Lectric XP Trike Review
Here’s what we know so far:
- It will retail for $1499
- A brushless, geared hub motor will drive it
- It will feature a differential, so that the motor drives both wheels, not just one
- The battery will be 14A
- It will spec hydraulic disc brakes
- Like other Lectric e-bikes, it will be foldable to make it easier to transport and store
Electric trikes have either left that out and driven only one wheel in order to keep them as affordable as possible, or included it and been notably more expensive as a result. That Lectric Bikes has found a way to include a differential and price the XP Trike at $1499 is perhaps not all that surprising.
We’re very pleased to see that Lectric has chosen to spec a hydraulic disc brake on the XP Trike. Trikes tend to be heavy (north of 75 lbs.) due to the extra wheel, more elaborate frame with lots more tubing, not to mention the differential. It deserves to have powerful brakes to afford the rider plenty of confidence that they can control the trike. From what we can see there is a single brake mounted at the front wheel with a 203mm rotor.
We believe that the battery will be a 48V, 672Wh unit, the same as found in some of the extended range Lectric e-bikes we’ve reviewed. Without knowing more about the motor or the weight of the trike it is premature to try to estimate what sort of range it will offer.
It comes with mounts for both front and rear baskets, though they haven’t announced just what will be included with the trike beyond lights and fenders.
In the one photo released so far, we can see a battery mounted behind the seat tube, which leads us to wonder if there will be the opportunity to buy a range-extending second battery.
Like other Lectric models, the XP Trike features fat tires; they appear to be the same 3-in. wide tires found on the XP 3.0. Unfortunately, a suspension fork does not appear to be part of the parts package; that may be because with so much weight concentrated in the rear, a suspension fork wouldn’t do much to improve a rider’s comfort or control.
Lectric Bikes will reveal more information about the XP Trike on Friday, 1/13.
Ben Ball says
You said that it has a front brake. What about rear brakes on both sides. Where can I test one of these? I am presently in Pasadena, CA.
Interesting, There is renewed interest in TRIKES, Which can only be good, But they are still missing the mark !!!
There are expensive low powered recumbent trikes, All sit too low for use on the road (visibility and exhaust fumes in city bike lanes) yet, Almost solve the problem of roll-over on turns. All other trikes are under powered due to the fact they sit WAY too high and are very tippy.
This one looks like some thought went into it, But turns will be a problem.
Trike needs a design where the rider sits low between the rear wheels, Yet in an upright position !!! Therefore allowing better cornering without tipping over.
The alternative is to have a powerful single fat tire motor in the rear and have the two wheels in the front that tilt into the turn, Just like a bicycle.
That I would like to see, !!
Robert Germscheid says
Good design. Front wheel drives do not work at beach on beach. This bike well work everywhere.
Harold Lambing says
Looking forward to the new XP Trike release.
The Tadpole design is a much safer design. It has been proven over and over again. There is a reason there are no mass-production motorized vehicles like this. They are inherently unstable due to there design.
Robert L Remley says
What about winter weather-ice snow etc.