Best Folding Bikes (Jun.) 2017 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

By Walter J. Farrell | RIDES

After clocking more than 56 hours of research and testing, we believe that the Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain bike with 26” Super Lightweight Magnesium Alloy 6 Spoke Integrated Wheels is one of the best folding bike we reviwed. It can be used for commuting, off-road riding, and daily cycling. For maximum efficiency, it is equipped with an electric motor to assist you; best of all, it can be used as a fully-electric bicycle. Fully charged, the Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain bike can take you up to 60 kilometers far. It is also fully collapsible, its space-saving property is best for storing in any small or tight space.

Buying a perfect folding bike is not an easy job when there are hundreds of options and brands to choose from. A large number of companies are manufacturing folding bikes. This guide will tell you all you need to know about what to look for in a perfect folding bike, regardless of whether you are shopping in a traditional store or online.

If you have no experience with bikes, or if you don’t know what to look for when choosing one; it’s alright!

We’ve got you covered. In this buyer’s guide, you will find important tips to select the perfect folding bike for you.

Along with useful tips, we’ve included a whole bunch of features and specifications of the top 20 folding bikes of 2017.

"What Should I Consider Before Buying a Folding Bike?"

#1 Frame of the bike

The frame of the bike is a very important part of the folding bike. The fixing and construction of the folding point need extra care. The latch plays very important role for the stability of a folding bike. Additionally, the performance and life expectancy of the folding bike depends upon the latch. The second important element related to frame is its material. Bikes are manufactured with aluminum and steel material, which are both good. However, the alloy construction keeps the bike safe from corrosion for a longer period of time.

#2 Weight and size of foldable bikes

The weight of the folding bike also matters because you are buying a portable product. Although there are lightweight bikes in the market, most of them are 20” in size. You can adjust the height by adjusting the stem. Therefore, you can select a lightweight and compact size foldable bike. However, I like riding the full size 26” foldable bike because I want to ride fast. A foldable bike with 26” tires is comparatively faster than a 20” bike

#3 Foldable manual vs e-bike

The electric bike is an addition in the category of foldable bikes. The performance of an e-bike depends upon its motor and battery. Currently, e-bikes are installed with 24- to 36-volt batteries. Similarly, motor power varies with the brands and among the products. A high-power battery and motor allows more speed and range. However, motor and battery increase the weight of bike. If you can afford this factor, choose a bike with a high-power motor and a high-range battery.

#4 Brakes and gear system

You can find folding bikes with both v-brakes and disk brakes. Each of the brake systems have their own advantages and disadvantages. The V-brakes keep the bike light for pedaling. The disk brakes work better in the rain and on slippery terrains. You can set the brake system according to your ease and selected terrain.

#5 Tires of folding bike

Two types of tires are installed on folding bikes. Knobby tires have the best road grip. If you want to buy a bike for off-road and rocky terrain, knobby tires are likely work better. For the street and on-road ride biking, plain tires are considered the best because plain tires allow the best maneuverability.

#6 Price range

The price of folding bikes varies with the quality, models and brands. A good bike from popular brand is often more expensive. Moreover, the category of the bike also matters too. All of the bikes (except electric bikes) in this buyer’s guide are available at an affordable price. The maximum price range of these bikers are at 250; however, some of the bikes cost less than 200.

The electric bikes include additional electrical and mechanical components, which can sometimes be more expensive. However, the electric bikes in this buyer’s guide are under 1,000 in price.

Should I ride a full-sized folding bike?

The complete adult size bike is known as full-size bike. Usually, a 26” bike is full size bike which accommodates riders over 5.3’. I am in favor of full size bike because it allows me to explore my cycling abilities. I don’t mind too much about its portability because I have huge bike rack on the back of my Honda Civic. However, you should consider a foldable bike according to your situation. Listed below are advantages and disadvantages of a full-size foldable bike.

Pros:

  • ​Full-sized bikes usually have a stronger structural rigidity due to a whole piece fixed frame.
  • Due to large wheels, a full-sized bike provides a smooth ride
  • The parts of a standard full-sized bike are easily available in the market. As a result, the after-market scene and replacement parts more readily available.

Cons:

  • Stowing full-sized bikes require more space.
  • Stowing full-sized bikes require more space.
  • You need to dedicate sufficient space for stowing it on trips and tours.

Advantages of a Folding Bike:

  • Space saving: Folding bikes take up less space to store. With these kinds of bikes, you don’t need to worry about having to look for parking. You can simply fold them and bring them with you; in your office, your home, or even in a friend’s place.
  • Portability:Unlike fixed frame bikes, folding bikes don’t take up a large amount of space on side-walks or narrow streets. If you feel that you’re going to hog a lot of room in public, then you can simply fold and carry it. Another plus here is that, you can take your bike with you to the train, taxi, or bus.Not all folding bikes weigh the same; some might be heavier than others. It’s best to choose one that you can comfortably lift.

Types of Folding Bikes:

There are a large number of companies that manufacture folding bikes for commuting, exercising, and daily use. To make it easy to understand, I have classified these bikes into four categories.

#1. Standard Folding Bike: The standard folding bike is the most common type. It includes all the features and qualities of a traditional bike, the basic difference between a standard folding bike and a traditional bike is the fact that it folds. Initially, the standard folding bike was introduced with single speed system. Later on, companies started adding more features to the folding bike to meet public demands. Currently, standard folding bikes are also available with a gear system.

