Want to Find the Best Folding Ebike? We’ve Got You Covered
If you’re in the market for a folding ebike, there are quite a few options out there. They come in a number of price points and styles. Luckily, we’ve tried many of them and have put together this guide to help you find the best one. Keep this guide handy when you are searching for the best ebike that folds.
Of course one of the main benefits of a folding ebike is that it is easier to tuck away in your apartment, house, or garage. It also makes transportation much easier (and cheaper) since you don’t necessarily need an ebike rated rack.
Even if you don’t need folding functionality on an ebike, don’t cross a folding ebike off of your list – these ebikes have other benefits which we’ll explore below. But if you do plan to fold it, a large tote can make it much easier to carry. Check out our Lectric XP accessories video for a short demonstration. And be sure to check out our electric bike discount codes page before you make your purchase.
Continue reading for our written list or view our best folding electric bikes video below.
Best Folding Ebikes Video
This blue beauty is known as the Lectric XP Lite—Lectric’s cheapest and lightest foldable ebike. It is also the cheapest option that we at Ebike Escape would recommend to family and friends. At just 46 lbs, you can take this bike anywhere and reach speeds up to 20 MPH (Class 2 classifications). It has a 48V system with a 7.8 Ah battery and a 300-watt motor (720 watt peak). There are five levels of pedal assist, with the lowest level taking you on 40 miles worth of adventure!
The dimensions when folded are only 36 x 16 x 27 inches, making it one of the smallest folding ebikes on the market. It features 160 mm mechanical disc brakes and then 20 x 2.4 or 20 x 2.6 inch tires. For added safety, there are integrated front and rear lights, something we don’t often see on ebikes at this price range. There is an LCD display showing your trip statistics and the electrical components are rated IP-65 for water and dust resistance. The Lectric XP Lite is a single-speed for simplicity, but don’t let that dissuade you – this ebike still has plenty of power!
If you’re on a budget but still want to ride around your town with ease, the XP Lite is perfect for you! Learn more in our Lectric XP Lite full review.
Lectric XP 2.0 (999)
Ah yes, the Lectric XP—no list would be complete without it. The Lectric XP 2.0 is a step up from the XP Lite, granting you with high-quality transportation. It has been the ebike of choice for hundreds of thousands of riders in the United States. The step-through version (image above) is our pick due to its increased accessibility, but it is also offered in a high step.
So what makes the Lectric XP special besides its price? The 500-watt motor peaks at over 800 watts and can be overridden to reach speeds over 20 MPH. Powering the motor is a 48V, 9.6 Ah battery which should be sufficient for most, but you can certainly find folding ebikes with larger batteries. The battery located inside the frame lends itself to the clean design of the Lectric XP 2.0. It also comes fully assembled (and folded), making the setup a cinch. Although, you may still want to have a bike shop go over the bike before riding.
You’ll also find 3-inch tires, a 1×7 Shimano drivetrain, front suspension, paint-matched fenders, rear rack, and integrated front and rear lights. Other accessories such as a cargo package and comfort package are available at checkout. See our full Lectric XP 2.0 accessories post and video for more on how to outfit this ebike. Our Lectric XP 2.0 review can also give you more details on this popular ebike. If you’re on a budget, but want a little more power (and accessories!) then the XP Lite, this one is for you.
Lectric XPremium (1,799)
We promise this is the last Lectric ebike on this list—we couldn’t help but include all three of their amazing foldable models! Featured here is the Lectric XPremium. This is the most expensive model from Lectric, but for good reason. It boasts 160mm hydraulic disc brakes, dual batteries with nearly 21 Ah of total capacity, fat tires at 4-inches wide, and most importantly, the mid-drive motor.
This bike allows you to conquer hills and tough terrain. Pack it in with your camping gear—it weighs 75 lbs with both batteries (7 lbs each) and folds into a small 40 x 22 x 32 inches. If you’re planning on a larger trip, this rig can hold a total payload of 330 lbs. The 25′-inch wide handlebars offer comfort and room for accessories, alongside the backlit LCD display.
Lectric is a great electric bike company that thinks of it all. If you want some customization for your new travel buddy, check out our accessories list! Learn more in our full Lectric XPremium review.
Espin Nesta (2,199)
The Espin Nesta is the flagship offering in Espin’s lineup. While not as well known as some brands, Espin is known for its value-priced ebikes. The Nesta is offered in a step-through frame for increased accessibility.
It boasts a powerful 750-watt motor with a 10.5 Ah externally mounted battery. Because of its location, the battery is easy to remove. The frame holds 275 lbs and comes with both a front and a rear rack. The Nesta also features hydraulic disc brakes. We’ve also been happy with the S-Ride trigger shifter and derailleur. The Espin Nesta comes with true fat tires that are 4 inches wide.
Overall, the Espin fits into the market nicely when you consider the specs, though we do wish the battery was slightly larger given the price of this ebike. Right now, you can get 50 off—don’t wait! Learn more in our Espin Nesta review.
Aventon Sinch (1,799)
The stylish and slick Aventon Sinch has 4-inch fat bike tires, a 20 MPH top speed, and up to 40 miles of range with its 14 Ah battery. Those are decent specs for a bike of its price. And Aventon ebikes are easy to recommend. Not only do they have a network of dealers across the U.S., but their frame quality blows away any budget-priced ebike brand. Speaking of frames, the Sinch is also offered in a high-step if you prefer.
