On the hunt for a portable, space-saving, folding electric bike? Our e-bike experts bought and tested 7 of the best folding models head-to-head to help you find the model that precisely fits your needs. After unboxing and assembling each bike, we spend weeks putting them through rigorous tests across performance areas you care about most. We charge up and assess these bikes for their ride quality, range, power, portability, user-friendliness of their interfaces, and ease of assembly. The results of our testing period inform our ratings so you can find the bike that best matches your style, whether you seek an all-around commuter, a hip and smooth ride, or the most performance per dollar spent.
After weeks of testing these bikes side-by-side, the most impressive, all-around performance came from the Blix Vika+ Flex. This model has the range for long commutes and all the features you can want, including integrated front and rear bike lights, a USB charger for your mobile phone, a cargo rack, and fenders to keep your clothes clean on your way to work or play. The Vika+ Flex has plenty of power and a max speed of up to 24 mph, while the hydraulic disc brakes control your speed smoothly and effectively. A smaller battery helps it keep its weight down compared to other top performers, along with a smaller folded size that makes it notably more easily portable than the over 60-pound models we tested. Its assembly is also easy-peasy, just a 15-minute affair. Tall riders will appreciate the height range on the seat post, which gave our six-tool lead tester enough room to extend his legs while pedaling fully.
This model has no significant drawbacks, though we have some minor critiques. It handles well and has a comfortable saddle, but without a suspension fork or very wide tires, the Blix doesn't offer the dampest ride. And while it has an impressive range, a few other bikes bested the Blix by a few miles in our range tests. You can perhaps find an e-bike that can (barely) beat out the Blix in a single category, but this bike comes out on top across all performance areas combined, earning our favor as the most complete, ride-ready folding electric bike.
Our testers unanimously agree that the Lectric XP 3.0 is award-worthy. It covers the most important bases well, with great ride quality, smooth power delivery, and a respectable range. It is Class 2 and Class 3 capable, allowing speeds up to 28 mph in Class 3, pedal assist. The 500-watt motor impressed us with its torque, providing an unexpectedly peppy ride. A suspension fork and 3-inch wide knobby tires provide a smooth ride over varied surfaces, and a large range of fit ensures that users of varying heights can ride comfortably. It also includes integrated lights, fenders, and a cargo rack capable of carrying 150 lbs. Assembly is a piece of cake, and the large, integrated display screen keeps your speed, distance, and other data available at a moment's glance. Lectric offers this bike at a very reasonable price, which is an excellent value.
The XP 3.0 falls slightly in the range department due to its moderately sized 500 Wh battery. Only using the throttle (no pedaling), we got 24.51 miles down our range test track. We'd expect to go significantly further by utilizing the pedal-assist modes. Despite its space-saving folding design, it still weighs over 62 pounds, which can still be challenging to move around or load for transport. Still, electric bikes are expensive, and if you want to pay significantly less than average while getting above-average performance, the Lectric XP 3.0 is our recommendation.
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The smoothest and coolest bike in the bunch is the Aventon Sinch Step-Through. This bike feels top-notch with 4-inch wide tires and a suspension fork that absorbs the bumps and cracks in the road. It handles well at high speeds and produces very little noise. The excellent ride quality will continue for over thirty miles on a single charge; this model's range tested as one of the best in its class. The Aventon is plenty powerful and also quite easy to assemble. The high-tech display screen and great controls are a boon for user-friendliness. When it comes to street appeal, this bike has it. We love the streamlined design with the frame-integrated (yet still removable) battery and the look of the tan-wall tires. We enjoyed time in the saddle on this bike.
The biggest disadvantage of the Aventon Sinch is its significant weight. Folding bikes have portability as a large part of their appeal, and this model's nearly 70-pound weight makes it tough to lift in and out of car trunks and trailers. Its folded size is also one of the largest we measured, though it can still more easily fit where non-folding bikes cannot. We were disappointed at the lack of included features, although Aventon sells accessories to customize your ride. Yet, for the smoothest and most stylish ride in a category not known for either, the Aventon Sinch will satisfy.
For those seeking a folding electric bike that's more adventure-ready than the competition, the Rad Power RadExpand 5 fits right into that wheelhouse. With its knobby, extra-wide tires, this bike crushes on pavement, fire roads, mixed conditions, and even smooth trails. Wide handlebars contribute to controlled and stable handling, adding to the damp and pleasant ride quality. The feature set also shows this bike's versatility in urban environments, with integrated lights, fenders, and a strong rear cargo rack. The 750W motor easily pushes this Class 2 bike along at up to 20 mph using the throttle or four levels of pedal assist. Most impressively, this bike stunned in our range test, gobbling up over 31 miles on our standardized test track thanks to its large capacity 672 Wh battery.
