Hero Lectro is a brand under the Hero Cycles banner which specializes in Electric Pedal Assisted Bicycles. The aim of Hero Lectro is to redefine your everyday commute. We got the opportunity to test ride the Hero Lectro C7+ and here is what we thought.
Weight: 18.4 kgs (Including battery)
The Hero Lectro C7+ is built on a full Alloy frame. Electric cycles are heavier due to the inclusion of battery and motor and hence using an Alloy frame keeps the weight in check. The riding posture was the perfect combination of aggressiveness and comfort with a very slight bend forward to reach the handlebar. The suspension fork on this E-Bicycle helps ride through rough surfaces with ease.
The Hero Lectro C7+ which I test rode came in a Pearlscent Blue Primary colour on the frame with White for the text. The suspension fork was the same Pearlscent Blue in colour which was uniform in design with the frame colour. The gloss finish paint job was of great quality with a shiny and a bit of a glittery finish to it. The concealed battery inside the bottom tube made it look like any normal bicycle and hence making the frame look neat and also protecting the battery from external dust.
This Hero Lectro Electric Bicycle comes with a Stride 7-Speed rear derailleur and no front derailleur. This 1x7-Speed drivetrain was useful for the rider by controlling the cadence according to the speed at which the pedal assist is pushing the E-Bicycle forward. Also when you run out of battery power during your ride, this 7-Speed gear system will help you ride efficiently without having to fully pull the weight of this E-Bicycle. The Stride 7-Speed thumb shifters were easy to use.
The Hero Lectro C7+ Electric Bicycle runs on a rear hub BLDC 36V, 250W rear hub motor. This motor is powered by a 36 Volt, 6.4Ah Lithium-Ion battery. The throttle on the right grip was easy to use and also brought out the fun factor on this E-bicycle. The 3 level pedal assist termed low, medium and high give three different levels of power assist from the battery for each pedal. There is also a walk mode which helps get a constant speed for easy walking with the bicycle. The LED button display on the left side of the handlebar bar has the On/Off button, assist level changer, walk mode button and also the battery level indicator. This display controller comes with a thick silicon semi-transparent cover which protects it from rain/water damage. The maximum speed using battery power is 25km/hr. As a safety feature there is a button next to the right hand side gip accelerator which can be used to switch on and switch off the accelerator function. The acceleration when using the throttle and pedal assist were both not the quickest but smooth in getting up to speed thus making it safe to ride.
With 1 full charge this battery is capable of giving 30-33Kms in Pedal Assist mode and 25-27Kms in Throttle mode. These mileages might differ a bit with the varied riding conditions, and rider weight. This battery takes around 4 hours to charge from 0 to 100% with any normal Indian plug point. The charging point for the battery is on the left side of the frame above the bottom bracket. The small downside to this charging method is that the bicycle has to be near a charging point as the battery is not detachable.
The Hero Lectro C7+’s stopping power is controlled by a pair of Clark’s Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. These Disc brakes were powerful enough to get the E-Bicycle to a stop safely and quickly even at 20-25 Km/hr. During the test the ride these brakes reacted fast enough during fast cornering even on wet roads.
The 680mm Alloy riser handlebar on this E-bicycle was of the perfect length to give a comfortable riding posture for the rider. The grip throttle on the right was smooth and easy to use and to accelerate.
The 27.5” x 2.0” Spur branded tires on the Hero Lectro C7+ provided sufficient traction on rough urban roads and was perfectly suited for an Electric Bicycle even when riding at 25km/hr. The treads were also thick enough to protect the tires from smaller punctures.
The saddle has seen a considerable upgrade on these newly released models this year, with an extra layer of padded cushion which makes it as good as having an external gel/foam seat cover.
The Alloy frame is comfortable to ride and the front suspension fork makes it easy to ride on rough roads. The concealed battery is neat and along with the gloss finish paint job makes the bicycles look aesthetic. The 3 level assist along, throttle and the extra cushioned saddle made the electric riding experience comfortable and enjoyable. The 27.5” x 2.0” Spur tires were fast rolling with great traction on smooth and rough urban roads. Priced at Rs.32,999 the Hero Lectro C7+ is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an electric bicycle for leisure rides and commutes.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.