The Kuo is the first folding electric bike in the A2B lineup of electric bikes but in truth, it’s actually the re-branded F4W Edge. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, A2B and F4W were merged into Hero Eco in 2011 and both have benefitted from lower prices, broader distribution and upgraded parts.The Kuo offers great features, a solid warranty and comes at a decent price point.
The Kuo, like most folding electric bikes, doesn’t offer a whole lot of power. It’s got a 250 watt geared hub motor in the rear that runs off of a 24 volt 9 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack. If you’re a larger rider or someone who expects this to push you up hills without pedaling along then you’ll be disappointed. That said, it works well on the flats and is better than having no motor at all, especially because it’s relatively lightweight at just under 40lbs and offers both twist throttle and pedal assist!
This isn’t the kind of bike you’d want to ride for long distances, but that’s not really the point right? This will get you to and from the train, bus, subway etc. and be easy to fold up and carry onboard. Note that because the pedals fold up they aren’t as stiff and solid as normal metal pedals and the crank arms are shorter so you don’t get as much power with each push. This is true of most folding ebikes but still worth mentioning. On the plus side, the battery pack is well protected and very easy to remove making the bike even lighter to lift if you’re a smaller person. Note that you can charge the battery on or off the bike.
The Kuo folds easily and includes a magnetic clasp to keep it from coming undone during transport. The v-brakes offer decent stopping power and are appropriate for a smaller bike, keeping the overall price lower than if they would have gone with disc brakes. I like the kickstand they chose as it stays out of the way when riding. The fenders also work well and don’t make too much noise. All in all, this bike offers a lot of value and comes at a good price. A2B has a solid reputation and even though the Kuo is brand new to their line, it has actually benefitted from being around as the F4W Edge for many years.
- Has holes for mounting a water bottle cage
- Includes fenders to keep you dry when riding in wet conditions
- don’t have to leave the keys in when riding
- Magnetic clasp keeps the bike folded for easier transport
- Plastic chain guide on front ring keeps chain aligned and pants clean
- Offers twist throttle and pedal assist mode for extended range and hill climbing, can both be used at the same time
- Battery is very easy to remove and can be charged on or off the bike
- Good price with a solid warranty on the frame and battery pack
- Pedals aren’t very stiff (since they also fold up)
- Crank arms are shorter, aren’t as comfortable to pedal as a normal sized bike
- Overall ride quality suffers from this being a folding bike, wouldn’t want to use for long distances
- Weaker motor and battery won’t push you up hills or offer as much strength for larger riders
- No rear light
- Computer is separate after-market vs. integrated
- Cables aren’t integrated into the frame, messier looking