2. Folding Mountain Bike: You may be familiar with mountain bikes, since they are quite popular. What separates them from standard bikes is their shape and components. Mountain bikes are built for tough terrain and hard punishment. To achieve this, their frame must be strong and rigid, the front fork should have enough flexibility to dampen bumps, its brakes need to have sufficient stopping power even in the slipperiest of conditions, and finally, tyres that can claw through almost any type of terrain.

Just like its fixed frame cousin, the folding mountain bike can do everything it can but with an added folding function. There is quite a debate going on about the functionality of a fixed frame mountain bike versus a folding mountain bike, the argument circles around its structural rigidity. Yes, the folding mountain bike has front suspension, disc brakes, knobby tyres, and enough gears to climb steep hills, but what about its frame? The fact that it folds could be its weakness. Others think that the hinges on its frame are weak points that may compromise its structure.

But don’t let that discourage you from buying one, in fact, even with the hinge on your bikes frame; your bike will be robust enough to take on hard terrain, it may not be as hardcore as fixed frame mountain bikes. Just make sure to secure it properly and you’ll be all set.

3. Folding Lightweight Bike: As you know, the basic aim of manufacturing a foldable bike is portability. Every brand tries to make its product’s specifications come into accord with public requirements. Obviously, I will prefer a folding bike which is lightweight and compact. So, there is also a category of foldable bikes in the market which are exclusively lightweight. These lightweight bikes include comparatively small tires and an adjustable handlebar and seat stem. The basic aim is to reduce the weight of the bike for easy transportation. Be extra careful when buying a lightweight foldable bike, sometimes companies compromise quality to keep the product lightweight.

4. Folding Electric Bike: Folding electric bikes are the advance model of the foldable bike, and operate with dual system. The bike includes an electric motor and a rechargeable battery. You can either use full-electric mode to run the bike or do it the old-fashioned way, use the pedals. Generally, electric bikes are heavier due to the use of a battery, motor, and extra wires. The compromise of having an electric bike is weight. On the other hand, you have the convenience of electronically aided riding. Better yet, you have the option of combining electric mode and manually using the pedals to cover longer distances. Convenience on-the-go is what makes this type of bike special.

20 Best Folding Bikes of 2017

I have chosen the top 20 folding bikes bases on features and benefits for riders. There are different varieties of folding bikes. Therefore, it is difficult to prioritize the products on a single scale. I then divided the 20 products in further classification, in order for you to go through our list with ease.

5 Best Standard Folding Bikes of 2017

In the section of best folding bikes, I have added the standard products. Generally, the bikes are among some of the best in their category. The standard bikes are manufactured with basic features of folding bikes. These manufacturers focused on quality rather than accessories that just elevate cosmetics. We have reduced our options in order to prioritize simple but quality folding bikes. To simplify the selection procedure, I have summarized the key features in the chart below.

Product NameBrakesGear systemFrame material
Ford by Dahon Convertible 7 Speed Folding BicycleV Brake7 speedAluminum
Xspec 20" 7 Speed City Folding Bike Bicycle Urban Commuter ShimanoV Brake7 speedTensile Steel
Dahon Mariner D7 Folding Bike, BrushedV Brake7 speedAluminum
Camp 20" Alloy 7 Speeds Folding Super Sonic BikeDual disk brakes7 speedaluminum
Hasa Folding Foldable Bike Sram 6 SpeedV Brake6 SpeedAluminum

The Ford convertible bike is the ride for everyone, whether they measure under five feet or over six feet in height. You do not need to be worried about the size of the bike. Dahon has manufactured this foldable bike for urban areas. So, you can ride through busy streets and roads as well.

This compact-sized bike is very simple to carry in your car, on a public bus or on a train. Due to compact folding size, you can easily store it in your apartment. Moreover, you can also keep the bike in your office while working because of its small size. So, have no worry about searching for space to park this foldable bike.

This Ford folding bicycle has been equipped with 7 speed Shimano gear system to enhance its performance. So, you can have quality rides on this small folding bike. To bear the weight of heavier riders, the frame and suspension has been manufactured with steel alloy material.

The company has installed V-brakes to make the bike light. The company has tried to minimize the resistance factors. Due to it being lightweight and its aerodynamic shape, the rider can apply maximum force when pedaling.

What We Liked

  • Robust aluminum frame
  • Rust proof
  • Compact collapsed size
  • Comfortable ride
  • Fully adjustable stem

What We Didn't Like

  • Quite heavy to carry around it weighs 41 lbs.

The Xspec 20” folding bike is ideal for commuters who live in urban areas.

The compact sized bike is simple to fold and easy to store.

You can fold the bike within seconds without the assistance of a tool kit.

The 20” frame with and adjustable seat allows riders of various height differences to use this bike without compromising comfort.

Like other heavy duty bikes, Xspec city is also equipped with a 7-speed Shimano gear system. The company has brought the bike to the market along a handful of accessories. It comes with front and rear fenders to prevent anything from dirt to water from making contact with the rider; and a rear rack to mount objects like boxes and containers.

Its frame is made from steel which makes it tough and will probably last a lifetime if you maintain it properly. 20” alloy wheels equipped with high grade compound tyres. The V-brakes and handlebar are also made from steel alloy. Although this city bike is compact in design, it is strong enough to carry 220 lbs.

The bike is suitable for riders of all ages. And best of all, it’s a great choice for daily commuters.

