JOLT eBike Folding Bike Review

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  • A clean looking folding electric bike that comes in three different colors and has an easily removable locking internal battery
  • Extremely simple to fold and unfold but still has two-step locks so it won't come undone accidentally, relatively lightweight
  • Throttle and pedal assist options expand the role the Jolt can play, sturdy alloy wheels won't go out of true, the motor and battery are hidden
  • Good folding electric bike for zipping through the city with a low Indiegogo campaign price, but there's still some hidden fees like $199 for shipping, higher MSRP, no suspension, racks or integrated lights

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JOLT eBike


Folding Bike


$1,999 ($199 Shipping in Contiguous US)

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

46 lbs (20.86 kg)

Battery Weight:

3.8 lbs (1.72 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

12 in (30.48 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded: 12" Seat Tube, 24.35" Reach, 22.5” Stand Over Height, 24" Width, 60.5" Length, Folded: 27.75" Height, 17" Width, 34” Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Pearl White, Obsidian Black, Electric Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub Length, 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Frame Rear Details:

142 mm Hub Length, 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney, 12-28T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter


Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 48T Chainring with Plastic Guide


Wellgo, Plastic Platform, Folding


Neco, Threadless Internal Cups, 1-1/8" Straight


Aluminum Alloy, Telescoping 240 mm Length to 400 mm Length, Quick Release, Folding


Aluminum Alloy, Low-Rise, 620 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotor in Front and Tektro V-Brake in Rear, Dia-Compe Steel Levers with Motor Inhibitors


Semi-Ergonomic Rubber


Velo Plush

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

580 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

33.8 mm


Cast Aluminum Alloy, 37.5 mm Width


6 Cast Supports

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 20" x 2.125" (57-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.6 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Mid-Frame Kickstand, Optional LED Headlamp ($29), Optional Additional Battery Charger ($59), Optional Additional Lithium-ion Battery ($249)


Locking Removable Internally Mounted Battery Pack with USB port and On/Off switch, Metal Bar Below Bottom Bracket Stabilizes the Bike When Folded and Protects the Front Chainring, .8 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

7.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

280.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

10 miles (16 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, LED


Power Mode (Low, Medium, High), Battery Level (4 Bars), On/Off, 6 KMH Mode (Slow Mode, Walk Mode)

Display Accessories:

USB Type A Charging Port on Left Side of Frame

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (8 Magnet Sensor Disc)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

JOLT eBike is a new company fresh off their Indiegogo campaign, which they absolutely crushed by the way. These guys were looking for $50,000 in funding and have nearly reached $300,000 at the time of this review. While JOLT’s folding electric bike, aptly named the Jolt, isn’t particularly unique, it still offers a few unique features that set it apart. It comes with motor inhibitors that cut power whenever you brake, folds and unfolds quickly and easily, comes in three different colors, has a 350-watt geared hub motor that is built into the rear wheel (which looks great) and has both throttle and pedal-assist with a top speed of 20 mph. Perhaps the best thing about the Jolt from my perspective is the super low Indiegogo campaign price of $599. I was excited to review this bike given the price, but after a bit of research I discovered some caveats. First and foremost, the MSRP for the Jolt is $1,999 – a far cry from the campaign price. While it’s possible the retail price may go down once the Jolt hits the market, it’s not a guarantee. And even those who got in early on the campaign, and snagged one of these for $599, still have to pay a flat shipping fee of $199. Additionally, it costs $39 to upgrade the front brake from a V brake to a mechanical disc brake, and $29 for those who want to opt for the LED headlamp. Still, all said and done, you’re getting out the door for only about a grand after taxes – for the campaign price anyway… Something I found a bit confusing about the campaign though is shipping and warranty. The JOLT Indiegogo campaign website mentions warranties aren’t honored outside the U.S., which seems to imply this bike comes with a warranty and can be shipped worldwide. However, after talking with JOLT directly, I discovered there is no warranty and it can only be shipped to the contiguous U.S. So folks in Alaska and Hawaii are out of luck, unfortunately. Still, this was a fun bike to review and ride, so let’s make like a swan and dive right in.

