The term folding e-bike consists of a wide variety of designs. Obviously from the name, they all fold in one way or another, this usually happens by hinges or pivots manufactured into the frame; but the reason for the fold and the overall design of the bike can be different.
If you want an e-bike that is easy to store in small spaces, then there’s no better option than a folding electric bike. Lucky for you, there are a lot of great options out there to choose from. Let’s take a look at the top three;
The GoCycle GX gets thumbs up for both practicality and style, with its smooth, fancy looks meaning it has been dubbed ‘the iPhone of electronic-bikes’. It’s still pretty impressive for a wheeled machine and would make a commuting bike as the folded package can be easily wheeled across a platform, and it’s nice and stable when sat on the ground. The fully enclosed transmission and hydraulic brakes make it very low maintenance too. Optional accessories include front and rear carrying racks and a full lighting kit. This makes it the, to go to for a folding electronic bike.
Of all the e-folders featured here, the Vektron is the one that brings the most full-size e-bike qualities to the table. It is the only one with a mid-drive, in this case, courtesy of Bosch, making it the most powerful e-folder here. It also has the largest battery, which is 400Wh, frame-mounted, and removable.
It’s a hugely capable load carrier too, as our review makes clear, having space on the rear rack for a YEPP child seat and a pair of sizeable panniers
Thanks to a 350-watt electric motor located in the rear hub, and folding mechanisms in the down tube and stem, the Vika+ goes, folds, and stows well. Its 11 amp-hour battery delivers up to 35 miles of range, and a throttle provides on-demand blasts of oomph. It comes with a 7-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain, a rear rack, integrated head- and taillights, SKS front and rear fenders, leather grips, and 1.75-inch tires. It doesn’t have disc brakes, but our tester never missed them.
It’s hard to beat the convenience of a bike that origami’s down to fit under your desk but can also make your commute faster and less taxing. More and more companies are hustling to create the ultimate mini-commuter machine.