What We Liked

  • No tools required to fully fold
  • Fully adjustable seat and handlebar stem
  • Comfortable seat
  • Smooth shifts between gears

What We Didn't Like

  • Some parts feel cheap
  • Brakes may need to be upgraded

For the first time, Dahon has added a 7005-aluminum frame with drawn sonus tubing.

This advancement in frame technology is based has six patents and is responsible for resisting and absorbing shocks that might distress the rider.

In addition to the state of the art frame, Dahon has added a company manufactured Neos rear derailleur; shifting through gears is crisp and effortless, and operation is soft compared to other shifting mechanisms. Its low-profile design allows for enhanced stability and handling.

The Dahon Mariner D7 is very easy to fold and transport. Collapsing the bike takes less than 15 seconds! That’s pretty impressive for a foldable bike. Dahon has targeted the market for students and daily commuters and prioritized their need of portability and storage space.

Most of the features of this commuter folding bike are best for daily users. However, the bike needs proper care and maintenance to prevent corrosion. If you are able to maintain this folding bike, it can meet your daily needs for a long time. It’s an amazing folding bike that gets you from point A to B.

What We Liked

  • Less than 15 seconds to fold
  • Quality aluminum frameWell-designed

What We Didn't Like

  • Pedals feel cheap
  • Chain looks like it is of subpar quality

Manufactured with quality and strength as a top priority, Camp has then produced the Super Sonic, a medium sized folding bike with a 20” frame. The bike is equipped with an aluminum alloy frame, as well as, aluminum alloy double wall rims. This bike has to potential to be taken on mountain paths and works well on tarmac.

The bike includes a 7-speed Shimano gear system which is a staple for every Camp Alloy bike. To make it more convenient for domestic use, the company has added a rear cargo rack and fenders. So, you can use this bike for routine domestic jobs as well.

Camp Super Sonic includes alloy disk brakes and a height adjustable kickstand. Because of the disk brakes, the bike can perform optimally, even under bad weather. Now you can enjoy commuting a little more when it is raining. For extra convenience, the adjustable kickstand can be handy when you just want to park your bike and not have to fold it.

Because the brakes and frame are made with aluminum alloy, the Super Sonic has become a heavy duty folding bike in its category. Anyone, whether they measure under five feet or over six feet in height, can ride this bike comfortably. The company recommends a maximum carrying capacity of 230 lbs. So, you can have a lightweight but heavy duty folding bike in the form of the Camp Alloy Super Sonic.

What We Liked

  • Heavy duty
  • Disc brakes are strong
  • Adjustable kickstand

What We Didn't Like

  • Quite heavy
  • Handlebar stem and front fork bend could be a weak point in structure

The Hasa folding bike is a unique combination of aluminum alloy 6061 frame and front fork. To accommodate riders of different heights (4'8" to 6'3"), the bike is made with strong DS505 steel material.

To top everything that concerns comfort off, Seat and handlebars are fully adjustable, in order to suit your preferred riding position.

Speaking of comfort and adjustable stems, The Hasa foldable bike has a 550mm long seat stem, is this enough to satisfy your riding comfort? I think so. To make things even better, the bikes comes with a padded saddle that is soft and comfortable even on long rides. If you think that’s it, the handlebar stem is built straight, which makes it easy for riders to find the best position.

The Hasa foldable bike comes with 20” aluminum alloy rim with 28 holes. These great amounts of holes increase the strength of the wheels and help achieve a maximum carrying weight of 240 lbs. There’s no need to worry about hauling a few loads of stuff.

For more convenient transportation, the bike has foldable pedals. The Hasa bike has a set of high quality V-brakes to ensure that you come to a stop even at high speeds. The combination of Promax alloy brake lever and Promax front and rear brakes are rarely available in folding bikes.

Overall, you can enjoy a comfortable and smooth ride with the Hasa Folding bike. Sram groupset won’t fail you and will last for a long time as long as you maintain them properly. The best quality of this bike is its vast coverage of different heights.

What We Liked

  • Comfortable
  • Good geometry
  • Relatively Lightweight

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited to 6 speeds
  • Handlebar Hinge is not too secure
  • A bit difficult to fold

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Camp 20" Alloy 7 Speeds Folding Super Sonic Bike

All of the folding bikes of this section are almost same with little alterations. It is very difficult for me to vote for any one of these bikes. However, I always prefer a bike with disk brakes because I enjoy riding through rocky and rough terrains. Camp 20" Alloy 7 Speeds Folding Super Sonic Bike from this section is my preferred bike because it is the only bike with disk brakes.

Runner Up:​ Dahon Mariner D7 Folding Bike

After aluminum, tensile steel resists against corrosion the best. Therefore, as the second option, I prefer Dahon Mariner D7 Folding Bike, Brushed. However, all the bikes of this section are good from a transportation and storage point of view.

5 Best Folding Mountain Bikes of 2017

​This section includes the most rugged foldable mountain bikes that can take any back road and mountainous terrain. During the process of selection, we prioritized structural rigidity, reliability, and the quality of these bike’s components. These bikes must have a carrying capacity of over 200 lbs. to be a part of our list. The bikes must handle harsh environments and continue to operate optimally in any road condition. In the chart below, we’ve provided some useful specifications.

