Help choosing 20'-wheel Folding E-bike for NYC

Juan_rgil

New Member
Hello Everyone,

I need help choosing a replacement folding E-bike. Mine just got stolen today (left it outside for three hours- 18 millimeter chain was cut with a power tool). My bike was a Dahon formula s18- 20 inch- with the Bionx Motor and electronics. I used it everyday to commute from and to work in Manhattan, New York. I really enjoyed the pedal assist, the powerful motor and the relative lightness of it. I normally kept it in the same gear and rarely used the other many ones the bike offered. I believe they are not making any more of them so Im looking to buy a new similar model.

It has to be foldable and preferably 20 inch wheels. I've been looking at fat tire addmotor 150 on Amazon for 1300 bucks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B17HE1S/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza does any one have an opinion on these?

I also looked at the Radmini http://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmini-electric-folding-fat-bike?variant=17586850561. I like the fact that this one has racks because I occasionally carry up to 30lbs of stuff with me.

I like the idea of having thicker tires to be able to use it in mild snow showers (I bike all year round almost everyday).

However I also found this one which is not a fat tire bike but has an affordable price tag and seems very close to what I had:
GreenBike USA G5
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131H5USA/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

The acceleration and motor power are very important to me. It would be ideal if I can pedal past the 20 mph limit of the motor. Any thoughts on this on which could ? Thanks for any help.
 

Amanda

Member
@rad power Tasmania owners will definitely perk up see hat beast on your list. Rad makes a great product - if heir city commuter hadn't been too powerful for laws where I live, I'd have ordered it.

The rad mini is a solid option!
 

vincent

Well-Known Member
Voltbike Mariner and radmini are both great options


I do not know the answer as to whether you can pedal past 20 mph on the mini since I have never tried to do it
but think you can, post on the rad power forum and someone will answer you I'm sure

I would imagine both of these bikes are heavier than the one you had stolen
But the fat tires are awesome

Sorry about your bike, that sucks
 

Fred in Seattle

New Member
Hello Everyone,

I need help choosing a replacement folding E-bike. Mine just got stolen today (left it outside for three hours- 18 millimeter chain was cut with a power tool). My bike was a Dahon formula s18- 20 inch- with the Bionx Motor and electronics. I used it everyday to commute from and to work in Manhattan, New York. I really enjoyed the pedal assist, the powerful motor and the relative lightness of it. I normally kept it in the same gear and rarely used the other many ones the bike offered. I believe they are not making any more of them so Im looking to buy a new similar model.

It has to be foldable and preferably 20 inch wheels. I've been looking at fat tire addmotor 150 on Amazon for 1300 bucks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B17HE1S/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza does any one have an opinion on these?

I also looked at the Radmini http://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmini-electric-folding-fat-bike?variant=17586850561. I like the fact that this one has racks because I occasionally carry up to 30lbs of stuff with me.

I like the idea of having thicker tires to be able to use it in mild snow showers (I bike all year round almost everyday).

However I also found this one which is not a fat tire bike but has an affordable price tag and seems very close to what I had:
GreenBike USA G5
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131H5USA/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

The acceleration and motor power are very important to me. It would be ideal if I can pedal past the 20 mph limit of the motor. Any thoughts on this on which could ? Thanks for any help.

Hi,.
You can change the freewheel to a 11Tooth cluster in lieu of the 13 T . That would add another 3.6 m/h. Also you can change the programming on the mtr controller to 40 km (~ 24 mi)/hr the combination of both should give ~ 28 m/h. Others have reported that you can change the wheel size in the controller to increase the apparent speed. ( I haven't tried this) . Also I'm looking at changing to a smooth tire base on a Moped tire size. It will give a larger wheel size which will increase the speed also.
 

Fred in Seattle

New Member
Hi,.
You can change the freewheel to a 11Tooth cluster in lieu of the 13 T . That would add another 3.6 m/h. Also you can change the programming on the mtr controller to 40 km (~ 24 mi)/hr the combination of both should give ~ 28 m/h. Others have reported that you can change the wheel size in the controller to increase the apparent speed. ( I haven't tried this) . Also I'm looking at changing to a smooth tire base on a Moped tire size. It will give a larger wheel size which will increase the speed also.

Just a caution this bike is heavy. It is really stout. 63 lbs. and the 4" tires precludes using it on the buses here in Seattle. Probalby NY also.
 

Fred in Seattle

New Member
Hello Everyone,

I need help choosing a replacement folding E-bike. Mine just got stolen today (left it outside for three hours- 18 millimeter chain was cut with a power tool). My bike was a Dahon formula s18- 20 inch- with the Bionx Motor and electronics. I used it everyday to commute from and to work in Manhattan, New York. I really enjoyed the pedal assist, the powerful motor and the relative lightness of it. I normally kept it in the same gear and rarely used the other many ones the bike offered. I believe they are not making any more of them so Im looking to buy a new similar model.

It has to be foldable and preferably 20 inch wheels. I've been looking at fat tire addmotor 150 on Amazon for 1300 bucks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B17HE1S/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza does any one have an opinion on these?

I also looked at the Radmini http://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmini-electric-folding-fat-bike?variant=17586850561. I like the fact that this one has racks because I occasionally carry up to 30lbs of stuff with me.

I like the idea of having thicker tires to be able to use it in mild snow showers (I bike all year round almost everyday).

However I also found this one which is not a fat tire bike but has an affordable price tag and seems very close to what I had:
GreenBike USA G5
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131H5USA/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

The acceleration and motor power are very important to me. It would be ideal if I can pedal past the 20 mph limit of the motor. Any thoughts on this on which could ? Thanks for any help.

The Luna City Folding Bike is by far and away the best folding cycle out there. I wish I could trade my RAD Mini in for one ! Mid hub great torque. In a package that is 25 lbs less than my RAD Mini .