- A feature complete folding electric bike with cast solid wheels for improved durability and weight management
- You get pedal assist with a responsive 12 magnet pedelec sensor and trigger throttle for instant power, impressive 160 mm mechanical disc brakes and motor inhibitor levers for quick stops
- Great accessories here including a Velo flip-up saddle for easy battery removal, plastic venders, a rear mounted carry rack and integrated front and rear LED lights!
- The suspension fork and seat post shock improve comfort given the smaller 20" wheels, not happy that the key has to stay in the battery when riding or that it is so near the pedaling arc of your left foot, heavier build at ~53.5 lbs and weaker 250 watt motor that performed adequately during my hill climb tests
The Magnos State of the Art Folding Electric Bike (or just Magnos) is truly impressive and probably my favorite model in the ElectroBike line. That’s because it delivers above average performance, includes great accessories like fenders, racks and integrated lights and is built around cast wheels vs. using spokes. All this for ~$1,300 and you get a year long warranty! ElectroBike is a Mexican ebike company that started in 2012 and has since expanded to 25 stores in Mexico and ~5 in the USA. I visited their flagship store in Santa Monica for this review and had the opportunity to test ride the smaller, lighter weight Alfa+ and came away convinced that the additional $300 for the Magnos is well worth it… unless you really want the smaller frame because you’re a shorter more petite rider.
While the Magnos electric bike opts for a smaller 250 watt geared motor (verses 350 on many of the newer folding e-bikes I’ve been reviewing), it performs quite well and is actually into the rear wheel which adds a lot of protection and improves the aesthetic. The battery is average sized with 36 volts of power and 9 amp hours of capacity and while not fully integrated into the frame, still handsome in black sliding just behind the seat tube. Taking it off is quick and easy with the cool flip-up Velo Comfort saddle. Adding more comfort is a Top Gun suspension fork… it’s pretty basic without lockout but way better than nothing and the ergonomic grips are nice.
This bike offers pedal assist, throttle mode and has a nicer LCD display panel showing battery level, speed, odometer and other stats. It’s not removable but the small size and black bezel blends in with the frame. The Magnos model comes in two colors and I was riding the metallic gray with red accents, the other is matte black like some of the other ElectroBikes. I tend to prefer white for increased visibility but love that this bike comes with two integrated lights that both run off of the main battery. that’s a huge deal to me, something that’s difficult to accomplish with aftermarket parts. You also get a seven speed drivetrain which is plenty for a small folder and the derailleur is an entry level Shimano Tourney. For the money, you get a lot with this bike and it could perform well around the neighborhood, through the city or as a short-distance commuter.
- Even though this is not the cheapest folding bike from ElectroBike I still consider it to be very affordable and appreciate the upgraded display panel, extra gears and much nicer wheelset vs. the Alfa+ model
- Cast metallic wheels (not sue if they’re Magnesium or Aluminum?) add a lot of strength for heavier riders or rough environments including transport of the bike
- The battery pack is locking and removable, I found that it was much easier to take off of the bike than the Alfa+ model and appreciate the flip-up swivel design of the Velo Plush saddle
- The display panel is small, easy to reach and backlit for use in dim or dark environments, you get two integrated LED lights as well so this thing could work well for commuting when seasons change and you want to stay visible
- Comfort is improved with a basic TopGun suspension fork and a pair of ergonomic grips, neither are super high quality but they do improve the ride substantially in my opinion
- Increased utility with full length plastic fenders (lighter and less likely to bend than steel) and a rear carry rack with standard sized tubing and a spring latch for small cargo, consider a trunk bag like this for more room and carrying a water bottle
- Awesome pedals for a folding electric bike! these are oversized Aluminum alloy Wellgo brand pedals that improve traction and power delivery vs. the more standard, basic plastic pedals I see a lot
- Several nice little extras including a bottom bracket guard, plastic chain guide and flick bell… the charger they include is compact and light weight at less than one pound for easy transport along with the bike
- The 12 magnet cadence sensor is much more responsive than the 5 magnet design on some of the other ElectroBikes, it starts and stops quickly as you pedal and the brake levers also feature inhibitors so you can override the system and stop effectively
- Mechanical disc brakes with good sized 160 mm rotors (good for a folding bike), this is a huge upgrade from the v-brakes and drum brakes on some of the other ElectroBikes such as the Alpha+
- The cockpit stays very clean with the smaller display and trigger throttle vs. half-grip twist, I like that they included a bell and prefer the upgraded Shimano shifters that are black to match
- The key has to remain in the battery pack in order to power it on and use the electric drive systems and lights which bugs me because they can jingle or snag on your feet/leg when pedaling
- The battery has a second locking core near the base on the left which has to be unlocked to be removed from the frame and I found that sliding it up with the key still inserted can lead to bending the key so make sure you take it out… at least you use the same key for powering the bike and unlocking the battery here vs. the Alfa+ which uses two separate keys making it easier to lose etc.
- For some, the 250 watt motor might be weaker than desired given that there are now more 350 watt rated folding ebikes but this one performed well for me when climbing hills
- The folding mechanism on the stem is more basic than some of the other bikes I’ve tested recently that have secondary locks, it still felt solid to me and was intuitive to fold
- No throttle-only model in assist level zero, you have to be using one of the five levels and that also impacts how much throttle power you have access to which is a bummer given the variable-speed nature of the trigger interface
- This is one of the heavier folding electric bikes I’ve tested… though it feels tougher due to the metal wheels, I think the suspension fork, rack and fenders just add those extra few pounds