S NoProduct NameBrakesGear systemSuspensionCarrying capacity
1Stowabike 26" MTB V2 Folding Dual Suspension mountain bikeV Brake18 Speedsuspension steel fork 200 lbs
2VEVOR Folding Mountain Bike 6/7 SpeedV Brake7 speedSuspension fork275 lbs
3Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed BlackV Brake18 speedSuspension fork200 lbs
4Camp Alloy 26" Rocky Folding Mountain BikeDisk Brake21 speeddual suspension250 lbs
5Xspec 26" 21 Speed Folding Mountain BikeDisk Brake21 speeddual suspension220 lbs
V2 Folding Dual Suspension mountain bike

MTB V2 folding bike from Stowabike is a 26” frame and features dual suspension steel forks. The dual suspensions are good for absorbing shock while riding through mountainous terrain.

The steel constructed mountain bike is lightweight and easy to transport. You can easily keep this 26” mountain bike in the back of your car. You can also carry the MTB Stowabike on public transport. This feature is best for easy transportation.

This Stowabike folding bike is featured with a 18-speed Shimano gear system. The 18-speed gear system allows you to speed up the bike while riding on flat terrain. You can easily shift to small gears while riding uphill where you need some extra force.

The company has equipped the bike with steel construction v-brakes. Many of the mountain riders like v-brake bikes because these are light on the wheels. This feature reduces the pedaling force and keeps the rider comfortable on long distance bike rides.

The product is equipped with a Sunrun FD-QD-35 front derailleur and a Shimano 6-speed rear derailleur. These combinations of derailleurs are good for swift gear changes.

The company uses steel material for the construction of frame and other parts. The steel produces heavy resistance against rust and corrosion. So, a steel construction increases the life expectancy of your bike.

What We Liked

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Smooth shifting
  • Good tyres
  • 18-speed

What We Didn't Like

  • Parts feel cheap
  • The brakes are not too good

2. VEVOR Folding Mountain Bike 6/7 Speed

VEVOR Folding Mountain Bike is the ideal ride for those who want to explore their adventurous expertise. With the option of a 6-speed or 7-speed Shimano gear system, the VEVOR folding bike is simple to ride through mountainous terrain. With a modest gear system, riders can transfers power smoothly while riding uphill.

The folding bike is made of high carbon steel and it can carry up to 120 kg of weight. This bike can support a lot of load without showing signs of fatigue. The handlebar is easily adjustable for you to suit your riding position. So, riders of various sizes can adjust and ride this mountain folding bike contentedly.

Equipped with authentic hyper graphic components, the bike is comfortable to ride for long distances. The extra padded soft seat keeps the rider relaxed and makes it possible for riders to bike for long intervals.

The full suspension system is able to absorb even some harsh bumps and makes riding more comfortable. Even when you ride through rough surface, the bike provides you with a safe and smooth ride.

Like other folding bikes, the VEVOR bike is easy to transport. However, the company has designed the bike to be simple and easy to fold so that a new user can easily follow the steps. The folding process is so simple that you can finish within 10 seconds.

What We Liked

  • Easy to fold
  • Quality steel frame
  • Comfortable ride
  • Suspension works well

What We Didn't Like

  • Brakes need to be upgraded
  • Brake lever feels cheap
  • Handle grip needs to be replaced

Columba 26"18-speed black folding bike is a company-assembled product for men. The company experts ensured the safety and comfort features in assembling this particular bike.

The bike is equipped with a high-performance Shimano shifter and derailleur. Moreover, the company has included common accessories like an alloy silver cap and a PVC black bell in the package.

The bike is completely foldable and you can also take off the front handle. It can also fit in the trunk of small passenger vehicles, which is ideal for travelling and those who wish to look for cycling routes.

The company has recommended this bike for 5’3” to 6’ tall individuals. If you’re a taller rider, you can opt for a longer seat post. The Columba 26” Folding bike can also carry a maximum weight of 200 pounds, this is the recommended capacity as stated by the company.

The Columba 26” Folding bike boasts about its high corrosion resistance and relatively lightweight body. It comes equipped with an 18-speed drivetrain and v-brakes that make a perfect combination for off-road travel. The bike also comes standard with a kick-stand for parking convenience.

The bike is featured with the all-in-one quality of a commuter bike, mountain bike and office bike. So, you may choose to have a single bike to fulfill all of your cycling needs.

What We Liked

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Quality drivetrain
  • Comfortable grip
  • Removable handle stem26” wheels
  • Sturdy ride

What We Didn't Like

  • May not be comfortable for taller riders
  • Bigger than other folding bikes

The Camp Alloy Rocky mountain bike is equipped with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, and for the very first time, this company has installed disc brakes on a folding bike.

The latest additions of these disc brakes improve the Camp Alloy’s stopping power.

The company has made this bike with a front wheel quick release feature. You can easily take off and put on the front wheel within 5 minutes. Moreover, you can fold the bike within 10 seconds.

For easy transportation, you can also remove the handle stem. The foldable pedals of the Rocky bike make it more compact from storage point of view. So, the Camp Alloy bike is very simple to fold and easy to transport.

The Rocky folding bike is an original product because the company has completed 90% of the assembly work in the factory. The original dual suspension system absorbs bumps and rough road surfaces, which makes for a good feature for off-road riding. The disc brakes and suspension give you a feeling of security and confidence on mountainous paths and wet roads.

Along with confidence-inspiring features, the Rocky bike is also a strong and powerful bike for any rider. Maximum load capacity is 250 lbs. which is very strong, considering it’s a folding bike.

