I love my Lectric XPremium electric bike for several reasons.
First and foremost, the mid-drive motor is fantastic. The motor is positioned in the middle of the bike, near the bottom bracket or the pedal area. It provides powerful and efficient performance, making my rides smooth and enjoyable. The torque sensor adds to this experience by ensuring the motor accurately responds to my pedalling, giving me the right assistance when needed. I seldom used the throttle, opting to pedal and enjoy the physical activity. I deactivated the throttle after a few months.
I also appreciate the step-through frame, which adds to the bike's accessibility and ease of use. It makes mounting and dismounting the bike effortless. I frequently have difficulties dismounting when riding a "standard bar" bicycle. I often hit the bar, lose my balance, and fall over. I think maybe it’s my age.
The hydraulic disc brakes are a standout feature as well. They provide exceptional stopping power and precise control, giving me peace of mind during my rides, especially when dealing with challenging terrains or unexpected obstacles (like pedestrians in the bike lanes).
The long battery life of the Lectric XPremium is truly impressive. It allows me to go on two-hour bicycle tours without "range anxiety". I can explore new areas, go on longer adventures, and enjoy the ride without worrying about running out of battery power.
Until now, I have completed two round trips of approximately 33 kilometres each from my residence, travelling along the Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Trail using the XPremium bike. The first ride was to a local brewery, and the second one was simply for the joy of it. Following each of these rides, the XPremium displayed that the battery still had approximately 75% charge.
Lastly, I must mention the solid construction of the bike. The XPremium feels like a tank. It feels durable and well-built, giving me confidence in its longevity and performance, which is important when buying a high-quality electric bike.
Overall, the Lectric XPremium has exceeded my expectations with its mid-drive motor, torque sensor, foldable design, step-through frame, hydraulic disc brakes, long battery life, and solid construction. It's a fantastic electric bike that provides an exceptional riding experience.
Butt there are a few things about it that I dislike. First of all, the cable wrap has been a nightmare. I had a damaged rear speed sensor that needed to be replaced, but the mess of cable ties and cable wrap surrounding the cables has made the repair process incredibly difficult. It's frustrating that I might have to pay someone else to repair this.
The foldable design of the bike is another great feature that would make transportation and storage incredibly convenient. But even without batteries, it doesn't fit into my wife's 2013 Acura RDX. Following the tips in this , I removed both batteries, folded the e-bike, and lifted it (oh, my poor back) into the trunk. No matter how I positioned the e-bike, I could not close the trunk.
Another major issue is the weight of the bike. It weighs 34kg, and even with the batteries (6kg) removed, lifting and moving it around is a real challenge. Despite its folding feature, it's still quite heavy to lift into the back of the Acura RDX, making transportation a hassle. This means that my riding adventures are limited to my local area.
This limits my ability to explore trails in other towns, go on adventures in another state, and enjoy rides outside my immediate area. When Bhavna and I visited Matt and Jean in Lewes last summer, I discovered that Cape Henlopen State Park was a haven for birds and other wildlife. There are a lot of biking trails. I imagined myself getting up early and spending the morning riding on those trails and stopping to photograph the birds and other wildlife. But that goal now seems impossible.
We had a great weekend when Bhavna and I visited Matt and Jean in Lewes last summer. I was so excited to learn that Cape Henlopen State Park was a refuge for birds and wildlife. The park has these extensive biking trails too. I had this whole plan in my head of waking up early, hopping on my bike, and cruising on a bicycle along those trails while taking photos of the birds and wildlife. I didn't have the right bicycle or Fujinon lens (the XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR) back then. But now, I finally have the perfect bicycle and lens I need. But now that dream doesn't seem possible anymore.
Furthermore, the suspension on the bike leaves much to be desired. I had a small camera bag in the rear basket, and the poor suspension caused it to bounce out during a ride. Unfortunately, I had left the bag slightly open, and the Fuji X-T3 camera body bounced onto the gravelled trail. It’s frustrating to have such a basic issue with a feature that should be reliable. Fortunately, neither the camera body nor the lens were damaged. They escaped with a few scratches.
Given all these problems, I may have been better off purchasing another bicycle.