The Watseka XP Cargo is a 26" electrical commuter/cargo style bicycle. An identical version of this bike is also available without a front basket: the Watseka XP Sport.
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Out of all the electrical bikes available in the Western market, the Watseka XP Cargo is one of most inexpensive options.
Pro Doesn't feel cheap
The bike itself is sturdy and overall well constructed. The frame is completely made of steel and doesn't feel cheap. In short, build quality is great.
Pro Battery is easily removable
The included battery of the Watseka XP can be removed with an ignition key, allowing you to easily switch battery packs between rides.
Pro Easily assembled
Pro Comes with accessories
The Watseka XP Cargo comes with a number of different accessories, such as a front light, rear light, horn, bell, front basket and a rear cargo rack.
Pro Great customer support
The bike is provided with a 90 Day manufacturer warranty by Watseka, and the customer support that is provided by them is great. When the bike itself or a part (such as the battery) is faulty or suffers from a dead-on-arrival, a pick-up and replace process can be started - no need to pay for shipping costs.
Con Heavy to transport
The total weight of the Watseka XP bicycle weighs in at 72.5 pounds (a little over 32 kgs), which is significantly higher than some other electrical bikes such as the 51 lbs X-Treme Trailmaker. This is mainly due to the heavy battery, which weighs 22 lbs on its own.
Con Battery quality is questionable
Watseka has opted for lead acid non-lithium batteries, which are cheaper to produce but also less efficient and heavier. Lithium batteries also last longer, which results in a somewhat limited range of 18 miles (29 km) for the Watseka XP.
Con Difficult replacement of rear wheel
Replacing the rear wheel of the Watseka XP tends to be an issue, as special tools are required to take the sprocket off the rear wheel. This is a task that is better suited for specialized repair shops.
Con Doesn't support a high passenger and cargo weight
The maximum weight on the Watseka XP for the passenger and the cargo is 250 pounds (113 kilograms). Not only is the 250W motor too weak for higher weights, but according to the manufacturer, the seat is also not suited for larger riders. For comparison: other bicycles such as the X-Treme Trail Maker allow weights up to 350 pounds.