Here are our top picks for the best folding electric bikes of 2020. These top five ebikes represent the best combination of features and value right now, but you can see all 116 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 or Qualisports are 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,…...
Qualisports is a newer electric bike company, but the founder has many years of experience in the industry… and it shows. Their folding electric bikes are some of my favorites, and the Volador is my pick for best affordable folding ebike because it’s so beautiful, lightweight, and cheap. Money talks, and most of the cheapest options are now sold direct-online only, but Qualisports has built a model that includes some dealers in North America. I’ve tested many of their electric bicycles including the folding fat tire Beluga, micro-sized folding Nemo, and utilitarian folding Dolphin. Yes, they name their bikes after different types of fish and sea animals ;) All of the bikes are value priced, but the Volador wins the best affordable because it’s a great all-around product with standard sized wheels that perfectly balance comfort and stability. There’s no suspension on this ebike, and you won’t be able to easily add a seat post suspension because that’s where the battery cells are kept (it’s a custom design). For people who value portability, are excited about an active experience where pedaling feels natural, and those looking for a good deal, I recommend the Volador without reservation… just be sure to purchase some lights if you plan on riding at night, because there are no reflective tires or integrated lights here, as we saw from Magnum and Gocycle above.
A affordable and sleek folding bike that hides its electric system in the frame and seat post, MXUS hub-drive, 36v 7ah battery, 7 speed Shimano cassette, and mechanical brakes with motor inhibitors. The bike folds well, you can walk it when folded or even slide the seat…...
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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