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Old 09-23-2019, 06:20 PM   #1
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The Electric Bike Thread

Since I had been pondering an e-bike for so long and finally went trough with it, I figured I would create a thread dedicated to all things e-bike.

I bought the Lectric XP for $899 on preorder around late July/early August and just got it last Friday. I did tons of research and nothing touches the practicality, usefulness, high quality where you need it, cost and simple fact that it folds up to a 2 foot square cube!

LG battery, up to 35-45 miles on a charge depending on how much pedal assist you use, this bike is a game changer for me. No more short car trips to pick up anything. I still ride my other bike for heart pounding exercise but every time Iíve been in this thing I end up sweating so there is legit exercise to be had - if you want it.

The pedal assist must be like what it feels when your in a Tesla for the first time, not as drastic, but the bike comes programmed to ease into the power, something you can adjust if you want.

Itís amazing!!! Put like 20 miles on it already, wife now ordered one too ha. Price went up already. You can get free pannier bags worth $49 with the code ďnomadic fanatic ď if anyone is interested. I think this company will take off with this product. As long as it stays around a grand.

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Old 09-23-2019, 07:28 PM   #2
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A few guys I work with ride e-bikes, and I guess I just need to give it a go to see what it's like. Some of them use them as mountain bikes, and I can definitely see the appeal of not huffing it up the hill with a motorized assist, but for general bicycling it seems too expensive to go for it.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:07 PM   #3
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Definitely on my radar since I don't feel like climbing up trails in 100 degree weather anymore. Trouble is around here they are banned for some reason.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:26 AM   #4
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So to further elaborate...

I too agree with you Hobohunter, they have always been far too expensive for me to go all in and buy one. Anything reasonable that comes close to a real electric mountain bike is well up over 2-3 grand easy. Some are close to 10!!!!! Not wanting to buy a bike instead of a third car, I never bit the bullet.

That's where this one came in at $899 that drew me in. It was packed with features many more expensive other bikes did not have, or they had some of, but not all.

Went down the road to Autozone last night to get a new brake light bulb as mine had gone out, and the entire thing put a smile on my face. I rode by one of my wife's friends who was driving and she could do nothing but giggle, likely cause I was pulling away from her. HA! I am big and probably do look somewhat clown-like on this thing, but who cares, it's that much fun.

I will say this, I live in a mostly flat area with very minimal hills, but some on the bike path are very long drawn out gradual inclines that get your thighs burning if you're pushing it on a regular bike. You can pedal casually on this thing and you haul ass up that same hill with barely any effort, yet I still find myself pedaling all the time and only using pedal assist mode, very rarely using the twist throttle alone. The Pedal assist is THAT good.

After my first long ride over 10 miles, it became apparent to me that I would need longer handlebars as they are a bit short for my frame to be comfortable, better grips that are softer and needed to do something about the seat. So I purchased a new set of longer handlebars with a slight rise, new grips with bar ends so i can be more comfortable on longer rides, a nice quality Suntour suspension seatpost, and a new seat. My only other complaint is the mechanical disc brakes which are OK, but loud and no where near as smooth as hydraulic ones. I may look into a replacement at some point in the future, but will need to think about this as the existing brake levers have something built in via a wire that cuts the electric motor when you depress the brake lever, a great feature I'm not sure I want to lose - but if you stop pedaling, the electric motor cuts out also from the cadence sensor, so you will always have that.

I think I'm good from here on out with this thing now - oh, also bought 2 spare tubes for when I get a flat, others have said changing the rear tire is challenging as the frame is tight. Just wanted tubes in stock so I would not have the bike down for too long in the event of a flat.

SO ponder this - I'm a solid 280lbs, and 6'3". And I got this bike to hit 30mph pedaling very hard, on totally flat ground, no downhill start. That's impressive for this little bike and battery. It will cruise at 22mph easily with pedal assist mode 4-5 and it feels like you are just going for a casual ride based on how much you are pedaling, yet the wind is flying through your hair because you're screaming down the road!

Link to their site.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:28 AM   #5
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Picture of it folded up? Will it go on electric power alone, meaning not pedal assist? At $899, I'd ride this thing to work...
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:50 AM   #6
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Picture of it folded up? Will it go on electric power alone, meaning not pedal assist? At $899, I'd ride this thing to work...
Scroll down on the main page of the link I posted up, and you can see how small it is folded. I tried to put it in the trunk of my M5 and it just barely wouldn't fit, that being said I am sure I could get it into the back seat with the split folding seats down, and in your golf, with that hatchback you should be golden.

It has pedal assist, 5 levels, AND twist throttle only with no pedaling. Some guy just did a real live test and went out with throttle only, zero pedaling and went 21 miles at around 20mph avg!!!! This thing is THAT good.

