10 best folding ebikes. The layman purchasing guide.

March 26, 2018

There are quite a few different types of electric bikes.

In this list, we're focusing on the folding city ebike, made for the average urban user.

 

eScooters, Mountain, ladies and other ebikes will be covered in a separate list.

 

As always we're were looking for:

 

A.  The items with the best reviews from all over the internet (from both the buyers and the experts)

B.  Landed price vs value (what we pay for vs what's included)

C.  Brand credibility and reliability

 

Unlike a motor kit, which can be purchased separately and added to an existing bicycle, the bicycles in this list come with an pre-installed motor.

 

 

1. Goplus 20" Folding Lithium Battery Electric Bike

Price - $440

Weight -  55lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 250w

Charging time - 5-6 hours

Max speed - 35mph

Range - 20 miles

Features - Headlights and a removable battery; Available in black or white

Kicker - Assemble yourself or splurge another $80 for pro assembly; On the heavy side; Not a very familiar brand

Reviews Summary - An average of 4 out of 5 rating from both experts and buyers. The most common concern is long term durability and the most popular comment is-"  you get what you pay for",referencing the questionable quality of the parts

2. Cyclamatic CX2 Bicycle Electric Foldaway Bike with Lithium-Ion Battery

Price - $550

Weight -  57lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 250w

Charging time -  4-6 hours

Max speed - 15mph

Range (fully charged) - 25-31 miles

Features - Headlights; Free assembly

Kicker -  On the heavy side; Not a very popular or reliable brand; Available only in silver

Reviews Summary - An average 4 out of 5 stars, from both experts and buyers. Most comments indicate that the bike is a good value but "don't expect too much". Some users also found to seat to be uncomfortable and folding the bike to be cumbersome

 

3. ANCHEER Folding Electric Bike - 36V 8AH Removable Lithium-Ion Battery

Amount of features justifies the price but brand reliability could be an issue

Price - $630 (currently on sale)(+$20 shipping) 

Weight -  41lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 250w

Charging time -  4-6 hours

Max speed - 15mph

Range (fully charged) - 15-30 miles

Features -Headlights; Front suspension; Warranty for a year; Free assembly

Kicker - Available only in white

Reviews Summary -  An average 4.3 out 5 from both experts and buyers. Concerns regarding the durability of the bike were raised by some users, referencing post purchase technical issues

4. Zaplue 20" Ebike (removable) Built-In LG Battery, Shimano 7 Speed Shifter

Relative to the price, this fashionable, ebike offers quite a lot and the reviews are quite good as well.

We like it!

Price - $640

Weight -  55lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 250w

Charging time -  4-6 hours

Max speed - 15 mph

Range (fully charged) - 30 miles

Features - Full suspension; Free assembly; 2 year warranty

Kicker - Available only in red black; Not a very familiar brand

Reviews Summary - An average 4.9 out 5 from both experts and buyers. (limited amount of reviews were found online due to the unfamiliarity of the brand). The greatest advantage of this bike seems to be design and the concealed, yet removable battery

 

 

5. Greenbike USA GB5 Lithium Battery Full Suspension Folding EBicycle

 

Price - $1099

Weight -  66lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 350w

Charging time -  3-6 hours

Max speed - 20 mph

Range (fully charged) - 50 miles

Features - LCD display; Full suspension; Head&Tail lights; Turn Signals; USB charging port; Available in white/ silver or black; Warranty for a year; Free assembly

Kicker - A bit on the heavy side

Reviews Summary - An average of 4.7 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. No major technical issues were reported by buyers. Greenbike USA seems to be a reliable and responsible brand, ready to provide assistance to those who experienced minor issues

 

 

6. Joulvert Stealth Folding Electric Bicycle, 20 inch wheels

Price - $1418 (currently on sale) 

Weight -  44lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power currently on sale) - 350w

Charging time - 4-6 hours

Max speed - 20mph

Range (fully charged) - 30 miles

Features - USB charging port ; Locks; Head& Tail lights; LED display; Hidden battery; Full suspension; Free assembly

Kicker - Available only in black

Reviews Summary -  An average 4.7 out of 5.  Buyers of this ebike grade it lower than the experts, referencing reliability issues over time. The design seems to be popular among those who're looking for something more edgy

 

 

 

7. ProdecoTech Mariner 8 v5F 8 Speed10Ah Samsung Li ion,17"/One Size Ebike

Price $1460 (currently on sale) 

Weight -  48lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 300w

Charging time - 4-5 hours

Max speed - 18 mph

Range (fully charged) - 30 miles

Features - Tail lights; Front suspension; Two year warranty; Free assembly

Kicker - This ebike doesn't seem to offer any of the add-ons other bikes in the same price category on this list offer; Available only in white

Reviews Summary An average 4.8 out of 5 from both experts and buyers.The main advantage of this ebike seems to be the reliability of the brand. As previously mentioned, don't expect to find an LCD indicator, USB portal/ head lights or even a bottle holder (which seems to be an issue for some reviewers)

 

 