A 45mm suspension fork will smooth out the ride and you’ll be cruising with its 750-watt peak motor (500-watt nominal). With a 7-speed rear derailleur and a 5-speed pedal assist, the Aventon Sinch is a great option for those looking for a slightly upgraded folding ebike. Not to mention from a company known for quality ebikes that look super sleek! Learn more in our Aventon Sinch step-through review.
Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5 (1,599)
If you have followed Ebike Escape for a while now, you know how much we love Rad Power Bikes. We’re ecstatic to share that they’ve once again revamped their previous foldable electric bike into what is now known as the RadExpand 5. It features a step-through frame, adjustable BMX-style handlebars, seven speeds, and four levels of pedal assist. The 750-watt hub motor and 14 Ah battery can get you 25-45 miles worth of exploration.
This fifth-generation foldable bike weighs 62.5 lbs and has a rear rack and fenders included in the package. The rear rack is equipped to withstand 55 lbs of weight, with a total payload of 275 lbs. The tires are 20″ x 4″ for ease and comfort when riding and this ebike features an LED display though it can be upgraded to the Rad LCD display.
Rad Power Bikes is a reputable brand—you know you’re in good hands (or wheels) with them. Learn more in our RadExpand 5 Review.
Fiido D11 Folding Electric Bike for Commuter (1,099)
Where to start on Fiido: This isn’t an ebike company that has a folding ebike model—it’s an ebike company that focuses on the folding variety! start at just 659 for their Fiido D2S and go up to 1,599 for the Fiido X. Fiido folding ebikes are meant to cater to someone looking for a lightweight folding ebike that can be tucked away out of the way or easily transported in a vehicle. Sure, the motors and batteries are smaller than some of the ebikes above, but this isn’t the selling point of a Fiido ebike. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value than a Fiido when you look at other ebikes in its class.
The D11 has a 36V, 11.6Ah battery that can reach up to 62 miles! It features a 250-watt motor and can reach speeds of 15 MPH. We at Ebike Escape haven’t gotten out hands on one of these yet, but can’t wait until the day we do!
British bike company Brompton is the original in the realm of folding bikes, so it’s only natural they’d delve into folding ebikes as well. They’re not cheap—a Brompton ebike will set you back around 3,800—but people seek out Brompton for a reason. They’re a solid bike company that has been doing folding bikes forever. We’ve witnessed people become converts watching the folding process. Plus, the Brompton electric is lightweight at just 32 lbs.
There’s something of a classic British bicycle look to the ebike line. Its lowest-priced model reaches speeds of 15 MPH with its 250-watt front hub motor. With six gears and a range of 25-40 miles (300Wh 36V battery), it might not quite stack up to the others in terms of features. But those who want a Brompton know they want a Brompton.
SnapCycle S1 (1,499)
The SnapCycle S1 features a 750 watt (1,200 peak) hub motor and a 48V, 14Ah Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery. It can toggle between Class 2 and Class 3 depending on your use and estimates a range of 30-45 miles. The total payload capacity is 300 lbs and the bike itself weighs 66 lbs. The display is a backlit LCD to show you the five levels of pedal assist available. It also grants fenders and 4-inch tires with the purchase.
The SnapCycle S1 deserves this honorable mention with all that you get for the price—we will keep our eyes on this brand for future options. If thinking about this model, use code EBIKEESCAPE for 50 off!
Electric Bike Company Model F (1,799)
The Electric Bike Company’s Model F is currently available for pre-order! While we at Ebike Escape haven’t tried this one out yet, we are excited to see this product launch considering the great quality of their other models. The Model F will be a foldable cruiser that is fully customizable and arrives at your door fully built. You can expect a 750-watt motor and an approximate 50-mile range on the battery. It will also feature an LCD display and a payload of 300 lbs.
The Best Folding Ebike
Simply saying one folding ebike is the best in the category would be tough. There are a number of options. Choosing the best one for you depends on your budget, and what kind of riding you’ll be doing. Some are clearly for those who don’t worry about budgets, such as the Brompton brand. But as we shared, a folding ebike can fit into just about any budget. Whatever folding ebike you choose, you will appreciate the ease of transportation and storage.
Don’t forget to check out our other “best-of” guides such as the best fat tire ebikes.
Folded Size: 32.6815.7526.38 in 1.Max Handlebar Height：43.50 in 2.Min Handlebar Height：37.99 in 3.Standover Height：21.85 in 4.Max Saddle Height：37.40 in 5.Min Saddle Height：30.31 in 6.Wheelbase：39.96 in 7.Reach ：17.72 in 8.Width：23.62 in
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CUSTOMIZED QUALISPORTS MOTOR
Customized 350W high speed geared brushless motor with enough pulling power so you can effortlessly conquer an 18° climb. Brushless motors are smoother, more efficient and no magnetic drag when you ride the bike without any power.
SLEEK FOLDING FRAME
The VOLADOR frame and fork is made of industry-grade Aluminum Grade 6061. Our new design is sleek, light, and strong enough for a Cyclist weighing 220lbs to feel comfortable on it. Easily folds down to a compact size for easy storage and transportation.
RELIABLE Samsung BATTERY
The VOLADOR distinctive look is achieved through the work and dedication of our designers and engineers combined efforts to strategically place the Lithium battery within the seat-post, integrating functionality and design to power the e-bike.
