What To Look For In A Folding E-Bike
Foldable e-bikes are that rare combination of form and function that gets both right. If you are planning to buy one, here are some aspects that you should look for in your e-bike.
BATTERY AND POWER
Battery is the most important aspect of an e-bike. Whereas a large size battery allows long usage in single charge, foldable e-bikes are constrained by its design to use one. Also, bigger battery will take more time to get fully recharged. Equally important is the power output. If a battery can’t generate enough power to run the motor in its full potential, you will never achieve the desired speed in the e-bike but please be aware of your local laws regarding e-bikes and check what is the maximum allowed power output and weight for an e-bike.
SIZE AND PORTABILITY
Any electric bicycle can be considered for an environment friendly way of commuting. But only a foldable electric bike gives the advantage of easy storage or transportation of the bike itself. You should be able to store the foldable e-bike in the boot of your car or take it in a bus or a train easily. That’s the whole point of the ‘foldability’ part of an electric bike.
RANGE AND SPEED
An e-bike’s range is its maximum possible distance covered till the battery completely drains out from full charge if you ride it on full power. The longer the range of the bike, the less time you have to recharge it. Normally the range advertised by the bike company is based on an ideal test scenario and real life there many other factors. E.g., you will hardly ever be pushing your e-bike to its maximum power. Along with Range, maximum speed is also an important factor for ride quality. Generally, more powerful motors can achieve a high speed. You have decide based on your use if you will need that much speed and power.
Even though folding electric bikes are mostly meant for the city commute, it’s always a chance that your folding electric bicycle has to withstand a downpour, uphill ride or a bad stretch of road. So, build quality is of utmost important here, especially due the foldability which requires lots of moving mechanical parts. It will be good to have an electric bike that is waterproof or at least the battery does not get damaged in water. The materials used should have the balance of being lightweight yet rugged.
Due to the nature of its type, folding electric bikes are not cheap. But compared to many other types of bikes, they are affordable. So, get an idea about what should be the maximum cost that you should pay for a folding e-bikes. Also, in many countries, there will be some kind discounts on the price, thanks to the Government’s policy of encouraging people to use more electric vehicles.
Along with following these tips, you should always remember that you should never compromise with your safety. It will be an amazing experience.
Storage or power, environment or speed. With folding e-bikes, you don’t have to choose one over the other. Here are some tips that will help you to decide if you need a folding e-bike.Share