Here are our top picks for the best folding electric bikes of 2021. These top five ebikes represent the best combination of features and value right now, but you can see all 120 of our detailed folding ebike reviews listed by date here. Reviewing electric bikes is our primary focus, EBR has the industry’s most complete and objective reviews. Since 2012, we’ve helped millions of people find and choose the best ebike for their needs and budget. Let’s go!
Table of Contents:
- Best Premium Folding Electric Bike
- Best Value Folding Electric Bike
- Best Affordable Folding Electric Bike
- Promoted Folding Electric Bike
- Honorable Mention Folding Electric Bike
Things to Consider:
- Intended Use. There are many variations of folding electric bikes to choose from… and each sub-category has its own strengths and weaknesses. The solution is to step back and think about your use cases. Do you need the lightest and most compact, even if it means less comfort? Would you prioritize traction and off-road stability, even if it meant adding weight and size? What about fenders and lights for commuting? I know people who never fold these ebike, but chose them only for their compact size and approachability (low stand-over height). Think about your situation, as you consider these top picks, and scan through our entire library of folding ebike reviews to really get it right.
- Battery. Cell quality is important. How far will it take you and last? How expensive is a replacement? Battery location also impacts performance. Those located near the rear wheel are easier to remove but shift weight towards the back. Having it on the main frame spreads weight evenly, improving handling, but makes attachment more difficult. Easy attachment is nice when you remove the battery for lifting the bike or to store and charge the battery separately.
- Size and Weight. How small does it collapse when it’s folded? Will it fit into your space? How heavy is it to lift? Will you be able to load or carry it? Can it be rolled when folded? Can the bike handle your weight and cargo?
- Component Quality. When portability it the primary focus, the quality of parts may be neglected. Make sure the core components can deliver the performance you need. is the the drivetrain, battery pack, shift mechanism, and display protected when the bike is folded?
Stepping down in price by over $1k from the Gocycle GS, the Magnum Classic 48 offers incredible value, comfort, and power. This folding electric bike has everything, including a vast network of dealers that assemble and support the product! While it is indeed heavier than the Gocycle, listed above, you don’t have to pay extra for the fenders, rear rack, or integrated lights. It even features a full sized suspension fork and suspension seat post vs. the custom suspension bumper on the Gocycle GS. The external battery is easy to remove for lifting and charging, but not as beautiful as the frame-integrated batteries from some of the other top folding models I’ve reviewed. The powerful 48 volt drive system and 500+ watt motor make it a lot zippier than the Gocycle, which could be great for larger riders or those with many hills. I think of it as a less active folding electric bike than some of the others, because of the weight and power combination… Gocycle in particular is excellent for people who want to pedal and need to fold and lift repeatedly with the battery still in the frame. The Magnum Classic (or upgraded Magnum Premium folder with cast rims and hydraulic disc brakes) are still stowable, but emphasize power and comfort more. For the money, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the Magnum folding products. This is a company that I’ve been following and reviewing since 2015, so there’s a sense of trust and stability there.
A value priced step-through electric folding bike from Magnum that comes in two colors, is also feature rich with fenders, rear rack, included lights in the front and rear, front suspension fork, suspension seat post, competitively priced at just $1,599, and uses a reliable drivetrain and electrical system. Driven by a powerful Bafang rear hub-drive motor that is rated at a 500-700 watts,…...
Typically riding a folding bike means some compromises in terms of comfort and seating position, but not so for the SONDORS Smart Step! This ebike has a full-size frame with a nice upright-relaxed seating position, and it’s equipped with plus-sized wheels measuring 27.5″ by 3.0″. That means a large volume of air cushion as well as a great low attack angle for rolling over bumps, providing a much more comfortable ride compared to the typical folding bike which has 20″ wheels. There’s also a front suspension fork! That comfort comes at the cost of weight and portability, with only one fold junction and a weight of 55.6 pounds the Smart Step is more difficult to transport and store than smaller folding ebikes. To me, the most impressive part of the Smart Step is the price of just $999, making it a compelling pick for anyone looking to get started with ebikes on a budget. This is especially true for riders with a more active riding style, as the Smart Step is more comfortable to pedal than the other bikes on this page. The electric assistance also feels fairly tame since it only draws 350 watts and the larger wheel diameter means less of a mechanical advantage for the rear hub motor… it still helps out, but it won’t feel as zippy as the Magnum or the Rad. Keep in mind that it doesn’t come with any accessories such as lights or fenders, so you may need to spend extra to add those by accessorizing at checkout or installing them yourself. Competitive pricing is a big part of the SONDORS lineup with their “Electric for Everyone” initiative, and they are able to achieve such low prices by selling direct-to-consumer only, as well as by using standardized components across their various different models. The low prices are fantastic, but of course, the downside of this business model is that you can’t go in to a dealer for test rides or support. Fortunately, SONDORS has revamped their warranty for 2020 to offer a full year of coverage, as well as increasing the size of their support team to accommodate their growing customer base.
