6 Misconceptions About Foldable Electric Bikes!

For some reason, despite their convenience, folding bikes have never really been the most popular type of bike out there.

Ok, so maybe the designs for the folding bikes that were popular back in the 70s don’t hold up to today’s more stylish bikes, but you cannot deny the convenience of this invention. A folding bike does exactly what you expect it to: it folds in half, to take up less room. If you have ever tried to get your bike on public transit or tried to fit it inside a car, you’d know exactly how great foldable bikes are.

Let’s face it, bikes are pretty awesome, but transporting them is a colossal pain. They are a lot more unwieldy than they seem when you’re not riding them. Folding them up makes them easy to carry, store, and transport.

For some reason, despite their convenience, folding bikes have never really been the most popular type of bike out there. I can count the number of times I’ve seen on in person on my fingers. I can’t imagine why they haven’t picked up, especially for road riders.  There are tons of misconceptions surrounding foldable electric bikes. Here are some of them:

Fitting a folding bike in the trunk

Common Misconceptions About Electric Bikes

Let’s deal with some of the most common misconceptions that plague folding and electric bikes.

1. Electric bikes are heavy!

This one is only sort of true, and it’s a subjective opinion. The short version is yes. The long version is it depends. You see, the motor and battery do indeed add some extra weight to the bike. Whether or not the extra pounds cross the border between “manageable” and “heavy” depends on you. If you find the weight of the average bike to be difficult, then yes, an electric bike will be heavy. The motor and other components add between 15 – 40 pounds, depending on the model.

It’s worth remembering, however, that the extra weight will not affect your riding of the bike by much. It is noticeable when you climb hills, but even then, if the extra weight makes the hill too much of a burden you can just engage the motor – you know, that thing that made the bike a little heavier in the first place. When it comes to carrying the bike it might be a bit of a challenge, but it’s not that big of a deal, and all the benefits of the electric motor make it worth it.

Broken folding bike

2. Folding bikes break easily!

You would think they do, but nope! People often claim that folding bikes are not very durable. The argument is that the part of the bike that folds, the hinge and joint pieces, are prone to breaking easily, thus ruining the bike. Here’s the truth. In literally every type of tool, machine, device, etc., the hinges and joints are a bit of a weak point.

That being said, bicycle manufacturers aren’t stupid. They know this and have taken steps to reinforce those problem spots, preventing any possible problems that may or may not arise. The result is that folding bikes are designed to reduce the burden of the weight on those hinges/joints and increase the bike’s durability. Folding bikes can last longer than some road bikes because of this.

The other thing too is that you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap folding bike then you really can’t complain when it falls apart – you bought a bike that was built to cost as little as possible, as opposed to a bike built to last as long as possible. Pro-tip: if your folding bike costs less than dinner for two, you might want to reconsider the purchase.

3. Folding E-Bikes are overpriced!

This is another one for the “kind of” category. Let me explain. The motor for the folding e-bikes is going to increase the price. It’s unavoidable. That being said, folding e-bikes are still pretty cheap when compared to mountain bikes [link to how to buy the best bike piece], for example. Like with all bikes, you have to compare different bikes and research each model’s strengths and weaknesses to find the best bang for your buck.

A good budget for buying folding e-bikes (new) is between 450£ and 1000£. I wouldn’t spend any more than that, personally, because beyond that most of the things that increase the price are aesthetic. Any less than 450£ and I would start to wonder why the price is so low – remember, when it comes to a folding e-bike it’s better to spend a little extra and have it last 5-10 years than get a cheap one that’s already garbage in a year.

4. The electric motor is dangerous/cannot be exposed to rain or snow!

Listen, the people who design these bicycles aren’t idiots. They know what they’re doing. The battery pack is protected from water by its case. It is perfectly safe to ride your folding e-bike in the rain, snow, and sleet. Just don’t try and use it as a canoe and you’ll probably be fine.

Worried cyclist

5. Folding bikes are slow!

Wrong again! Even without the electric engine, a folding bike is perfectly capable of matching the average road bike for speed. I won’t get into the technical specifics of bicycle gearing, all you need to know is that there was the potential for speed to be a problem and that the problem was solved by the ingenuity of people who design bicycles.

With the electric engine to support the bike, any lag you might experience is pretty easy to overcome. That being, I want to stress that you don’t need the engine to do this – the folding bike does not suffer any handicap in terms of speed. Quite the opposite. If you use the electric motor, you’ll go faster than you can on your average road bike.

Man looking at scary papers

6.  Electric bikes cost a lot of money for power!

This is another one that’s just plain wrong. For starters, what do these critics compare the price to? That’s what I want to know. If you compare the price of charging your electric bike to the price of gas, it’s a world of difference. It’s like comparing the price of a shoebox to the price of a house. Charging up your electric bike does not cost much.

Most of us drink over £60 worth of coffee a month, so paying to charge your electric bike isn’t much of a burden.

Cyclist stopped by the police

I won’t speak for the whole world here, but in both Canada and the UK, they are perfectly legal, as long as certain requirements are met. For example, in the UK, the rider must be over 14, the bicycle must weigh under 88 pounds, and the power output must not exceed 200 watts. There are also limits to how fast the bike is allowed to go.

If you’re interested in owning an electric folding bike, or any type of e-bike for that matter, you must research your local laws on the matter.

Happy cyclist

The Benefits Of Folding Electric Bicycles 

A folding e-bike is what happens when you combine two of the most useful types of bikes into one entity. This is it guys. Science has done it. I’m calling it now – this is the ultimate bicycle. Ok, maybe this is just my opinion, but I think these things are cool. I only found out they existed last week and I’m already in love (and I’m a hard-core cynic).

Let’s go through all the reasons why folding e-bikes are awesome and why you should get one.

