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Lectric XP Trike

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The majority of trike's I've reviewed in the past have been huge. Full size fat tires, gigantic frames, powerful 750 watt motors in the front tire... sure, it's fun to hit the throttle and burn rubber, but those giant trikes feel rather dangerous and miss the point of why people typically buy trikes. Adding a third wheel means you don't have to balance the vehicle, so your average trike customer is someone who doesn't have great balance, or some other physical limitation that makes riding a regular bike difficult. An aggressively powerful trike defeats the purpose, especially since trikes get quite unstable and dangerous at high speeds.

The XP Trike checks the important boxes for safety, approachability, and ease-of-use

There are a lot of things I appreciate about the XP Trike's design. Let's talk about the motor and drivetrain first: the motor power is 500 watts (ample without being overpowering), and it's rear mounted so that it drives both rear wheels. There's also a differential axle back there, which allows the wheels to turn at different speeds; this makes cornering a lot easier, as you can literally turn on a dime. The pedaling drivetrain is single speed, which I like for its simplicity; No need to worry about shifting gears, and with a low top speed (plus electric assist) you really only need one gear.

The XP Trike is also on the small side, narrow enough to fit through doorways so you can actually store it inside if you need to. It's got a very low step-thru frame, very easy to mount and dismount. The backrest-equipped seat is a nice touch as well, quite comfortable and it feels very stable being able to lean back while riding. There are also hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors for excellent stopping power; I also appreciate that the rear brake is connected to the axle and thus affects both wheels. Many other trikes I've reviewed had the rear brake connected to only one wheel, which can be problematic in hard braking situations.

The foldable frame is also a nice touch, plus you can fold down the stem and remove the seat to really shrink down the storage footprint. It doesn't latch or secure in the folded position so it's not easy to pick up and transport, but still very handy for taking up less garage space (or living room space if you need to store it indoors).

Adrenaline junkies look elsewhere, this trike is slow (as it should be)

The XP Trike ships with a speed cap of 12 mph (19.3 kph), but can be "unlocked" up to 14 mph (22.5 kph). That sounds pretty slow, and it is... but if you've ever ridden a trike, you know that going fast can get sketchy in a hurry. Going in a straight line is fine, but turning is not, and braking while turning has a high risk of overbalancing and tipping over. Plus, it's really only slow when you compare it to Class 2 or 3 electric bikes; it's on par with (or faster than) most shared rental scooters, for example.

Power levels 1 and 2 are also very tame, especially when using the throttle. It has a very slow acceleration curve, feeling even more relaxed than the "walk mode" on most e-bikes. This can also be unlocked to be a bit more peppy... but I'd leave it as-is. It's another safety touch, designed to prevent accidentally hitting the throttle and getting an unexpected surge of acceleration. The throttle is noticeably more powerful in Level 5, but it still has a very smooth roll-on of power without any sudden surges.

Fenders, lights, and other accessories

Sturdy alloy fenders are included by default, providing full coverage for riding in any weather. The lights are pretty solid too, with three rear lights that have a brighter brake activation mode. The headlight is quite large with side cutouts for better side visibility at night. The tires have reflective striping for that too, and they're also pre-installed with Slime sealant to prevent flats. Sadly there are no turn signals, and also no horn or bell, but perhaps they'll be added in the next generation.

You'll have to spend a bit extra if you want to haul cargo (which you probably will). For $149 you can get the Cargo Package which includes a front basket, plus two different sizes of rear basket (I believe the one shown in the video is the small). It's a worthwhile investment and Lectric's accessories are well made, but you could also do it for a lot cheaper by buying from a local bike shop (or your own DIY solution).

Oh, there's also a parking brake! Two of them, actually --one on each brake lever-- that you can engage to prevent rolling. Handy for parking in a sloped driveway, or for securing it while loading and unloading cargo.

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$1,499.00

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Reasons to Buy the Lectric XP Trike

  • Affordably priced & ships fully assembled

  • Includes decent quality fenders and lighting accessories, plus a free upgrade to a backrest-equipped seat

  • Tires are pre-filled with Slime sealant to prevent flats

  • Smaller than most trikes, able to fit through doorways and folds down for storage

  • Easy to mount and dismount with very low step-thru frame

  • Quite nimble thanks to a differential rear axle and small-ish wheel size

  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power

  • Electronics are geared towards safety with rear-axle drive, 14mph (22.5 kph) maximum speed, and smooth acceleration

  • Good cargo hauling potential if equipped with front and rear baskets

  • Lectric uses UL certified batteries, with cells from reputable manufacturers

  • Single speed drivetrain for simplicity

Reasons Not to Buy the Lectric XP Trike

  • Cargo hauling accessories cost extra

  • Lacks turn signals, also no horn or bell

  • Components aren't as premium as more expensive trikes; lots of audible squeaking and rattling on my test unit, which was a showroom model with over 100 miles ridden on it

  • Lectric is primarily direct to consumer, so you might have to order it online without test riding first


Bottom Line

The XP Trike is an excellent mobility device for anyone who wants or needs more stability than a two-wheeled vehicle. It's approachable, small enough to fit through doorways, and folds down for a smaller storage footprint. It has numerous safety and convenience touches, headlined by the rear-mounted motor and differential axle which provide better performance, stability, and maneuverability. While it isn't the most premium trike in the business, it provides a tremendous amount of value at a low price point, and it's sold by a company that has built a good reputation for customer support.

Our Scores

Ride Quality
3.8

Build Quality
4.0

Design
4.8

Value
5.0

Score
4.4
Review by Tyson Roehrkasse
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Tyson Roehrkasse is a technical specialist who has worn just about every hat there is in the IT and software development fields. He began working with PEVs in 2018 as a developer for Electric Bike Review, and immediately became obsessed with learning about e-bike technology. He soon began creating his own reviews on the EBR platform and to date is the second largest contributor of review content there. After a five-year tenure with EBR Tyson moved on to work with other companies in the industry, building websites for other reviewing companies and e-commerce platforms for EV manufacturers. He also continued working as a freelance reviewer, eventually partnering with the Micromobility Industries to produce reviews and other content for their partner site, Ride Review.


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Frequently Asked Questions - Lectric XP Trike

Does the Lectric XP Trike have different levels of pedal assist?

Yes, the trike offers 5 levels of Pedal Assist as well as a throttle.
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What type of motor does the Lectric XP Trike have?

The trike is powered by a 1092W peak rear hub motor with 65NM torque.

What is the Lectric XP Trike designed for?

The Lectric XP Trike is designed to offer extra stability and accessibility, with a focus on riders who might have mobility and balance issues, or those looking for an affordable, versatile, and safe electric trike that can be used for commuting, cruising, and more.

What is the price of the Lectric XP Trike?

The Lectric XP Trike is priced at $1,499 USD.

Can the Lectric XP Trike battery be charged externally?

Yes, there is an external charging port which allows for the option to charge the eBike without removing the battery. Additionally, interchangeable spare batteries can be easily removed and installed.

What is the range of the Lectric XP Trike on a single charge?

The Lectric XP Trike can power your ride for up to 60 miles with a 48V, 14Ah lithium-ion battery.

What safety features does the Lectric XP Trike have?

It comes equipped with 180mm hydraulic brakes on front and rear wheels, standard parking brakes, and an open differential rear axle system for seamless and safe turning.

Is the Lectric XP Trike easy to store and transport?

Yes, the trike has a foldable design which makes it easy to transport and store.

What is the top speed of the Lectric XP Trike?

The Lectric XP Trike has a top speed of 14 mph.

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