If you’re in the market for a folding ebike, there are quite a few options out there. They come in a number of price points and styles. Luckily, we’ve tried many of them and have put together this guide to help you find the best one. Keep this guide handy when you are searching for the best ebike that folds.
Of course one of the main benefits of a folding ebike is that it is easier to tuck away in your apartment, house, or garage. It also makes transportation much easier (and cheaper) since you don’t necessarily need an ebike rated rack.
Even if you don’t need folding functionality on an ebike, don’t cross a folding ebike off of your list – these ebikes have other benefits which we’ll explore below. But if you do plan to fold it, a large tote can make it much easier to carry. Check out our Lectric XP accessories video for a short demonstration. And be sure to check out our electric bike discount codes page before you make your purchase.
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Lectric XP Lite ($799)
This blue beauty is known as the Lectric XP Lite—Lectric’s cheapest and lightest foldable ebike. It is also the cheapest option that we at Ebike Escape would recommend to family and friends. At just 46 lbs, you can take this bike anywhere and reach speeds up to 20 MPH (Class 2 classifications). It has a 48V system with a 7.8 Ah battery and a 300-watt motor (720 watt peak). There are five levels of pedal assist, with the lowest level taking you on 40 miles worth of adventure!
The dimensions when folded are only 36 x 16 x 27 inches, making it one of the smallest folding ebikes on the market. It features 160 mm mechanical disc brakes and then 20 x 2.4 or 20 x 2.6 inch tires. For added safety, there are integrated front and rear lights, something we don’t often see on ebikes at this price range. There is an LCD display showing your trip statistics and the electrical components are rated IP-65 for water and dust resistance. The Lectric XP Lite is a single-speed for simplicity, but don’t let that dissuade you – this ebike still has plenty of power!
If you’re on a budget but still want to ride around your town with ease, the XP Lite is perfect for you! Learn more in our Lectric XP Lite full review.
Lectric XP 2.0 ($999)
Ah yes, the Lectric XP—no list would be complete without it. The Lectric XP 2.0 is a step up from the XP Lite, granting you with high-quality transportation. It has been the ebike of choice for hundreds of thousands of riders in the United States. The step-through version (image above) is our pick due to its increased accessibility, but it is also offered in a high step.
So what makes the Lectric XP special besides its price? The 500-watt motor peaks at over 800 watts and can be overridden to reach speeds over 20 MPH. Powering the motor is a 48V, 9.6 Ah battery which should be sufficient for most, but you can certainly find folding ebikes with larger batteries. The battery located inside the frame lends itself to the clean design of the Lectric XP 2.0. It also comes fully assembled (and folded), making the setup a cinch. Although, you may still want to have a bike shop go over the bike before riding.
You’ll also find 3-inch tires, a 1×7 Shimano drivetrain, front suspension, paint-matched fenders, rear rack, and integrated front and rear lights. Other accessories such as a cargo package and comfort package are available at checkout. See our full Lectric XP 2.0 accessories post and video for more on how to outfit this ebike. Our Lectric XP 2.0 review can also give you more details on this popular ebike. If you’re on a budget, but want a little more power (and accessories!) then the XP Lite, this one is for you.
Lectric XPremium ($1,799)
We promise this is the last Lectric ebike on this list—we couldn’t help but include all three of their amazing foldable models! Featured here is the Lectric XPremium. This is the most expensive model from Lectric, but for good reason. It boasts 160mm hydraulic disc brakes, dual batteries with nearly 21 Ah of total capacity, fat tires at 4-inches wide, and most importantly, the mid-drive motor.
This bike allows you to conquer hills and tough terrain. Pack it in with your camping gear—it weighs 75 lbs with both batteries (7 lbs each) and folds into a small 40 x 22 x 32 inches. If you’re planning on a larger trip, this rig can hold a total payload of 330 lbs. The 25′-inch wide handlebars offer comfort and room for accessories, alongside the backlit LCD display.
Lectric is a great electric bike company that thinks of it all. If you want some customization for your new travel buddy, check out our accessories list! Learn more in our full Lectric XPremium review.
Espin Nesta ($2,199)
The Espin Nesta is the flagship offering in Espin’s lineup. While not as well known as some brands, Espin is known for its value-priced ebikes. The Nesta is offered in a step-through frame for increased accessibility.
It boasts a powerful 750-watt motor with a 10.5 Ah externally mounted battery. Because of its location, the battery is easy to remove. The frame holds 275 lbs and comes with both a front and a rear rack. The Nesta also features hydraulic disc brakes. We’ve also been happy with the S-Ride trigger shifter and derailleur. The Espin Nesta comes with true fat tires that are 4 inches wide.
Overall, the Espin fits into the market nicely when you consider the specs, though we do wish the battery was slightly larger given the price of this ebike. Right now, you can get $50 off—don’t wait! Learn more in our Espin Nesta review.
