Folding bikes, and especially folding electric bikes, are one of the most popular forms of bikes on the market today. And for good reason. They’re portable, affordable, and come in many shapes and sizes.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say: It can be hard to store and transport a bicycle, and this is a major reason folding bikes were invented in the first place.
If you don’t have enough room in a garage, you might try hanging your ebike from the wall or ceiling, or leaning it against a wall near the front door.
And forget about traveling with non-folding bikes, unless you have a good bike rack. Even then, your bike will be exposed to the elements, and it will be a prime target for thieves.
Don’t fear. In this article, we are going to review the top 10 models of foldable ebikes on the market today. And we are also going to dispel a few myths about folding ebikes along the way.
Let's dive in.
One of our favorite folding ebikes is the the E-Fat-Step folding fat tire electric by from Eunorau. Like the name says, this awesome ebike not only sports 20" x 4" fat tires, which make it great for off-road trail riding, but it has a low-step frame geometry for easy mounting and dismounting.
The E-Fat-Step features a 500W high-torque rear hub motor, which will give you good climbing ability and a zippy ride through traffic. This DC brushless motor is paired with a long-range 48V/12.5Ah lithium-ion battery. The battery is mounted directly behind the seat tube, and can be removed quickly for remote charging.
To operate the E-Fat-Step, you have several drive mode options. There is the 7-speed gear drivetrain, so it can be pedaled just like a regular bike (no drag from the motor). There is also a 5-level pedal assist system (PAS) and a thumb throttle at your disposal. This gives you great flexibility for every riding situation.
I should also mention that the brakes have an automatic motor cutoff, so when they are engaged, the motor will disengage - a great safety feature.
When it comes to extreme folding electric bikes, the Big Dog Off Road lives up to its name - Big Time. This fantastic full-suspension folder features a massive 750W geared rear hub motor, paired with a long-range 48V/16Ah removable battery. This will give you tons of hill climbing ability, not to mention a very long range per charge.
This powerful bike can carry up to 320 lbs, and will tackle steep hills and intense headwinds with ease.
Take a close look at the Big Dog Off Road and you will surely be impressed with it features and benefits.
The Innova brand 4" fat tires are mounted on rigid magnesium alloy rims, which makes the stiff and powerful; the stem and seat post are adjustable for a perfect rider fit; and the bike comes equipped with colorful fenders, a rear rack and integrated lights.
The X-Treme Baja folding electric bike is unique among electric folders - it features a full-size frame and full suspension. The tires are a standard 26", compared to most folding ebikes which have 20" tires.
And having front shocks and a rear absorber (which is what makes this a full-suspension bike), will help soften the ride wherever you might travel.
The Baja 48 sports a 500W Bafang rear hub motor, which gives the bike great power for pushing against headwinds and hill climbing. You never have to break a sweat again when riding this sporty ebike.
The motor is paired with a 48V/10.4Ah battery with Samsung cells, and it's nicely hidden inside the frame of the bike.
The Baja 48 comes outfitted with a 9-Speed Shimano Altus drivetrain, which allows you to ride like a conventional bike, shifting gears as the terrain warrants.
But when you need a boost, you have a 5-level pedal assist system, and a thumb throttle. When using the throttle, no pedaling is required.
The X-Treme Baja can go up to 25 mph when using the throttle alone, and much faster if you like to pedal hard and ride downhill. And when you need to stop, you will do so with authority, relying on Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear.
One of our most popular folding ebikes is actually a fat tire electric trike, and customers just love it. The Eunorau Fat Folding Trike features 20" x 3" tires by CST and stainless steel spokes, which will give you great traction and stability when riding on unpaved surfaces.
The aluminum alloy frame will prevent rust, and there are convenient front and rear baskets to haul your stuff.
Powered by a 500W geared front hub motor by the respected brand Shengyi, this electric trike can go the distance with a 48V/11.4Ah lithium-ion battery and 7-gear drive train.
Next up is the Big Dog by Green Bike Electric Motion. The Big Dog is a fat tire folding ebike with some incredible features. Let's start with the 750W rear hub motor by 8Fun (a Bafang brand), which has some real power when it comes to hill climbing and fighting headwinds.
This high-output, high-torque motor is paired with a long-range 48V/16Ah easy-access battery packed with Boston Power USA cells. These electronics work together to deliver up to 28 mph and a range of up to 50 miles per charge.
The Big Dog features hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors for authoritative stopping power. And with automatic motor cutoffs, there will never be a risk of the motor working while you apply the brakes.
The Big Dog also features a Mozo suspension fork with hydraulic lockout; front and rear fenders, a strong rear rack and integrated headlight.
Next in the line up of the best folding ebikes is the Jager from Green Bike Electric Motion. The Jager is a compact folding ebike which sports a front basket, rear buddy seat, and an LCD intelligent display.
One of the unique features of the Jager is the use 20" x 2.5" tires on magnesium alloy rims. This gives the Jager a fun and sporty feel when you ride, which is certainly certainly helped by some robust electronics.
This includes a 350W rear hub motor, 36V/10.6Ah quick-access battery, 6 levels of pedal assist and a thumb throttle. The max speed of the Jager is 28 mph, so it's not exactly street-legal, but it sure is fun to ride.
One of the most popular folding electric bikes we carry is the City Premium from Green Bike Electric Motion. And for good reason. The City Premium has a unique frame design that allows for easy mounting and dismounting, and with its oversized suspension seat and ergonomic grips, it's one of the most comfortable ebikes around.
Once customer said in his review "I got this City Premium specifically for Burning Man, and it worked out perfectly. Easy to ride, and very convenient since it folds down and fits in my trunk."
Don't be fooled by the casual look of the City Premium. In addition to the regular 6-speed gears, which allow you to ride like a conventional bike, it features a robust 350W motor and a long-range 48V/16Ah battery. This will give you hours of motor assisted riding.
The City Premium is also nicely appointed with magnesium allow rims, which never rust or need adjustment, fenders, lights and a rear rack. This is indeed a premium electric bike.
If you like the look of the City Premium, but you're on a budget, check out the Classic LS by Green Bike. It also has a 350W rear hub motor like the City Premium, but it uses a 36V system compared to the 48V system on the more expensive bike. It also has a smaller capacity battery, which brings the price down a lot.
The Classic LS has a 6061 aluminum alloy frame, and weighs only 46 pounds with the battery on the bike. It can carry up to 230 lbs, and has a compact folded dimension of 14" x 33" x 33".
Last but not least is the Legend HD from Green Bike Electric Motion. The Legend HD is similar to the City Premium model, except for the frame style. That means it has the same powerful motor, same long-range battery, and all of the other premium features like the mag alloy rims, lights, fenders and rear rack.
The Legend HD is also a popular model for Burning Man. The motor has a water/dust resistance rating of IP45, which will help keep Playa dust from gunking up the works. And because the rims are solid cast with magnesium alloy, there are no spokes to get rusty and out of alignment.
The Legend HD folds at the center of the bike and at the base of the tiller, allowing for a compact size when folded. It also sports a gel saddle and suspension seat post, both of which will add to your comfort while riding.
We hope this roundup of the 10 best folding ebikes was helpful. We appreciate any comments you would like to make. And if you need more help deciding, feel free to contact us by chat, phone or email. We'd love to help.