Also - disclaimer, it's no longer $899, it is now $999 and shipping in october. The longer you wait, the more likely the price is to increase. It's cheap for the amount of fun you will have and practicality it offers, hell anyone that lives close to work is golden with this bike.

You could also toss it in the trunk, go into a large city and instantly be mobile without the need of driving a car around and trying to find a place to park. Get a good lock though, but like I said, the battery is totally removable and lockable into the frame. It's so well made.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:51 AM   #7
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Quite a few vids on youtube as well now as people get their shipments...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lextric+xp
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:52 AM   #8
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Do you remove the battery to charge it?
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:54 AM   #9
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Oh, and by the way, I had a dude on a road bike pass me as I was stopped, taking a few pics.. he was hauling ass... I nonchalantly got on, started out in PAS 1, then moved on to PAS 2 and was pretty much instantly up this guy's ass, I had to chill or I would have had to come around him quick and I was almost at my destination.

Also was in middle school parkinglot with kids doing a test, and my 13 year old son was FLYING like 20mph with no helmet on and a cop pulls around from behind the school. My son blasted in front of him like 20 feet, while pedaling (still looks mostly like you're on a normal bike) - and the cop just rolled away and never said anything. I thought for sure he was going to ask questions or something due to the speed my son had.. but nothing!

Any of you lightweights will have even MORE fun and be able to go even FARTHER than me since I'm a huge dude.
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Do you remove the battery to charge it?
You don't have to, simple plug outlet on side of bike covered by a rubber grommet. I charge mine this way always, but if you choose, you can unlock the battery, slide it out from the frame where it's totally hidden, bring it inside and charge it. That ability alone is what makes this thing special, and you will never ever worry about leaving the bike outside in the garage during the winter when it's frigid and having it impact your battery since your battery can be all warm inside and charged up all winter!

Oh, did I mention that these 20 x 4 tires are so fat you are supposed to be able to ride through sand, snow, gravel, whatever! There is a vid somewhere of someone riding through a few inches of snow with no problem....

While it isn't exactly "waterproof" the battery at least is well protected. I wouldn't personally ride it out in the rain or on a soaked road, but it has fenders, so you'd probably be fine. I would just be worried about the cadence sensor around the bottom bracket getting impacted by wetness, etc... but that's a minimal concern.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:59 AM   #11
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Fully folded @3:24, Battery removed almost fully @4:28
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Thanks man! I'll look into it. I wouldn't ride it in the rain anyway. I'm going to work so I'd be more concerned about myself than the bike lol.
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Definitely on my radar since I don't feel like climbing up trails in 100 degree weather anymore. Trouble is around here they are banned for some reason.
I have seen an increasing abundance of Trail e-bikes around when I'm hiking and the like. My initial thoughts have always centered around how it seemed kinda lazy for trying to tackle back country trails and ascents.

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Old 09-24-2019, 01:33 PM   #15
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^^ No LG branded battery, about half as much range and none of the practicality of the bike!

I will say that I was on a razor scooter once and it topped out around 9mph and had batteries that were no where NEAR as powerful as a 48V with a 500W motor. Given the small size of the tires on this, I bet this could do burnouts all day long.

Oh, did I mention also that this bike has an option for cruise control? Here are the customizable options:

What the settings control -

P01: 1-3 Backlight Brightness Adjustment, 1 Lowest, 3 Brightest.
P02: 1 Mileage Unit Setting. 0: km, 1:mile
P03: 48V Voltage Selection Setting. 24V 36V 48V
P04: 10 Sleep Time. 0: No Sleep, Other Numbers Are Sleep Time, 1-60 Minutes
P05: 1 Power Gear Adjustment,
P06: 20 Rim Diameter. Mine needed to be set to 25.5 to correct my odometer
P07: 1 Number of Speed Magnets. Range: 1-100
P08: 32 or 45 Speed Limit: 0-100km/h
P09: 0 Throttle toggle. 0 = active, 1 = inactive
P10: 2 Drive mode.0: Pedal Assist only, 1: Throttle only, 2: Both pedal assist and throttle.
P11: 3 1-24 PAS sensitivity. Higher numbers take more rotation to turn on
P12: 3 0-5 PAS strength. Higher numbers cause motor to come on stronger
P13: 12 Magnet type 5, 8, 12
P14: 18 Current limiting. 1-20 amps
P15: 39 I think this is the voltage where the motor cuts off.
P16: 0 Odometer zero. Long press the upper key
P17: 0
P18: 100%

There are 20 of them in total, and I think the manual has better description of them.
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How much stock did you buy in this company?
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:51 PM   #17
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HA! I was waiting for someone to ask that. Zero, not even sure if public yet, but if they are, I should buy in! I just did a ton of research is all....
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Hey trizzuth and a majority shareholder why don't you get a discounted group buy set up for us
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I wish!

Lunchtime ride, 5.1 miles, using Pedal Assist mode 4-5 mostly, came back home and not one single tick off my battery level indicator!

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