The Rocky folding bike is an amazing mountain bike that can actually keep up with fixed frame mountain bikes. It has the advantage of space saving and portability, a truly magnificent product.

What We Liked

  • Front wheel quick release
  • Full-suspension system is great
  • Smooth ride
  • Strong brakes

What We Didn't Like

  • Folding/Unfolding system is quite difficult
  • Folding/Unfolding Latch is too tight
  • Quite heavy

Xspec 26" is a unique product in the category of foldable bikes. The classic frame with suspension forks provides an extraordinary ride for all types of road surfaces. The high tensile frame and front and rear shock absorbers are good for a smooth and comfortable ride.

The Xspec folding mountain bike is recommended for riders 5'3"-6'0 tall. This bike is can be suited for any type of road surface whether off-road, street and road side biking, you’ll find comfort in any situation. This multipurpose bike is equipped with disk brakes for quick deceleration.

The Xspec 26” comes with a Shimano 21-speed shifter and derailleur which makes smooth transitions through every gear. With a wide gear ratio, the bike can help you power through hills and accelerate through straights with ease. Another consequence of having a wide gear ratio is the benefit of easy pedaling and also a higher top speed.

You only need 15 seconds to fold the bike without any tools. Even taking off the front wheel can be done by hand, just in case you need to save more space.

Xspec 26” folding mountain bike is one of the best ride for adults because of its strong tensile frame and high grade alloy wheels. The bike is cable of carrying 220 pounds, as recommended by the company.

Due to its strong frame, flexibility in carrying capacity, disc brakes, and suspension forks, this bike may be ideal for office workers and students alike for daily use. Additionally, you can enjoy commuting and off road biking on the Xspec foldable mountain bike.

What We Liked

  • Easy to fold
  • 21-speed Shimano drivetrain is swift and smooth

What We Didn't Like

  • Weighs 42 lbs.
  • Won’t be comfortable for taller riders

Our Recommendation:

Editor's Pick: Camp Alloy 26" Rocky Folding Mountain Bike

Although all the bikes are good in this category of folding mountain bikes, I choose the one with more comfort and safety features. The V-brakes bike is comparatively light for riding whereas a bike with disk brakes is safer. I will prefer a bike with disc brakes because I also like to enjoy cycling in the rain. In addition, I prefer a strong bike with extended carrying capacity.

So, my first choice out of these five bikes will be the Camp Alloy 26" Rocky Folding Mountain Bike because of the disk brakes and 250 lbs carrying capacity. In case I cannot get Camp Alloy 26" Rocky bike, I will pick the other bike that has disc brakes, the Xspec 26" 21 Speed bike.

If you want a light bike, you can choose any of the v-brake bikes that are on the list. In that case, you need to look at the carrying capacity of the bike first.

5 Best Lightweight Folding Bikes of 2017

In this section of lightweight folding bikes, I focus on the portability factor. Many lightweight bikes are manufactured with low-quality material. So, the selection of folding bikes for this section was very difficult and time consuming. Along with looking at whether or not the bike is lightweight, I focused on the reliability and performance features. Aluminum is one of the best lightweight material for bikes. Therefore, I have added aluminum frame folding bikes to this section. I have also selected a steel frame bike, which is a lightweight but strong bike too. You can also get help from the comparison chart for a quicker decision.

S NoProduct NameBrakesGear systemWeight of the bikeFrame material
1Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bikelinear pull brakes 7 speed28 lbsAluminum
2Vilano 20" Lightweight Aluminum Folding Bike Foldable Bicycle V brakes6 speed29.5 lbsAluminum
3EuroMini Campo 28lb Lightweight Folding Bike V brakes7 speed28.5 lbsAluminum
4Durban 20-Inch Metro Special Edition Folding Bike V brakes6 speed29lbsAluminum
5unYOUsual U transformer 20" Folding City Bike V brakes6 speed30 lbssteel

The Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding bike is extremely light, and its attractive looking Japanese-inspired frame is attractive as it is functional.

You can even pack and bring it indoors to keep it in a safe place. The bike is easy to carry and transport in its nylon storage bag, which it also comes with.

The Schwinn 20-Inch has been designed for commuting and riding through parks and streets. No matter where you go, you can always have it along with you. It can fit perfectly in any storage space, vehicle trunk, and even carried along-side you. They nylon bag adds to its convenience, it makes it easier to stow or carry along with. Its space-saving nature is its best attribute.

The bike is not only lightweight but it includes all the features and qualities of a heavy folding bike. The 7-speed gear system gives you outstanding performance while riding. The steel alloy linear pull brakes are good for sudden deceleration. So, you have a safer bike to pedal when you test your capabilities. The combination of a high performance drivetrain and pull brakes allow you to explore your expertise on the ground.

The Schwinn 20-Inch loop folding bike allows you to adjust the seat according to your height. So, don’t worry if: even if you are very tall, it can still give you fantastic ride.

What We Liked

  • Space-saving
  • Attractive
  • Can suit any rider’s height
  • Comes with a nylon bag
  • Ultra-light

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited 7-speed drivetrain

The Vilano 20" is lightweight and has a safety-latching mechanism for commuting and riding through streets.

The bike has been manufactured with its weight in mind; however, the company has maintained its quality and performance, just like a heavy-duty bike.

The aluminum frame and forks are strong to carry enough weight that an adult can ride confidently. In addition, the frame and forks and other steel parts are lightweight. Vilano sells this bike along with all accessories. The rear rack, fenders and foldable pedals are available in the package with the bike.

