Folding it is simple but impractical, due to the bike’s 60-pound weight. Loosen the clamp in the middle of the frame, then lift the front half and pull it to the back. If you don’t have a good foot, this is a dance to see if the bike is on or off first. Undo another clip to pry the handlebars away.
There’s no way to lock the two wheels together when folded, so the front tire scrambles awkwardly. It doesn’t look very elegant. I also wish there were more intuitive hands on the frame. Currently, the parts that are easy to grab are often the dirtiest parts of a bike.
ray of sunshine
The best part of the Kutty X is the ride. Kenda’s 4-inch tires make the ride wonderfully smooth, and the suspension helps, too. The large, flat handlebars are comfortable to hold and you can adjust the height. It feels like you are sitting in a cruiser upright.
On the handlebars is an easy-to-use Shimano 8-speed transmission, reliable Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and an LCD display with ride data, such as the odometer, speed (be sure to switch it from kilometers to miles), and mileage. With the buttons on the left of the screen, you can cycle between five levels of pedal assist (or use the accelerator pedal).
Pedal-assisted, Levels 1 and 2 will still get you blowing on longer rides and steeper hills, but Level 3 strikes a good balance of effort without the sweating. Levels four and five felt very easy, although they didn’t leave me with the “air pedal” feel I had with the Lectric XP.
Even better, the Shengyi’s 750W rear hub motor delivers its power smoothly and stops when you’re not pedaling. This was a problem with the Lectric XP 500W rear hub motor – it kept running for a few seconds after I stopped pedaling, which is potentially dangerous. I had no such problems with the Kutty X. The motor is powerful enough to climb hills in Brooklyn with ease too. As for range, it will depend on a variety of factors and what level of pedal assist you’re using, but I usually hovered around 20 miles before I needed to charge it again.
Fat tire fun
Just like Lectric, you get a bunch of accessories that are usually add-ons Many other ebikes, such as the headlight, the rear rack, and the fenders. It’s IP65 too, and I’ve ridden it in a heavy rainstorm without any issues.
I want to repeat that the Kutty X weighs more than 60 lbs. Being able to fold it is great considering my tiny New York apartment, but I’m even more grateful I have an elevator so I don’t need to lift this thing up the stairs.
I’ve seen a slight uptick in these heavy, fat-tire bikes around Brooklyn lately—many of them are Lectric XPs, which makes sense considering the Attractive price 1000 dollars. It’s hard to say if pushing a little more than double was worth the slightly improved experience and increased power, but without a doubt I had more fun with the Kutty X. Overall, the riding experience was a lot better – except for the battery switch! Take it outside, everyone!