How much can it carry?
In a turn uncommon with cargo e-bikes, Lectric not only lists the XPedition’s total payload capacity of 450 lbs., they also break down just how heavy the rider can be—up to 330 lbs.—as well as the maximum payload on the rear rack—300 lbs.The front rack, should someone choose to mount one, can carry up to 35 lbs. That information is critical to knowing just what a rider can or cannot carry. Knowing how much weight the XPedition can carry, and where, will help riders judge how best to load it.
Loading a cargo e-bike can be a challenge if the e-bike has a traditional kickstand. The Lectric XPedition is equipped with a dual-leg, motorcycle-style kickstand which will hold the e-bike upright and make it easy to load, whether the rider is carrying kids, groceries or a 50-lb. bag of dog food.
Most e-bikes can accept a rack on which a child seat can be mounted. Kids usually outgrow those by the time they are four of five. After that, shuttling a child either requires a bucket-style cargo bike or a long-tail. While we don’t yet know just what accessories Lectric will offer for the XPedition, we can report that it is long enough that it can carry two kids in back.
To the moon and back
The Lectric XPedition comes standard with a 48V, 672Wh battery, which is estimated to offer riders as much as 75 mi. on a single charge. That’s terrific range for a single charge, and may cause some potential buyers to wonder why they might want to order a second battery. Because this is a cargo e-bike meant to carry up to 450 lbs., range can drop in a hurry when it’s loaded down. Throw in a few hills and pedaling around in PAS 5 and the rationale for the second battery becomes obvious.
The upcharge for the second battery is modest enough that buying the XPedition with two batteries makes sense, especially considering that a run to the grocery store with two kids could cut the range by 50 percent or more.
Lectric is introducing a new feature with the XPedition called PWR, for Pedal Assist Wattage Regulation. We haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but they say it it meant to establish a power output level for each PAS level. If we understand correctly, that may mean that PAS 1 may be 100W, PAS 2 may be 200W and so on. Practically speaking, that would result in more distinct differences between different PAS levels and should eliminate the possibility that there might not be much difference between PAS 1 and 2, as sometimes happens with e-bikes with hub motors and cadence sensors.
Who can ride it?
Like other e-bikes from Lectric, the XPedition features a one-size-fits-all frame. They decided on a step-thru design to make sure it would accommodate as many riders as possible. They also gave the XPedition a telescoping seat tube. This serves the XPedition in two ways. First, the seatpost-within-a-seatpost design is said to offer a range of saddle heights of 32 in. from the ground at the low end and 49 in. high on the high end. Lectric says that will fit riders from 4 feet 11 inches up to 6 feet 5 inches. And thanks to an adjustable stem the reach can be adjusted from as little as 17 in. up to 24.5 in., giving the XPedition a degree of flexibility that we find uncommon.
One other detail about the XPedition’s ability to fit a variety of different riders is worth mentioning. We see a number of e-bikes that come with adjustable stems. The problem with them is that after loosening the bolt that allows the stem to be rotated up or down, the handlebar clamp must be loosened so that the bar is rolled to the correct angle. The Lectric XPedition ships with a stem unlike anything we’ve previously seen. The stem features a quick release lever that will allow the stem to be rotated up or down and the handlebar to be rolled to correct angle simultaneously. It’s an innovative design and one that shows they take seriously the idea of one e-bike being used by the entire family.
In addition to the telescoping seat tube, the Lectric XPedition also features a folding handlebar mast. With the bar in riding position, the e-bike’s height is 46 in., but with both the handlebar mast folded and the seat lowered to its minimum height, the overall height of the XPedition is just 32 in., low enough to make fitting it into the back of an SUV possible.
The Lectric XPedition has an overall length of 72 in. That means the wheelbase is roughly 52 in., which is short enough that it can be carried by a number of different hitch racks.