Rated at 30 Miles Results can vary based on the road conditions (flat versus inclines) as well as weather conditions such as wind or light breeze and the actual Cyclist weight.
SHIMANO 7-SPEED GEARS
The Volador is equipped with a Shimano Tourney 7 speed mechanical gear system.
so every Qualibiker can experience a much more fantastic riding especially when you are hilling.
Battery TypeSamsung Lithium-ion BatteryBattery Capacity36V 7AhCharging Time3.5 HrsMotor BrandQualisports USA Custom Manufactured 350WMotor Torque40 Newton metersMax. Speed20 mphEstimated Range30 miles (PAS)Display BrandKT-7 LCD Display with USB Chraing PortDrive ModeCadence Sensing Pedal Assist/Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Sealed Sensor)/Normal Biking/Cruise/Walk Assist
Size58” x 38” x 44”Folded Size32.5″ x 14.5″ x 26.5″Net Weight38 lbsMax. Load220 lbsFrame TypeMid-Step, FoldingGearing Details7 Speed 1×7 Shimano Tourney Derailleur, MF-TZ500-7 14-28 Tooth CassetteCranksProwheel Forged Alloy, 170mm Length, 52 Tooth Chainring with Plastic Guard
How far can Qualisports bikes go on a single charge?
Distance differs on the terrain, weight of the cyclist, and the power mode you are using (pedal only, full Throttle, or pedal assist).
The typical range on Volador is 20 to 30 miles on a single charge using primarily electric power. If you use the PAS, mileage can increase. Some riders can achieve over 30 miles when cycling in pedal-assist mode.
How to turn on/off the front headlight?Turn on the LCD display, hold the display’s UP button for 2-3 seconds, the headlight/LCD display background light will both be turned on. Hold the power button the same way to turn it off.
Is the bike pre-assembled?95% of the bikes are pre-assembled, with detailed installation videos for the front and rear fenders.
Best folding electric bikes 2023 | Top-rated folding ebikes for commuting and city riding
With smaller wheels and frames, the best folding electric bikes deliver the benefits of riding an electric bike in a more compact package, which makes for easy storage at home. These electrified folding bikes mean you can get on and off trains and buses easily. Most transport companies will let you take the bike without booking, even on peak-time services.
Foldable ebikes aren’t just for cycling to work. They can make cycling for leisure or riding an electric bike for fitness more convenient, too. Keep scrolling to see our pick of the best folding electric bikes. For more information on what to look for when buying an electric folding bike, check out our full buyer’s guide at the end of this article.
- Best for rough terrain:GoCycle G4
- Best value for money:MiRider One
- Best for commuting:MiRider One GB3
- Best ebike conversion kit for Bromptons:Cytronex
Best folding electric bikes 2023
Best folding electric bike for rough terrain
With a unique single-sided frame and carbon fork, the GoCycle G4 delivers a Smart design and smooth ride.
The relatively long wheelbase and relaxed head tube angle mean the G4 is far removed from the twitchiness often associated with small-wheeled folding bikes. Despite the long wheelbase, the bike still folds up small and can fit in the boot of a small car.
GoCycle has its own motor system that monitors speed and cadence to determine how much power assistance you need. However, there’s also a button on the handlebar to override this.
We found the motor and bike to be nippier than some of the best electric bikes and well suited to city rides. But, due to the chunky tyres, suspension and traction control, it can also tackle rougher terrain.
The only thing holding the G4 back is its high price.
Best value for money electric folding bike
The MiRider One is a well-styled folding bike with electric assistance. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
- £1,300 as tested
- Range up to 35 miles
- Boost button to add extra assistance
- Singlespeed only
With a quick fold via a central hinge, the MiRider One pairs funky looks with a fun, practical ride. Handy features such as a skate wheel to help you push its 18.7kg weight around when folded also help make this a winner.
You only get a singlespeed gear on the MiRider One, but with the added electric assistance, that’s enough to tackle most hills around town.
Hit the ‘boost’ button and you’ll get a turbo charge to help you get away from the lights and up steeper gradients. Cable disc brakes help you stop safely and the keen price is appealing, too.
Best folding electric bike for commuting
MiRider’s One GB3 folding commuter ebike is a refined version of the original MiRider One. David Caudery / Our Media
While the previous MiRider One is still available, MiRider has refined the design and improved the specification to create the One GB3.
The magnesium alloy frame has an air-filled shock absorber for comfort and enough adjustability to fit tall and short riders.
The folding ebike has a rear-hub motor powered by a 7Ah/252Wh battery with a claimed range of 45 miles, which is more than ample for the short distances you’ll likely ride on this bike.
The bike has a maintenance-free belt drive and three gears that, along with the motor, helped our tester get over a 14 per cent climb.
It’s fun to ride and feels stable at speed. The short wheelbase and small wheels make weaving through traffic a breeze.
With an easy-to-fold design, hydraulic disc brakes, comfortable saddle and a kickstand, the bike is well-considered and, ultimately, better value than some of its better-known rivals.