The Jolt comes in only one frame size – 12 inches – but thanks to the telescoping handlebars and extremely long seat post, I think this bike can accommodate riders of various heights. I’m 5’10” and this bike fit me fine, though it did feel a little small and reminded me of a BMX bike. But taller riders, or those who simply want to extend their reach, can easily raise the handlebars, twist them forward, and raise the seat with the quick-release levers. One thing I want to note about the quick-release for the seat post was that it seemed like it might not have been quite the right size, or perhaps the seat post diameter was just slightly too narrow. The seat post rattled around some and I had to seriously tighten the quick-release lever to the point where I needed to use both my hands and almost all my strength to clamp it down. On the plus side though, the seat post is a whopping 33.8 mm in diameter, which is great for taller riders who need to raise the seat post higher than normal. That extra thickness should help ensure the seat post doesn’t bend or otherwise become deformed. Another note for those who are looking to utilize the telescoping handlebars: Raising the handlebars also extends the brake lines and motor inhibitor wires, which could be pulled loose or get damaged if the handlebars are raised too high and then you turn hard. Try not to stretch the wires or pull on them too much.

The frame is made from 6061 aluminum alloy, giving the Jolt a curb weight of 46 pounds. That’s not too bad for an electric bike and should make lugging it around a bit easier than some heavier electric bikes. It’s on the lighter side for folding models but that’s probably because it doesn’t have suspension and the battery capacity is lower than average. Because the 350-watt hub motor is located in the rear and the internal locking battery is secured in the middle of the frame, the Jolt felt pretty well balanced. Folding this thing is a breeze. Flick open the quick release lever in the middle of the frame and at the base of the handlebars and voila! Folded. I managed to fold and unfold this bad boy with one hand, which I thought was pretty cool. That might be handy if I had luggage or groceries or something in one hand and still needed to load the Jolt into my car with the other. The Jolt I received was the Pearl White color, but the company also offers it in Obsidian Black and Electric Blue. At the bottom of the frame is a metal bar that serves to help protect the chainring and also balance the bike when it’s folded. However, I noticed that in order to actually utilize this feature the bike couldn’t be completely folded or it would tip over. There’s also no magnetic clasp, rubber strap, or bungee system included to keep the bike folded. I sometimes use my own bungee cords or you can get some all-plastic cords with adjustable length from Amazon like this.

The tires on the Jolt are little 20-inchers, which are great for giving a mechanical boost to the motor and coasting efficiently, but not so good for shock absorption or stability. The smaller tire can lead to some squirreliness at higher speeds, and 20 mph feels a lot faster on a bike like this than something with 26″ or 28″ wheels. That’s not to say the smaller tire size is a bad thing – in fact I actually like them and think they’re fitting for this bike’s philosophy of use – but it’s definitely something to be aware of. It’s not the kind of ebike I’d get for long daily commutes. From an aesthetics standpoint, I also appreciate the rims, which have six large cast bars as opposed to traditional spokes. As far as components go, the Jolt has primarily entry-level equipment. I wasn’t able to discern the brand of the hub motor, and the Shimano Tourney derailleur works fine, but it’s definitely on the lower end of the quality spectrum. In fact, it’s the lowest component group that Shimano makes as far as I’m aware. I did like the Wellgo folding pedals quite a bit, though I prefer the type that have a lever in the middle as opposed to these, which need to be pushed in before they fold. They’re pretty generic, and might flex or feel small if you’re heavy and have large feet… this is another area that is easy to upgrade with larger alloy folding pedals from Wellgo like these.

