Lectric XPeak E-Bike Review: An In-Depth Look at Affordable, Versatile Fat-Tire Performance
This year has been busy for Lectric E-Bikes, a brand known for its cheap, foldable e-commuters. The XPeak all-terrain e-bike is the third release recently, following the XPedition cargo bike and XP Trike earlier in the year.
The XPeak is priced at $1,299, which, in typical Lectric fashion, undercuts its main competitors, like Aventon, Ride1UP, and Rad Power Bikes.
This fat-tire electric bike is a compelling option for those who want commuter functionality and mixed-terrain capability at a budget-friendly price. However, there are trade-offs when considering a cheap bike like this, which we’ll cover below.
This Lectric XPeak review will examine the features and specs, discuss the strengths and weaknesses, and offer our verdict on who should buy this bike.
A versatile all-terrain e-bike at an impressively low price.
- Smooth assistance from Lectric's PWR programming
- Quiet motor
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- Capable on light trails
- Basic drivetrain
Lectric XPeak Main Specs
- Frame: Aluminum, step-over or step-through
- Motor: 48V, 750W hub, 85 Nm torque
- Battery: 48V, 14 Ah (672 Wh)
- Class: 1, 2, or 3, 28 mph
- Wheel size: 26″
- Tires: 4″ Chaoyang tires
- Fork: RST Renegade, 80 mm travel
- Drivetrain: Shimano Tourney, 11-28t 7-speed cassette, 46t chainring, trigger shifters
- Brakes: Hydraulic discs, 180 mm rotors, motor cutoff sensor
- Lectric XPeak Weight: 67 lb
- Weight Capacity: 330 lb
Lectric XPeak E-Bike Review
Lectric’s e-bikes usually compete on price, and the XPeak is no different, coming in $600 to $800 cheaper than the abovementioned competition (at the full retail prices).
The 80mm travel RST Renegade suspension fork and knobbly fat tires allow this bike to tackle light off-road terrain, including gravel, dirt trails, and flowing singletrack. However, it’s best to avoid technical trails, given the high weight and considerable length (74″).
The 750W motor is suitable for tackling steep gradients, but riding at high speeds on hilly terrain will result in poor range from the modest 14Ah battery.
Lectric offers a variety of accessories in convenient packages (Starter Package and Cargo Package) for equipping the XPeak for commuting or weekend adventures. The upright riding position and off-road components have the added benefit of making this a comfortable urban option.
Sturdy Aluminum Frame With Clean Integration
This bike has Lectric’s characteristic grey color (step-over) and rectangular tubing, only with slightly narrower and cleaner integration of cabling than earlier e-bikes from the brand. The 14Ah battery is neatly integrated into the downtube and removable for off-bike charging.
The frame, wheels, and suspension are sturdy, supporting up to 330 lb. You can take advantage of this carrying capacity by adding the ‘Starter’ and ‘Cargo’ packages.
This bike weighs 67 lb without fenders, racks, and baskets. Adding these components would increase this significantly, although it’d still be about average for this style and price.
Broad Sizing and Comfortable Geometry
The XPeak frame is available in two layouts: a white step-through that fits riders from 5’2″ to 6’3″ and a grey step-over fitting riders between 5’7″ and 6’5″.
Both frames have upright geometry more suited to urban riding than off-roading. This is the standard design for the majority of best fat electric bikes like the XPeak and is one of the factors distinguishing them from proper mountain bikes.
Smooth, Powerful Assistance
Lectric chose a motor and controller with a peak power output of 1310W and 85Nm of torque to ensure performance on steep gradients and with a loaded bike. Additionally, the brand listened to complaints about previous generations of its motors and made the XPeak’s “400% quieter”.
The motor is programmed with Lectric’s Pedal Assist Wattage Regulation (PWR), which means each assist level powers the bike up to a certain wattage instead of a specific speed, making for smoother riding.
The only downside of a powerful Class 3 system like this is the energy usage, and the meager 672 Wh of juice won’t sustain high outputs for long.
The build kit chosen for this bike is typical for the price, mainly consisting of entry-level components.
The RST Renegade 80mm travel suspension fork is a standout feature that should perform well on light trails. In contrast, most cheap e-bikes like this use non-branded or in-house suspension that adds more to the bike’s weight than its performance.
Equipped with basic components like the RST Renegade fork and Shimano drivetrain, the Lectric XPeak delivers sufficient performance for its price, despite some accessory limitations.
You also have a basic Shimano Tourney 7-speed drivetrain, unbranded hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors, and 4″ Chaoyang fat tires.
These components won’t blow you away, but they should prove effective in the short to medium term. Unfortunately, the base XPeak doesn’t come with fenders or a rack (they are offered free with pre-order purchases).
Who Is the Lectric XPeak Best Suited For?
The Lectric XPeak e-bike is a versatile fat-tire e-bike suitable for commuters, leisurely mixed-terrain rides, or short off-road adventures. This versatility, budget-friendly pricing, and convenient customization options make it an appealing choice for a broad range of riders.
Again, this category of e-bike is very competitive, so brands must be aggressive with their offering to compete. Lectric has done so by significantly undercutting the competition without major sacrifices to build quality or functionality.
Is the Lectric XPeak a Good Buy?
The Lectric XPeak is a versatile and affordable fat-tire machine. Lectric has a good reputation in the budget e-bike market, which can’t be said about all of its competitors. So, although the XPeak is relatively new, we expect it to perform well over time, and consider it a solid buy.
The sturdy aluminum frame will be worth upgrading as high-wear components are ready to be replaced, and XPeak owners could consider purchasing a spare battery to double the range for longer off-road adventures.
The Lectric XPeak excels as an affordable, sturdy fat-tire e-bike, offering reliable performance and upgrade potential in the competitive e-bike market.
Again, this bike competes well with big players in the segment, like the RadRover 6 Plus, Aventure.2, and Rift, offering a more affordable way to go off-road without a huge performance gap.
If you’re in the market for a cheap, powerful, and functional fat-tire electric bike, add the Lectric XPeak to your shortlist.