This post was last updated on: September 1, 2019
Tired of commuting with your car? Over the last ten years, electric bikes have posed an intriguing alternative to those with short-medium distance commutes. Folding electric bikes add a few further benefits to the equation. You can take them everywhere and they don't take up much space.
Plus, you don't have to fret about your bike getting stolen!
Riding a bike can improve your fitness, and all modern foldable electric bikes can function in pedal assist mode, meaning you can help the electric engine by pedaling like you would with a conventional bicycle.
Another bonus is that pedaling is optional, so if you choose to let the e-bike do the work, you won't arrive at work all smelly and sweaty. Needless to say, you will also save on gas when you ride your electric bike, rather than driving.
In the table below are our top 3 electric folding bikes, with Ancheer once again dominating the competition, and the Swagtron winning out as the best budget folding e-bike. An interesting option is the 20inch Ecotric, which is great for kids or those looking to get tricky!
- FOLDING ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE --- This bike adopts ultra-lightweight yet...
- ULTRA STRONG WHEELS --- 26 inch magnesium alloy integrated wheels with...
- 3 WORKING MODES --- Ebike & Assisted bicycle & Normal bike. With the LED...
- Pre-assembled; the electric bike already comes pre-assembled so you won't...
- Height adjustable for adults and teens; easily adjust the bicycle seat and...
- 14 inch wheels; a pair of air-filled rubber tires with quick-disconnect...
- Strong driving force 500W Motor Battery: 36V 12ah Lithium Cell.Charging...
- 20'' X 4.0'' Fat Tire For All Terrain.Front and Rear Disc Brakes Aluminum...
- SIZE [Total length: 1768mm; The height of the bicycle's handle bar to the...
Well, let's get to it then. Here's our review of the top 8 folding bikes, hand-picked by us at electric-biking.com
1. Ancheer Folding Electric Bike (250 W)
The best folding e-bike, with a ton of extras for value
Ancheer has grown to become a dominant force in the E-biking industry.
While rivals like Gaint and Trek carved out their spot as the preferred manufacturers for big ticket ebikes (think $3000+ for e-bikes like the Trek Powefly 5+), they left a big hole in the budget e-biking market.
Over the last 5 years, Ancheer as siezed this opportunity and once again came out with an affordable, high quality winner with their Folding Moutain Bike.
It sports a lightweight aluminum frame, shock absorbers on the front fork, as well as on the rear frame, and a 250 W motor which makes the bike street legal in both the US and EU.
The 36V 8AH battery will get you 15 miles (25 km) if you just let the engine do all the work, and around 30 miles (50 km) with full pedal assist.
As with any bike worth it salt, it comes with a Shimano pro transmission system, Ancheer opted to go for the 21 speed system, which we considered to be overkill for an e-bike, but whatever, more gears never hurt nobody!
I really like the cyclone style magnesium allow wheels, but if you want something a less flashy, you can go for the more traditional spoked wheel design for a few dollars less (click the picture to see price on Amazon).
In the end, no matter which version you choose to get, you will get that feeling of superiority as you cruise up a hill with the wind in your hair, looking disdainfully at the poor regular bikers sweating it out. Plus you can laugh under your breath at the other e-bikers who paid $2000-$4000 when they could have gotten an Ancheer instead!
2. Swagtron EB-5 E-Bike (250 W)
Tiny but capable folding e-bike. Our No.1 choice for kids
We now get to the small but capable Swagtron EB-5. The EB-5 has gained popularity as an e-bike for children and teens from a company named Swagtron. It packs an impressive 250-watt motor, with this bicycle can travel on slopes up to 25° with incredible ease. The maximum speed of this bicycle is 15 mph or 25 km/h.
The EB-5 comes equipped with a removable lithium ion battery that will last you around 26 km (15.5 miles). As with a number of other electric bicycles, you can opt to pedal manually, use the engine without pedaling, or combine the two using pedal assist mode.
This bike includes 3-inch tires that are mounted to 14-inch rims, which gives your children maximum grip and a smooth ride.
Finally, although the bike may look small, it's not just intended for adults, don't just take my word for it though, have a look at the max rated weight of the bike...