JOLT estimates the range of their bike at 50 miles, though honestly I think with the 36 volt 7.8 amp hour battery it’d probably be closer to around 15 to 30 miles. But I think that’s still fine as I personally wouldn’t want to be riding a folding bike with no suspension fork for extended periods. The battery itself was extremely easy to remove. Just open the frame and insert the key to unlock it and it slides right out. Some of the older folding e-bikes required you to leave your key in while riding or had the locking core external to the frame which could take more water and dirt, so it’s nice that this one is protected. I LOVE that the battery has a USB port built in as that means it can be used to power the bike and also my accessories! It also means I can use the battery as a portable power bank too, which is a huge plus in my opinion. The battery has an on/off switch so you can keep it from drawing down when not in use (and maybe keeping it safer if you’re on a long trip and the bike is getting jostled around). Having a removable battery is great for those who want to use the Jolt as a city bike and charge the battery while the bike is parked a rack or maybe the bike is loaded in the cold outside of your car and you want to keep the battery safe inside or use that USB port to fill your phone or something. Because the battery is relatively lightweight – weighing just 3.8 pounds – it won’t be as much of a chore to lug around as some of the heavier battery packs. Accessing the USB port, On/Off button and charging port on the battery while it’s inside the bike is done via a triangular rubber grommet on the left side of the Jolt. The grommet seemed to fit securely and snuggly in place and didn’t seem like it would come loose during riding – a problem I’ve noticed with quite a few other electric vehicles. This may seem like a small detail, but having a grommet that doesn’t come undone when it’s not supposed to means dirt, water and other debris will stay out of the electronics, thereby increasing the overall longevity of the battery. Do be careful if you plug a USB cable in while riding the Jolt, because it could get snagged and bumped by your foot when pedaling.

Riding the Jolt was fun. The eight-magnet cadence sensor did an okay job at giving and cutting off power when I started and stopped pedaling and the lag wasn’t too bad – about a half second to a second at most. The throttle was also fun to use as it made the Jolt feel a little like a scooter as opposed to a bicycle. This is a feature I always appreciate, especially since I don’t see throttles on electric bikes that often. Because of the Jolt’s small frame and tires, it was easy to whip around and felt quite nimble. I think those who are able to get the Jolt at the campaign price of $599 plus $199 for shipping are getting a decent deal, but with an MSRP of $1,999 it would be nice to see some more upgraded features like front and rear disc brakes, a cargo rack, integrated LED lights, a torque sensor and maybe a step up or two with the derailleur and a suspension fork. You can see lots of other folding electric bikes which do offer these upgrades priced in the $1,500 range reviewed here. This seems like a good bike for those who need something portable and relatively lightweight to zip through the city or down the beach. I’d like to thank JOLT for partnering with me on this review and I welcome your comments and feedback below, especially if you’re a backer for the Indiegogo campaign. As with all crowd funded products, there’s some question as to how long it will take to ship or whether it will change from what is presented to the final product. I have done my best to present what I got in an objective way and I hope for the best to anyone who is backing.


  • Very easy to fold and unfold this electric bike with sturdy quick-release levers on the frame and stem, the handlebar can also be rotated and this raises or brings it back because of the low-rise bar design
  • Telescoping handlebars and extremely long seat post means the Jolt should be suitable for a large range of rider heights, plus the seat post is sturdy thanks to its larger than normal diameter
  • Having a trigger throttle means the Jolt ebike can be used like a moped or scooter instead of only being pedaled, this could be handy if you’re carrying cargo or focused on balancing with the smaller wheels (which tend to be twitchier)
  • Gotta love the plastic chain guide, this ensures that the chain won’t bounce off as easily (important since there’s no suspension here) and it is handy when folding the bike as well, though plastic could get cracked vs. Aluminum alloy used on some other ebikes I have seen
  • The bike is very stealthy, you cannot see the motor casing or battery unless you know what to look for, I like how they are concealed and also well protected inside parts of the frame
  • Buying an ebike online usually means you’ll have to deal with packaging and some assembly… and while the JOLT eBike did come in a big cardboard box, I was delighted to see that it was fully assembled, and the wheels were perfectly straight because they don’t use spokes like most full sized models
  • It’s nice to be able to tap into the battery for your own portable electronics, either while riding or with the pack off the bike, just be careful with any wires that might be plugged in if you do try to use it and ride at the same time… it would be a bummer if you snagged a wire and broke the USB port
  • Being able to override pedal assist with the brake levers, which both have motor inhibitors, provides a sense of control and safety
  • I like how the bike remembers what level of pedal assist you were in when you turn it off… it stays in the same mode when you turn it on again! Just be careful not to get surprised by this or bump the trigger throttle on the right because that could cause some instability or an accident
  • Three color choices so you could get a couple of bikes and keep them separate, or just go for something more fun, but I like the white because it’s going to be the most visible at night (especially since this ebike has no integrated lights or reflective tires)
  • It looks like you could add a rear rack to this bike pretty easily, I saw threaded eyelets on the seat stays and near the rear dropout, just find one that would fit a smaller 20″ wheel setup