To make the bike ideal for folding and transportation, Vilano has added most of the parts with folding capability. The removable and adjustable seat and folding pedals decrease the size of the bike to store in minimal space.

The Vilano 20” bike is equipped with 6 speed twist grip gear system. The 20” double alloy wall rim produce reasonable resistance against jumps. So, you can use this bike for daily routine activities and commuting.

In addition to portability, comfort and reliability features, the Vilano bike is economical for low-budget users. The bike is budget-friendly as compare to other brands of the same category.

What We Liked

  • Amazing ride
  • Lightweight

What We Didn't Like

  • Fenders rub against the tyres
  • Terrible shifter

The EuroMini Campo weighs only 28 lbs, making it very easy to transport. This USA-made bike is manufactured with a heavy-duty concept. The Campo bike is fit ride for Americans because of its flexibility in size. Any rider, whether they measure under five feet or over six feet in height, can ride this bike after adjusting the handlebar and seat stems.

Being the local brand of the USA, EuroMini focuses more on the quality of the bike. To meet the needs of American bikers, the company has installed multi terrain Wanda tires in this mini foldable bike. EuroMini has installed a 7-speed gear system with a genuine grip shifter and derailleur, made by the company.

The EuroMini Campo bike includes a 580mm-long seat post to accommodate adult riders of heavy build. The ergonomic saddle keeps the biker comfortable and upright to cover longer distances on the bike.

The EuroMini has manufactured this lightweight bike along with all accessories according to the taste of American riders. The bike includes adjustable kickstand, reflectors and water bottle along with the bike. Additionally, a H860D iron headset is also available in the package of the bike. So, you can have a complete commuting bike equipped with heavy duty components and accessories.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to fold
  • Shimano groupset is amazing
  • Fits all types of rider height

What We Didn't Like

  • A bit slow on pavement
  • Tyres need to be changed

The Durban 20-Inch Metro is the limited edition folding bike which is rarely available. if you can find, it is a good ride for commuting and transporting.

This limited-edition bike is exclusively lightweight and weighs only 29 lbs.

After folding, it occupies only 26 inches of space. Therefore, the Durban 20-Inch Metro can be good choice for bikers who want to take the bike while on the go, such as for adventure trips and camping tours.

The Durban 20-Inch bike has been equipped with six speed Shimano gear system. The Metro special edition bike is based on 6061 high tensile anodized steel material. All the structural components including the frame, latch, forks and handlebars are manufactured with alloy tensile steel material.

The 20” alloy front and rear rims are strong enough to carry up 210 lbs. For multi terrain ride, the rims are covered with UCP spoke tires. Alloy v-brakes with grip operation are good to decelerate the spoke tires.

Durban is a Brazilian-based global company for manufacturing lightweight bikes for different regions. So, the company has made this bike for multiple terrains. The company has included all of the components and accessories in the package. So, you do not need to search for the components from the market. You just need to assemble a few parts to make the bike ready to ride.

What We Liked

  • Easy to fold
  • Lightweight
  • Outstanding frame quality

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited to road biking

The unYOUsual U is the lightweight product from IDS. The bike is good for commuting and exercising. Now you can use the same bike for daily routine activities and fun rides. The folding procedure is handy and quick. You can fold and unfold the bike within 15 seconds. So, bike is good from the folding point of view.

The aluminum components including the frame, brakes and handlebar are semi-alloy. Although the bike is better than the average folding bike, I keep this bike at the bottom of best 5 folding bikes because of the semi-alloy material.

WANDA tires are installed in this city bike that is good for multi-terrain ride. V-brakes fit well on WANDA tires. So, this combination is good for commuting and street bikers.

The unYOUsual U transformer is equipped with 6-speed Shimano shifter and derailleur. The accessories include PP pedals, front/rear reflectors and wheel reflectors. An adjustable kickstand is also available with the bike package. So, you can have a complete bike from every aspect. However, keep in mind the semi-alloy material.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight
  • Folds in 15 seconds
  • Solid frameEasy to assemble from the box
  • Can accommodate taller riders

What We Didn't Like

  • Pedals feel cheap
  • Fenders rattle too much

Our Recommendation:

Editor's Pick: EuroMini Campo

All of the folding bikes of this section are lightweight with little differences. An average person cannot differentiate between the worst and best bike out of these top 5 lightweight bikes. Keeping the appearance of the lightweight bike in mind, I would consider the Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike. However, it is my second choice. My first choice is the EuroMini Campo. I have selected this bike because of its components and top-notch quality. The company always installs genuine components in the product.

5 Best Folding Electric Bikes of 2017

The folding electric bike gives you double enjoyment and fun. The bike is very easy and simple for transportation. Moreover, you enjoy the riding a bicycle-cum-motorbike. If you have got tired of pedaling, you can shift your bike to the electric powered motor.

Keeping in mind the benefits of electric folding bike mentioned above, I decided to find a suitable product. After thorough search through different forums and selling platforms, I have selected the top 5 electric bikes. At the end of this review, I will let you know about my choice out of these 5 bikes. However, I recommend you to take a cursory look on the features of these bikes first.