The Smart Step is the first step-thru Ebike from SONDORS that is both approachable and easier to transport due to the unique foldable frame, covered by a one-year comprehensive warranty, and at a great price point of only $1199. Great ride comfort for a value-priced bike thanks to the coil suspension fork, plus-sized tires,…...
We only invite great products to our promoted spots on EBR, and Blix certainly earns their spot. The Vika+ is certainly the most beautiful folding electric bike on the list, with European influences in the frame color and touch points. Just like the Magnum Classic 48, this folding ebike comes with lights, a rear rack, and fenders… but the fenders are paint-matched! I think the battery also looks nicer, and it offers higher capacity! What it doesn’t offer, is a suspension fork or seat post. Folding electric bikes tend to have smaller wheels, and that means the tires have a higher attack angle when you ride over bumps and cracks. For me, comfort is a big deal! So I really value the higher capacity tires and suspension elements of some folding electric bikes, but those add to the weight and slow you down quicker due to rolling resistance and drag. With Blix, you get beauty, a great network of dealers, and a product that uses quality parts. This ebike offers utility, safety, and plenty of adjustability for fit. You can see the attention to detail here with matching silver motor casing, spokes, chainring and guide, the silver stem and handlebar, even a silver seat post. Notice the high-quality wire wrapping up front and the threaded sealed cable connectors (verses twist fit). It’s easy to overlook the little things, but they all add up to a product that’s beautiful and surprisingly capable. One advantage of the common 20-inch wheel size that most folding electric bikes use is that they provide a mechanical advantage! This makes them capable climbers. I love the pedal assist and twist-throttle on offer here, and the very approachable step-thru frame. Many of my friends have bought folding ebikes and never actually folded them! They just wanted something approachable, something that didn’t feel too overwhelming. I think you definitely get that with the Blix Vika+ and recommend this as a top choice, especially if you can get it from a local dealer!
An elegant folding electric bike with tons of new accessories, upgraded 500 watt motor, powerful and long lasting 48v 14ah battery, disc brakes, thicker tires, can fit a Yepp child seat, and new aluminum paint matched fenders. 2” wide tires with reflective sidewalls for increased safety and stability, battery integrated headlight and…...
For those who want comfort and stability in an electric bike, while still being able to stow it under their RV or in their closet (or crowded garage), the RadMini Step-Thru 2 is an excellent choice. The wider 4-inch tires with “go anywhere” checkerboard pattern will help you avoid crashes when crossing railroad tricks and empower you to take dirt path shortcuts with ease. Sure, it weighs more… but the removable battery pack (which is cross-compatible with all Rad Power Bikes products) is easy to remove and charge separately. This folding ebike comes with a fully adjustable suspension fork, vs. the Magnum Classic 48 that has a more basic design. Rad sells an optional suspension seat post for ~$100 that will further improve comfort… and remember, those huge tires are almost like air shocks all on their own. If you wanted to ride across dry sand or soft wet terrain, just lower the air pressure and this ebike can actually do it! No joke, I have tested them on the sandy beaches of Cabo San Lucas Mexico for miles with my girlfriend back in 2016! Here’s the video post, and you can skip to 17:03 to see some of the best moments on the beach. The RadMini comes in high-step as well, but I chose the step-thru because it’s so approachable. This electric bike comes with puncture resistant tires, so you’re less likely to get a flat off-road. It has integrated lights with a brake-activation rear light. The tires are also reflective! I appreciate the durable plastic fenders, and additional mounting points for optional front and rear racks and baskets. Not everyone needs or wants big fat tires on their folding ebike, but this ebike is so great… and the company offers such good value and support, that they deserve mention here. I like Rad Power Bikes products in general, and while they do not have many dealers (just a couple in the US, one in Canada, and one in Europe), they are rolling out delivery vans. My first RPB review was in 2015, and the company has only gotten better since then.
A folding, fat tire electric bike that's approachable, stable, and off-road capable. The custom 3.3" wide tires have reflective sidewalls, puncture protection, and all-terrain tread. This is the second generation RadMini Step-Thru, and it comes standard with wide plastic fenders, integrated lights, and an adjustable suspension fork with preload and lockout. Only available in one frame size and one color, but the handlebar and seat height…...
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