The Hero Lectro F2i looks like any conventional city electric cycle. One glance over the Hero website and you’ll be surprised that Hero is calling this India’s first e-MTB which is misleading. Firstly there’s no rear suspension on this thing. It’s as rigid as any standard e-cycle and secondly, the cycle height is excessive for an eclectic mountain bike. That said, as a conventional electric cycle, it gets a few things right. Especially the design and weight distribution.
It is heavy as a mountain which is fine because you get a massive 6.4Ah battery as a trade-off. You won’t be able to lift this thing with ease and uphill acceleration will not be effortless. This means the Lectro F2i will not be suitable for any mountainous terrain or offroad with rough patches.
On the tarmac, the Hero Lectro F2i absolutely flies! The power delivery from the BLDC 36V/250W motor is gradual but once you hit 10kmph, the top end of the acceleration is quick and nifty. This is actually superb because it completely avoids the jerkiness that comes from some unrefined electric motors. It’s not the most nimble at manoeuvring through the curb, but it is a lot stable.
Hero says you can get about 27km from a fully charged battery while using the thing on full throttle. We got somewhere close to that figure as well and pedal-assist mode will take you up to 35km. The non-removable battery takes about four and half hours to juice up fully so you can go a couple of days without the need for charging depending on your use.