Best ebike conversion kit for Bromptons
The Cytronex kit enables you to convert a non-assisted Brompton into an electric bike. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £1,295 as tested (Cytronex conversion kit only), Brompton sold separately
- Convert a standard Brompton to an electric folding bike
- Lightweight system with smooth power delivery
- 29 miles of range with 300m ascent in testing
This one’s an outlier because it’s an electric folding bike comprised of a standard Brompton and an ebike conversion kit from British company Cytronex.
However, if you’re already a Brompton owner, or want to choose a different model than the foldable ebikes on offer as standard, then this is a Smart choice. It’s worth noting that fitting the kit will invalidate your Brompton’s warranty though.
The kit contains a new front wheel with e-motor hub, battery pack, charger, wiring loom and bottle-cage style mount. The price also covers fitting and, rather than using the strap-on battery mount, Cytronex will add bottle bosses to the frame for a neat and secure fit.
The battery can remain in place when folding and adds only a couple of kilograms to the overall weight.
The result is an efficient system that retains the lightweight handling of a standard Brompton, though you need to take care not to unweight the front wheel on steeper roads.
These electric folding bikes scored fewer than 4 out of 5 stars in our reviews, but are still worth considering.
Brompton Electric H2L 2-Speed
Brompton’s Electric H2L bike is the result of a partnership with the company behind the Williams Formula 1 team. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £2,725 as tested
- Powerful assistance and clever battery system
- Would benefit from a bar-mounted control
- Claimed range of 20-45 miles from 300Wh battery
Brompton partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering (of Formula 1 and Formula E fame) to develop a bespoke system for its electric folding bike. It’s made up of a front-hub motor and a Smart-looking battery, housed in a Cordura bag. The total bike weight is 17.43kg, compared to a claimed 11.35kg for a standard Brompton.
The system is operated by two buttons on the battery, but we’d prefer a bar-mounted control, or the ability to use Brompton’s app (and a phone mount) to cycle between settings.
Brompton’s motor provides a punchy ride, but it does feel like overkill in some situations, even if it’s fun to get a head start on other riders at traffic lights. The middle of the three settings provides the best balance of power and range.
You need to remove the battery before folding, but that’s simple enough, and the charger is nice and compact.
Eelo 1885 Disc Explorer Pro
- £1,499 as tested
- Packs down neatly
- Won’t fit tall riders
- Fixed battery
The Eelo 1885 Explorer Disc Pro is a decent electric folding bike now with mechanical disc brakes in place of V-brakes.
For nipping on and off a train, the 1885 is ideal because it’s easy to carry in folded form. There’s a rear rack but the wheels are too small to attach panniers.
The Eelo 1885 Explorer Disc Pro falls short of its claimed range and you can’t remove the battery to recharge.
The 1885’s short wheelbase will probably make taller riders will unstable.
The Emu Mini folding electric bike makes for a good city commuter. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
- £999 as tested
- Well priced and compact size
- Three speeds and disc brakes
- Not so good for taller riders
For £1,000, the Emu Mini packs a punch above its diminutive size.
It’s light for an ebike at 17.7kg, and its 16in wheels come with chunky tyres, so it can handle more than just city streets. The 3-speed gearing helps you get around fast, and you get disc brakes for reliable stopping.
The range is a bit limited: we got just 13 miles, although there’s a £100 battery upgrade that will improve on that. Otherwise, this is a bike for short commutes.
Still, with the battery located in the seatpost, it’s easy to take away for recharging, and the charger is compact enough to carry with you if you need a top-up at work before turning for home.
Engwe Engine Pro 750W
The Engwe Engine Pro 750W bucks the trend for electric folding bikes, packing a lot of power and weighing 35kg.
In addition to the punchy motor and fairly good range, the Engwe Engine’s brakes, display and control function well.
Although the Engwe Engine Pro 750W is fun to ride, our reviewer thought the front and rear suspension are unnecessary and only add to the bike’s excessive weight.
The Tern Vektron is a rugged folding ebike, capable of carrying plenty of luggage. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
Powered by a mid-mounted Bosch motor, the Tern Vektron has the same three-step fold as Tern’s pedal-powered bikes. Its wheels are a tad larger than a Brompton’s at 20 inches, rather than 16 inches.
The Vektron includes hydraulic disc brakes, providing a step up in power from mechanical disc brakes. Three build options are available in all.
Buyer’s guide: what to look for in a folding electric bike
Folding electric bike motor systems
Brompton’s removable battery packs are held at the front of the bike. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
The most common electric bike motor for powering folding ebikes is a hub motor either in the front or the rear wheel, powered by a battery that’s often built into the frame. That has the advantage of a tidy, weatherproof package, but may limit the battery size and hence range, and add weight.
Another option for the battery is to make it removable. That’s the way Brompton has gone, with a pack that clips to the front of the bike so it can be carried separately. It also means you can take your battery somewhere convenient to charge it, while leaving your bike locked up or in the garage/bike shed.
Some internal batteries are removable too; that’s how the battery works in the GoCycle GX and GXi.
Electric bike laws in the UK and EU stipulate that the motor in a standard electric bike has to provide no more than 250 watts of power output, and most ebike motors, including those in folders, will provide up to this level of assistance.
Folding electric bike gearing
Some folding ebikes will only have a single-gear ratio. With the assistance from the motor to start you off, that may well be enough if you have a shortish, flat commute.
For longer, hillier rides, or for leisure use, you may want some extra gears. Hub gears are popular because they’re out of the way and less likely to get damaged than a derailleur system when carrying or moving the folder.
