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Lectric is one of the most popular e-bike brands in North America. The products they have made so far have largely been hits that dominated sales charts in their respective categories. So wherever they turn their sights towards next was bound to be a big deal. It turns out they were barreling towards one of the country’s most popular e-bike categories with their all-new 26” X 4” fat tire e-bike (the first time Lectric is not making a bike with 20” tires).

We know from experience having reviewed a lot of fat tire e-bikes that there are TONS of companies popping out quality and affordable rides. So in such a hotly contested space where many brands are all vying for customers’ dollars, what did Lectric do to set the XPeak up for success? They’re going back to the same successful playbook they’ve used before: give it all the features people want, make sure it has a few claims nobody else does, and sell it at “how are they making money on this thing?” prices.

The XPeak has a 750W rear hub-motor (1310W Peak) with 85 Nm torque, a 48V, 14Ah (672Wh) battery, hydraulic disc brakes on 180mm rotors, and it comes in either a high step or step-thru frame. It comes as a class 2 ride but can be changed to class 1 or 3. Of course, let’s not forget what puts the “fat” in a fat bike as it comes with Chaoyang 26” X 4” tires. As an added bonus, they come with slime pre-installed to encourage you to head offroad and have some fun and hopefully not allow a thorn or two to get in the way of riding.

While those are the commonly-found specs shoppers go looking for in the electric fat tire market, the XPeak starts to separate itself with its suspension and durability, and of course, the price.

Lectric has equipped the XPeak with the RST Renegade spring fork with 80mm of travel. It’s a nicer fork than you typically find on these types of e-bikes, but Lectric said its inclusion was a must. Why? It helped them achieve the ISO 4210-10 rating: the eMTB standard for a bike holding up to the rigors of off-road riding. Lectric says the XPeak is the first sub-$2000 e-bike to receive that rating.

But the XPeak doesn’t just sneak in under $2000, it’s debuting at an MSRP of $1399. Those who snatch one up when preorders start on November 1st will only pay $1299, with shipping expected to start in January 2024.

Lectric XPeak: Bike Overview

Lectric XPeak: Bike OverviewLectric XPeak: Bike Overview

One of the highlight qualities of a fat tire electric bike is its versatility. More often than not, I see them being ridden on city streets and bike paths (where the fat tires lend great stability and a bit more comfort), but they can definitely hit the local fire roads and mild double-track with gusto.

The XPeak seems set up to follow the trend: mostly surface street riding, but hearing it has a ISO 4210-10 eMTB rating with its RST fork might inspire a bit more confidence for off-road adventures.

To be clear: passing an eMTB standard isn’t the same thing as saying this IS an eMTB. Those are still pretty different things. But at least you can have more confidence that you won’t hammer the bike to the point of no return from the occasional foray into dirt, rocks, and roots. The battery life should allow for some decently long rides, while the brakes should meet the needs of the environments you can take it into.

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