Petite older female need help,with choosing E-Bike.

Augiesma

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I had no idea such bike existed!

it says 27 lbs but still under 30 lbs

I think that may be my answer although I am hesitant to order without a trial ride!
 

FlatSix911

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USA
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Silicon Valley
I think that maybe my answer although I am hesitant to order without a trial ride!

I am not sure that I would call this bike a well-integrated solution with a hanging battery. 😉

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FlatSix911

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City
Silicon Valley
Take a look at the lightweight folder from Motobecane... approximately 40 lbs.

A Shimano mid-drive motor with hydraulic brakes that fits riders from 4’11” to 6'1"


 

Dewey

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I am not sure that I would call this bike a well integrated solution with a hanging battery.

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It’s using a fairly lightweight battery pack, Grin Tech’s LiGo batteries, 3 of which would deliver about 300wh for about 8lb, Bike Friday’s e-pakiT model might be lighter than the New World Tourist, I think 26lb all in. The base model is single speed but you can spec an 8 speed, but I think it has 16” wheels smaller that the OP wants so maybe the New World Tourist is the one?
 

Marci jo

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Augiesma,
Agreed, it's tough to find small or extra-small frames. And under 30 lb weight?!
This is a GoCycle folding ebike. They claim it's 36 lbs.
It may not be in you budget but I think it's a cool looking ebike.

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Timpo

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Augiesma,
Agreed, it's tough to find small or extra-small frames. And under 30 lb weight?!
This is a GoCycle folding ebike. They claim it's 36 lbs.
It may not be in you budget but I think it's a cool looking ebike.

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Is that 20 inch?

But 36 lbs is pretty light, if that's too heavy, maybe take out the battery?
 

harryS

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Pretty tough to get a 30 pound folder. The folder motors on our ebikes are 4.8 pounds and a 30 cell 36V pack is 3.6 pounds. Add display and electronics and that's 10 pounds added to a 25-30 pound bike. However, if we're not talking about lugging it up two flights of stairs, a 36 pound 20" folder is easy to put in a car.
 

Timpo

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Pretty tough to get a 30 pound folder. The folder motors on our ebikes are 4.8 pounds and a 30 cell 36V pack is 3.6 pounds. Add display and electronics and that's 10 pounds added to a 25-30 pound bike. However, if we're not talking about lugging it up two flights of stairs, a 36 pound 20" folder is easy to put in a car.
or use of titanium frame would save the weight.. perhaps carbon wheels?

but also $3000 budget 😐
 

Augiesma

Member
Ok, I am modifying my expectations regarding weight! I was able to configure a Bike Friday online ..20” tires, rear mount motor (they had emailed me about converting one of their other folding bikes but It would have been a front mount motor and I have read that rear mount is better), $2500 and 33 lbs. I’m still hesitant to order without test riding. I think there is a dealer in NYC and I may try to get there to see if they have anything similar to try. I do have a question about the battery. This is configured a
With a 36v battery. Is it worth it to upgrade to. 48v, if that is possible on this bike? I’m assuming it will add cost and weight.
 

Dewey

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I was able to configure a Bike Friday online ..20” tires, rear mount motor...This is configured with a 36v battery, is it worth it to upgrade to 48v if that is possible on this bike?

IMO moving up to 48v is not neccessary, a 36v hub motor in a 20" wheel is plenty powerful for a city bike as the motor can deliver proportionately more power due to the smaller wheel size. If you were talking about a fat tire folding bike you were planning to ride off road on sand or snow then I would agree moving up to 48v would help, but 36v is fine for road and light trail riding.

If you can, test riding even a pedal Bike Friday model at that NY dealer would be helpful to see how you feel about the handling on a 20" bike. I went on vacation to Pensacola in 2018 and rode a Dahon 20" folding pedal bike along the beach path, towing a bike trailer I had brought, and it was different from my usual 700c bike but fun and didn't take long to get used to.
 