Our guide to electric bike maintenance has more tips on how to look after electric bikes. You’re unlikely to leave an electric folding bike unattended, but electric bike insurance is still advisable.
Hub gears may range from a simple 2- or 3-speed system, up to eight or more gears. Adding gearing also adds weight, and the cabling for the shifters adds complexity to the design.
A folding ebike will have small wheels, to make for a compact bundle once it’s folded. The classic Brompton has 16in wheels, a size used by many other folders.
Other brands, such as Tern and GoCycle, use 20in wheels. Their larger size helps a bit with rolling resistance and they’ll ride more smoothly over road imperfections, in compensation for increased weight and a larger folded size.
Folded size and ease of folding are other things to think about. If you’re planning a commute that also includes public transport, you’ll want a folding ebike that packs up as small as possible, so you can get it onto busy trains or up awkward steps on buses.
That’s where a design with an integrated battery comes in handy because it won’t get in the way of the fold. Brompton’s solution of a separate battery pack also works here. Although there’s a second piece of kit to carry around, the folding mechanism and compact folded size aren’t compromised.
Another option, used by GoCycle and others, is to enable you to part-fold the bike, so you get a package that you can push or pull around using the seat as a handle. It’ll take up more space than a fully folded machine, but has the advantage that you don’t need to fully lug around the bike’s often substantial weight.
MiRider’s clever design, meanwhile, has a skate wheel on the bottom of the bike, to make manoeuvring the folded package much easier.
What other electric bikes are there?
The electric bike market continues to see huge growth, with a whole plethora of ebikes available for all kinds of riding.
Our guide to the best electric bikes takes you through everything you need to know about motor-assisted bicycles and provides more advice on choosing the right type of bike for your riding.
Should you want to go further and faster, take a look at our lists of the best electric road bikes and the best electric gravel bikes. We’ve also curated a list of the best electric mountain bikes for motor assistance on the trails.
And if you prefer flat bars for town riding and to experience the benefits of cycling to work, head to our selection of the best electric hybrid bikes.
If you would rather not splash out on a new bike, the best electric bike conversion kits will transform your old one into an ebike.
Best Folding Electric Bikes of 2023: Elevate Your Urban Commutes
E-bikes of all types have had a huge growth in popularity and improvement in technology in the past few years. Folding bikes, including folding electric bikes, have also seen a jump in use.
This is because they are a convenient mode of transport for commuters or cyclists who need to transport and store their bicycles more easily.
With folding electric bicycles, you have the power to take on longer commutes without breaking a sweat, reliably bring your bike on any public transit, and fold it up easily to store it at the office or in your home.
The best folding electric bike will fold quickly and securely, be relatively lightweight, be comfortable to ride, and come fully equipped for urban commuting. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the differences we see between models.
Quick Folding Electric Bikes Buying Guide
Tire width: Fat vs Standard
Folding fat bikes and regular folding e-Bikes are both popular choices with their own distinct advantages. The reason that fat-tire folding e-Bikes are so popular is that these bikes are the most versatile and comfortable.
A folding fat-tire electric bike has the ability to go on or off-road, maintains excellent traction and control in all terrains and weather conditions, and is super-comfy because the large tires absorb almost all of the road vibrations.
Non-electric folding bike vs a conventional folding bike
Whether you choose electric or not depends on your needs and capabilities as a cyclist.
A motor and battery will allow you to commute without effort, especially if there’s a throttle. This is an excellent choice for long or difficult commutes. E-bikes also allow you to easily transport cargo such as a loaded pannier rack without noticing the extra weight.
Folding electric bikes for adults are great for those with injuries or who find it difficult to ride regularly and want to be able to without limitations.
Belt vs chain folding e-Bikes
A belt-drive electric folding bike for adults is a premium system because it requires virtually no maintenance, lasts a long time, doesn’t require grease, and is silent when running compared to a chain drive.
Suspension vs rigid
The type of fork that comes on your folding e-bike greatly affects the comfort when riding on rough terrain. A suspension fork will absorb more shocks and bumps, allowing you to comfortably ride off-road without experiencing fatigue from vibrations.
Additionally, because you have a motor for power, the loss of performance and speed from suspension is almost canceled out.
Internal gearing vs derailleur
Internal hub gearing is common on e-bikes because it requires very little maintenance compared to a derailleur. It has less exposed parts which reduces wear and tear.
These types of hubs usually can’t get as wide a gear range as a derailleur, but this is pretty much irrelevant as you are powered mostly by the motor on an e-bike.
Best Folding Electric Bikes
#1 Tern GSD S10
Best folding electric cargo bike
- 10-speed Shimano Deore
- 20×2.4″ 2.15″ tires
- 250w, 85Nm mid-drive motor
- Max payload: 440 lbs
- 400Wh battery
The Tern GSD S10 is a unique electric folding bike. It doesn’t fold in half like most others but has a folding handlebar and stem and a telescoping seatpost.
This bike is designed to support huge cargo loads of up to 440lbs and is perfect for long-distance commutes with its 53-mile max range. At home, you can quickly fold and store the bike in a neat package.
Power comes from a premium Bosch Cargo Line motor with 400% support and 85Nm of torque to pull you up steep hills with a loaded bike. This pairs with a 400Wh battery with an integrated ABUS lock.
Finally, you have four-piston Magura hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires, and a fully-equipped setup to make life in the city safe and convenient.
#2 Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5
Best fat tire folding electric bike
- 7-speed microShift derailleur
- 20×4″ tires
- 750w rear hub motor
- Max payload: 275 lbs
- 48V 14 Ah battery, 672Wh
The RadExpand 5 folding electric bike is a fantastic choice for anyone who wants great value, convenience, and versatility.
This Class 2 eBike is great for long-distance commutes with its 45-mile range and when you arrive at your destination, quickly fold and store the bike in a small secure package.
The RadExpand folding electric bike uses a powerful 750W motor combined with a reliable microShift 7-speed rear derailleur to get you where you need to go. It also comes with full fenders, an LCD bike computer, and integrated LED lights on arrival.
Finally, this e-bike is a joy to ride due to its plush, puncture-resistant fat tires, disc brakes, and comfort-focused geometry.
#3 Lectric XP 3.0
Best folding electric bike under 1,000
Range up: 45mi | Folded Dimensions: 37x18x28″
- Range: Up to 45mi
- 500W motor (1000W peak)
- 20×3″ tires
- Max payload: 330lbs
- Weight: 64lbs
The XP 3.0 folding fat tire bike by Lectric is certainly one of the best electric commuter bikes for all ages and sizes, as it performs far above its cheap price tag.
This 500W folding electric bike comes with a punchy motor with 5 levels of pedal assistance and a 500Wh battery that delivers up to 45 miles of range. Additionally, the XP 3.0 has 3″ wide CST tires, 180mm-rotor mechanical disc brakes, and shock-absorbing fork suspension.
This 20-inch electric bike is fully equipped on arrival with fenders, lights, and an integrated rear rack that can support up to 150 lbs. You can also choose the step-through version if you want extra comfort and convenience or a long-range one with 20 miles more range. Finally, even with all of these components, it still folds up quickly and neatly.
#4 Buzz Charter F
Lightweight folding electric bike
- 250W motor / 36V battery
- 20 x 1.75″ tires
- 7-Speed rear derailleur
- Weight: 35 lbs
- 3 Levels of pedal-assistance
Buzz Charter F is a 20-inch folding electric bike designed for anything from an urban commute to leisure weekend rides on bike paths.
This electric folding bike has a solid 250W motor combined with a 7-speed drivetrain and a 36V battery that lasts up to 40 miles per charge.
To ensure this bike is lightweight and efficient, Buzz uses simple V-brakes brakes, efficient 20 x 1.75″ tires, and a sleek aluminum frame. Therefore, the total weight of the bicycle is only 35 lbs, which is incredible for an e-bike.
Finally, the Charter F folding electric bike folds quickly and stays secure for transport and storage. Due to its low weight, it’s super-easy to carry around, which is why we also include it in our review of the best electric mini bikes.
#5 Aventon Sinch
Fat tire folding electric bike
- Motor: 500W
- Battery: 672Wh
- Alloy frame
- Mechanical disc brakes
- 20 x 4″ tires
- Max rider weight: 300 lbs
The Aventon Sinch folding electric bike features a set of all-terrain fat tires combined with a 45mm travel front fork for versatile off-road capability.
This affordable fold-up electric bike has a punchy 500W motor and 672Wh battery that is seamlessly built into the frame. This combination provides 40 miles of range with a max assisted speed of 20mph.
Finally, the Aventon brand gave this folding electric bike a reliable Shimano drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes, and app connectivity. The only weak point is the high weight.
#6 Swagtron EB-5
- 250W motor
- Battery: 36V
- 14″ tires
- Charge time: 4-5 hours
- Max speed: 15.5 mph
- Weight: 37 lbs
Swagtron’s EB-5 250W folding electric bike is one of the cheapest models we have seen that is still reliable and versatile.
This folding electric bike has a sleek design, an efficient 250W motor, and a 36V battery. Using the throttle alone you can reach max speeds of 15.5 mph for distances of 15.5 miles. Additionally, the battery charges fully in 4-5 hours and can be swapped out for an extra battery to extend the range.
The EB-5 36V folding electric bike also uses compact 14″ wheels and lightweight v-brakes to make it more comfortable and easier to control.
Finally, the Swagtron folding electric bike has ergonomic grips, a carry handle, and front and rear reflectors for safer traveling.
#7 Lectric XPremium
- 500W motor (800W peak)
- Two 48v 10.4ah batteries
- 20 x 4″ tires
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- 7-speed rear derailleur
- Max weight capacity: 330 lbs
The Lectric XPremium folding electric bike has a unique combination of high-quality components chosen to make your life as convenient as possible.
This bike boasts maximum practicality with a compact and easy-to-transport folding mechanism along with an efficient torque-sensing and throttle-controlled motor.
Another excellent feature on the XPremium is dual-battery compatibility. It lets you mount two batteries on the frame at the same time, boosting the bike’s capacity to around 1,000W, which results to a 100 mile range!
The system is also combined with a 7-speed Shimano rear derailleur which will help you pedal uphill more easily and make better use of the battery.
Finally, this bike uses hydraulic disc brakes, plush 4″ tires, and is fully equipped with lights, a rack, and fenders.
