The lower the Current value, the less energy is being taken from your battery.
Difference Between Step-through and Standard XP models
Melissa has been riding the step through model, and I’ve been riding the standard model. Let’s compare the two models to see which is better suited for you. Both models are shown in the photo at the top of the page.
All core components like the controls, motor, suspension, transmission and brakes are identical between the two models. Having said that, there are some differences to point out.
The obvious difference is the lower neck of the step-through model. It makes stepping in and out of the bike much easier. You’ll have to lift your leg a bit higher to get into the standard XP 2.0 model.
The Step-Through XP 2.0 model comes in either Black or White, while the Standard XP 2.0 model is only available in Black.
Both models have a 48 volt 10.4 Amp Hour battery, but the batteries are not interchangeable between the two models. The batteries have a different angle to them because of the shape of the battery enclosure.
The step-through model is actually lower to the ground by roughly 1 ½ inches. Measuring the spacing between the pedal and ground, the step through measures 3.5 inches while the standard model measures 5 inches.
If you’ll be riding on paved roads most of the time, this shouldn’t be a problem. The only time the ground clearance came into play for us was on uneven dirt roads. The pedal on the step-through actually hit rocks on the ground a couple times, while the standard XP 2.0 did not.
How to Fold and Transport the e-Bike
A folding e-bikes can be transported inside your vehicle in addition to using a bike rack. Take it from us, it’s great to have the folding option even if you plan to transport it on a rack.
Folding the XP 2.0
The bike folds in the middle allowing you to essentially fold it in half. The locking clamp in the middle can be released allowing the bike to fold. Before folding it you should lower the seat and fold the pedals.
Once folded, unlock the handle bar stem and fold it down. I wrap a bungee cord around the bike when folded. This keeps it from unfolding while moving it around. Keep in mind that this bike weighs roughly 65 lbs. So be careful lifting it.
STORAGE TIPS: Place the folded bike in a large storage tote with wheels. Moving and sliding the bike in/out of your car will be much easier.
Choosing a Suitable Bike Rack
Check the weight rating on the bike rack you intend to use. Racks designed for traditional bikes can’t handle the weight of two e-bikes. Also make sure the thick 3 to 4 inch tires will fit in the tire slots. Most e-bike racks have thicker tire slots for this.
Are you mounting the bike rack on an RV? Make sure the e-Bike rack is rated for RV use. Many are not. RVs tend to have additional sway in the back which can cause problems with a couple heavy e-bikes back there.
Here is the RV e-Bike rack that we use. We’ve traveled thousands of miles with it and it works.
Finally, we recommend you lock up the bikes while on the bike rack. Even though the e-bike rack mentioned above is a locking rack, I still run a thick bike cable through and lock it to the rear hitch of the RV.
Buying and setting up the e-Bike
LECTRIC E-Bikes will ship their bikes directly to you. So just order through their website and the bike shows up in a box fully assembled (folded) with lots of padding and zip-ties keeping everything together.
Finally, here are a few things to do before riding:
- Unfold bike and handlebars
- Insert the seat
- Charge the battery
- Adjust the seat and handlebar height
- Double check and tighten bolts as needed that may have loosened during shipping
- Turn on the power and start riding.
Does it need to be tuned up before use?
They claim the bike is ready to ride when it arrives. But, it doesn’t hurt to have it professional tuned for the best riding experience. Something could have easily shifted in transit. So have it checked out if things don’t feel right.
I’ve lubed and adjusted both the derailleur and brakes on our bikes shortly after they arrived. It did help make shifting and braking smoother.
Can you make the adjustments yourself? Yes. It’s not a difficult thing to do yourself once you have someone show you. Here’s a video that will walk you through the rear derailleur and gear indexing adjustments.
More About the LECTRIC XP 2.0
The best way to learn more or get current prices is to contact LECTRIC eBikes directly. Here is a link to their website.
You can also check out the accessories available for the XP 2.0 and see other e-bike models they offer.