Best folded electric bikes

The best 6 folding electric bikes from all our UK reviews

September 06, 2023Eilis Barrett

These are all the folding ebikes we've reviewed and given 4 or 5 stars to from the dozens we've ridden.

Fold testing

Each has been assessed for:

  • build quality;
  • safety and security;
  • handling and performance;
  • comfort and practicality.

And remember that just because a bike is foldable, doesn't mean it's easy to carry or take on trains - many bikes are foldable for storage reasons.

Jump to a specific one of our favourites:

Five-star folding bikes

  1. Estarli e20, £1,281: best entry-level for commuters
  2. Estarli e16.7, £1,261: best lightweight bike
  3. MiRider One GB3, £2,499: top of the range
  4. ADO Air 20, £1,239: our best seller

Four-star folding bikes

  1. Engwe Engine X, £1,050: best value option
  2. Axon Pro Lite:, £1,296: ideal for taking on public transport

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Estarli e20, £1,281: "I love this bike"

estarli reviewer

See the full review of the estarli e20 plus all the ratings and spec info.  

The Estarli e20 is a perfect entry-level folding ebike. It’s just over £1,000 but we think it has a lot to offer for its price bracket. We found it light and comfy to ride. The larger tyres than most folding bikes (20 inch rather than 16 inch) mean you get power, comfort and good handling. It's got a 7-speed manual gear and 5 power assist modes. Not only that it looks great, with the battery cleverly hidden in the seat post. 

We found it wasn't the most compact bike when folded. And its other drawback is range - 31 miles from the slightly small battery (the price that had to paid for concealing it so well). But these are only minor quibbles - this a great, good value bike and is the one to beat in our tests. 

  • Pros: Comfy, great off-road performance, larger tyres than rivals, battery cleverly hidden
  • Cons: Not the most compact folder, range of 31 miles. 

Estarli e16.7, £1,261: best lightweight ebike

See the full review of the etarli e167 plus all the ratings and specs info

estarli e16 being ridden and tested

The Estarli e16.7 is a lightweight, folding e-bike built with commuting and everyday use in mind. It’s the new competitor headache that Brompton didn’t want – and with good reason, this bike is excellent. The e16.7 has the same features, ride quality and comfort of bikes twice its £1,250 price tag.

This really could be the answer to your city-riding prayers – and in riding and spending time using the bike, we found it easy to use, straightforward, and very satisfying to own. It should appeal to anyone interested in riding an ebike on a daily basis, especially commuters.

  • Pros: Compact, quick folder, lightweight, easy to ride
  • Cons: Standard saddle isn’t the most comfortable, smaller wheels

Buy the Estarli e16.7

ADO AIR 20, £1,239: our best seller

Ado AIr 20 being reviewed

This has a larger 20-inch wheel for a touch more stability and is matched with a single speed, carbon belt drive system for minimal maintenance. It’s quick, nimble and weighs in at 18kg.

You can get the suspension version for an extra £50 or so. This has a carbon belt drive, is very easy to maintain, has hydraulic brakes as standard, and is very comfortable and smooth to ride. It’s a 5 out of 5 across all criteria. It’s an excellent bike - which is why it’s our best seller

This isn’t just made for folding and carrying - we were REALLY impressed with the ride quality. It gets you up to 15.5mph incredibly quickly and maintains that assist. It’s also got a torque sensor so you can apply more or less power through the pedals as you need.

We found it easy to squeeze through tight gaps – like standstill traffic – thanks to the smaller width handlebars, so you can kiss congestion goodbye.

  • Pros: Comfy, powerful, nippy, responsive, good range.
  • Cons: No suspension (but suspension version is available - ADO Air S), magnetic catch is an optional add on

Buy the ADO Air 20

Mirider One GB3, £2,499: "you get what you pay for"

Mider One GB3 being tested

A high-spec folding ebike ideal for people who are limited on space as we found it folds down well.

It’s not cheap - but our tests show you get what you pay for. A rapid charge battery (2-3 hours), an impressive 45-mile range, 3-speed belt drive, lightweight pedals, hydraulic brakes, super comfortable gel Selle Royal saddle and puncture protected Schwalbe tyres.

We found it very comfortable to ride, partly due to the rear damper. We loved the bright, clear display and it has VERY good brakes.

  • Pros: High spec, comfortable, great brakes, good weight (19.4kg)
  • Cons: Not the cheapest

Axon Pro Lite, £1,296: "ideal for public transport"

The most affordable Axon model has a clever feature where the motor is also a magnet, meaning it holds together well when folded. The Pro Lite is an ultra-lightweight folding electric bike at only 15kg. You pay for the weight reduction with reduced range - at 25 miles we found it has the lowest range out of all the bikes on this list.

But our tests show it’s ideal for city commuting - it handled our journey across the city and back, and it folds down to a compact form that you can carry on trains and buses.

We found the pedal sensor takes a few rotations before the assist kicks in - but you can change this in the settings for a quicker activation. You have to grab the seat post to carry it which we didn’t think was the most comfortable for long distances. On the other hand, the folding system is so easy to do, this is made for carrying on to public transport or to your car.

  • Pros: Very light (15kg), easy to fold
  • Cons: Short range (25 miles), awkward to carry long distances

Engwe Engine X, £1,050: "best value"

Engwe reviewer

This is a ridiculously good value folding fat-tyre bike. It has a big battery as well as mechanical disk brakes and fat tyres. In our tests we found it great for cruising on and off road and we really appreciated the full suspension.

It’s the cheapest bike in this list - its main compromise is the weight. At 32kg we found it a beast to drag around when not riding but on the plus side we enjoyed the stability this gives off road.

  • Pros: Cheap, comfy.
  • Cons35 miles range, 32kg weight

Folding bikes compared

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How we test

Our expert testers ride all the bikes we get in to review, and we assess them against a range of criteria on road, off-road and in our testing rooms.

For instance, after practicing the fold of each bike we time how long it takes to do. We wheel the bike along to see how well this works - a lot of bikes fold for storage reasons, not for compact transport. And we point out if there is any sort of latch to keep the bike folded - and also check where the chain ends up (as it can get your clothes dirty if it's on the outside of the fold).

See our full list of best adult electric bikes, all adult electric bikes, and all the folding ebikes we sell. You can also see all our electric folding bike reviews

The two MATE bikes before our on-road testingRiding on-road for testing of comfort and ride quality

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