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Augiesma

Member
It’s using a fairly lightweight battery pack, Grin Tech’s LiGo batteries, 3 of which would deliver about 300wh for about 8lb, Bike Friday’s e-pakiT model might be lighter than the New World Tourist, I think 26lb all in. The base model is single speed but you can spec an 8 speed, but I think it has 16” wheels smaller that the OP wants so maybe the New World Tourist is the one?
It’s using a fairly lightweight battery pack, Grin Tech’s LiGo batteries, 3 of which would deliver about 300wh for about 8lb, Bike Friday’s e-pakiT model might be lighter than the New World Tourist, I think 26lb all in. The base model is single speed but you can spec an 8 speed, but I think it has 16” wheels smaller that the OP wants so maybe the New World Tourist is the one?
Yes..I think I’m going to go for Bike Friday New World Tourist. Going for a Bike Friday trial ride on Monday. Different model but should give me a sense.
 

Augiesma

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IMO moving up to 48v is not neccessary, a 36v hub motor in a 20" wheel is plenty powerful for a city bike as the motor can deliver proportionately more power due to the smaller wheel size. If you were talking about a fat tire folding bike you were planning to ride off road on sand or snow then I would agree moving up to 48v would help, but 36v is fine for road and light trail riding.

If you can, test riding even a pedal Bike Friday model at that NY dealer would be helpful to see how you feel about the handling on a 20" bike. I went on vacation to Pensacola in 2018 and rode a Dahon 20" folding pedal bike along the beach path, towing a bike trailer I had brought, and it was different from my usual 700c bike but fun and didn't take long to get used to.
I have a test drive scheduled for Monday. It’s not the exact model I’m looking for but it’s a Bike Friday with 20” wheels
 

Alex M

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On the picture Bike Friday NWT looks a little high step-over ~21-22". Probably doable for a woman. Better than 24-25" on folders with a straight top tube.

A true step-through frame would have 17"-18" step-over. Heck, my 26" bike has 18" step-over, I'm 5'6" and wouldn't want it any higher.
 

Augiesma

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On the picture Bike Friday NWT looks a little high step-over ~21-22". Probably doable for a woman. Better than 24-25" on folders with a straight top tube.

A true step-through frame would have 17"-18" step-over. Heck, my 26" bike has 18" step-over, I'm 5'6" and wouldn't want it any higher.
Hmm.. thanks for pointing that out. I’ll have to check it out.
 

Augiesma

Member
Update: I am seriously considering a Blix Vika+...Does anyone have experience with this bike? I’m getting discouraged with the Bike Friday because it has a front hub motor, no throttle, and the sales guy is very reluctant to give me specs like power of the motor, and the battery is 36 v, disk brakes are an upgrade, and the price tag is creeping up to $3k I have a feeling it is more of a low powered commuter bike than a touring bike. The Blix has everything I want at half the price..a low 16” step,over, sizes people from 4”10, 48 v battery, 500 watt rear motor, disc brakes..the only problem is..it is heavy! Over 50 lbs! I’m thinking of sacrificing the weight because mostly my boyfriend will be around to put it in the trunk..I’m mostly biking with him. Maybe I should start lifting weights 💪🏻
 

Marci jo

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Update: I am seriously considering a Blix Vika+...Does anyone have experience with this bike? I’m getting discouraged with the Bike Friday because it has a front hub motor, no throttle, and the sales guy is very reluctant to give me specs like power of the motor, and the battery is 36 v, disk brakes are an upgrade, and the price tag is creeping up to $3k I have a feeling it is more of a low powered commuter bike than a touring bike. The Blix has everything I want at half the price..a low 16” step,over, sizes people from 4”10, 48 v battery, 500 watt rear motor, disc brakes..the only problem is..it is heavy! Over 50 lbs! I’m thinking of sacrificing the weight because mostly my boyfriend will be around to put it in the trunk..I’m mostly biking with him. Maybe I should start lifting weights 💪🏻

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