Engwe EP-2 Pro vs Lectric XP 2.0 vs RadExpand 5
If you’re the type of cyclist that often needs to use public transport or store their bike away, a folding bike is essential. Add to that a motor and fat tires and you get all the advantages of a folding bike plus a much easier ride that can tackle any terrain. These folding fat ebikes combine the benefits of three different cycling disciplines to provide a unique level of convenience at an affordable price.
- Fit a wide size of riders
- Compact to store
- Comfortable upright riding position
Overall, the main reason why people turn to folding electric fat bikes is that they are easy to use, comfortable to ride, and overall ‘cool gadgets’ to own.
Rad Power Bikes
|Full Review||Full Review||Full Review|
|Motor (Max)||500 (800W)||750W||750W|
|E-Bike Class||2, 3||2||3|
|Battery||48V 9.6Ah||48V 14Ah||48V 12.8Ah|
|Gears||7 Shimano Tourney||7 Shimano Altus||7 Shimano Tourney|
|Fits Riders||4’10” – 6’3″||4’10” – 6’2″||5’2″ – 6’5″|
|Folded Dimension||37″ x 18″ x 27″||41″ x 22″ x 28″||30″ x 32″|
|Front Rack||4x mounts up front||4 x mounts up front||x|
As you can see, the three bike types all share some commonalities, mainly a folding frame with a rear hub, 7 gears, and 20″ wheels. They also all feature front suspension, disc brakes, and front and rear lights, as are common on almost all electric bikes.
- Motor Type: Rear Hub
- Bike Type: Folding / Fat / Electric
- Torque: 80Nm
- Gears: 7
- Wheel Size: 20″
- Front Suspension
- Mechanical disc brakes
- Lights – front & rear
Main Differences: Engwe EP-2 Pro vs Lectric XP 2.0 vs RadExpand 5
Unlike the 3″ wide Lectric and RadPower, the Engwe has true fat bike tires at a full 4″ in width. This means it’ll get slightly better traction in loose terrain and will be more comfortable over rough surfaces.
However, fatter tires also suffer from higher resistance and less stability, so you may lose out a bit on speed and efficiency. This may be why both the Lectric and RadMini 4 changed down to 3″ tires from their previous models.
Although all the frames fold in a similar way, they each have some differences.
The Lectric XP 2.0 comes in two shapes and two colors – Black & White on step-thru versions and plain Black on the standard frame. It fits riders from 4’10” to 6’3″ tall.
The Engwe EP 2 Pro is only available in one frame type but features 5 exciting different color options. It fits riders from approximately 5’2″ to 6’5″ tall.
Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4 has the simplest of frame options, coming in only one color and frame type. It fits riders from 4’10” to 6’2″ tall.
- XP 2.0 comes in two shapes and two colors.
Designs – Black & White on step-thru versions, Black on the standard frame.
Fits riders – 4’10” – 6’3″
- EP 2 Pro is available on a single frame type, but in 5 different colors
Fits riders – Approx. 5’2″ – 6’5″
- RadMini 4 comes in one frame type and color.
Fits riders – 4’10” – 6’2″
Both the RadMini 4 and Engwe EP 2 Pro have 750W motors, while the Lectric XP 2.0 is only 500W. However, manufacturers claim that the Lectric motor can reach a peak power output of 800W.
- 750W @ 80Nm Torque – RadMini 4, EP 2 Pro 🏆
- 500W (Peak 800W) on the Lectric XP 2.0
The RadMini 4 is a winner when it comes to gearing, as it features the superior Shimano Altus drivetrain. However, the EP 2 Pro and XP 2.0 are not far behind, featuring a Shimano Tourney drivetrain that is sufficient for its purpose.
- Shimano Altus – RadMini 4 🏆
- Shimano Tourney – EP 2 Pro, XP 2.0
The RadMini 4 wins again with battery capacity, with a large 672Wh 14Ah battery that can keep going for a full 45 miles (72km) on one charge.
Although the battery on the Engwe EP 2 Pro is only slightly smaller at 615Wh, it seems to only manage 37 miles (60km).
While the Lectric XP 2.0 falls behind with only a small 460Wh battery, manufacturers claim it can also go 45 miles (72km). This is likely due to the weaker motor that draws less power.
- 672Wh – 48V 14Ah – RadMini 4 🏆
- 615Wh – 48V 12.8Ah – EP 2 Pro
- 460Wh – 48V 9.6Ah – XP 2.0
Therefore, as you can see, RadMini 4 has the highest battery capacity, followed by EP 2 Pro.
Since both the Lectric XP 2.0 and Engwe EP 2 Pro support Class 3 ebike standards they can legally reach top speeds of 28mph (45km/h). The RadMini 4 is a Class 2 ebike and as such is limited to 20mph (32km/h).
- 28mph – XP 2.0 & EP 2 Pro 🏆
- 20mph – RadMini 4
Already in its fourth iteration and with a long-running reputation for quality, the RadMini 4 is by far the most well-rated of the 3 bikes with over 2000 ratings. Although the Lectric and Engwe are both the second versions of their respective models, the Lectric is more widely known, with over 500 ratings.
- RadMini 4 | 780+ ratings 🏆
- XP 2.0 | 500+ ratings
- EP 2 Pro | 13+ ratings
- 50mm – XP 2.0
- 70mm – EP 2 Pro
- 80mm – RadMini 4 🏆
There’s no clear winner here as the choice for fork travel is based on personal preference and the intended purpose of the bike. If you expect to be traveling off-road a lot, the extra fork travel on the RadMini 4 will be helpful. However, if you intend to spend most of your time on flat surfaces, longer fork travel will just swallow up energy and waste battery power.
- Less travel = Better range due to less energy consumption.
- More travel = Better bump absorption, comfortable on off-road sections.
The good news is that all three bikes are equipped with an adjustable rebound on the suspension fork.
Are folding eBikes really that good?
As a 3-in-1 bike, a folding fat ebike doesn’t excel at any single discipline but rather offers the advantages of several bikes. This means you get everything you need in one bike without having to do any upgrades or conversions. It’s a much simpler and cheaper solution to an otherwise complex problem.
Naturally, the folding fat ebike won’t fair as well as a full-sized fat bike in sand or snow, nor does it look as cool. They also aren’t designed for high-speed racing or long-distance touring but for convenient, hassle-free commuting, they’re perfect.
Final Takeaways: Engwe EP-2 Pro vs Lectric XP 2.0 vs RadExpand 5
Why get Lectric XP 2.0?
The Lectric XP has quickly become a very popular electric bike that is highly affordable and easily available across the US. The XP, now on version 2, is the only product that the Lectric bike company produces, meaning they put their full time and attention into the design and manufacture.
- Available in US
- Super popular
- The brand makes only one product
Why get RadMini 4?
With years of top-quality manufacturing experience and excellent customer satisfaction, Rad Power Bikes is the most established company of the three. The RadMini 4 is one of its best-selling products, with over 2,200 ratings from buyers across the US and Europe. Although it’s the most expensive of the three, it also represents the best quality.
- 2,200+ ratings
- Available in US & Europe
Why get EP 2 Pro?
The Engwe EP 2 Pro is the least established of the three bike brands but it shows a lot of potential. It’s slightly cheaper than the RadMini 4 but with similar power and quality parts, plus the benefit of 4″ tires if you want. The Engwe is available across both the US and Europe.
- Great & powerful alternative with 4″ tires
- Available in US & Europe