#8 Blix Vika Flex
Foldable e-bike with modular accessories
- 500W, 45Nm rear hub motor
- 614Wh, 48V battery
- Weight: 55lb
- Mechanical disc brakes
- 20″ wheels
- Suits riders – 4’10” to 6’2″
The Blix Vika Flex folding electric bike is a solid option that outperforms its affordable price.
Make your commute a breeze with its 500W rear hub motor and a 614Wh battery that delivers up to 45 miles of range on a single charge. This setup is best for relatively flat rides as it only has 45Nm of torque.
This folding bike folds into a neat package measuring 36″ x 21″ x 28.5″ to make it easier to transport. The relatively heavy weight of 55lb means it’s possible but challenging to carry.
Finally, this electric folding bike has mechanical disc brakes, an integrated rack, fenders, a 7-speed drivetrain, and a 20mph top speed. It’s a great commuting companion for any urban dweller.
#9 Vivi Folding Electric Bike
Best foldable electric cargo bike
- Motor: 500W or 350W rear hub motor
- Battery: 48V 10.4ah battery
- 20 x 4″ tires
- 7-speed rear derailleur
- Mechanical disc brakes
- Fits riders from 5’1″ to 6’4″
The Vivi foldable electric bicycle is a low-end model with affordable components and lots of thoughtful design features.
This e-bike comes with either a 500W or a 350W rear hub motor with pedal assistance up to 24 mph for a whopping 50 miles max range due to the large 48V 10.4ah battery. Additionally, the 7-speed drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes combine for one of the most efficient and easy-to-use drivetrains possible.
Lastly, to further boost comfort, power, and convenience, this bike has a suspension fork, 20″ x 4″ fat tires, front and rear lights, fenders, and even a rear rack.
#10 Engwe EP-2 Pro
- Motor: 750W
- Battery: 48V 13aH
- Range: Up to 50 miles
- Mechanical disc brakes
- Max weight capacity: 330 lb
- Fits riders: 5’2″ to 6’4″
Engwe EP-2 Pro is a popular electric folding bike that offers a lot of features at a very attractive price point. It’s powerful, convenient to use, and performs well on diverse terrain.
This Engwe e-bike uses two quick-release clamps which allow you to fold it up in a matter of seconds. It also comes with lockable fork suspension and 4″ puncture-resistant fat tires that provide comfort and performance both on and off-road.
For power, the EP-2 Pro relies on a 750W motor with five pedal assist levels and a throttle. Using a 48V 13Ah battery, this bike averages 50 miles per charge. This is certainly one of the best folding eBikes for this price.
#11 Tern HSD P9
Best folding cargo electric bike
Tern’s HSD P9 electric folding bike is a highly-functional model. It’s suitable for urban riding that requires carrying large cargo loads, which makes it ideal for work-day commutes, running errands, and weekend adventures with your kid as a passenger.
This small folding electric bike weighs around 56.5 lbs, meaning it is possible to lift it when you need to carry it. It uses a Bosch Active Line Plus 250W, 50Nm motor which provides max speeds of up to 20 mph for a max range of 26-69 miles using the 400Wh battery.
Other notable features include Schwalbe Big Apple 2.2″ tires, an extra-long rear rack, fenders, a kickstand, and a Shimano groupset with hydraulic disc brakes.
Finally, the Tern folding e-bike doesn’t fold at the frame but has folding handlebars, a telescoping seat, and a compact frame.
#12 Brompton C Line Electric Explore
Best folding electric bike by the oldest folding bike brand
Brompton Electric Folding Bikes are the most established and recognized brand for this type of bike and the C Line Electric Explore is one of the most popular models they have, offering great quality and reliability, although it’s slightly overpriced for the level of components.
The C Line Electric Explore is the perfect urban commuter bike. It features an ergonomic comfort riding position, a 312Wh battery that delivers 20-45 miles of range, a punchy front-hub motor, and a 6-speed drivetrain to support it.
This Brompton e-Bike has an excellent folding and locking mechanism which is the result of years of design experience. Their hand-brazened steel frames are also highly durable and comfortable.
Finally, this bike includes full fenders, a front mount for accessories, and Schwalbe Marathon Racer 1.35″ tires.
What Else You Need to Know About Folding Electric Bikes
What to think of full suspension folding electric bikes?
Full suspension on a folding e-bike is a little excessive. In general, this type of bike is uses for urban riding, commuting, or light trail rides. To do this well, all you need is fat tires and/or front fork suspension to absorb the bumps you encounter.
Additionally, a folding e-bike usually won’t have the correct geometry to tackle tough mountain descents and singletrack.
What to think of cheap folding electric bikes?
For cyclists who need a bike for light usage and short trips, without the need to go off-road or carry heavy cargo, a cheap folding e-bike should be able to meet those needs.
For heavier usage or more difficult riding conditions like off-roading or tough gradients, a cheap e-bike might not work effectively or be durable enough.
Electric Bike Classifications
Most folding fat tire electric bikes are Class 1, which means the pedal assistance works up to 20mph. However, there are also Class 2 and 3. They are categorized as follows:
- Class 1: Top speed 20mph
- Class 2: Top speed 20mph Throttle 20mph
- Class 3: Top speed 28mph Throttle 20mph
Hub drive vs mid-drive
Hub drive motors are the cheapest type. They are heavier and are generally found in the rear wheel axle. They power the rear wheel independently of the drivetrain and thus are not as efficient, especially in their power delivery or smoothness.
