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 all shapes and sizes.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say: It’s REALLY hard to store and transport a bicycle, whether conventional or electric. If you don’t have enough room in a garage, you might try hanging it from the wall or ceiling, or cramming it into the corner near the front door.
And forget about traveling with regular bikes unless you have a good rack. But even then, your bike will be exposed to the elements, and it will be a prime target for thieves.
Well, don’t fear. In this article, we are going to talk about the benefits and features of folding electric bikes, and let you know the top 10 models of foldable ebikes for 2019. We are also going to dispel a few myths about folding ebikes along the way.
In this article we are going to talking about foldable ebikes from brands like Green Bike USA, Ness, Enzo, Addmotor, X-Treme, Emojo and eProdigy. Many of these have been positively reviewed on Electric Bike Review, the most trusted authority on ebikes today. For a full list of the brands and models carried by Really Good eBikes, you can check out our Folding Ebikes Collection page.
One of the obvious benefits of foldable ebikes is that they can be folded, making them compact and portable. But did you know that there is a subcompact category within the folding ebike niche? It’s true, and the prevailing champ: VeloMini+, which folds down to a 2 foot by 3 foot package and weighs only 29 lbs. it is the lightest ebike on the market, and can easily be carried on public transport, or stowed in your RV, plane or boat.
The VeloMini+ comes with a 250W Front Hub Motor, paired with a 24V/10Ah lithium ion battery that is integrated into the stylish frame. It includes a Twist Throttle and 3 Levels of Pedal Assist (PAS), with a top speed of 14 mph (you can pedal faster, of course). It sports Kenda Kwest 16: x 1.5" tires, and includes Front and Rear Lights, Bluetooth Tracker, Canvas Case with Backpack Straps, Integrated Rack, Kickstand.
The Ness Icon, and its brand mate Ness Rua, are two of the most stunning and stylish folding electric bikes on the market today. In this article, we are focusing on the Ness Icon, with its uniquely swooped frame, magnesium cast rims, and wild color combinations.
The Ness Icon is the perfect folder for beachfront cruises, urban adventures and lightweight commuting. It sports a 350W rear hub motor, which can be operated with 5 levels of pedal assist (PAS), a convenient twist throttle, or as a conventional bike with a 7-speed drivetrain.
The Ness Icon comes with fenders and a rear rack, and the 36 volt/13 amp hour lithium battery with Samsung cells and battery management system, is neatly tucked behind the seat tube. Placement of the battery in this location makes it a breeze to slide out for recharging, and its central location provides balance to the bike, compared to a rear-rack battery.
The Emojo Lynx Pro is an upgraded version of the Classic Lynx. In the pro model you get a 48V electrical system, super powerful 500W rear hub DC brushless motor with tons of torque, a 48V/10.4Ah easy-access lithium battery with USB port for phone charings, and 20” x 4” Kenda Krusade Fat Tires with puncture-resistant 60 threads-per-inch (TPI) casings.
The Pro version of the Lynx also sports a great accessories package, including metal fenders, phone holder, heavy duty rear rack, and removable LED headlight/flashlight. The folded dimensions of theLynx Pro are 39”L x 18”W x 26”H, and it has a maximum carrying capacity of 230 lbs, rider and cargo included.
The cool thing about the fat tire Lynx is that even with its 20” rims, the frame geometry makes the bike suitable for riders up to 6’- 5” in height. And with its 7-speed Shimano derailleur and push button gear shifter, the Lynx can be ridden with the motor turned off.
The GB750LS (Low-Step) from Green Bike USA is a game-changer. It comes with an incredibly powerful 750W rear hub motor by 8Fun (Bafang brand), paired with a massive 48V/15.6Ah, seat-tube mounted, lithium battery with Samsung cells and battery management system (BMS). The GB750LS also has 9 levels of Pedal Assist (PAS), a Class 2 Thumb Throttle, and a 6-Speed Shimano Drivetrain. If you want full-suspension, check out brand mate GB750 Full Suspension, which is should also be on this Top Ten List.
What we love most about the GB750LS is its unique wave-shaped frame, which allows easy mounting and dismounting. The folding mechanism is right at the base of the wave, next to the bottom bracket, and it folds down to 36" x 17" x 28".
One of the great things about the GB750LS is all the really cool accessories that come with the bike. You get fenders, a heavy-duty aluminum rear rack, USB port for phone charging, headlight, kickstand, electric horn, phone holder, right and left turn signals, brake light, and a big LCD multi-functional display (watch your speed, distance, time, pedal assist level, and control lights).