  • The pricing on this ebike is a bit confusing because of the Indiegogo special, it sounds like shipping is $199 and if the true MSRP is $1,999 then this is one of the most expensive folding electric bikes around despite being kind of generic
  • No suspension, cast rims instead of spokes, and the smaller 20″ wheel diameter means that this ebike could feel stiff and uncomfortable on long rides
  • The motor power cable exits the right side of the rear dropout and is not protected by a derailleur guard, so just be careful not to bump this cable when folding and transporting, it’s not uncommon to see these cables get bent if the bike tips etc. and that could ruin the motor
  • The display panel is very basic, instead of an LCD with numeric readouts for speed, odometer, and battery percentage, you get LED indicators and dots that guide you but aren’t as precise
  • Rim brakes are a bit more basic than disc brakes and may get dirty and squeak more, apparently you can upgrade the front to disc (the demo bike I got came with a front disc) so this is one of the areas where cheaper parts were used but the price of the bike doesn’t really reflect that, on the Indiegogo campaign you have to pay more for the headlight and disc brake so I’m not sure how that will work on the final bike once the campaign is over
  • It seems like either the seat post is too narrow for the seat tube or maybe the seatpost collar needs to be tighter, I had to really tighten this down to reduce rattling and support my weight (so the seat wouldn’t slide down)
  • It’s great to have a kickstand but this one is mounted just below the bottom bracket which means the crank arms can collide with it if you back the bike up, it’s a minor gripe but some bikes do have their kickstand positioned further back and out of the way of the cranks
  • Minor gripe, the shifter cables, brake lines, and electrical wiring on this bike is all externally routed and can look a bit messy – especially on the white frame, but maybe it’s easier to repair and won’t get pinched when folding as easily?


Ann M.
3 months ago

Good overview; I did notice that the console pictured on Jolt’s Indiegogo page is not the old style, simplistic type that your bike comes with. The issue of not knowing your speed would’ve been solved had Jolt used the LCD console originally showed online. And no warranty; that’s a non-starter for me!

3 months ago

Good catch Ann, I’m not sure exactly what the deal was with Brent’s demo bike (having a front disc brake, no light, the more basic LCD) but even if it had all of these things I would still feel that the $2k+ price tag is a bit high, especially with products like the ENZO Lite which does have an LCD, a larger battery pack, integrated headlight, two disc brakes, and a long track record of selling electric bicycles with decent support for $1.4k

Ann M.
3 months ago

Definitely agree on that price point; too high for this product.

3 months ago

Still can’t figure out how these Indiegogo campaigns get started or are allowed to be funded? This is clearly a direct copy of at least 5 chinese made ebikes you can find on Alibaba, and even then you can spec better components that whats on this bike. Typically you can source them for $495 to $695, and if you buy in sufficient quantities (maybe 80 to 100 at a time), you can keep your shipping and customs costs down to about $40 to $60 per bike. With barriers to entry this low, I’m amazed that more e-bike vendors white labeling bikes like this aren’t introducing a new one on Indiegogo, at least once a week.

