Lectric XP 2.0 hands-on: $1,100 folding e-bike
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Lectric XP 2.0 hands-on: $1,100 folding e-bike

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Speaker 1: This is the electric XP 2.0, it's a folding e-bike that packs a lot of great features for an affordable price. Let's talk about what you get for $1,100. My thoughts after writing it for a week and what you can expect, if you're gonna buy one. Speaker 1: Now, before we get to unboxing the bike that electric sent me for reviewing in this video, I wanted to start where your journey might, if you decided [00:00:30] to buy it. And that is on the website. All right, so here we are on electric e-bikes website. As you can see on the homepage is a nice advertisement for the brand new 2.0 model. So let's go ahead and click order. Now, one thing to note is it appears as of recording this video, there is a sale going on and each of these is about a hundred dollars off. So keep that in mind if you're watching this video later, and it seems like these are more expensive than they are now, as you can see, there are three different options available. There's the standard 2.0 model, which only comes in black. And then there's the step through model, [00:01:00] which comes in white, black. Speaker 1: So depending on which type of frame you want, you might have more color options or less. Let's go ahead and click these standard 2.0 model. Since that's the one that electric sent me to review here, we are on the product page, which is a pretty standard product page. You've got the price right here at the top and the option to finance. If that's how you're gonna be paying for this below that you have a couple options for accessories packages, you could add on to the price of your bike. The first one is a comfort pack, which includes a giant seat and a suspension seat post for $99. [00:01:30] That's actually not a bad price. Considering when I upgraded both of these items on my personal e-bike, it cost me about like 120, $130. And if you've watched any of my previous e-bike videos, you know, that a com and complaint is how uncomfortable those stock bike seats are. Speaker 1: So definitely worth a consideration for the comfort pack. And then next you have the cargo pack, which gets you a few different storage options. The first being a front mounted bike basket, which I'm not a big fan of front mounted bike baskets, but to each their own, I suppose. And then you get two [00:02:00] different size options for the rear rack. And I don't know if you'd use both of those options, because if you found that you like the large basket size, would you ever downgrade to go to the smaller size? If it fits comfortably? I think not. And at $150, that's actually pretty expensive. Considering you can get a third party bike basket on somewhere like eBay for probably less than 50 bucks. And if you're not saving any money by getting all three at the same time, I don't know if it'd be worth that price. Speaker 1: And I personally wouldn't recommend it. And then of course you can get both of these together [00:02:30] for $248, but you're not saving any money that way, because it's just the cost of both of these packages added together. The only package you're actually saving some money on is the comfort pack because individually the giant seat is $40 and the suspension seat E post is 89. So you're saving about $30 by buying them together as opposed to outright. Now, lastly, let's go back and take a look at some of the accessories that are available. First. We got the two accessories bundles that we already saw at checkout, and then you've got this bike lock, which actually mounts to the bike in [00:03:00] a nice flush way, but I can't really speak to how secure the bike lock is. Cuz I haven't used it myself. Then you got some rear view mirrors. Speaker 1: Some people like having those, I don't ride my e-bikes on the street all that often I usually stick to trails. So I don't really find a need for having rear view mirrors. And I think they look kind of silly, but then you got a premium headlight phone Mount, which is actually a competitive price for some phone mounts. You might see on Amazon for about 20 to 30 bucks. So I like having a phone mounted on my bike for maps and such. You have a water resistant bag for 49 bucks. You can buy the seat [00:03:30] post or the seat outright for individual costs. And then you have the option for some spare batteries, which is actually pretty cool. Considering a lot of e-bike manufacturers won't even offer spare batteries. They're a little pricey at $300, especially when you're only spending $1,100 for the bike. But I guess it depends on how far you plan on riding. Speaker 1: Uh, and if you're gonna have a place to store those extra batteries, you can buy an additional charger to keep with you though. If you're going to let's say your office and you have a