With a recommended user height range of 4'10" to 5'10", the RadExpand 5 has a fairly wide range of fit, though it is less than ideal for taller riders. While functional, the LED display is quite basic compared to the screen-equipped competition. As with most fat-tire bikes, the wide knobby tires create a louder hum while underway compared to models with narrower or smoother tires. While it does fold down to reduce its size significantly, it's among the largest in its folded position, and at 64 lbs and 8 oz, it can be challenging to carry or load into a vehicle. These minor drawbacks aside, we recommend this adventure-ready model for those seeking a versatile bike that's as adept at riding across town as it is tackling dirt roads from your RV.
If you want to spend the least on a folding electric bike while still receiving functional performance, we recommend the Ancheer Folding model. You won't go as fast or far with this model, but it's reliable. It's not the fastest or most powerful, but it still gets up to around 17.5 mph using the throttle or pedal assist. We like that this bargain model, equipped with mechanical disc brakes, doesn't skimp on stopping power. It also comes with a front light (separate batteries required), fenders, a bell, bike tools, and pedals that fold in to increase its portability.
The Ancheer Folding certainly isn't flawless. While serviceable, the range, power, and ride quality are below average due to its smaller battery and motor. The smaller 16-inch wheels don't handle as well as 20-inch models, and the height adjustment was insufficient for our six-foot-tall tester — tall riders should look elsewhere. The LED display is basic and lacks a speedometer, though it works fine to know which setting you are in and the remaining battery life. This is the most adequate model we've found in this price range. For bargain hunters looking for a folding electric bike for shorter trips and occasional use, the Ancheer is an affordable option.
We started testing e-bikes in 2019. Since then, we have tested 52 different e-bikes across several electric bike categories. Here, we started this folding electric bike review with extensive research into the category, looking up specs and comparing models at multiple price points while reading feedback to glean what consumers want regarding performance. We then purchase our selection of top models, unbox them, and assemble them as we begin our extensive testing process. Each bike is charged and ridden repeatedly for several weeks as our testers incorporate them into daily life, using them on commutes to work and evening joy rides. We also set up standardized circuits to uniformly assess each model. After conducting all our tests, we compile notes and score each product across several predetermined metrics, resulting in a cumulative score for each bike in the test fleet.
We divide our folding electric bike testing among six different rating metrics:
Ride Quality (25% of overall score weighting)
Range (25% weighting)
Power (20% weighting)
Portability (15% weighting)
Interface (10% weighting)
Assembly (5% weighting)
Jeremy Benson, our Senior Bike Review Editor at GearLab, heads up this review. Jeremy spends much of his time atop two wheels for work, fun, and training. Over the past three decades, Jeremy has competed as a pro-class athlete in grueling endurance bike and gravel races across Northern California while also authoring and publishing a book on mountain biking in the Tahoe area, where he lives. He has professionally tested and reviewed electric and non-electric bikes of all forms, with well over 100 electric bikes, mountain bikes, fat bikes, commuter e-bikes, e-MTBs, and more in the past five years. Jeremy's vast experience building, fixing, and riding bicycles has produced a discerning eye and an uncanny ability to assess and highlight the differences in performance between models critically.
Analysis and Test Results
We tested these bikes side by side, which helped us determine the pros and cons of each bike. This way, testing provides quantitative and qualitative data that allows us to use a comparative scoring model. After the last test, each performance metric is weighted according to its relevance to the general user, and overall scores are tallied. Below, specific performance areas are discussed, highlighting stand-out models in each metric.
Electric bikes of all forms start at a high price tier, and folding ones are no different. Paying more in this category tends to get you a more powerful motor and a larger battery, improving acceleration, speed, and the all-important range. More expensive bikes tend to have higher-quality features and offer more sophistication in their user interfaces, such as LCD screens that track speed and display trip data. Bucking this trend, however, is the Lectric XP Step-Through 3.0. This model costs about half of the top-tier folding bikes we tested. Yet, its performance is within striking distance of the costlier models in ride quality, range, power, and user interface. For an even less, the Ancheer Folding 16-Inch is notable for being a serviceable folding electric bike at a bargain-basement price.
Our Ride metric is all about the feels and what the bike offers to make the ride more enjoyable. Each bike's design, components, and features combine to affect ride quality and convenience. We examine these aspects while riding every e-bike over varied terrain, from city streets to off-road trails. Notably, the larger 20-inch wheels scored higher in ride quality than the models with smaller wheels. We also test each model's handling ability at low and high speeds and assess their turning radii. Brake quality and smooth shifting also factor into play. Smooth rides that keep the rider comfortable and confident are the heart of this performance metric. Additionally, comfort plays a factor, as do included features that enhance the user experience.
