Getting an electric bicycle is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself: they’re eco-friendly, you don’t have to find parking like a car, yet you don’t have to tire yourself out pedaling all over town like on a regular bike. As great a choice as it is, it’s also a hefty one. E-bike’s aren’t cheap, and if someone were to take your electric bike- or even parts from it- replacing it would be expensive, if not completely impossible. So what if there were a way you could get all the enjoyment and efficiency of an e-bike with more security than a bike lock will give you?
The answer: the folding electric bike. Offered in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors, folding electric bikes are becoming more and more popular because of their ability to be carried and transported a lot easier than any other bike out there. Coupled with the fact that they’re much easier to ride than most other bikes around, you can understand why folding electric bikes are increasingly popular.
With so many options out there, though, it may feel impossible to find the right folding ebike for you. That’s why we researched, tested, and rode the best ones we could find to show you the best of the best. Therefore, we present to you the Top 10 Folding Electric Bikes of 2018:
#1 QuietKat 750 Bandit Folding Frame Electric Bike– Editor’s Choice
The QuietKat 750 Bandit Folding Frame Electric Bike is hands-down a contender for the best folding electric bike on the market. While other folding electric bikes are either fast with bad torque or give you toque but no speed, this bike gives you both power and speed with ease.
It’s got the ability to get up to 19 MPH unassisted, offers a 20 mile unassisted range, and can carry up to 300 lbs. Not to mention it’s got fat 20”x4” wheels for tons of comfort and a suspension fork for safety on and off the road. No matter if you’re hunting in the wild or cruising the streets, the QuietKat 750 Bandit Folding Frame Electric Bike is all the bike you need to have all the fun you want.
#2 Olic 500W TMB-26 Tank Mountain Fold Electric Bike– Best Electric Folding Mountain Bike
Thought all folding electric bicycles were small? Think again, because the Olic 500W TMB-26 Tank Mountain Fold Electric Bike was made for adults that want the efficiency of a folding electric bike without the small wheels.
A powerful 500w motor allows you to get up to 20 MPH with an assisted 45-55 mile range, and its 26”x4” fat tire wheels and suspension give you lots of stability on terrain with less-than perfect grip. With a built-in battery to keep you from shorting prematurely, the Olic 500W TMB-26 Tank Mountain Fold Electric Bike is the perfect folding bike for tall riders on the go.
#3 InMotion 350W P2F Mini Compact Folding Electric Bike– Best Looking Folding Electric Bike
The InMotion 350W P2F Mini Compact Folding Electric Bike may not look like much from afar, but up close this ebike’s got some definite class.
Take a look first at the near flawless, matte black frame that’s leaps and bounds nicer than the other bikes around that show lots of seams and weld marks. Then take a look at the gold accents on the frame, battery, and brake calipers. But it’s not just for looks: this bike’s also got a range of 50-62 miles, a powerful dual LED headlight and a brake-responsive tail light. With a carrying weight of 260 LBS and a top speed of 19 MPH, this folding electric bike not only looks good, it performs great, too.
#4 X-Treme 300W X-Cursion Folding Electric Bike– Best Folding Hybrid Electric Bike
While this is promoted as a mountain bike, we believe the X-Treme 300W X-Cursion Folding Electric Bike is actually one of the best folding ebikes for hybrid bike riders. Its center and front suspension are similar to hybrid mountain bikes, and the tires are a reasonable 26”x2.5” size, much smaller than fat tire MTB’s that might be a little tough to handle for traditional MTB and hybrid bike riders.
It also comes with a convenient rear rack and a total carrying capacity of 350 LBS, which is perfect for commuters who need to carry weight around with them. When you take this bike to the trails or around town, you’ll have a blast and stay safe doing so.
#5 Green Bike 350W GB Carbon Light Folding Electric Bike– Best Lightweight Folding Electric Bike
All folding ebikes are relatively light to make sure you can carry them around easily, but the Green Bike 350W GB Carbon Light Folding Electric Bike has got to be one of the lightest we’ve ridden. While most folding electric bikes weigh around 50-60 LBS, the GB Carbon Light only weighs 37.5 LBS.
Carrying around this electric folding bike was easier than carrying pretty much any other ebike we tested, which is super helpful at the end of a long day. It’s lightweight would come in handy for students young and old who need to zip around campus, or older riders who need a light, convenient ride around town.
#6 Fifield 500W Rogue Wave Rear-Drive Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike– Best Full Sized Folding Electric Bike
A lot of fat tire bikes can be run in the mud, but there are a few bikes around like the Fifield 500W Rogue Wave Rear-Drive Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike that can be run in the rain and snow. Made for outdoor riders with trails to hit and places to go, this folding electric bike is a fat tire bicycle perfect for anything from outdoor camping trips to commutes around town.
While it’s tricky to find the best folding ebike for your climate, this bike’s perfect for nearly any climate around. If you want a dependable folding electric bike but need more height than one of those 20” wheeled bikes offer, the Fifield 500W Rogue Wave Rear-Drive Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike offers a reliable ride and a comfortable one, too.
#7 Prodecotech 300W Mariner 8 Compact & Portable Folding Electric Bike– Great Mileage
The Prodecotech 300W Mariner 8 Compact & Portable Folding Electric Bike is a compact, fun little folding electric bike. While most folding ebikes have a rear or center hub drive, this bike’s got a front wheel hub motor that’s simple to install and repair- not that you’ll need to fix anything on this quality bike.
It’s also got a rear rack and comes disc brake ready with front and rear disc brakes, but the best part: it gets up to 35 miles per charge. Aside from the InMotion 350W P2F that gives you almost double the mileage but at nearly half the size, this is one of the most efficient folding electric bikes we’ve ridden at a great size for any rider.
#8 E-Mojo 500W Lynx Fat Tire Electric Bike– Great Features
Not only does the E-Mojo 500W Lynx Fat Tire Electric Bike feature a 500w brushless motor capable of 20 MPH, this bike’s also got some of the fattest, knobbiest tires we’ve seen on a 20” folding ebike.
Its battery is also mounted in the center of the frame to keep things balanced, while the 7-speed Shimano hub keeps you climbing up inclines without breaking a sweat. Of course, it’s got a thumb throttle to help when you don’t want to pedal and a 3-level pedal assist system when you don’t.
#9 Nakto 250W Fashion Foldable City Electric Bike– Great for Inner City Riders
While most 20” wheel folding electric bikes are compact, the Nakto 250W Fashion Foldable City Electric Bike is slightly longer than most, and that’s a good thing. With a total length of 42”, this folding ebike gives you more leg room than other 20” ebikes. It’s also got an installed LED head light, a tail light, and a rear rack.
Its 250w motor allows for a nice, ease ride without being too powerful when you pull back the throttle. Unlike its contemporaries, this bike’s got rear drum brakes for a powerful stop when you need it. If you’re in thin city environments but need a ride that’s got size and comfort, you want the Nakto 250W Fashion Foldable City Electric Bike.
#10 AddMotor 500W Motan M-150 Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike– Great Mini Fat Tire
The AddMotor 500W Motan M-150 Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike has become one of our favorite mini fat tire bikes because of its simple design. There’s no complicated throttle or pedelic to worry about, nor is there crazy suspension needed to enjoy this bike.
Intended for pit and mini trail riding, this AddMotor 500w Motan’s also got a front headlight for those not-so-well-lit rides. With an adjustable handlebar height, any rider of nearly any size and experience level can hop on and enjoy. Need a compact ride you can take nearly anywhere? This is the electric folding bike you’re looking for.