Mid-drive motors are the premium choice. They are more expensive, lighter, and are found in between the pedals. This location improves the center of gravity. These motors work by powering the drivetrain, delivering a smooth and efficient power output.
Spoke vs cast wheels on a folding bike
Spoke wheels are the premium option. They are more durable and perform better than cast wheels. Cast wheels are found on cheaper models. They require less maintenance and are lightweight, but also less durable.
Electric folding bike types
- Fat tire
- Hybrid folding electric bike
- Cargo folding bikes
- Step-through folding e-bike
- Hunting folding e-bike
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Electric Folding Bikes
Enhance your RV, camper or van adventures. Our folding electric bike saves space and is a powerful ride. Shop this fat tire and utility ebike you can pull out for all-terrain rides, trips to the beach, or spins around town.
Our latest folding ebike has fatter tires to tackle adventures of all sorts. Featuring a step-through frame, and allows you to customize your ride with adjustable handlebars, seven speeds, and four levels of pedal-assist.
Lower top-tube angle than a high-step frame. Riders find a more forgiving angle for swinging their leg over when mounting and dismounting.
Frame design without a top tube. No need to swing a leg over. rider mounts and dismounts by stepping over the low, dropped frame.
What is an Electric Folding Bike?
Our electric folding bikes are custom-designed for people of all sizes and ages to find fun wherever they ride! These affordable ebikes are built to easily fold and unfold while also providing a sturdy, smooth ride with plenty of adjustability for rider comfort on longer trips.
Our foldable ebike models come with 750W geared hub motors, up to 45 miles per charge, and a 275-lb. payload capacity. We offer these electric folding bikes with step-through frame options to provide easy access for mounting, riding and stopping. Our models feature rigid forks for a lighter folding ebike.
They are designed to fold and unfold easily without interfering with the ebike cables or components. These small ebikes can even be folded with a rear rack and front basket attached! (Note: Your folded dimensions in this scenario are slightly wider, but still more compact for storage)
Folding Ebike Safety
All of our frames provide a solid, sturdy ride feel, and our folding ebikes are no exception. With multiple safety redundancies, the primary folding hinge prevents accidental unlatching when locked properly. We have extensive how-to fold our ebikes articles to show you how simple and easy it is. When unfolded and securely latched, these ebikes are designed to be safely ridden across a variety of terrains.
All of our folding ebike models feature 20” diameter fat tires capable of handling hills, multiple terrains, and longer rides. Models come with either a 3” wide smoother tire or 4” wide tire with a more rugged tread.
The three-inch wide fat tire provides an efficient and slightly zippier ride. The smaller diameter helps the bike get up to top speed a bit quicker than larger tires. The slightly thinner tire has less rolling resistance and is quieter than a wider tire, while still offering great stability.
The four-inch wide, more rugged tread provides additional stability for off-road riding while offering more of a fat bike-style ride feel. The 4″ width allows for customers to adjust tire pressure to ride different terrain and provides more cushion to a rigid fork ebike setup. Overall, these tires provide a stable and safe ride for first-time riders even when rolling over smaller obstacles.
For heavier off-road and outdoor use, we sometimes see our folding ebike customers with 3″ tires opt to purchase the Kenda Krusade tires as an upgrade with a 4-inch tire width and heavier tread. (bonus: You’ll have the original tires as backups!)
Our folding ebikes are designed to be smaller and easily collapsible for transporting in a vehicle or storing in smaller spaces. These ebikes are designed to fold up and fit conveniently in the back of a car, SUV, camper van or an RV without the need for special racks.
They can also transport like a regular ebike on a vehicle with our Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Ebike Hitch Rack and Ebike Adapter Bar add-ons. The Sport Rider Ebike Hitch Rack is not currently available for use with RVs.
While heavier than traditional folding bikes, they provide the same benefits. it’s transportation and storage made easy. Our customers appreciate the simple, secure folding process and the electric boost while exploring new adventures.
Best Uses for Your Electric Folding Bike
Because of electric folding bikes’ unique capabilities to fold for easier transport and storing, they are popular for RV, camper, and van life. Our customers use them for outdoor activities that they bring their ebikes along for, including camping, hunting, and fishing. Learn more in our blog about taking your folding ebike along on a summer road trip.
These ebikes are also great for city life where storage in small spaces is critical. There are many other ways that you can use our folding ebikes, including with your boat or around campus.
Featured Customer Media Reviews
“Space inside the RV, especially when you’re on the road, is limited. Getting a full-size bike inside is pretty cumbersome, but with the RadMini, you can put it almost anywhere.”
Anthony Nalli, Executive Producer of the RV’ers and outdoor enthusiast
“[My wife and I] enjoy taking our bikes out while camping. It’s been so much fun and we are seeing lots of sites we typically would not have seen. Highly recommend these bikes.”
“The Mini is a bike that you’ll keep finding a use for. A hunter getting into their spot and wanting something easy to conceal once they get there. An apartment dweller that is limited on space, but wants an ebike. RV or van-lifers that need an easy way to get around the campsite. Anyone that is interested in an ebike but is limited on space.”
“I have had the RadMini for a month now and put 160 miles on it. It is so cool to ride around the neighborhood or around town feeling like a kid again. I have been folding it up and taking it with me to different locations and then riding from there. I love it.”