Lectric XP 3.0 review: This e-bike is built for two people

Strong Points

  • affordable
  • Superior construction with commuting capabilities
  • Comfortable rear seat, handlebars and footpegs
  • Foldable design


  • no bell or horn
  • Especially heavy for a folding bike
  • awkward key position

a few months ago i Lectric XP Lite I experienced the joy of running around town. That’s why I was so excited when I got the chance to test the company’s latest product. XP Stepthrough 3.0along with Lectric’s Holiday Bundle and Passenger Package.

The Lectric XP 3.0 is a major upgrade over the XP 2.0 with an integrated rear rack for the passenger, increased rear hub motor peak wattage (1000W), improved pedaling efficiency, upgraded brake rotors and more suspension travel features an increase in

I don’t rate the bike as high as the 4.9/5 stars that Lectric’s customers have on their product page, but this bike rides so well that one of the riders we tested sat on it even after the test was over. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to stay. .


flame 6061 aluminum alloy
motor size 500W rear hub (1000W peak)
pedal assist 5 stages with throttle
range Pedal Assist: 45 miles.Throttle: 20 miles
maximum speed 20 mph
suspension 50mm travel front fork
battery capacity 48V with 4-6 hours charging time
screen Backlit LCD with IP65 dust/water rating
light Front and rear connected to the battery
Payload capacity 330 pounds
rear rack capacity £150 with passenger package option
break 180mm mechanical disc
tire 20″ x 3″
bike weight 64 lbs with battery.7 lbs for the battery
folding size 37 x 18 x 28 inches

Assembly and build quality

like Lectric XP LiteThe XP 3.0 arrives fully assembled, so all you have to do is unbox, unfold the frame and stem, inflate the tires to the correct pressure, fold the pedals, charge the battery, and get to work. To turn it on and use it, you need to insert one of the two included keys into your bike. This is a great safety feature that more e-bikes need.

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The only problem is that the keyhole is on the bottom of the frame (just in front of the frame hinge) and is a bit difficult to insert. At first I was worried the key would fall out while riding, but so far it has stayed in place after completing miles of testing.

Lectric XP 3.0 ebike White

Equipped with a passenger package that includes a larger seat base.

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Lectric offers the XP Step-Thru 3.0 in two colors, black and white, as well as a black version of the 3.0 with a taller center frame. We tested the white step-through model, shown in the image above, which also includes the holiday bundle and passenger package.

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Included free with any XP 3.0 order for a limited time, the Holiday Bundle features a larger seat, suspension seat post, bike lock, and Elite headlights. In my testing, the bundled seat was a little too padded and not the best option if you want to pedal the bike for long periods of time.

Lectric XP 3.0 Headlight

Metal fenders keep the rider clean.

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A bike lock attaches to the back of the frame under the seat and helps secure the vehicle to a stanchion or stand. This is a fold-down lock with limited security, but better than nothing. The same sentiment applies to headlights. This is large and bright enough for a safe riding experience.

folding rectric electric bike

It’s a little heavy to carry a bike, but it folds up nicely.

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If you’ve purchased the Lectric XP 3.0 and want the ability to carry a second rider, you should consider the $99 Passenger Bundle which includes an additional passenger seat, passenger handlebars and footpegs. The seat is a thickly padded cushion that secures to the rear rack with a few clips, and passengers we tested said it was very comfortable.

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A T-bar handlebar is fixed to the seat post so that the passenger can hold onto it while riding. It also has a rubber casing on the handle for better grip. Finally, pegs protrude about 3 inches from the rear wheel, providing a good platform for passengers to rest their feet while riding behind the bike.


The XP 3.0 has the same 20-inch-diameter tires, but they’re 3-inch wide, making them much fatter than the standard size. As for the mechanical disc brakes, they provide quick and consistent braking even when my passenger and I exceed his 330-pound rated capacity. And for power, the 500W motor (he had 1000W at peak) allowed him to start up quickly at a fairly steady speed.

Riding Lectric XP 3.0

With the Passenger Bundle, the Lectric XP 3.0 can carry two riders at once.

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There is a passenger mode that can be selected by navigating the main display menu. In passenger mode, the e-bike limits speed to 10 mph. This makes the passenger less anxious about your riding ability and gives you a little more safety if you hit the accelerator a little too hard.

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Still, the 7-speed Shimano drivetrain helps you climb hills with your passenger. With a throttle and his 7-speed transmission, you can enjoy the bike at a comfortable level of exercise. Given that I live on a hill, that drivetrain allowed me to go from bottom to top without having to climb the bike.

Lectric XP 3.0 Display

The large central display is bright enough for outdoor reading.

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The Lectric XP 3.0’s front forks are also equipped with suspension for a smoother ride, so you and your passengers can enjoy riding the trails. You can even fold the bike and store it in your garage or car trunk when you’re out on the trail. But at 64 pounds, portability isn’t overestimated.


$999 Lectric XP 3.0 It comes equipped with front and rear lights, metal fenders, an integrated rear rack and tires made for road and trail. The Passenger Package is a distinctive feature and allows for a fun joyride with your loved ones. I look forward to doing more gravel runs with my daughter when we go fishing or hiking.

If you want to ride your bike around town with friends, shop at your local store, or head to work, the Lectric XP 3.0 is for you. A fat tire with a firm tread is also good for campers and gravel trail riders.

Alternatives to consider

If you want an e-bike that can carry a passenger as you ride, there aren’t many options available.

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