Folding electric bikes are an offering that speak to the electric bikes industry’s commitment to innovation and creativity. Installing a folding mechanism on e-bikes solves several problems, especially for city dwellers. It makes it easier to incorporate biking into your commute if you use public service transport, it is ideal for bikers who have to use cars to reach their cycling spots, and it also saves on space, which is a desirable trait in cities.
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Although most folding e-bikes are easy to use and practical, they come in different designs and spot varying features. Whether you prefer a sleek bike with futuristic looks or one that comes with the latest smart features, the market has it all. However, to save you the daunting task of going through hundreds of catalogues, we have narrowed it down to the eight best folding electric bicycles.
8 best folding e-bikes, at a glance
- GoCycle GX
- Tern Vektron S10
- Brompton M6L Electric
- Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4
- Lectric XP
- Aventon Sinch
- Blix Vika+
- QuietKat Voyager
The GoCycle GX is a fast-folding e-bike that scores highly in style and practicality. It is designed by GoCycle’s founder and managing director Richard Thorpe who honed his skills while working as a design engineer at McLaren Cars.
The GX is a lightweight bike thanks to its magnesium alloy frame. It draws its power from a 500W front hub motor and a 21.6V lithium-ion battery, combining to offer a range of up to 40 miles and a speed of up to 20 mph. It takes around seven hours to charge from empty to full. The bike folds fast and tidily, allowing you to board the train or bus without inconveniencing fellow commuters. Premium models have a shorter charging time, longer ranger, daytime running lights, predictive shifting, and more smart features.
GoCycle GX price: $3,299
Tern Vektron S10
Do you have to carry heavy bags around? Do you want to bond with your child while on a bike ride? Do you want to go grocery shopping on your bike? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the Tern Vektron S10 is the best folding e-bike for you.
The S10 is equipped with a Bosch Performance Drive Unit and a 400Wh battery, enabling it to reach a range of up to 62 miles and a top speed of 20 mph. It also comes with a rear rack that can accommodate a child seat and many third-party carrier systems, with the ability to handle up to 60lbs.
Tern Vektron S10 price: $3,999
Brompton M6L Electric
The M6L is a premium folding e-bike from the British manufacturer Brompton. Brompton have been making bikes for over 40 years now. They partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering, a group of engineers with roots in Formula 1 and Formula E, to create a 250W front hub motor for the M6L Electric.
The bike comes with a 300Wh battery that works with the motor to give you a range of up to 45 miles. The battery is easy to remove and has a 5V 1.5A USB port that comes in handy when you want to charge your other portable devices. You can charge the battery from empty to full in four hours.
Brompton M6L Electric price: $3,550
Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4
The RadMini 4 is a heavy-duty folding e-bike that holds its own on different terrains. Unlike many of the bikes in this list, this one takes you to work and also makes an excellent adventure companion. Rad Power Bikes installed a powerful 750W 7-speed motor and a 672Wh battery on the RadMini 4 to produce 80Nm of torque and a range of up to 45 miles.
The bike also comes with fat tires and 60mm of travel, allowing riders to enjoy a smooth and stable ride. Additionally, it has a rear rack that can handle up to 40lbs, and riders can add a front rack for additional storage. It takes around six hours from empty to full charge.
Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4 price: $1,500
The Lectric XP is a fan-favorite among e-bike enthusiasts. Its biggest selling point is the price. While the XP is cheaper than all the models in this list, it earns a place among the best folding e-bikes thanks to its impressive features. It draws its power from a 48V 10.4Ah (500Wh) battery and a 500W motor that peaks at 800W to reach a top speed of 28mph and a range of up to 50 miles.
The 4-inch fat tires make up for the missing suspension, allowing you to enjoy riding on different terrains, including dirt roads. Its charge time ranges between four to six hours.
Lectric XP price: $999
Like the RadMini4, the Aventon Sinch is comfortable on paved surfaces and off-road. Its 4-inch fat tires and front suspension with 45mm of travel enhance the bike’s off-road capabilities. It is powered by a 500W brushless motor that peaks at 750W and a removable lithium-ion 48V, 14Ah (672Wh) battery.
The Aventon Sinch has a top speed of 20mph and a range of up to 40 miles, which can reach up to 71 miles with the available 5-level pedal assist. It takes around four to five hours to charge from empty to full. While the bike is not as small as the M6L Electric, it can fit in your car’s trunk or inside your RV.
Aventon Sinch price: $1,599
Blix, a bike manufacturer from Santa Cruz, California, gave the Vika+ a classic European look. They installed the folding mechanism on the downtube and stem, making the bike small enough to fit in your trunk or under your work desk. It is powered by a 500W rear hub motor and a 48V, 14Ah (672Wh) battery, combining to provide up to 45 miles on a single charge.
The Vika+ maxes out at 20mph. It comes with a rear rack and an option to add the Blix modular racking system, allowing you an extra storage capacity of up to 110lbs. The battery charges from empty to full in six hours.
Blix Vika+ price: $1,699
The QuietKat Voyager is a perfect blend of portability and performance. It is designed for urban dwellers with a quest for adventure. Besides the Urban Commute kit, the new Voyager includes additional options such as an Angler Kit, Overland Kit, and Ultimate Hunter Kit. It comes with 4-inch fat tires and a dual-coil suspension fork to ensure you enjoy a smooth ride and overcome off-road terrains.
The Voyage comes with a 750W motor and 11.6Ah/48V (557Wh) battery, providing enough juice to reach a range of up to 48 miles at a top speed of 25mph. The additional kits we mentioned above make the bike ideal for fishing, hunting or hiking expeditions. While the standard charger will take the battery from empty to full in six to eight hours, the pathfinder rapid charger does it in three to six hours.
QuietKat Voyager price: $2,899
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That wraps up our roundup of the best electric folding bicycles. Which one is your favorite?