Carrying a folding bike into a train

They Are Convenient

So we’ve already touched upon how convenient these things are, but we’ve only scratched the surface. Have you ever had to transport your bike up a set of stairs? Those of us who have will know that doing so is not easy. Folding bikes offer a great fix to that problem – you fold the bike in half. In doing so, you solve half of the problems associated with carrying a bike.

Here’s a list of the other problems solved just by being able to fold your bike in half:

They Are Easier To Transport

sometimes you need to get a bike from point A to point B without riding it. Often this is because you’re traveling a long distance by car, or because the bike is buggered up and you can’t ride it. Whatever your reason is, trying to cram a bike inside of a car is hard. But wait, what if the bike simply took up half of the horizontal space, without adding too much to its width? Folding bikes can do that.

Now it’s really easy to get your bike in the car! Go ahead, stuff it in the trunk, and take a drive to wherever you’ve always wanted to go for a bike ride. If you like traveling, this is especially fantastic because it saves you money. With this bit of ingenuity, you can save money by not having to rent a bike when you go away. This bike can easily be stored in a car, boat, or ferry.

They Take Less Storage Space

Not all of us are going to be on our bikes when there’s snow and ice on the ground. There are plenty of reasons people would put their bike in storage for a while though; perhaps, for example, you’re moving and need to put your bike, along with other things, in storage for a couple of weeks. A foldable e-bike is great because it’s so much easier to store. It’s not as “in the way” as a regular bike can get. You can just tuck it away in a corner somewhere and call it a day.

“But wait,” I can hear you saying in your minds. “Yes, that all sounds pretty fantastic, but any old folding bike can do that. Why would I get an electric folding bike specifically?”

Well, when the bike is unfolded, you can engage the motor just about any time you see fit. The benefits are endless. The electric motor, as mentioned above, is awesome for a myriad of reasons. Any time you need the extra push, you can use it.

Related: 15 Best Bikes For Heavy Riders 



Bike in the sunset

Where To Buy A Folding E-Bike

For folding e-bikes, you can check your local bike shops, but this is kind of a specialized product. Unless you live in an area where these are already popular, then your best bet is to shop for them online. Remember to take a good look at the specs and make sure they fall in line with your country’s local street laws (for example, if you buy a folding e-bike that has a power output of 250 watts, you might not legally be allowed to ride it on the street).

If you’re buying one of these bikes used, then you must see the bike and inspect it in person before purchasing it. You should inspect the bike, particularly the battery and motor, and the folding joints, for damages.


What are the disadvantages of foldable bikes?

Some of the disadvantages of foldable bikes are that they are costly, some people may find the folding mechanism to be different, and since they have smaller wheels, you may experience some discomfort while riding. 

Are folding bikes okay?

Yes, folding bikes are a convenient option for people who have storage issues. 

Is a foldable bike better than a normal bike?

Folding bikes are better if you prioritize storage and ease in carrying the bike around. However, based on performance, normal bikes are better.


When it comes to choosing the best bike for you, other than the obvious “look at the specs” business, which you should always do, you should also always make sure to check the bike’s balance. The electric motor’s weight can, if it’s mounted in a stupid spot, cause balance issues. Ideally, the closer to the bike’s center of gravity it is, the better the bike’s balance.

It would also be a good idea to look into places you can take your bike to if it gets damaged or the motor becomes bricked. Some repair shops might not be equipped to handle e-bikes, and if your bike breaks it will be nice to have the stress of finding a suitable local repair shop already taken care of.

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Luke Ameen

For many years, I've journeyed the world as an ardent cyclist, feeling the pulse of the road beneath two wheels. Even though competitive mountain trails might not be my battleground now, my zeal for cycling remains undiminished, pushing me to chase new escapades every chance I get.

My heart beats for everything related to cycling. Over the years, I've immersed myself in extensive research and hands-on tests of cycling equipment and enhancements, aiming to guide fellow cyclists in amplifying their riding experience. My mission is clear: deliver trustworthy insights and reliable guidance that readers can lean on. My vision is to kindle the same fervor for cycling in others, whether they're seasoned veterans or just embarking on this journey. Rest assured, I'm here to equip you with the freshest updates, advice, and perspectives to enrich every ride.


8 thoughts on “6 Misconceptions About Foldable Electric Bikes!”

  1. Thanks for this pleasent to read article.
    Im a dutchman living in Paris and love riding bicycle (obviusly). Paris is not flat and I’m getting order, also space is expensive. After reading your article I ordered a bike and will be pleased to keep you in tough !

  2. Just great and informative article. Got deep reviews on foldable electric bike. Again thanks for your time and good review for us. I will definitely share your article to my social media friends and family.


  3. You’ve helped make up my mind – I’m in the (Australian) country and like to travel to the coast, or into the city by car with the idea of taking the bike to use once there, but all the boys in the bike shop have discouraged my purchase of a folding electric bike for exactly the reasons you listed above. I’m sticking to my guns!

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  5. Love this article on folding e-bikes. Very good points. Thank you. My wife and I are researching and will buy ebikes in the near future. We have two main “purposes” in mind. When we retire (in 2024) we want comfortable ebikes to ride the many longer bike trails around the USA and Canada. We already are planning a couple, and one is 242 miles long (Katy Trail across the state of Missouri). Both of us are in good shape and 30-40 miles rides on regular bikes are within our range. We think that with a comfortable ebike, this range would increase to 45-55. . And we know that folding ebikes will be easy to throw in the back of our SUV. So cool.

    However, we also want to use our ebikes for running errands in town, grocery shopping, visiting friends, appointments, going to church, etc. Folding bikes seem best for that purpose.

    So if we buy folding ebikes instead od full-size ebikes, are we sacrificing anything regarding our plan to take longer trips on scenic bike trails around the USA?


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