The 5 Best Folding Electric Bikes for Cycling to Workstaff
The 5 Best Folding Electric Bikes for Cycling to Work
With the advances of folding electric bikes over the last few years there is now no real excuses for not biking to work.
The latest folding bikes will allow you greater ride distances; you can travel 20+ miles to your destination, these bikes fold up neatly allowing for easy and safe storage, and you can combine exercise with electric modes when you get tired, no more sweating and you get to enjoy the freedom of being in the open air.
1. 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.
2. ProdecoTech Mariner 500 v5
ProdecoTech was 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.
The new version of Mariner 500 has been vastly improved. Apart from the upgraded 48V 500W motor, it also features the Suntour Swing Shock fork, Avid DB1 Hydraulic brakes and SRAM XO Shifter & X9 Derailleur. It weighs 48 lbs and folded size is 36″ x 29″ x 16″.
There were some complaints about the battery of the old v4 version and the issue has been fixed in the v5. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 44 lbs.
The newest version has some great upgrades like the removable Samsung 36V 10.4A 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.
5. e-Mazing Innovations B.O.B
If portability is your important requirement and you find other bikes cumbersome, the e-Mazing Innovations is the lightest and smallest bike on the list.
Unlike others using 20-inch wheels, the e-Mazing bike uses tiny 12-inch wheels. Its weight is just 35 lbs, it is easy to fold up and you can easily take it to the bus or subway. However, you will have to accept some compromises like lower top speed and reduced comfort.
It really is time to buy yourself a folding electric bike for cycling to work and to use in your leisure time, they are enormous fun and will save you money when you don’t have to use the car.