Q: What are some disadvantages of a foldable electric bicycle (folding)? I am interested in one for my children to use. Any ideas? Thanks!
Answer: “There are some disadvantages of a foldable electric bike that you might think about. The fact is, there are more disadvantages than advantages. First, the price will always be lower than a comparable traditional “regular” bike. This is because of technological improvements, which allow manufactures to produce more efficient battery packs. You will also pay more for maintenance as these bicycles get older.”
From the website of the best foldable electric bicycle company: “When it comes to purchasing an electric motorized foldable bicycle, the overwhelming majority of manufacturers state that they offer the best prices, service, and support.” Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I would expect these manufacturers to mention the e-bike components that they use, the quality of their motor, and the warranty that they offer. It seems that the vast majority of companies simply get the cheapest components and call their e-bikes “foldable”. The quality of their motor is probably average to below average, and the support may be minimal.
When it comes to quality motor systems, I like Toile. The reason for this is that they have been around for quite a while and have good reviews. I like them because they use the CR4 lubricant in all of their motors, which makes them run cooler and longer than other manufacturers. For me, this is the most important feature when buying an electric folding bikes frame.
Another feature that I like is the battery pack. Most of the modern bikes have a built-in, battery pack that stores the energy that is produced by pedaling. This means that when the rider does not have enough energy to go forward, the battery pack will kick in and give the rider enough juice to get off the ground and go someplace. These lightweight e-bikes are very convenient because they can be taken anywhere without the hassle of purchasing a pack.
But what if you don’t have enough power to get around? Will your battery die out on you as well? You might be surprised to learn that this is an issue many electric cyclists have encountered. The answer is a solid lithium battery and brushedless motor, and the Bikes that have these are much lighter than any other type of bike in the market today.
The final major feature that you should look for when buying a Bike is its brakes. Although all Bikes brakes are not created equally, a few features stand out more than others. For example, you may prefer a bike with direct Brake/ pedal assist, or you may prefer pads that are on the outer edges of the rim and brake shoe. There are many pros and cons to having both, so you are encouraged to choose the style of bike that you like the best, whatever that may be.
In conclusion, folding bikes are fun, easy to store, are cheap to ride, provide great traction, have superior battery and braking systems, have roomy storage space, and have solid tires. However, make sure you take the time to read through the product description thoroughly before you buy. Pay close attention to what is included, and be wary of cheap “buzz” marketing. Pay close attention to the reviews, and you will be assured of a Bicycles that you will be proud to ride for years to come. Good luck, and happy riding!