Aventon Sinch ($1,799)
The stylish and slick Aventon Sinch has 4-inch fat bike tires, a 20 MPH top speed, and up to 40 miles of range with its 14 Ah battery. Those are decent specs for a bike of its price. And Aventon ebikes are easy to recommend. Not only do they have a network of dealers across the U.S., but their frame quality blows away any budget-priced ebike brand. Speaking of frames, the Sinch is also offered in a high-step if you prefer.
A 45mm suspension fork will smooth out the ride and you’ll be cruising with its 750-watt peak motor (500-watt nominal). With a 7-speed rear derailleur and a 5-speed pedal assist, the Aventon Sinch is a great option for those looking for a slightly upgraded folding ebike. Not to mention from a company known for quality ebikes that look super sleek! Learn more in our Aventon Sinch step-through review.
Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5 ($1,599)
If you have followed Ebike Escape for a while now, you know how much we love Rad Power Bikes. We’re ecstatic to share that they’ve once again revamped their previous foldable electric bike into what is now known as the RadExpand 5. It features a step-through frame, adjustable BMX-style handlebars, seven speeds, and four levels of pedal assist. The 750-watt hub motor and 14 Ah battery can get you 25-45 miles worth of exploration.
This fifth-generation foldable bike weighs 62.5 lbs and has a rear rack and fenders included in the package. The rear rack is equipped to withstand 55 lbs of weight, with a total payload of 275 lbs. The tires are 20″ x 4″ for ease and comfort when riding and this ebike features an LED display though it can be upgraded to the Rad LCD display.
Rad Power Bikes is a reputable brand—you know you’re in good hands (or wheels) with them. Learn more in our RadExpand 5 Review.
Fiido D11 Folding Electric Bike for Commuter ($1,099)
Where to start on Fiido: This isn’t an ebike company that has a folding ebike model—it’s an ebike company that focuses on the folding variety! Prices start at just $659 for their Fiido D2S and go up to $1,599 for the Fiido X. Fiido folding ebikes are meant to cater to someone looking for a lightweight folding ebike that can be tucked away out of the way or easily transported in a vehicle. Sure, the motors and batteries are smaller than some of the ebikes above, but this isn’t the selling point of a Fiido ebike. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value than a Fiido when you look at other ebikes in its class.
The D11 has a 36V, 11.6Ah battery that can reach up to 62 miles! It features a 250-watt motor and can reach speeds of 15 MPH. We at Ebike Escape haven’t gotten out hands on one of these yet, but can’t wait until the day we do!
British bike company Brompton is the original in the realm of folding bikes, so it’s only natural they’d delve into folding ebikes as well. They’re not cheap—a Brompton ebike will set you back around $3,800—but people seek out Brompton for a reason. They’re a solid bike company that has been doing folding bikes forever. We’ve witnessed people become converts watching the folding process. Plus, the Brompton electric is lightweight at just 32 lbs.
There’s something of a classic British bicycle look to the ebike line. Its lowest-priced model reaches speeds of 15 MPH with its 250-watt front hub motor. With six gears and a range of 25-40 miles (300Wh 36V battery), it might not quite stack up to the others in terms of features. But those who want a Brompton know they want a Brompton.
SnapCycle S1 ($1,499)
The SnapCycle S1 features a 750 watt (1,200 peak) hub motor and a 48V, 14Ah Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery. It can toggle between Class 2 and Class 3 depending on your use and estimates a range of 30-45 miles. The total payload capacity is 300 lbs and the bike itself weighs 66 lbs. The display is a backlit LCD to show you the five levels of pedal assist available. It also grants fenders and 4-inch tires with the purchase.
The SnapCycle S1 deserves this honorable mention with all that you get for the price—we will keep our eyes on this brand for future options. If thinking about this model, use code EBIKEESCAPE for $50 off!
Electric Bike Company Model F ($1,799)
The Electric Bike Company’s Model F is currently available for pre-order! While we at Ebike Escape haven’t tried this one out yet, we are excited to see this product launch considering the great quality of their other models. The Model F will be a foldable cruiser that is fully customizable and arrives at your door fully built. You can expect a 750-watt motor and an approximate 50-mile range on the battery. It will also feature an LCD display and a payload of 300 lbs.
The Best Folding Ebike
Simply saying one folding ebike is the best in the category would be tough. There are a number of options. Choosing the best one for you depends on your budget, and what kind of riding you’ll be doing. Some are clearly for those who don’t worry about budgets, such as the Brompton brand. But as we shared, a folding ebike can fit into just about any budget. Whatever folding ebike you choose, you will appreciate the ease of transportation and storage.
Don’t forget to check out our other “best-of” guides such as the best fat tire ebikes.