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Lectric XP Step-Thru review: The 28 mph king of fun and affordable e-bikes

From nearly the instant that Phoenix-based electric bicycle startup Lectric Bikes first unveiled the Lectric XP last year, the affordable little folding e-bike rocketed to the forefront of the budget e-bike market. And now that the company has added the Lectric XP Step-Thru as the second model in the lineup, even more riders are discovering the joy of an e-bike that offers big thrills for a small price.

After spending time riding the $899 Lectric XP Step-Thru for this review, I think it might be my new favorite model from Lectric Bikes since it’s even more comfortable to use than the original Lectric XP.
 Let’s start with the tech specs so you can get an idea of what you’ll find in this e-bike. If you’re already familiar with the standard frame Lectric XP, you’ll likely notice that the Step-Thru version shares essentially identical specs. It simply offers a new step-through frame for increased accessibility and more comfortable mounts/dismounts.

Lectric XP Step-Thru tech specs
  • Motor: 500 W (800 W peak) geared rear hub motor
  • Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h)
  • Range: 25-50 miles (45-80 km)
  • Battery: 48V 10.4 Ah (500 Wh)
  • Charge time: 4-6 hours
  • Weight: 63 lb (28.6 kg )
  • Max load: 275 lb (125 kg)
  • Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes
  • Extras: Large easy-to-read LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer and tripmeter, front and rear LED lights, five pedal assist speed settings, half-twist throttle, removable battery, rear rack, and metal fenders (rack and fenders included!)
Lectric XP Step-Thru video review
Seeing is believing, right? So watch my review video below to see the Lectric XP Step-Thru in action. Then keep reading for my complete thoughts on this awesome little deal-of-an-e-bike!

Lectric XP Step-Thru folding e-bike: The key points
Look, I’m going to lay out the main point of this bike here fairly simply: The Lectric XP Step-Thru (and the standard Lectric XP, for that matter) isn’t designed to be a top-of-the-line e-bike. There is exactly nothing about the bike that would be considered premium.

And yet the bike is still an amazingly fun ride with its thrilling performance.

So what gives?

Essentially, the Lectric XP Step-Thru is an e-bike with all the right compromises. It offers a powerful 800W peak-rated motor and a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h) when you add a bit of pedal power, or a lower top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) on throttle only.

And with those fat tires, it’s fun for riding on both pavement and off-road trails — or just cutting right across the park.

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