place to charge it up. So maybe save yourself $250 and just get a spare charger instead. All right. So that's about every everything [00:04:00] involved with going on the website and choosing your bike. So now let's go ahead and unbox it all right here. It is, as it arrived on my doorstep, something I wanna show you though, is there is damage to the box from shipping, which is pretty usual. If you order a bike off the internet, that's why it's usually a good idea to take it to a bike shop for servicing before your first ride. Electric actually suggests that we ride it around for a hundred miles to get through that break in period, and then take it to a professional. So let's get it outta the box. See if there's any damage and get to it. [00:04:30] Cue the montage. All right. And that's it for assembly. As far as mail order bikes go. This one was pretty simple. I didn't even have to attach the front tire. It was already there. The handlebars pretty much folded into place and even upgrading the seat was as simple as tightening it to the post and just sliding it into place. Now that it's all put together, let's [00:05:00] take it outside, get it closer. Look at all the new features and then give it its first ride Speaker 1: Here. It is in all its glory, the electric XP 2.0 that's the second generation. It is a 63 pound bike. So it's not necessarily more portable, but it does fold right down the middle here. As you can see, the frame is pretty thick and a little chunky, but for good reason, it houses the 48 volt lithium ion battery. And it makes it a little bit more subtle by being built into the frame. [00:05:30] You don't have an exposed battery under your bike, like some other e-bikes the battery has a range of about 45 miles depending on your riding conditions. You know, your weather, whether or not you're going uphill or not. Uh, and it takes four to five out hours to charge. All right, then coming to the back wheel here, let's take a look at the rear hub motor it's 500 Watts nominal, which isn't as powerful as like a 750 wat that you'd see on other e-bikes. Speaker 1: But with five levels of pedal assist, you shouldn't have any problems getting up Hills. Uh, unless you plan on using the throtle the entire [00:06:00] time out of the box, this is a class two e-bike, which means it has a top speed of 20 miles per hour, but it does have the option to unlock class three capabilities, which can get it up to 28 miles per hour. You should check your local laws to make sure that that's legal to do. And if you do unlock those class three, you do have to remove a safety sticker to let people know that it does go that fast. Speaker 1: All right? And both the rear and the front wheels have 160 millimeter teal mechanical disc brakes, which is gonna be great for [00:06:30] slowing you down at those higher speeds. The tires themselves are 20 by three inch fat tires. This bike does, I'm included with a front suspension fork, which is gonna be really great for your comfort. Especially if you ride on bumpier roads, there's also a fender and for the price, it's really nice to have those features included because normally you have to pay upwards of $1,500 for a bike that has those outta the box. The headlight also is included with a bike it's not as large or bright as the premium one that you can get for 50, but a headlight. Nonetheless, one of [00:07:00] the new features with the second generation model is wider handle bars, which is great for being able to amount accessories to it like a phone Mount. Speaker 1: You can adjust the height of the handle bars, which is great for someone that's tall like me, because I'm not gonna be hunching over when I ride. Uh, there are teal breaks, as I said before, and a shaman gear shifter with seven speeds. So that's gonna be great for controlling the amount of tension. In addition to your pedal assist from motor, the throttle is a half twist throttle, which is my favorite type of throttle for e-bikes because it lets you control the amount of [00:07:30] acceleration you get from the motor, but you're not gonna accidentally engage it. When you move your hand up and down in the center here, you have a nice big LCD screen, which is gonna give your, like your distance, your speed, et cetera. And to the left of it is the controls for the LCD screen. I like how simple it is. Speaker 1: There's only three buttons here and they're fairly tactile buttons. Let's turn it on and take a look at some of the menus. Then you have your battery level, you've got your speed. You've got your pedal assist and you've got your odometer. You actually have a options for settings [00:08:00] with this bike. You can do things like change the units of measurement, change the sensitivity of the motor and even the speed limits. You can also set cruise control on this bike by pushing the minus button while throttling. And that will maintain that current speed without having