That this bike has an MSRP of $1999, means they will gross margin out at least $1200 per bike. It’s clear there is near zero innovation or design work put into this particular unit. Fraudulent misrepresentation if you ask me, and I’d seriously refrain from reviewing any ebike that is sourced as a copy direct from China. I wonder if people understand that when a bike is copied in China, there is literally no engineering done, but merely a copy of geometry and components. M2S does the exact same thing. They tried a Kickstarter, but somehow got ‘caught’. Again, nothing but white labeled China copies with a US ‘name’ slapped on them. You can find at least 4 or 5 copies of the same models they offer on Alibaba. So who is the ‘original’ engineering designer or manufacturer?

3 months ago

Hi Mike, all great points. I agree with you… but we try to cover a wide range of products, especially if they are fully funded and people are interested, so they can know more about what they are getting. I personally strive to be as thorough and objective/critical as I can, but Brent is newer and tends to be more generally excited. It can be a fine balance reviewing products and presenting information but also trying to stay fair and generally constructive so as not to upset people who are excited about cheaper products. Almost every ebike out there, even really nice ones, use parts made in China or Taiwan. Yes, this particular model isn’t as unique, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be appreciated. I do agree that the MSRP is pretty high.

3 months ago

Hey Court, you are doing a Yeomans job of reviewing here, and a huge service for everyone in this market. That you are doing a wide range of products, is laudable too.

That said, you are walking a tight rope by reviewing so many offerings, as people can inadvertently take these reviews as a defacto endorsement, by even being on your website, or figure that if it is being reviewed as long as they take whats said in the reviews that they think they ‘understand’ what they are getting into, it could still end up being a little misleading for them. Its hard to do what you are doing, but at some point without getting into the nuts and bolts, and actually taking these things apart to know what truly is the underlying technology in things like the motors, or batteries, and what type of controllers or BMS’s are employed in the batteries, it would seem to me to represent some risk on EBR’s part on how or what is being said.

Keep up the good work ! (my comments are only meant to help people have a little more discerning eye, and come from someone who has been following this market since the late 90’s, and is in the business of repairing them, buying them, selling them, etc.) (and yes, I have taken many of these things apart, and seen the ‘guts’ of how some are made.)

3 months ago

So here is a China version of the Jolt. Just order it with the 5 spoke mag wheels, and rear hub motor, and you have the Jolt. Feiwel, the model name of this ebike, and firm name of Jinhua Feirui Vehicle Co., Ltd does show other folding bike designs with the same wheel design. Depending on quantity and options, they price it between $450 and $800/unit. I have corresponded with at least 20 of these firms, to pin down pricing, and specific components, to see what is possible to bring over here to the US with some level of quality control. The primary issue is stocking enough of their parts in the US. Then dealing with the hassles of US customs. If you deal with an Alibaba sourced firm you have to make sure you deal with one that has at least 5 to 9 years as a Gold Star Supplier. And unless you are willing to set up a real dealer network, shipping ebikes without local dealer support, is a non starter for me. Too many things can and do go wrong, and eventually the brand will get eroded, and people will eventually catch on and likely steer toward name brands with local dealer support, selling their first ‘e-bike’ on Craiglist or Ebay, once they learned their lesson. As always its buyer beware.

3 months ago

Wonderful insights here Mike. Thank you for taking the time to illuminate different options and weigh the pros and cons of going with a direct cheaper product from Alibaba vs. an importer like JOLT who might handle some of the inconvenience, and how much the price differs. I love the Internet, being able to compare, and get help and perspective from others like this. Thank you :)


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3 months ago

This one, the Jolt ebike

looks exactly like this one on Alibaba

Is it the same product? And I cant find anywhere lwhat motor it is on the Jolt bike? The review doesnt say that either.

Nova Haibike
10 hours ago

No argument from me; I would not pay $1100 either. But the quality of the basic bike itself is very good; in this area a regular bike like that is $200-250 at my co-op. So if could get the bike and a new battery for a few hundred bucks, then it would be an decent deal.

