The Lectric eBikes team in Phoenix, Arizona is committed to making electric bikes affordable and functional for the masses. The Lectric XP and Lectric Step-Thru launched a little less than 2 years ago at a bargain price of just $ 899, and having shipped more than 70,000 of the bikes to date, it’s clear their first iterations are massive hits were.
The team has learned the lessons from its first generation bikes and is launching version 2.0 of the Lectric XP and Lectric Step-Thru with a number of improvements. The new bikes have a slightly wider, slightly curved handlebar for more comfort, a front oil shock absorber, slightly smaller 20 slightly x 3 “tires, new attachment points for the front rack on the frame, a lot of new accessories and a stronger rear rack, just to name a few to name some of the upgrades.
Striving to keep the price down, Lectric has been able to introduce all of these new features while keeping the price below $ 1000. The new Lectric XP 2.0 and Lectric Step-Thru 2.0 both hit the market today for what I think is still the best price-performance ratio for e-bikes of $ 999. As a special bonus, Lectric is making the new version of the bike available to all customers with back orders who are longingly waiting for their Lectric e-bike to be shipped.
Customers with existing orders were given the option to upgrade to the 2.0 models for just $ 50 for a total price of $ 949. Lectric also gave these customers a 20% discount on accessories to further sweeten the business. Here are just a few of the new accessories Lectric is bringing to market with the introduction of its second generation bikes: a cargo package with a front rack and a pair of baskets for $ 149, a comfort package with a suspension seat post and an equivalent saddle one Armchairs for $ 99, a premium headlight upgrade for $ 49, a bike lock for $ 49, mirrors for $ 39, and a phone mount for $ 29.
We met with Lectric eBike CEO Levi Conlow and a couple of guys from his happy squad of outsiders while they were working in Southern California and were able to spend a few days building a prototype of the Lectric Step-Thru 2.0.
We toured it through our normal test route on miles of roads, ridden it off-road, on the sand, over rocks, downhill, uphill and everything in between and just can’t help but be impressed by the second generation. The Lectric was designed to be as powerful as possible for the lowest possible price, and considering what you get in this second version for the price, that’s an impressive value.
The Lectric Step-Thru 2.0 is based on the same low-step folding frame as its predecessor, with the removable battery integrated in the main tube of the bike. The power is fed to a 500 watt rear wheel hub motor developed by Lectric itself. 500 watt motors are becoming increasingly popular as bike makers and riders find they can strike a good balance between performance and efficiency.
The updated Lectric Step-Thru 2.0 comes with an adjustable shock absorber up front that provides a bit of extra cushioning to help absorb stronger bumps. In combination with the shock absorption of the oversized 20 ″ x 3 ″ CST tires, the Lectric Step-Thru 2.0 offers a calm driving experience.
These tires are smaller than the 20 ″ x 4 ″ tires on the original Lectric wheels and represent a significant improvement. The profile of these CST tires offers a lot of traction without creating additional rolling resistance. Its rounded profile makes it supple both on city streets and on dirt roads.
As a folding bike, the slightly smaller tires reduce the weight and thin out the profile of the bike. At 62 pounds, this bike isn’t lightweight, but the ability to fold it up increases its portability and gives owners plenty of options for stowing it in an RV, boat, trunk, or closet.
The handlebars have also been improved in the new version. They are a bit wider and withdraw a bit from the bike for more control and comfort. They are a subtle but noticeable improvement over the first generation that makes for more stable, comfortable and controlled driving.
Individually, these upgrades are nice, but not life changing. Together, they smooth out some of the rough edges of the first generation bikes for a new Lectric range that is more powerful, refined, and capable than its predecessors. Much of that ability has to do with the new accessories that Lectric is bringing to market along with its new bikes.
The new front rack mentioned above are cute as they allow a front rack to be mounted on the frame of the bike. This creates a new place to transport equipment and it becomes much more stable than a traditional front basket, as the load is attached to the frame itself. A large or small basket can be screwed onto the L-shaped front rack, depending on the driver’s needs. We looked at some of the earliest prototypes of the baskets, and they are sharp looking matte black metal baskets that were built to do some serious job.
At the rear, the new luggage rack that comes with the bike has a 77 lb (35 kg) capacity. That’s a considerable amount more carrying capacity than a standard luggage rack can carry, and that could be a factor for people looking to use their step-thru to carry gear. With the improved transport capacity and a plethora of new accessories available from the factory, the fact is that, at a time when supply chain prices are rising across the industry, Lectric is delivering a ton of new features for just $ 100 more could, an impressive achievement.
Lectric’s stock seat is already one of the most comfortable factory seats we’ve ever ridden, but they wanted more. It might be a CEO’s favorite project, or just the desire to create the most comfortable riding position on any bike out there, but we had the opportunity to try Lectric’s new optional comfort saddle and suspension.
Yes, it’s a massive seat. Yes, the saddle and seat post probably weigh more than some high-end racing bikes. But damn it, this thing brings the consolation. It’s the equivalent of the lounge chair in your living room that everyone falls asleep in, and it’s actually pretty convenient to cycle on a bike. I took it for a quick off-road ride on some local trails and it was like riding on a cloud of marshmallows.
The new 2.0 seems better positioned to meet the needs of even more customers and accelerate Lectric’s evil plan to rule the world. Okay so maybe it’s not bad, but the company is trying to bring as many e-bikes to the world as possible and electrify the way we get around on the go. In addition, Lectric’s introductory accessory packs make it easier for owners to get their hands on quality equipment specifically designed and built to add functionality to their Lectric bikes.
The updated version of the bike is set to help move sales managers even higher and ultimately replace even more cars with electric bikes. I mean, if you can get an electric bike with a rack and basket for under $ 1,000, who wants to go to the grocery store? And that’s the goal. The CEO of Lectric is determined to replace car journeys with electric bicycles. This can go from your home to the grocery store, from your RV to the beach, or to the park with the kids and dog in tow. Zero emissions are zero emissions and who knows, maybe you can just get a workout while you’re at it.
The new Lectric XP 2.0 and Lectric Step-Thru 2.o are officially launched today. Get all the juicy details about the new bikes, the new accessories to embellish and order directly on the Lectric website.
Lectric Step-Thru 2.0 Folding E-Bike Specifications
- engine: 500 watt rear hub motor from Lectric
- battery: 460 Wh, 48 V, 9.6 Ah battery with Samsung cells
- Range: up to 45 miles
- Charging time: 4-6 hours
- Top speed:
- Chokes: 20 miles per hour
- Pedal assistance: 28 miles per hour
- tires: 20 ″ x 3.3 ″ CST BFT or Chao Yang tires with oversized 3.5 ″ tubes
- transmission: 1 x 7-speed
- size: One size fits all
- Recommended driver size: 4’10 “- 6’3”
- Colours: White or black
- lighting: integrated LED lighting front and rear
- Assembly: Arrives fully assembled
- Weight: 62 lb
- payload: 330 lb
- price: $ 999
All picture credits: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica