Lightspeed is an Electric Mobility Solutions company based in India that makes Electric Bicycles for a fun experience in Urban Environments. Their Bicycles have been a focus growing interest since their launch in the second half of 2017. The brand houses five electric bicycles in their current portfolio. We got to review the Lightspeed Rush and here is what sparked our interest.
Weight: 23 kgs
The Lightspeed Rush is made using an Alloy hardtail frame. This Alloy frame material makes it a sturdy and durable bicycle capable of withstanding the speed and heavy usage. The Bicycle comes in a single frame size. This is suitable for riders from 5 feet 5 inches to 6 feet tall. The E-Bicycle comes with a suspension fork which works well to absorb vibrations felt from flat terrain trails as well as rugged roads and potholes.
The Lightspeed Rush comes with a Black frame and Gold design and graphics.. The rims on the bicycle are Mag wheels which are made of Alloy and definitely added some style quotient. In addition to its neat design and paint job, the front LED lights and the display monitor adds to the overall aesthetics of this bicycle.
The E-Bicycle which I test rode came with a 8-Speed Shimano Altus rear derailleur. Gears in an Electric Bicycle help in keeping up to the battery assist speed of the bicycle by adjusting the pressure in pedalling. These gears are also useful when the battery charge is low or if the charge has run out, as one can use it to ride efficiently.
The Battery and Motor is the make or break of Electric Bicycles. The Lightspeed Rush comes with a 250W brushless DC motor located at the hub of the rear wheel which is powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, with a capacity of 11.6 Ah. The battery takes about 4 hours to charge and can last for an approximate of 45-55 kilometres per charge. The mileage on an Electric Bicycle can vary according to weather, rider weight and road inclines. Pedal assist mode gives more mileage than throttle mode.
The E-Bicycle functions on two operating modes, one being Pedal Assist and the second being Hub, and Throttle driven. In the Pedal-Assist mode, there are 5 levels – each level determining the amount of battery push provided for each pedal rotation. Level 1 being the least, and level 5 being the most. The level 5 Pedal Assist setting allowed me to reach 25 kmph with minimum effort. In the second mode, one achieves additional momentum by simply moving the throttle on the right grip of the handlebar, similar to the accelerator on scooters. The maximum speed achievable on this mode is also 25 kmph, however using this mode one does not have to pedal, at all. The pick-up was impressive while using both modes, and the power is sufficient to effortlessly ride on inclines and rough roads.
The Lightspeed Rush comes with Zoom Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. Since Electric Bicycles deliver speeds that require no efforts, braking is an important component, in case one needs to get the Bicycle to a complete stop within moments. The brakes on this E-Bicycle worked efficiently, giving me confidence to ride without inhibitions in heavy city traffic. The right brake acts as a motor cut off, and it responds quickly.
The handlebar on this Bicycle is long and comfortable, allowing for a comfortable riding position. The reach to the button console, and the accelerator on the right was easy without straining at all while riding.
The Lightspeed Rush comes with Kenda 26” x 2.3” well treaded tires. The 2.3” width of the tires enabled that they could roll over any hard surface. 26” tires are great in terms of on road performance with potholes and occasional rough, rugged roads. The tires are sure to work well providing adequate traction on both wet and dry surfaces.
The Saddle on this Bicycle is comfortable. It was well cushioned throughout, leaving no room for saddle sores or general discomfort when used on longer rides.
This Electric Bicycle has a comfortable frame geometry with stylish Mag Alloy wheels. The electric kit has a powerful battery with easy throttle and 5 level pedal assist and an aesthetic colour LCD display. The Powerful Mechanical Disc brakes along with the 26” x 2.3” MTB tires made it easy to roll over bad roads and stop safely at high speeds. Priced at Rs.54,999(as on 1st February 2020) the Lightspeed Rush is best suited for both commutes and trail rides.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.