More than expected
The Luna X1 is completely awesome! I have been a Specialized product believer for the last 15 year. My previous Specialized bikes have never let me down. Turning the page and wanting an EMB, I was torn between purchasing Turbo Levo and the Luna X1. After tons of research and financial comparisons, I decided to go with the X1 due to the specs of the components, tires, battery and especially the motor. I had the X1 for a week now and its more impressive than I ever expected. I know i made the correct choice after putting the X1 to numerous tests in the wood and on the streets. The X1 killed it jumping things and powering through the uphills! I loved this bike so much and loved the support I received from Luna that i just purchased a second X1 today. I would give 6 starts if i could!!!!!
I finally was able to get one that fits me very well. Most of the bikes for sale are large or XL. I just wished they have different colors, but I love the high gloss finish. There's some pro and cons but mostly pros.
First, this bike is not made for road riding, it's an Enduro mountain bike. I just don’t like thin tires; I like riding in comfort. I love the mountain bike style, always have. I even had a custom-built full suspension mountain bike frame when I was a kid. I have never owned a road bike, never want to.
It’s not a speed demon, tops off at 25mph and the pedelic (pedal assist) stops. I can use the throttle to go pass 25mph, so it's considered a class 2 at best.
I have not made a lot of changes on the bike. I plan on replacing the stem with a slight raise and handlebars, they're too wide for me but that's customizing so not a con. I already replaced the saddle, got one that fits me based on the sit bones measurements I made prior. I also replaced the pedals, it was a cheap one, it wiggles (a con but is it? Normally they don’t come with them on high performance bikes).
Another pro is the looks. I love the way the battery is basically hidden under the down tube. Components that came with it are very good (except for the pedals). The drive train is a Sram SX 12 speed, got a Sram Guide 4 piston with 203mm front and 180mm rear disc, extra braking power. The unit came with a 32t chainring. Remember, I said it’s made for off road riding. 32t is made for climbing. I had to replace it with a 42t one to get more speed, not really a con but something to think about.
My cons would be it's a carbon fiber bike, not really a con but the frame design is very tight, meaning I'm having difficulty mounting fenders in it. Being carbon fiber, I have this unsettling feeling one day the bike might snap in half w/o warning, so I hope the frame is built well (which I think it is based on the company's reputation). Frame has a 2-year warranty plus I don't plan on abusing it anyway.
The display mount came in damage. Luna Cycle sent me a replacement as soon as I informed them about the issue. I believe it was damaged during shipping. The extra battery and some goodies were inside the box and not secured, they might have shifted during transport. I remembered the extra battery was near the handlebars when I unpacked it. The display was already loosely mounted on the handlebars. BTW, they sent me a set of tools with the case and an aluminum water bottle.
Speaking of the battery, it comes with a mid-power capacity (13ah), understandable with the way it was designed. I don’t think I can get a higher capacity battery, it’s a small footprint. With this ride, I have gotten it 20 miles (in flat paved roads) with 75% battery used so it may go up to 30 miles per full charge at PAS level 3. The reason I got an extra battery. Now this ride I tried it with PAS level 3. Level 1 and 2 will give me better range but motor doesn't give me a lot of power. Level 1 and 2 is primarily for low level assist, I use my legs more. Level 3,4, 5 gives out more power, if kicks it up a notch but cuts off at 25mph. Battery drains a lot faster too. I got this bike with the optional Ludicrous mode, this drains battery faster but has a nice kick to it, sometime too much. I have to properly gear the bike correctly or else due to its power, it may easily damage the drive train. I also got the “silent treatment” option. The stock motor came with metal gears, it makes more noise, because of that Luna Cycles developed a “space age” plastic gear to reduce the noise level. I can say it does work. I can barely hear the motor running. Luna claims the “space age” plastic is very strong, time will tell.
Would I recommend this to others? Depends on your knowledge in doing your own repairs. Luna Cycles is based in California, they can support you with what's wrong with the bike (if you have issues) but you must make adjustments yourself or have a bike shop make them, at your expense. I have some skills or knowledge (not a professional) but there are times where I need to take it to the shop, mostly because I don’t have the tools to do it myself or just lazy. Luna Cycles is more of a DYI company. They make high performance bikes but you're basically on your own to figure out on “how to” stuff. If you're that type of person then yes get one from them but if you rely of bike shops on everything then I would suggest you get one from a local shop.
This bike is a keeper.