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’reportable, 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 thebenefits 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 Enzo, Addmotor, X-Treme, and Bam Power Bikes. Many of these have been positively reviewed onElectric 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.
The Alpha Speed by Italwin is the quintessential foldable electric bike: lightweight, portable and affordable. This beauty weighs in at just 41 lbs, making it perfect for carrying up stairs or tucking in the boot of your car or RV.
The Alpha Speed is perfect for riders 5'-0" to 6'-3" in height, and up to 300 lbs, including payload. The Alpha Speed is well-equipped to handle loads like this, with its powerful 350W rear hub motor and 36V/10.4Ah LG battery.
This ebike is super stylish and fun to ride. So whether you just use the 6-speed gears to ride like a conventional bike, use the 6 levels of pedal assist to help you up hills and against headwinds, or use the convenient thumb throttle to power you along, no pedaling required.
One of our favorite folding ebikes is the the Fat Tire Folding Step-Through Electric Bike 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 for easy mounting and dismounting.
The E-Fat-Step as we like to call it features a 500W high-torque rear hub motor, paired with a long-range 48V/12.5Ah lithium-ion battery. This battery can be removed quickly for remote charging.
To operate the E-Fat-Step, you have a drive mode options. There is the 7-speed gear transmission, 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.
The QualiSports Beluga folding electric bike weighs in at 51 lbs, with a max load of 300 lbs. It is a high-performance folding eletcric bike, with 20" x 4.25" Kenda fat tires and blade rims.
The Beluga ebike features a 500W rear hub motor, paired with a 48V/10.5Ah lithium-ion battery which is hidden within the seat post. You can control the electronics with the 5-level pedal assist system (PAS) or use the thumb throttle. There is also a 7-speed Shimano Tourney conventional gear system, so the Beluga can be ridden like a conventional bike, no electronics required.
TheBAM-Folder from Bam Power Bikes has been favorably compared to the Radmini, but it stands on its own as an amazing fat tire folding electric bike. Take a look; I think you will be impressed.
Let's start with it's impressive 750W Bafang rear hub motor, which delivers up to 80 Nm of torque for incredible hill climbing. This motor is paired with an equally robust 48V/14Ah easy-access battery, featuring Samsung cells, which charges in about 6 hours and delivers a range of up to 45 miles per charge.
The Bam Folder can be operated like a conventional bike, with it's 7-speed Shimano gears, and when you're ready, there are 5 levels of pedal assist and a class 2 thumb throttle.
The 16.5" frame is built from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, forged aluminum handlebar, and an adjustable stem. It has puncture-resistant 20" x 4" Kenda Krusade fat tires, a durable rear rack and integrated headlight.
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.
Ok, brace yourself! We have now arrived at the 750W 48VAddmotor Motan M150-R7, 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 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-R7 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 Motan M150-R7 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.
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.
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 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.
Last but not least we have 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.