The cushiest ride accolades go to the Aventon Sinch. A modest but effective 45-mm of suspension travel dampens cracks and bumps in the road, and the bulbous 4-inch wide tires have a lot of air volume to further smooth out the ride. This bike is very stable, handling turns at speed and maneuvering around obstacles easily. The mechanical disc brakes aren't the most powerful, but they function well. It has a nice, comfy saddle, too. Our main gripe is that its height range is perhaps a bit more limited than Aventon suggests, as our six-foot-tall tester (with long legs) could have used a little more seat height adjustment. Also detracting from its score is a somewhat disappointing feature set that lacks integrated bike lights, fenders, or a cargo rack. Bonus points are scored here, though, by the sharp look of this bike and a quieter ride compared to the competition. Look good, ride good.
The Blix Vika+ Flex offers great ride quality via other avenues than the Aventon Sinch. With its greater range of height adjustments, tall and long-legged riders will likely feel that this bike fits them better, greatly impacting ride comfort. Its top-notch features also make this model convenient as a regular commuter. We are big fans of bike lights that run off the bike's battery power, and this bike has them. The rear light also functions as a brake light as the dependable and powerful hydraulic disc brakes are applied. Other features like front and rear fenders, a rear cargo rack, a USB charger for your phone, and a bell are also handy additions. It handles quite similarly to the other top-rated models, though with a rigid frame and slightly narrower tires, it can feel jarring over rough surfaces.
The Rad Power RadExpand 5 also excels in ride comfort, bringing fat-bike vibes to this category. The fatty tires provide cushioning underneath, while the extra wide handlebars grant this bike very steady handling. This handling control is appreciated on city streets, especially on trails and fire roads that often require more heads-up navigation around obstacles. This bike's off-road versatility makes it shine. Another impressive model is the Lectric XP 3.0. Despite being cheaper, it provides ample ride quality with a front suspension fork with 80 millimeters of travel. These models also have useful features like lights, fenders, and cargo racks.
If you like wandering rides or have far to commute, hone in on this metric. Knowing an e-bike's range lets you plan how far you can go on one charge. We create a standardized range test using the same course with the same rider (so rider weight is not a factor) for every model, starting with a fully charged bike and riding until the battery is fully depleted. During this test, we note distance traveled, elevation gain/loss, average speed, and the elapsed time of the entire ride. We only use the throttle in this test to remove the variable of rider input through pedaling. Therefore, the results of the range tests represent the baseline of each bike's range potential. Using the pedal-assist modes, you can almost always extend the distances each model can cruise before the power runs out.
The large, 672 Wh battery of the RadExpand 5 went the furthest in our range test. We hummed along at a fast average speed of 17.1 mph, traveling 31.2 miles with 1,627 feet of elevation gain while only engaging the throttle. Its power remained strong until its final 1-2 miles, where it slowed down some. Most e-bikes drop off power significantly in the final watts of battery life, making this model stand out even more.
The Aventon Sinch and Rattan Folding bikes followed next in the distance traveled in our range test, going 30.1 miles and 29.7 miles, respectively. The Aventon's battery is the same size as the RadExpand 5, and the Rattan's battery is smaller at 624 Wh. Also showing admirable performance in our Range metric was the Blix Vika+ Flex. Its 614-watt hour battery chewed up 27.5 miles and 1,470 feet of vertical gain while averaging 16.3 mph on our test course, also maintaining its power well until the end of battery life.
Our Power metric considers acceleration, max speeds, and overall power output in pedal assist and throttle modes. A powerful motor helps in traffic conditions on the road and improves riding in hilly areas. Our tests measure time from a complete stop to reaching top speed and uphill speed tests. Smooth acceleration also scores bonus points here, as too-aggressive acceleration can feel jumpy. Having more levels of pedal assist allows the rider to fine-tune their speed to match their effort, too.
The Lectric XP 3.0 stands out in this metric, boasting a top speed of 28 mph in its Class 3 configuration with the pedal assist (it can also be configured to Class 2 status) from its 500-watt motor. Its five levels of speed assist give the rider a great range of controlled support while pedaling away. When pedaling, the pedal assist kicks in quickly within a quarter rotation of the cranks. It quickly accelerated eagerly from a stop up to 20 mph (its top throttle-only speed) and maintained an average of 15.5 mph on our uphill test.
The Blix Vika+ Flex is another powerful model, hitting 17 mph in our uphill test and having five levels of pedal assist that can support up to 24 mph (if you adjust the speed limit in the settings). The RadExpand 5 has a larger 750-watt motor. It somewhat surprisingly did not outperform the other top models in our acceleration and uphill tests, though it hung with them. It has four levels of pedal assist. The Aventon Sinch and Rattan Folding performed admirably in our Power metric, too, getting up to 20 mph in about 12 seconds from a dead stop and having five levels of pedal assist. We feel confident that any of these top five performers in this metric have adequate power for the needs of most riders.