"The EB-5’s foldable bike frame can accommodate riders up to 264 pounds"
To learn more about it's features, range and capability, take a look at our in-depth review of the Swagtron.
3. Ecotric 20 - Inch Fat Tire Folding Electric Bike
Good fat-tire folding e-bike, if you like smaller wheels. Has a very powerful engine.
This Ecotric 20" model is a superior electric bike that's prepared to take you on a city ride, off-road, and all other types of terrain.
It includes a Shimano External 7 Speed Gear System and has a brushless motor. Top speed is rated at 32 km/h (20 mph).
What makes this bike stand out is its 500 W engine, above par for the course in this review, as the standard e-bike is around 250-350 W.
On the LED screen you will find the power steps displayed. A nice touch was that the bundled lithium ion battery came in a package, sealed for security. The frame is made out aluminum alloy and looks sharp.
Premium disc brakes can be found both in rear and front. The bicycle has all the features you need, but more importantly, good quality components as well. The Ecotric could be your preferred mode of transport on and off-road.
The Shimano MF-TZ21 freehub system allows you to coast freely even when you have stopped pedaling, by means of the electric engine only. The double disc brakes guarantee solid control and safety. Additionally, it has a kickstand lock to make your bicycle stand upright, folded or unfolded.
You can change between 7 Shimano gears, so no terrain will be left unconquered. Durability is ensured by the Bandit's of the high-quality aluminum framework. This e-bike comes with IPX4 certification, which makes it water-resistant to rain and splashing through puddles.
In general, this is another remarkable e bike that impressed us with its speed and flexibility. It's excellent for every terrain like a fat tire ebike should be.
4. Miageek Electric Bike
A great option, and reasonably priced. Amazing user reviews.
Second on the list is the fantastic e-bike from Miageek. The frame is made from aluminum alloy, which folds away for easy storage. The wheels are made from premium quality aluminum.
The 36 Volt lithium ion battery will keep your 250 W motor going for up to 20 miles (32 km). An intelligent charger is included, so you can expect the battery to fully charge within 4-6 hours. For convenience, the battery can be removed to make it lighter to carry or ride in "regular mode".
Remember to choose between regular and dolphin shape design under purchasing options.
Miageek's e bike is safe to ride in the rain, but you will struggle in the snow or sand. I would rather recommend one of the fat tire options for all terrain riding.
This bike has a 7- a high-speed motor and easy to use transmission system. The bike offers two modes: PAS and 100% e-bike. The PAS system has 3-speed smart buttons that integrates with the LED display.
If you are interested in getting fit and/or losing weight, I would recommend using one of the lower PAS settings, and doing some of the work yourself. If a steep hill comes, you can always turn the PAS to maximum so that you don't lose any speed.
For security, it has an exceptional electric safety brake, which comes with a quick release, paired with an anti-slip durable tire. To top it off, the bike has a horn and an LED headlamp. The Miageek folding electric bike comes with the peace of mind of a 1-year guarantee.
This is an brilliant e-bike that with Electric-Biking.com's seal of approval. Those who purchased this from Amazon seem to agree, just read the user reviews!
5. Goplus Folding Electric Bicycle
Good budget option, weak engine compared to other e-bikes
Next, we've got a solid performing budget e-bike for an awesome price. You can select between the 120-watt and 180-watt models (both for under $400).
This is a bike designed for riding around the city, and it works great in just that setting. A fully charged battery will last you about 30 km, or 19 miles, but that's assuming the rider adds in some PAS.
The charging time is about 5 hours. You may choose between two speed settings. Additionally, it comes with a quick-release clamp for quick folding.
The body is surprisingly durable and portable, since it's constructed from lightweight aluminum-alloy. It doesn't have the wow factor, like you get with the Swagtron Bandit for example, but serves as a great budget folding electric bike.
You do not have many options that are as cheap as this, and if you are really on a tight budget, consider getting the Goplus, you'll not get a better folding e-bike for this price.
6. Cyrusher XF770 Foldable E-Bike
Great specs. Hydraulic brakes on the 500 W version makes it the most appealing option
We begin this list with a premium folding e-bike. The Cyrusher's XF770 looks good! You might even make some folks jealous. It is truly a piece of eye candy.
You can select between three modes: guided, help, and throttle. You can choose between a 250 W and a 500 W version.