Anyhoo, I'm just babbling. :p

11 hours ago

You can buy a demo with full warranty for around $1000+shipping.. Don't know what your budget is..

Very nice guys:

11 hours ago

But if it is an original battery, never charged, that is useless too. Seems it runs on the one? Seller said the one never worked. But yes, I would sink mininally 500 for the bike and $600 (confirmed price from Giant) for a battery - $1100 for an 8 year old bike is too much when I can buy a new folding bike (preferred) for the same price or less. As this is a SECOND bike for me for just tooling around my office, I am NOT wanting to sink a lot of $ into this - like I did with the Pedego Stretch which I keep at home.

Lin B
11 hours ago

Jeff told me the mounts would be for the seperables units (at least at first) rather than all-in-one. They connect together for carrying, though. I actually prefer an all-in-one since the weight low over the front wheel on my folding bike is helpful, but I won't wait for that mount, I will probably stick the battery in a handlebar bag temporarily until that mount is available. I think he is focusing on the bottle cage style mounts initially and my bike just isn't suited to that. There are 2 cables attached to the side of the motor drive - one is the battery and I hope you are right that the 2d one is cadence sensor and not the throttle. The wireless throttle was a big design improvement, but I remember Jeff said it hadn't been certified by the manufacturer. If you look at the big "clothespin" clip on the handlebars it DOES look like there's a cable attached :-(.

Sure am hoping these materialize before summer ends - I just sold my car to a kid going off to college and he takes possession September 1st (after making his installment payments to me). Going car-free then, and the SR is a BIG part of my plan.

12 hours ago

Thanks... it's also like a mile from where I work.. (maybe a bit more). But today is my telework day, of course. I work 21 miles from home and I ain't going to the city for that today! It's interesting, but I was looking at a folding bike option to keep at work. Huh...

Now JayVee has me wondering - maybe a different option is getting a folding bike and adding electric? Looking into this.

2 days ago

Funny to see this after MONTHS of not being here - with the same need a folding bike to have at work. :-)

3 days ago

So last year I was trying to decide on a bike that would be good for around my community. One that I could use for grocery shopping and running errands and so forth. It’s able to take a passenger and that was a bonus.

In the end I decided to get the Pedego Stretch and I have not regretted it one instant. , maybe more than one instant. I love it so much that I want bike for my office.

I work 20 miles from my office and it is not a commutable 20 miles. Plus, my office is very small and a folding bike would be needed. I work at the tip of Washington DC, right next to all the shopping in Silver Spring and also great bike riding areas nearby with rock Creek Par. and nice neighborhoods.

There Are no stairs to my office. I do not need to travel by train. Basically, it’s just for touring around Silver Spring. I would like to be able to take it home if I wanted, so it would need to fit in a regular sedan. Another reason it really needs to be folded.

Since I spent a fortune on the Pedego, I do not want to spend a fortune on a second bike. If it’s too hilly, however to have it not be electric. Plus I am just getting back into fitness and I would get too frustrated without pedal assist. However, I will use pedal assist only when I absolutely need it.

Thebikes I’m thinking about Velomini Plus. Too small? Lack of features?

The volt urban or the Green bike G5. Both are priced about the same price - around a $1000 price point so it is $300 cheaper than The velomini and it seems to have more features and is bigger. However it also weighs quite a bit more, so hauling it to and from work would be more difficult.

The green bike seems great for this urban setting too. But the volt urban is lighter.

I am up for thinking about other options too. I just want to keep it under $1300. I have thought about buying used, but I’m really hesitant when it comes to bikes with batteries.

Advice and experience appreciated.