The portability of folding electric bikes is a significant part of their appeal to many riders. The ability to quickly fold, store, and later deploy this model allows it to be packed into a car trunk or stuffed into smaller storage spaces. While all models here pack down much smaller than non-folding bikes, we found large differences in this metric, mostly due to weight but also in their collapsed size. Smaller, lighter bikes fared better here, as they are easier to carry upstairs or lift into a trunk or RV.
The most portable folding e-bike tested is the Swagcycle EB5 Plus. Its 14-inch wheels contribute to a small compact size (26 x 15.6 x 23.6 inches), and it only weighs 37 pounds, roughly half that of the heaviest models in our test fleet. This bike is the most manageable if you plan to take it on public transport or carry it into an office or classroom. The Ancheer Folding 16-inch model also packs up relatively small (29.5 x 15.3 x 33.4 inches) while weighing more (47 pounds).
Another impressive model here is the Blix Vika+ Flex. Yes, it's heavier than the abovementioned models at 51 pounds 14 ounces, but it's also much more manageable than the other top-rated models that all weigh over 60 lbs and fold down smaller. Its pedals fold inward in its collapsed format, saving some space. It also has small magnets that help hold the bike in its folded formation, and a bottom bracket allows it to stand on its own when collapsed. If you don't want to sacrifice performance and portability is a concern, the Vika+ Flex is our pick.
Most e-bikes have removable batteries. Removing the battery can knock off a few pounds during transport, and it also means that you only have to carry the battery, not the entire bike, to a power source to charge it.
The user interface consists of everything the rider uses to interact with the bikes. This includes the display, controls, and battery. Some models have basic displays with LED lights, while others shine brighter with LCD screens. The layout of controls and how intuitive they are factor into our Interface metric, too. Removable batteries also allow off-bike charging and add security when locking your wheels outside.
Our favorite user interface is on the Aventon Sinch. Its control unit on the left-hand side of the handlebar is easy to reach and manipulate while riding. The five single-function buttons intuitively toggle through walk mode, pedal assist modes, and changing data fields on the LCD screen. The display screen itself is located in the middle of the handlebars. The speedometer and battery life are easy to read, and you can customize the in-field data extras to fit your needs (trip distance, average and max speed, trip time, calories burned, etc.). This bike stands out for the Aventon app compatibility, where you can easily change your phone's screen and bike settings. We also like the battery integrated into the frame, adding to the bike's good looks. It is still easily removable to charge off the bike if desired.
The Blix Vika+ Flex comes close behind the Aventon with a very visible LCD screen, making the displayed data easy to read. The three buttons of the control pad have a bit of room to improve ergonomically, but we like that we can turn the lights on and off with these controls, and operating them is intuitive. The built-in USB port is very convenient for charging a mobile phone while riding. The battery can be locked into place or removed for charging and security purposes.
The Lectric XP 3.0 impresses in this metric, too. We're glad Lectric didn't skimp here despite its lower price tag. The left-hand controls are intuitive and ergonomically placed, and the large 2 x 3-inch display screen has large text that we can read easily, even on bright, sunny days. This bike has a twist-throttle on the right handlebar, and you can set the cruise control to ride at a constant speed, too. Its battery is hidden in its frame, too, which helps in the looks department. The battery can still be removed once the bike is folded.
Ordering these folding electric bikes online means they come in a box and require some assembly. This only happens once for most users, so it's not a major consideration, but still noteworthy. If you are unfamiliar with bikes and their components, you may find it easier to select a bike with easy assembly. We timed how long it took to get each bike set up from its boxed state to assess this metric and noted the accompanying difficulty.
Three bikes took the lead in ease of assembly: the Aventon Sinch, the Lectric XP 3.0, and the Swagcycle EB5 Plus. These bikes do not require assembly tools (beyond a bike pump). Just open the box, remove the packaging, and unfold them. Handlebar and seat heights must be adjusted, which is easily done with quick-release levers. Once you charge the battery, you are ready to ride. These bikes took roughly ten minutes to set up. Perhaps the most difficult part is moving them in their heavy boxes.
The Blix Vika+ Flex falls closely behind, taking about fifteen minutes to set up and requiring only tightening the handlebar and installing the pedals. The most time-consuming model to assemble was the Rad Power RadExpand 5, but it comes with detailed instructions and tools and only took us 45 minutes to complete.
Folding electric bikes provide a convenient solution for anyone looking to save gas and space. The expanding e-bike market hosts a plethora of options, and we know you have specific needs you want to meet with your purchase. Our thorough testing process aims to narrow your choices to help you make a swift, informed decision. We hope our efforts and analyses help you get outside with the wind whipping past your ears on the right folding electric model for you.