S NoProduct NameBrakesGear systemSuspensionMotor powerBattery Power
1Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain BikeFront Rear disc brakes 7 speeddual-suspension300 watts36 volts
2Cyclamatic CX2 Bicycle Electric Foldaway BikeV brakes6 speedForks250 watts36 volts
3ANCHEER Folding Electric Premium BikeFront Rear disc brakes 7 speeddual-suspension250 watts36 volts
4ANCHEER Power Plus Folding Electric Mountain Bikelinear pull brakes7 speeddual-suspension250 watts36 volts
5X-Treme Scooters Folding Electric Mountain E-BikeRear disc brakes 7 speedfront suspension300 watts36 volts

The Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain Bike, works just like any type of folding electric mountain bike. It can get you from point A to point B; it has an electric motor to assist you, and can be folded with ease.

What the Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain Bike has over the competition are a sweet set of bells and whistles that inspire the confidence and characteristics of fixed frame mountain bikes; a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, lightweight aluminum alloy frame, 60km maximum range (assisted electric mode), and mechanical front and rear disc brakes.

Armed with a 36v lithium-ion battery, this bike’s travel range varies from 35 kilometers to 60 kilometers depending on load, riding habits, and road surface. It also comes with a convenient Easy Chart port making charging hassle-free.

Its electric system offers three power modes: low, medium, and high. These options are what Ancheer calls the 3-speed power cycling modes. This program provides you with a choice of different speeds you prefer your bike to run. Maximum speed is approximately 35kph. You can also pedal while the motor is on for better battery efficiency.

What Ancheer has done is take one of history’s greatest inventions and took it a step further. The Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain bike is versatile and stowing it in your house stress-free. What more could you ask for? It’s a foldable electric mountain bike.

What We Liked

  • Potential range (60 kms)
  • Drivetrain
  • Easy charge
  • Relatively light body
  • Rigid frame
  • Fully-electric

What We Didn't Like

  • 4-6 hour charging time
  • Inconsistent riding range

The Cyclamatic CX2 electric bike has been designed to occupy minimal storage space. The bike is good for holiday trips, camping, and park rides.

The bike is recommended for riders ages 14 and up. So, the bike is a product best suited for young adults and adults alike.

Brushless 250-watt electric power motor on the CX2 bike covers 25-31 miles’ distance with 15 mph speed. Due to the powerful motor, the bike is good for adventurous tours and commuting. Moreover, CX2 e-bike is safe for riding in the rain and slippery off-road rides.

The CX2 foldable bike has been manufactured with operational needs in mind. Using this bike, you can execute different types of daily routine job because of reasonable battery range and pedaling facility. Unlike other electric bikes, CX2 charges quickly. The 36-volts lithium battery needs only 4-6 hours to recharge.

The manual riding features of CX2 foldable bike are also fabulous. The padded seat keeps you comfortable while applying force on the pedals. The 20” steel frame of CX2 is strong enough to carry 220 lbs. So, a heavier adult can ride this electric bike confidently. For road side safety, Cyclamatic has added a bell and reflectors to the CX1 electric bike.

3. ANCHEER Folding Electric Lightweight Mountain Bike

With 26" Super Lightweight Magnesium Alloy 6 Spokes Integrated Wheel, Removable Lithium-Ion Battery (36V 250W), Premium Full Suspension and Shimano Gear

Ancheer makes its way once again with the Ancheer Folding Electric Magnesium alloy bike.

This foldable bike can be used in all kinds of road surfaces and conditions, which is its best trait among the world of folding bikes. It’s integrated with a full-electric system, which means you can ride the bike without even having to pedal.

What sets this bike apart from the other electric folding bikes? Almost every electric folding bike in this category uses the same materials and components. But this bike is fitted with a six-spoke magnesium alloy wheels to improve weight reduction. Not only is it light, but it’s rigid and strong; enough to take on a rocky path like a fixed frame mountain bike.

Of course, the highlight here is its electronic assisted technology. It has a maximum travel range of 60 kilometers. But its total range can vary from 25 to 60 kilometers depending on riding habits and road conditions; some even claim to have reached a maximum distance of 70 kilometers. Maximum speed tops at 30 kph, which is not bad.

The bike also features the entire mechanical tech that is standard to modern day mountain bikes. Front and rear hydraulic suspension system, front and rear mechanical disc brakes, and a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain.

It’s a complete mountain bike, because it performs like a fixed frame mountain bike, you may forget the fact that it folds. It’s tough, versatile, convenient, and easy to ride. Top everything off with electronic assisted technology and it makes for a great choice.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight
  • Travel range (50km)
  • Can run on full-electric mode
  • Quality materials
  • Rigid frame
  • Quiet motor

What We Didn't Like

  • Pedals feel cheap
  • Charging time takes quite long (4-6 hours)
Folding Electric Mountain Bike with Lithium-Ion Battery

The ANCHEER Power Plus Folding bike has been designed keeping the concept of a lightweight product in mind. Therefore, the carbon steel frame and suspension are installed in this bike. Moreover, the carbon steel material is comparatively the best for absorbing shock.

The bike includes 36-volt powerful battery and 250-watt electric motor. The battery and motor power are like the previous models of Ancheer bikes. On the other hand, this bike is feature an extended speed limit (25-35 km/h). Due to it being lightweight, the battery covers longer distances (35-70km) in a single recharge.

The Power plus foldable bike is equipped with a 7-speed Shimano gear system for a manual ride. Moreover, the front v-brake and rear electric brakes may work perfectly during manual and mechanical rides, respectively. For a more convenient bike on the road, the company has added Bright LED headlamp and horn in power plus bike.