a pedal or hold the throtle at all. Another new feature with the second generation model is it has multiple mounting points for accessories. You've got this front mounting point for a basket and then back here, you've got a rear rack for saddle bags or another basket. And then right down here, you've got a mounting point [00:08:30] for that bike lock we showed you earlier. All right. And I think that covers most of the features on this bike. Now I'm gonna ride it around for the next week or so, and I'll come back and let you know what I think about it. Speaker 1: I've been writing the electric XP 2.0 for a little over a week now. And so here's what I think of it. After having put about 50 miles on it, the first few rides I took it on, I kept it a little on the slow side, going [00:09:00] no faster than about 15 miles an hour. And that's because I needed to spend that time, really dialing in the motor sensitivity to get it where I wanted, but I also didn't want to be unsafe riding on bike paths around other people on bikes. Once I got everything dialed in the way I like it, I then had to push the bike a little bit harder. I took it up to 20 miles an hour and went on all kinds of different surfaces, like asphalt and dirt, which got pretty bumpy at times. Unfortunately, when I unlocked those class three capabilities, it did not get the full 28 miles per hour. Speaker 1: The fastest I [00:09:30] was able to get it going was 23 miles an hour. So not full class three capabilities, but good enough to ride on city streets. When I first got it, I was pretty impressed with how many features you get, like suspension, fenders, all that good stuff. But after having ridden it for some time, now it's starting to show its weaknesses right after the first time I took it on a dirt trail, I noticed there was an error on the screen that said E 10, when I got home from that ride, I at the manual to see what that error meant. And it said there was a problem with the connection between the LCD [00:10:00] screen and the motor, which makes sense because I wasn't getting any kind of speedometer reading after I got that error. So I traced all the cables on the bike and made sure all the connections were secure. Speaker 1: And on the next ride, the air seems to have resolved itself all in all. I think the bike performs pretty well it's especially considering the price while the 500 wat motor did seem to work just fine. It handled Hills pretty admirably. I will say that it wasn't the smoothest experience that I've had riding an e-bike. It actually felt a bit jerky at times when you pedal the bike, [00:10:30] even just a little bit, that motor can engage for up to a full second. So when you're doing things like coasting to a stop and need just a little bit further, you have to anticipate whether or not you're gonna have enough room in case that motor kicks on. I also notice that the bike doesn't seem to manage power, all that well, I'm very doubtful that the range holds up to that 45 mile claim, riding it like I ride typical. Speaker 1: E-bikes at about a medium pedal assist and little to no throttle, but maybe if you have ever the set to the lowest level and you're riding on super [00:11:00] flat surfaces, you might get to 45 miles. But I personally wouldn't chance it, even though this is a folding e-bike, I wouldn't necessarily call it portable. Sure. It takes up less vertical space in your home. But when it's folded, it's a lot wider. And I pretty much just stored it unfolded on the kick stay when it was inside my office, the best use for the folding features was the fact that I was able to put it in my car without having to use a bike rack. But even that is a two person job because a folding mechanism doesn't lock into place when it's [00:11:30] folded. So it's very easy to accidentally let go of the wrong part and have it unfold on you when you're carrying it. Speaker 1: It was actually much easier to this bike unfolded. Then when it was folded, after putting more than 50 miles on this bike, I can tell you, it definitely needs a tuneup. I'm starting to hear some squeaks here and there. I'm hearing brake pads rub against this brakes and the gear shifter doesn't work as cleanly as I would like it. When shifting to certain speeds, I feel like I'm being super negative about this bike though. And that's not my intention. It's actually a really good [00:12:00] bike, especially for the price. If someone looking to buy their first e-bike were to ask me which one to get, and they weren't sure how much they were gonna ride it or where they were gonna ride it, but they wanted to get one. Anyways. I would tell them to heavily consider the electric speed mostly because of how many features you get for the price. It'll really help you figure out which features are most important to you when you go to upgrade to a higher end model in the future.

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