The lithium ion battery has a charging time of 5 to 7 hours. Top speed comes in at around 20 mph (32 km/h). The 500 W version has hydraulic brakes which are made for travel on various types of terrain. The 250 W version has regular disc brakes.
Shimano gears are also featured by the XF700. The aluminum frame has a complete suspension fork, shock absorbers front and back , and cushioning for superior comfort.
We recommend you get the 500 W electric bike motor kit, if you are in USA (anything above 250 is illegal in Europe), as it is a real beast to ride.
7. Miageek 26-inch Folding E-Bike
Long range, lots of accessories, and only slightly more expensive than your average folding e-bike.
The e-bikes from Miageek continues to shine as they make our top 8 list with another e-bike, this time in the premium category.
This model includes a strong engine and battery that is removable. This bike's max speed is a 19 mph (30 km/h) and on a signle charge, you are able to travel around 45 kilometers.
Thanks to the smart charger, the battery charges in under 4 hours. As with the other Miageek bike we reviewed earlier, it also comes with a battery bag. You may choose between riding in assisted and e-bike mode. Three-speed smart buttons are featured on the meter along with an LED light and a horn are there to keep you safe in traffic.
This mountain bike has brakes that are excellent, both in back and front. You may stop in another, whatever the weather conditions. The Shimano 21-speed system provides you adaptability and can help you conquer all hills with incredible ease.
This aluminum bicycle is extremely durable, lightweight, and easy to store. It's also very easy to take it with you on a trip. The suspension fork provides shock absorption.
Load capacity is listed as 330 pounds, which makes this one of the better versions you will find for bigger people. 2 out of 2 for Miageek ebikes in this review!
8. Hurbo Folding Electric Bike
Nothing special here, a jack of all trades, master of none ebike
Hurbo combines old-school aesthetics with new school capabilities. The strong 250 W high-speed motor will propel you as fast as 25 km/h, or 15 mph.
You can change gears smoothly with the 7-speed Shimano Pro gears, and this transmission system is becoming a favorite among Ebike manufacturers lately.
The conventional PAS or non-PAS modes are standard, but , as well as a meter with 3-speed smart buttons to provide you with the best possible riding experience. With this bike, you do have to pedal, even if only slightly, to get the engine to activate.
For night riding, you have an LED headlamp and horn to keep you safe from traffic. The collapsible frame is constucted with lightweight aluminum alloy.
The Hurbo's 36-volt battery gives you 30 kilometers (20 miles) of range, and is environmentally friendly to boot. It's tires are anti-slip and durable, and combines nicely with the solid front fork to absorb all the knocks and bumps the road throws at you.
The Hubro's seat is very comfortable and wide, and riding height can be adjusted from 70 to 110 cm (27 - 44"). The wheel diameter measures at 18.7" for the white model and 26" for all other versions.
The Hurbo's load capacity is 330 lbs, which shouldn't be an issue for most people. This is a decent bike, with an intriguing, retro look that lots of riders will love.
9. e-JOE EPIK SE Sport Edition
Brushless motor and great design make this a good option if you are looking for a 20" e-bike.
The EPIK SE is a modern e-bike packed with features. It has a brushless motor along with a decent 48 V battery which will charge in four hours, and can take you up to 50 km (35 mies) before running out of charge.You can also charge the battery outside the bike.
There's also an LCD screen that contains PAS, battery indicator, trip meter, and a speedometer. The Pedal Assist has 5 distinct modes to select from. The bike includes a thumb throttle, providing you control that is simple.
The body is made from the 6061 alloy frame. Tire dimensions measure at 20 x 1.75 inches. Note that this bike has smaller tires, like those you would typically associate with a trick bike.
The Spike SE comes with a puncture-resistant bicycle seat. On the front and rear, you will find TEKTRO rotor disk brakes, and a Shimano Tourney provides an adequate quantity of gears.
Additional accessories include front and rear lights, magnet clip, and a rear rack and fenders. The load capacity is 300 lbs. You can choose between four colours: Sky Blue, Tangerine, Black Matte and Frosty White.
This is a laid-back foldable e-bike that will satisfy you, but doesn't really excel in any specific way.
To recap, here's what we determined in this review:
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