Lectric eBikes, the Phoenix-based electric bicycle company that has built its name on budget-priced electric bikes, opened orders today for its newest model: the Lectric XPremium. The recently-unveiled folding e-bike sets a new industry low-price for high-performance mid-motor e-bikes at just $1,799.
While we’ve occasionally seen mid-drive electric bikes with lower sticker prices, they’re usually underpowered and come with limited speed and range.
But the Lectric XPremium not only reaches Class 3 speeds of 28 mph (45 km/h) from an 800 watt peak-rated motor, but it also comes with two batteries for long range riding.
The pair of 48V 10.4Ah batteries add up to a kilowatt-hour of capacity, which is around 50% more battery than the industry average. That results in a throttle-only range of around 50 miles or 80 km, or a pedal-assisted range of over twice that figure. An unlike most dual-battery electric bikes that charge several hundred dollars for the second battery, the XPremium features the dual packs as standard equipment.
The mid-drive motor on the Lectric XPremium also includes a torque sensor, which means that pedal assist feels natural and intuitive since it is applied based on how hard the rider is pedaling at any instant. I know because I had the chance to take an early test ride on the bike, which you can see in my first ride video below.
The pricing on the Lectric XPremium sent a shockwave around the industry when it was first announced due to its significant undercutting of most other high-power electric mid-drive e-bikes. But the move was par for the course at Lectric, since the brand is known for its budget-level prices.
Lectric grew to stardom and developed a cult following for its Lectric XP 1.0 and Lectric XP 2.0 e-bikes, which were launched at just $899 and $999, respectively, while still offering maximum legal e-bike speeds.
Last month the company debuted a lower performance but significantly lighter weight model known as the Lectric XP LITE, which was priced at just $799 and became one of the only 48V-based e-bikes at that price point.
Both the Lectric XP 2.0 and the XP LITE were targeted at the lower end of the e-bike price range in order to appeal to bargain shoppers that still desired a higher performance option.
But the Lectric XPremium’s higher performance and higher quality parts now usher Lectric into a more upmarket product class, competing more closely with $3,000 mid-drive e-bikes that similarly offer higher power motors, hydraulic disc brakes, oil-dampened suspension and other mid-to-upper tier features like the XPremium’s.
Yet at just $1,799, Lectric eBikes has flipped the script on what these higher performance mid-drive e-bikes can cost, all while including parts like racks, fenders, and built-in LED lighting as standard equipment.
Having tested the bike myself for an afternoon at Lectric’s Phoenix’s headquarters, the only real downside I could find was the heavy 75 lb weight. Other than that, the compact folding frame and powerful mid-mounted motor made it a blast to use. I was able to toss it in my rental car and drive around town to the best riding spots – something not very many fat tire e-bikes can do.
I look forward to getting the chance to spend more time on the bike soon for a more in-depth review, but I can already give it two thumbs way up and proclaim it as the absolute best bang-for-your-buck mid-drive electric bike in the market, bar none.
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