8. Greenbike USA GB5 500 Electric Motor Bicycle With Lithium Battery

A premium version from Greenbike USA

Price - $1549 

Weight -  59lb

Battery - 48v

Motor (power) - 500w

Charging time - 3 hours

Max speed - 20 mph

Range (fully charged) - 60 miles

Features - USB charging port; LCD display; Turn signals; Brake light; Full suspension; Warranty for a year; Comes almost assembled and  Available in orange/ white or black; Free assembly is available for the rest

Kicker - The premium version from Greenbike USA will cost an additional $500, compared the option mentioned above

Reviews Summary - An average of 4.8 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. Practically every purchaser of this ebike appears to be very content with both the performance and the value. Brand is reliable and  customer service is available if needed

 

 

9. Enzo EBike Folding 7 Speed Full Electronic Throttle or Variable Assist

Yes, this one is more expensive than most of the ebikes on this list but the reviews from all over the net are mostly positive, and the value is great due to the amount of features packed on to the ebike, whilst keeping the price below $1700. 

We like it!

Price$1690

Weight -  49lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 350w

Charging time - 3-5 hours

Max speed - 20 mph

Range (fully charged) - 30-50 miles

Features - Glows in the dark; USB charging port; LED headlights; Display panel; 2 year warranty; Free assembly; Available in black/white/ pink/ green/ orange/ red or gray

Kicker - Nothing found yet

Reviews Summary - An average 4.9 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. Enzo appears to be a reliable brand. Customers were satisfied with Enzo's customer service and Amazon even featured Enzo's ebike as their official choice. Noticeably, the makers of this bike went out their way to pack this bike with features and add-ons, which along with it being user friendly makes it a great value. The only comments provided by users were more esoteric in nature, but no major issues were reported

 

10. e-JOE Epik SE Sport Edition Electric Folding Bike

Price$1699

Weight -  42lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 350w

Charging time - 6 hours

Max speed - 20mph

Range (fully charged) - 30 miles

Features - Dual and a micro USB charging port; Locks; Head& Tail lights; LED display; Comes almost fully assembled and if additional assembly is required, it's free; Front suspension; Warranty for a year; Available in white/ black or blue

Kicker - An extra powerful motor that can take you further but requires above average charging time

Reviews Summary An average 4.6 out of 5.  Ratings of the experts are slightly higher than those of the buyers. Most of the negative feedback revolves around the bulkiness of the bike when folded. Brand reliability seems to be a minor issue with some buyer

 

Bonus picks

Cyclamatic CX4 Pro Dual Suspension Foldaway E-Bike Electric Bicycle

A Cyclamatic ebike was previously mentioned on the list. This is their premium version

Price - $899

Weight -  42lb

Battery - 24v

Motor (power) - 250w

Charging time -  4-6 hours

Max speed - 15.5 mph

Range (fully charged) - 18-25 miles

Features - Free assembly; Dual suspension; Comes in black; Click here for White

Kicker - Other than being lighter and more appealing visually (to some), the premium version does not differ much from the Cyclamatic's other ebike, mentioned earlier in the list

Reviews Summary- An average 3.9 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. Customer service is apparently almost non existent, which is especially important since malfunctions were reported by some users. And again, brand reliability and bike durability were the most common concern

 

 

Addmotor Motan Electric 20Inch Fat Tire Folding Ebike With Lithium Battery M-150

 In most of the reviews, both pros and buyers of the bike highlighted it's value. The bike has a lot of features for the price, it looks awesome, the rims come in a variety of colors and using it on the beach looks like a lot of fun. Full disclosure- We included this fat tire ebike in the list even though it doesn't quite fit with the rest and the reason is that 

we like it!

 

Price - $1299 (! Limited time $70 discount !)

Weight -  65lb

Battery - 48v

Motor (power) - 500w

Charging time - 3-4 hours

Max speed - 23 mph

Range (fully charged) - 40-55 miles

Features - USB charging port; LCD display; Headlights; Rimes come in black/ blue/ green or orange; Warranty for a year; Free assembly; Unlike other ebikes, this bike is suitable for riders over 6'2 feet tall

Kicker - Even though the bike is advertised as water proof, some buyers reported issues when the bike comes in contact with water; A bit on the heavy side

Reviews Summary - An average of 4.8 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. Fat tire ebike enthusiasts seem to be excited about the quality of this ebike. One of the more affordable ebikes in the fat tire category. Addmotor seems to be recognizable brand and the manufacturer/ seller seems to be quite cooperative and willing to work with the buyers if technical issues occur 

 

Pedego Latch Folding Electric Bicycle - 36v 10Ah Battery

Price - $2695

Weight -  43lb

Battery - 36v

Motor (power) - 250w up to 500w

Charging time - 4 hours

Max speed - 20 mph

Range (fully charged) - 20-30 miles

Features-  USB charging port; Locks; Head& Tail lights; LCD display; Folds easily; Warranty for a year; Free assembly; Available in black, Click here for Green

Kicker - No suspension, which you would expect from a premium model

Reviews Summary- An average of 4.9 out of 5 from both experts and buyers. Pedego seems to be a recognizable brand and the pros seem to agree regarding its reliability. Some buyers seem to like the simplicity of the design.

Did you buy one of these ebikes or thinking about it? Share your experience

 

 

 

 

 

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