5 days ago

Hello wakjagner and Banzai,
Thank you both for your input, it is much appreciated. I have in fact looked at the possibility of getting a Radmini, since it would easily fit into the back of my Tucson. However, since I already have a fat tire bike which I like for the situations that I use it in, which are riding on the gravel shoulders of the highways in my area and on gravel trails; I much prefer the ride (and lack of noise ) that a bike with skinnier, road type tires provides. So, that has left me with what I see as two possible choices: a folding bike with 20 inch wheels like the Voltbike Urban or a bike like the Radcity. I am thinking that with the front wheel removed and the seat removed as well, the Radcity or the Radcity stepthru might fit into the Tucson. The reason I say that is because I am able to get my Yukon into the back of the Tucson with the front wheel removed, but in truth, it is a heavy beast and it was a struggle, almost a two person job. I would think that my best option would be to spring for a 20 inch folder, but I have never ridden one and am uncertain about how well suited it would be for longer rides in terms of comfort and handling (twitchy?).

Again, thanks to you both for your very helpful input. I will continue to gather information and ideas from people to aid me in my (seemingly never-ending) search.

Best regards.

7 days ago

I purchased two 20" folding bikes a year ago and put hub motors in them. I bought two 34T/11T DNP freewheels. One bike had a 52T front cog, but the one I prefer to ride is 46T, so cadence is too fast at the bike's limits (20 mph). That's not worth the extra expense, and maybe having to add a link to my chain to me to match both bikes.

Serious bikers seem to detest the DNP products. They do look to me not as well made as a less expensive Shimano. Well, serious bikers detest freewheels. I guess when you put all your weight on the drivetrain 26 or 28 hours a day, freewheels wear out fast.

By the way, there are 11/28T, 11/32T, and 11/34T DNP freewheels. With a 20" wheel, the 11/28T or 11/32T might offer a closer ratio, as the big gear is rarely needed.

The Park FR1.3 freewheel tool fits my ebikes and was $7.95 shipped on ebay.

Nova Haibike
1 week ago

Of the bikes on your list, I think the Volt is the best choice. The Radcity is slightly better bike, but the size might be an issue (and they are out of stock of the step-thru). I would stay away from the Addmotor, and in my experience, the folding mechanisms on a lot of folding bikes is sketchy, so I would rule out the Ness as well.

If you could stretch the budget to $2K, the Prodecotech Genesis step-thru is spec'd incredibly well for its price.

1 week ago

yes: what kind of a rider will i be. SEDATE is a great word, it may be an option with my new 52 year old body. thank you for this invite. i would love that TERN, ugh, the price...

1 week ago

Try riding with a loaded trailer before you commit to buying one. I bought a Burleigh Travoy trailer and used it to haul my photo equipment. Unfortunately, my riding style is not suited to pulling a trailer. I tend to take turns too fast and too tight. A couple of times the trailer overturned. Fortunately, my equipment was well-padded and well-protected. I sold the Travoy and bought an axle-mounted rack from Old Man Mountain, the only rack that would fit my full-suspension, plus-sized-tire mountain bike. Together with Ortlieb panniers, I can carry all the equipment I want, plus heavy-duty lock and other necessities.

But if you ride sedately, or have the discipline to do so, a trailer might be just right.

The other models in the Rad lineup would probably be better suited to your needs than the RadMini, such as the RadWagon and the RadCity. Folding bikes suffer from frame flex, and the RadMini is no exception, as Court noted in his review of the first version of the RadMini. Frame flex affects handling and safety adversely.

The Tern GSD, touted by @ver50 above, looks like it would be a great bike for your needs, but it's much more expensive than any of the Rad models, and you mentioned "budget" as a criterion.

2 months ago

Your gonna ruin your knees riding like that.

Lift the seat your knees will thank you later

Roman P
2 months ago

msrp is irrelevant noise as nobody in their mind would pay that for it

Ticky Tocky
3 months ago

Is this the same one that is for sale on craigslist in Rocklin that you got as a gift?

Ticky Tocky
3 months ago

2 grand?  Buy a used motorcycle.  What a rip, what is even more hilarious is the ones going for 5 grand.  Why are all these anti capitalists and tree huggers so greedy?  Buy a bicycle and a motorcycle for less instead of one of these good for neither things.