The power plus electric bike is the best combination for booster biking, long distance, biking pure electric biking, and pure manual biking. With these features, you have multiple options to use this bike. You can go for long mountain ride, or you can use this bike for daily routine jobs, for a bike on the street, and even on holidays in the park.

What We Liked

  • Impressive travel range (35-70 km)
  • LightweightFull-electric mode
  • Powerful battery
  • Carbon steel material
  • ​Alloy frame body
  • Horn, reflector, and carrier frame

What We Didn't Like

  • Inconsistent battery life
  • Takes quite long to fully charge (4-6 hours)

The X-Treme Scooters is a compactly designed electric bike for easy portability. Although the bike is comparatively lightweight, it does include powerful components.

The bike is equipped with a 300-watt rear hub motor which takes the bike to 20 mph in speed. So, you have the fastest foldable motorbike in the form of X-Treme scooter.

For a manual ride, the bike is equipped with a 7-speed Shimano gear system and Tourney shifter. The foldable frame and suspensions are made from 100% aluminum alloy material. X-Treme has installed the most reliable battery with 7 years of run time. So, you do not need to replace the battery for longer period, if you use it carefully.

As the bike has been manufactured to carry and use at distant location, the company has made it easy to fold and transport. The compact design allows you to keep the bike in the back of your car as well.

You can go up 25 miles on this electric folding bike with one recharge. So, you have sufficient range to go for a long bike ride. Most of the features and qualities of X-Treme scooter are identical to other bikes of this review, but the extended speed is its unique quality.

What We Liked

  • Very quick electric bike
  • Quality Aluminum frame
  • Reliable battery
  • Easy to fold

What We Didn't Like

  • Low travel range compared to other electric folders

Our Recommendation:

Editor's Pick: Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain Bike

I mentioned in the beginning of this section that I have picked these 5 products after thorough research. Therefore, I like all the electric bikes in this review. Basically, I prefer a manual ride. However, I may get an electric bike in the near future because longer rides. For that manner I'd prefer an electric bike with a powerful motor.

As a result the Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain Bike will be my first choice because it includes a 36-volt battery and a 250-watt motor. The X-Treme Scooters Folding Electric Mountain E-Bike also includes the same specifications but the Ancheer folding mountain bike is equipped with dual disk brakes and dual suspension. Thus, the Ahcneer folding bike is also the safest bike out of these top 5 foldable electric bikes.

Best Folding Bike Brands

#1. Dahon

Dahon is the global company for manufacturing foldable bikes. It is Dahon who introduced the concept of folding bikes into the market of bicycles. The company was founded in 1982. Since start, the company has introduced many traditional and folding bikes. In 2006, the Dahon reached to two-thirds of the market. Currently, the Dahon company is working in the major countries of the world including the USA, China, Bulgaria and Macau. The company’s headquarters are still located in Los Angles, California.

#2. Camp

CAMP is the most popular company for manufacturing outdoor products. The company was founded in 1889. CAMP is an acronym for the Italian words "Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana”. The company is manufacturing high-quality folding bikes for customers globally. The company is working in different countries in the world, including the USA.

#3. Ancheer

Ancheer is the most popular company for manufacturing a variety of bicycles. The company is located in China. The top stores in the world are selling Ancheer bicycles and home products. The company has introduced world-class support bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrid bikes. An Ancheer electric folding bike has gained reasonable popularity throughout the world. The basic aim of the company is to produce quality bicycles with innovative ideas.

My Recommendations

Editor’s Pick: Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain bike

Among all the folding bikes on our list the Ancheer Folding Electric Mountain bike with 26” Super Lightweight Magnesium Alloy 6 Spoke Integrated Wheels takes the top spot for a reason. It’s functional, efficient, and foldable. It has everything a bicycle owner needs, plus a few extra gadgets to assist you. Everything from the ground under is top quality. The Shimano 21-speed drivetrain is one of the best in the market. The frame is made of a strong and light aluminum alloy which makes it perfect for any terrain. The hinges, screws, and bolts are easy to operate for quick folding/unfolding. The battery is astonishing and probably one of the best out there. With a travel range of 60 kilometers, this electric folding bike’s battery capacity is at the top of its tier. Without a shadow of a doubt, this bike is one of greatest deals you can get.

Runner-ups: Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike and Columba 26” Folding Bike w. Shimano 18-speed Black

A tough and close competition between the Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike and the Columba 26” Folding Bike w. Shimano 18-speed Black, both are the amazing on their respective categories and both outstanding folding bikes. With the Schwinn’s design and straightforward function, it makes for an amazing commuter’s bike. Folding bikes are made for commuters and this bike has all the needs of anyone who wants to get from point A to point B without the hassle of looking for parking space, worrying bicycle thieves, and saving space in their own homes. It sports a 7-speed drive train which is enough for anyone who goes around the city. It’s amazing because of its simplicity. 

Last but not the least, we have the Columba 26” Folding bike w. Shimano 18-speed Black. It’s appealing to see a folding bike that has the stance of a fixed frame bike, yet when collapsed, it can fit in the trunk of compact cars. This full-sized bike has one of the smoothest gear systems on the list, with an 18-speed Shimano drivetrain, how can you go wrong? Its standard tyres are partially knobby, which means you can take it on rocky roads. It’s dynamic! It has our hearts because it made the image of full-sized folding bikes possible to collapse into a very compact and space-saving folder.

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Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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