The X-Treme Baja folding electric bike is unique among electric folders - it features a full-size frame and full suspension. It sports a 48V 500W Bafang Rear Hub Motor, paired with a high-torque 48V/10.4Ah Samsung battery, battery management system and controller, all of which are integrated into the frame. The electric system is controlled with 5 Levels of Smart Pedal Assist (SPAS) and/or a Class 2 Thumb Throttle. And like other bikes in this category, the Baja can be ridden like a conventional bike, using its 9-Speed Shimano Altus Drivetrain.
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 Caliper Disc Brakes with 160mm Rotors front and rear.
TheX-treme Baja has a heavy-duty hinged aluminum frame, allowing it to be folded and fit into a car trunk. The full-suspension of the Baja will give you a comfortable and smooth ride.
When you get the X-Treme Baja, you bike comes with a full complement of accessories, including handlebar-mounted front light, rack mounted tail light (AAA powered), and a rear Cargo Rack with pannier support and luggage clip.
The Kutty LT Folding Fat Tire eBike from Biktrix features an innovative wave frame geometry, top-of-the-line components, and incredible comfort. More than that, the Kutty LT is a compact folder, with folded dimensions of 2 ft x 2.5 ft. x 1.4 ft.
Riding the Kutty LT is amazing. It sports a high-torque 500W nominal (750W peak) 48V rear hub motor from LAX (the company that does all motor wirings for Bafang); paired with an equally robust 48V/12Ah LG Brand Li-ion battery, with electric protection circuit and smart controller and BMS. If that weren’t enough for you to get your Kutty LT on, know that you also get a intelligent twist throttle control, and 5 levels of cadence-based pedal assist (PAS).
If you want to turn off the electric power, you will still ride comfortably with the 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain. The 20” x 4” Kenda Krusade fat tires come with 60 TPI casings for puncture protection, and accessories include a bright LED headlight and fenders (rear rack is optional).
Ok, brace yourself! We have now arrived at the 750W 48VAddmotor Motan M150-P7, one of the most amazing fat tire folders on the market today. The ebike is a beast! It features a Bafang rear hub motor with 750W nominal (1000W peak) output, paired with a 48V/11.6Ah seat tube battery with Panasonic cells and battery management system, and a USB port for phone charging. This ebike delivers 80 Newton meters of torque without breaking a sweat.
The Motan M150-P7 has 5 Levels of Pedal Assist (PAS) using a 12-magnet cadence sensing system, a Class 2 Twist Throttle, and a 7-Speed Shimano Tourney Drivetrain. With these power options, the M150-P7 will plow through deep snow and sandy beaches.
Not only does the Motain M150-P7 look great (with its black frame and orange fenders and brake), but it folds down to an incredible folded dimensions of 45” Length, 16” Width, 29.5” Height. While it’s not the lightest folder in our lineup (60.7 lbs) it’s simply one of the best ebikes we’ve had the pleasure of riding.
We’re big fans of Florida-based Green Bike USA, and the GB750 Full Suspension Foldable eBike is one of the reasons. The GB750 full-suspension frame design, which along with the variable-inflation 4-inch fat tires, offers an amazingly comfortable ride.
Let’s begin with the obvious: 750W 48V Rear Hub Motor by 8Fun (a Bafang brand), paired with a high-torque 48V/15.6Ah long-lasting battery, with Samsung cells and battery management system (BMS). This powerhouse is controlled at the cockpit with 9 Levels of Pedal Assist (PAS) and a Class 2 Thumb Throttle. There is also a 6-Speed Shimano Drivetrain, so you can ride like a conventional bike, or combine pedaling with electric motor power.
As expected, the GB750 also comes with a nice array of accessories, including an electric horn, front and rear fenders, a rear rack, brake lights, left and right turn signals, a powerful LED headlight, and free phone holder. This is the perfect fat tire folder for snow, sand, campus or urban jungle.
When we first laid eyes on the Enzo Fixed-Gear Folder, we were definitely impressed. This ebike is really something special.
Let’s start by discussing the fixed-gear belt drive. Instead of a greasy chain, this Enzo features a Gates carbon belt drive. This is perfect if you don’t want to get your clothes dirty while riding. Next, we have cast magnesium alloy rims, which are super durable and stylish.
The 350W rear hub motor is suitable for most riding conditions, and it’s paired with a decent 36V/10.4Ah frame-integrated lithium battery. This ebike also has front and rear fenders, a rear rack, headlight, and one of our favorite features, a tire pump hidden within the seat post.
Last but not least, we have the Fairweather from eProdigy, a lightweight carbon fiber frame ebike. This folder sports a 750W mid-drive motor, and yet weighs only 36 lbs.
Like the Enzo, the Fairweatherfeatures a grease-free, rust-proof Gates carbon drive, which keeps things clean and maintenance free.
The Fairweather is certainly not inexpensive, but if you want one of the lightest and strongest folding ebikes on the market today, you’ve found your ride!