Baron Of Hell
3 months ago

Good review.

Genecop Coppola
3 months ago

Rad mini, way better..

marcus pettersson
3 months ago

And what's the brand on the motor?!

3 months ago

$200 shipping??? get out of here

Chris Till
3 months ago

Brent seems to keep getting quite of lot of the oddball ones. I can’t really tell if this is good value or not. The Rad Power Bikes seem very well made for the money at 1500. But this is folding so that adds to the cost. The warranty situation is also concerning.

3 months ago

A fake MSRP used to make people think that $600/$800 is a great deal, and entice them to join the crowdfunding campaign. Without a motor, a folding bike of that quality can be found online for less than $300, shipping included. No way is the motor, battery, and electronics worth $1700.

Lavonne Boggs
3 months ago

Amazingly overpriced, Nice video!

Chris Barr
3 months ago

WOW the RADmini CRUSHES this bike in features and price!!!

Isaiah Yhomas
3 months ago

For $2k and only 350w 7.8ah and 280 wh, no shocks, and basic disc breaks and rear rim breaks? Is Jolt out of their minds?

Martin Schmidt
3 months ago

Overpriced crap. Really cheap parts and quality. The seatpost Belt is a crime. 2k is a joke. :D
3 months ago

I'm not sure what to make of their full price level, it seems like marketing and price anchoring to me

D Danilo
3 months ago

Excellent review, Brent! The loose seatpost issue would be annoying, and other uncertainties typical of early "campaign" editions. We've seen this frame on other folders. I'm not sure how many brands with identical frames the market will bear...time will tell. Thanks for your thoroughness, and the ride-test part of the review was quite informative. The 6kph walk-mode is very handy, but that little surface-button is definitely not handy!

Martin Schmidt
3 months ago

I also think this was a better Review than the previous Review of brent. Presentation Was much better. :)
3 months ago

Thanks for your supportive words! I'm sure Brent appreciates them. I enjoyed his insights on this review about the seat post and how the display maintained set levels of assist when power cycled. His ride test was fun too :D

Uk Gamer
3 months ago

It is very shady to not have warranty and may not even be legal. I wouldn't buy it if they shipped to the uk.

Ddr Hazy
3 months ago

No warranty on the electrical system? I just bought a bike and had to have the vendor replace the battery because it was DOA. Those electrical components are fragile, no warranty is a bad idea.
3 months ago

Yeah, that was a little confusing and concerning :/

William Aung Leyraud
3 months ago

For 600 yeah ok, for 800 no good, 2k?! NO WAY! My voltbike urban is 1100 including shipping, got free motorcycle grade helmet, better parts, 1 year warranty. My advice, save yourself the extra 300 and get yourself a voltbike. For 2k? Not even on their best dreams.
3 months ago

Glad to hear you're enjoying your Voltbike! I like George and think his products offer pretty good value :)

Eddy B
3 months ago

What are your like/dislikes on the shimano SIS shifter?
3 months ago

Hi Eddy, I appreciate that these larger SIS thumb shifters stay mostly out of the way for the trigger throttle on this bike but feel that they require more reaching and possibly hand repositioning to press than smaller low-mounted shifters that are commonly found on higher end bicycles. The thumb shifter also seems slower and less precise

Ian Mangham
3 months ago

Jolts got the volts man

Martin Schmidt
3 months ago

Hey jolt employee. ;)

Ian Mangham
3 months ago I'd still ride it,I'll ride any bicycle just so long as the seat's high enough and there's air in the tyre's man
3 months ago

Ah, I was in a hurry and thought you said "just got the Volts" but alas, I was wrong :P

Ian Mangham
3 months ago I got a kit on my mtb bro, I'm a kit guy, cheaper and you still have an ordinary lightweight bike when kit removed, specifically made ebikes are for the most part Tanks 😄 Merry Christmas man 🎅
3 months ago

Really?! I'd love to hear when you get it and how you like it :D

Ian Mangham
3 months ago

Early 😄