I’ve heard all kinds of excuses for not biking to work. The most common ones are concerns that it is not safe to lock your bike on the street, or you don’t want to get sweaty at work.
All those problems are solved with a folding electric bike. Now a full battery charge can cover a distance of a few dozens of miles, and you can store the bike under your desk. So you still can enjoy the freedom of biking without getting sweaty or ruining your suit. Following are some of the best folding electric bikes in the US.
1. Brompton Electric
After a long wait, Brompton finally announced its first electric bike in 2017. The Brompton Electric has the same design and folded size as non-electric Brompton folders. The differences are the motor on the front wheel and a 300Wh battery bag clipped on the front luggage block. These additional parts make the bicycle heavier at 30.2 lbs for the 2-speed version.
The bike features contactless bottom bracket torque and cadence sensor to control the assistance level. It has a top speed of 15.5 mph and range of 25-50 miles on a single charge. More specs of the Brompton Electric can be found here. The prices range from £2,595 to £2,755 in the UK or around $3,500 in the US.
2. Tern Vektron
The Tern Vektron is another great option when you want 20-inch wheels. The best feature of the folding bike is the mid-mounted Bosch Active Drive 250W motor with 3 sensors working continuously to deliver a smooth ride. Besides, we also have a 400Wh PowerPack battery, Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain, and hydraulic disc brakes.
The Vektron has the weight of 48.9 lbs and can be folded easily to a small package. The folder is priced at $3,400 in the US.
3. ENZO eBikes Electric Folding Bicycle
The ENZO bike shares a lot of features with the e-JOE bike, the names sound similar and even the design looks pretty much the same. However, there are some differences inside the hood. Notably, the Enzo comes with extra features like seat post pump, storage bag and you can get the glow-in-the-dark color. It has 5 levels of pedal assist and trigger throttle. However, the Enzo has some limitations like no suspension fork, besides, it is heavier at nearly 50 lbs.
The newest version has some great upgrades like the removable Samsung 36V 10.4Ah battery, 350W Brushless Rear Direct Drive to achieve up to 50 miles, new 160mm Hydraulic brakes with power cut-off when braking, and Shimano 7-speed drivetrain.
4. Swagtron EB-5 Pro
The Swagtron EB-5 Pro might not be the best folding e-bike in this list but it is absolutely the most affordable one. Despite having some limitations, the Swagtron is unbeatable in the $500 price range. It is portable, comfortable, and very well-built; Besides, it has impressive battery milage (over 20 miles in power-assisted mode) and can run in full throttle mode.
The EB-5 weighs just 37 lbs and measures 26 x 15.6 x 23.6 inches in the folded position.
5. e-JOE Epik Sport Edition SE
This is a widely popular electric bike and the new Epik Sport Edition even got some upgrades like the 350-watt geared hub motor, a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain and a basic front suspension fork. What’s great about the Epik is that it offers 3 levels of pedal assist and the thumb throttle control, so you can switch between assist mode, throttle only or no assist. The top speed of the bike is 20mph.
The 36V 9Ah Lithium-ion battery is hidden inside the 6061 Aluminum Alloy frame. A full charge takes around 4 hours and it can help you ride 20-30 miles in assisted mode. The bike weighs 42 lbs and folded dimensions are 35 x 24 x 17 inches. You can buy it in Black, White or Blue color.
6. ProdecoTech Mariner 500 / Mariner 8
ProdecoTech is probably the most reputable folding electric bike manufacturer on Amazon. When I went shopping for my first bike, Prodeco bikes were always the best options.
In their folding e-bike lineup, the Mariner series has two compact folding bikes, which are the Mariner 500 and Mariner 8. The Mariner 500 is the high-end version with vastly improved specifications. Apart from the powerful 36v 400W rear direct drive motor, it features the Suntour Swing Shock suspension fork, Avid DB1 Hydraulic brakes and a SRAM X7/X4 8 Speed drivetrain. It also has slightly higher top speed and battery milage. The Mariner 500 weighs 48 lbs and folded size is 36″ x 29″ x 16″.
There were some complaints about the battery of the older version and the issue has been fixed in the new bikes. ProdecoTech upgrades to the new rack and 36V 11.6Ah Samsung Cell battery. The distance per full charge ranges from 28 to 38 miles. The Mariner 500 also comes with a variable throttle, so you can use pedal assist depending on your needs.
7. Oyama CX E8D
If riding experience is your important requirement and you find other bikes uncomfortable for long journeys, the Oyama CX E8D is a great candidate.
It uses big fat 20-inch wheels and comes with all accessories like fenders, carrier rack, and kickstand but the total weight is just around 43 lbs. During my test, I was quite impressed with its powerful motor as it could help me deal with roads and hills effortlessly. The only limitation is that the bike doesn’t have the full throttle mode. The estimated battery range is 20-30 miles depending on the terrain and your pedaling rate.
What’s your favorite folding electric bike? Let us know is a comment below.
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