Lectric XP 3.0
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find another e-bike with the features of the XP 3.0 for under $1,500.”
Best e-bike for the price
hydraulic disc brakes for smooth stops
ship fully assembled
rear rack is 150 pounds
Excellent selection of optional accessories
no brake light
harsh ride without rear suspension
If your goal is to find the best quality, most versatile e-bike at the lowest price, you won’t want to make a decision without considering the Lectric XP 3.0. Choosing the XP 3.0 as the best budget e-bike for the 2023 best electric bikes article was the easiest decision I made for that roundup.
Due to its relatively low $1,000 price point, the Lectric XP 3.0 is an excellent choice if you’re curious and want to try using an e-bike for cheap alternative transportation, exercise, or recreation. The XP 3.0 also folds up to a reasonable size, allowing it to be transported inside SUVs, RVs, and even most cars. This means you don’t have to risk it getting dirty, damaged, or stolen on an external rack.
Co-founders Levi Conlow and Robbie Deziel launched Colorado-based Lectric eBikes in 2019, determined to make e-bikes more accessible by selling quality bikes at lower prices than they were at the time. Conlow says XP 3.0 is the company’s best-selling model.
Latest Lectric XP 3.0 Upgrade
The latest Lectric XP 3.0 e-bike has hydraulic brakes for smooth stopping power with less effort from the rider. The latest model also features an advanced electric motor and a proprietary algorithm called Lectric pedal-assist wattage regulation (PWR), which improves power delivery when the rider pedals in one of five power-assisted pedaling modes.
The Lectric XP 3.0 is another version with the same model designation. Lectric eBikes upgrades an e-bike when it can add new features or better components without increasing prices, rather than making changes for the next model year. For this reason, used XP 3.0 may not include advanced features.
How fast, how far and how much?
Lectric configures the XP 3.0 as a Class II e-bike, meaning top speed is 20 mph using powered pedal assist or a half-twist throttle on the right handgrip. However, if you reconfigure it to Class III you can increase that range to 28 mph. Three buttons on the left handlebar let you change power and other settings on the center display.
The Lectric standard 48-volt, 10.4Ah lithium-ion battery gives the XP 3.0 a maximum range of 20 to 45 miles on a full charge, but you’ll get no more than 10 to 15 mph with minimal power assistance. There will be no need to pedal. Flat, dry roads to get close to maximum range. As with all e-bikes, higher speeds, less pedaling and even cargo loads can result in reduced range. Charging the battery takes five to six hours with the included 2-amp charger.
The compact folded size of the Lectric XP 3.0 means it doesn’t require much space in your home, office or vehicle.
Pricing for the Lectric XP 3.0 starts at $1,000, but a range of accessories can push that price even higher. Even if you add a number of accessories, you’ll probably still pay less for the XP 3.0 than the base price of a comparable e-bike.
electricity on demand
The Lectric XP 3.0’s advanced rear hub electric motor delivers 500 watts of continuous power with a maximum output of 1,000 watts and 55 Newton-meters of torque. The extreme power helps when you want an extra boost to get through an intersection or travel up a substantial grade.
The XP 3.0 uses cadence sensors, which should deliver more power the faster you pedal, but we’ve occasionally encountered problems with them on competition bikes. pedaling at any speed sometimes results in sudden power increases that make riders nervous, and even experienced riders sometimes complain of a jerky ride. The XP 3.0 addresses this problem with Lectric PWR, an algorithm that smoothes power delivery, adding power gradually by balancing pedaling speed and the bike’s current speed. It is also supposed to increase range and efficiency by eliminating starts and stops of the motor.
Realistically, it works pretty well. I generally prefer e-bikes with throttle due to the lurching effect I experience with some cadence-sensing systems, but I encountered no problems with the XP 3.0. We have an extremely steep road, and I am careful not to start off too fast when I go out for a ride, especially in the fall, when there are many leaves on the ground. However, with the Lectric XP 3.0, it was easier to control the extra power from pedaling.
If you’ve assembled almost any other e-bike, you’ll be happy to see that the Lectric XP 3.0 comes fully assembled. Once you take the folded bike out of its shipping box and remove the protective packing material, all you have to do is open the frame, unscrew the handlebar stem, insert the handlebar with the cables already attached, adjust the seat height To adjust, to open the pedal. and you’re done. The company’s website has a helpful getting started video if you have any questions, but the process is quick and easy.
The battery fits inside the XP 3.0’s frame, which means you have to turn the bike to access it, but this isn’t too much of a hassle as you can charge the battery inside the bike itself. The bike is easy to fold and unfold, but I found it easy after the first few times.
XP 3.0 seat height from the ground adjusts from 32 inches to 42 inches, and the handlebar adjusts from 45 inches to 48 inches in height. Lectric rates the e-bike for riders ranging from 4 feet, 10 inches tall to 6 feet, five inches tall. Total payload capacity is 330 pounds, including the 150-pound capacity of the rear rack.
At 64 pounds with the battery installed, this isn’t an e-bike you’ll probably want to carry up and down stairs often, but it’s about average. Its compact folded size means it doesn’t require much space in your home, office or vehicle.
The bike has 20-inch diameter and 3-inch wide puncture-resistant tires with medium knobby tread and slime anti-flat tire treatment. The tires are a compromise between heavy 4-inch to 5-inch thick tires that enable all-terrain riding, and thinner and lighter street tires that add agility and less rolling resistance for better battery range.
Options for the XP 3.0 include child seats, coolers, food delivery packages, and a covered pet trailer.
The XP 3.0’s hydraulic disc brakes are a big deal for an e-bike at this price level, especially with 180mm rotors instead of the more standard 160mm. Mechanical disc brakes are fine, but they require more pressure and usually require more adjustment over time than hydraulic brakes. The brakes work smoothly, but we wish applying them would automatically light the rear lights like a car’s brake lights – some of the more expensive models do this.
Ride comfort is a bit mixed. Despite setting the adjustable front forks to the softest setting, I found the ride to be stiffer than expected with the bicycle-style seat. There is no rear suspension, which is not at all unusual. I found relief by reducing the tire pressure to 25 psi, which is the lowest recommended by Lectric. Another, perhaps better solution would be to upgrade to the Thick Comfort Seat and Suspension Post package, which is a $99 option.
Make it your own with accessories and upgrades
Lectric eBikes has an excellent selection of accessories for the XP 3.0. I asked the company to send me the accessory mirror and phone mount, which you can see in the photo above. Unless you only ride off-road, mirrors are essential for any e-bike, and a phone mount comes in handy. The mirrors performed very well with no wiggles, and the phone mount holds a large smartphone case firmly.
Other desirable options include a 48-volt, 14Ah long range battery for the XP 3.0 that adds 20 miles to the range estimates, as well as a variety of add-on racks, baskets, and bags. Since the rear rack can hold 150 pounds, I requested the passenger kit with passenger seat, foot pegs, and grab handle shown in the photo below.
Additional exciting accessories for the XP 3.0 include a Thule child seat, hard and soft coolers, food delivery packages, and even a waterproof, covered pet trailer to carry pets up to 50 pounds.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Lectric XP 3.0 e-bike. With a price tag of $1,000, it’s an impressive value. You’d be hard-pressed to find another e-bike with XP 3.0 features for under $1,500. The Engwe EP-2 Pro is a similar folding bike with less desirable mechanical brakes and a $1,200 price. The Himiway Cruiser has comparable power and larger tires, but also has mechanical brakes, and costs $300 more than the XP 3.0. Choosing the value-packed Lectric XP 3.0 is an easy decision, preferably with select options to tailor the ride and capabilities to your needs.