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Best Electric Folding Bikes 2021


Self-parking and riding a folding bike in the trunk of your car is a great way to get to work, but if arriving in a sweat puts you off, then why not go with the electric option?

Just as battery power comes to cars, it is also present on more and more cycles, and the foldable versions are no exception. So instead of sitting in traffic and paying exorbitant parking fees, now you can put an electric folding bike in the trunk, get to where parking is free, and ride the rest of the way, with the power of battery to help you.

But which one to put in your trunk and get away from traffic jams and crowded trains and buses? We loaded seven to find out.

How we tested them

It is possible to spend huge sums on an electric bike, but we were looking for foldable models, which made the most sense for riders who need to carry them in the trunk of their car. We felt how easy it was to fold each bike and slide it in and out of a boot or tailgate, paying attention to size and weight.

While we weren’t looking to cover huge distances, we tested each bike over a typical ride length to check handling and engine performance on a variety of roads. Finally, we evaluated the value for money, based on the best price we could find online.

Verdict

The Bromptons have a real cult and we can see why. But the electric version doesn’t make as much sense, and we think it’s outclassed by bikes that were designed from the ground up to be electric.

The MiRiDER is such a bike. It’s light, folds up small, is a lot of fun to ride, and offers great value. If you’re still balking at four-figure prices and can deal with a short electric range, the Mycle is a pleasant surprise. Conversely, if money is not an issue and you want to swap a subscription for two wheels, the GoCycle is great fun; we would be happy to ride it for hours.

  1. MiRiDER One
  2. Mycle Compact
  3. GoCycle G4

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MiRiDER One

Price: Around £ 1,500Weight: 17.2 kg Gears: 1Vary: 45 miles Evaluation: 5 starsContact: mirider.fr

The One is easy to ride and a lot of fun too, with a more secure feel than the Brompton and Perry. There is only one gear, but we climbed our test hill, using a special switch on the steeper parts.

The battery is removable so it can be charged away from the bike and slips securely into the frame when charged. The bike might not fold as small as the Brompton, but it’s still compact enough to fit into a boot, and it’s also lighter. The real blow to rivals is the price – it’s simply excellent value for money.

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Mycle Compact

Price: Around £ 800Weight: 17.5 kg Gears: 7Vary: 12.4 miles Evaluation: 4.5 starsContact: mycle.fr

It might be the cheapest bike in this test, but the Mycle doesn’t look or feel cheap. In fact, it looks pretty classy, ​​and the full kit list includes mudguards, a rack, an LCD display, and a USB socket to charge your phone.

The battery is cleverly stored inside the seat post, making it relatively easy to remove for recharging. But it’s in the PSU where the money (and weight) has been saved, as range will only be single digits if you use maximum assist. But it’s light, folds up small enough to fit in a boot, and is fun to ride as well.

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GoCycle G4

Price: Around £ 3,400Weight: 17.1 kgGears: 3Vary: 45 miles Evaluation: 4.5 starsContact: gocycle.com

The GoCycle looks like a sci-fi movie, and its futuristic technology includes a carbon fiber frame, one-sided forks, and a Bluetooth smartphone connection to connect to an app that displays data such as speed.

It’s physically large, but folds up to fit in the trunk of a city car, and the relatively low weight makes it easy to lift. Where the G4 really scores is with its performance. Bigger wheels and a powerful motor mean it’s a pleasure to cover longer distances. If you can handle the size and the price, this is a real treat.

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Brompton M6L electric

Price: Around £ 3,000Weight: 18.3 kilogramsGears: 6Vary: 45 miles Evaluation: 4 starsContact: www.brompton.com

The electric Brompton’s frame and folding system are identical to the non-electric versions, but a motor is housed in the front wheel hub and a battery is hidden in a bag that fits on a bracket on the frame under the bars. .

This makes it easy to load away from the bike and easier to transport, as you can split the weight between two hands. The M6L is also tiny when folded. It’s great to ride in the city, but it lacks depth on the faster roads. While it’s great for those who commute every day, it’s an expensive option.

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MATE Icon City

Price: Around £ 1,500Weight: 22.5kgGears: 7 Range: 50 miles Evaluation: 3.5 starsContact: personalelectrictransport.co.uk

Teens wouldn’t mind riding the BMX-style MATE, while the dual suspension and big tires allow it to handle rough tracks. There are seven speeds and five levels of assistance, which makes driving easy.

Battery life is decent and a color display keeps track of your power. While it can be great if you have the space, we’ve dropped points due to its size and weight. It’s not something you’ll want to wear or lift often, and it will only fit into larger boots, even when folded up.

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Tern Vektron S10

Price: Around £ 3,700Weight: 22.1 kgGears: tenVary: 68 miles Evaluation: 3.5 starsContact: ternbicycles.com

The Vektron is the Mercedes S-Class of electric bikes. It’s beautifully constructed, with a high quality feel to all gears. It is extremely comfortable to drive, even over long distances, thanks to a powerful motor and 10 speeds that make climbs easier.

It comes complete with a luggage rack, mudguards and a headlight. But, just like a Mercedes, the Tern is big and heavy, which means it’s rated in our portability tests. You wouldn’t want to lift the Vektron too often and you’ll need a big boot to accommodate it.

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PERRY eHopper

  • Price: Around £ 1,000
  • Weight: 14kg
  • Gears: 1
  • Vary: 31 miles
  • Evaluation: 3 stars
  • Contact: perryehopper.co.uk

The Perry seems to share some of its key components with the Mycle, including the nifty battery built into the seat post. It also seems to be decent value, despite being the lightest bike here. This low weight and simple folding mechanism make it easy to lift and store in a trunk or on public transport.

But once you get to your destination, the eHopper isn’t a bike you want to ride any distance. The motor struggles to help on steep inclines, even at the highest level of assistance, and it doesn’t feel as stable as the rivals here.

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