Folding e-Bikes, which are electric bicycles that are able to be folded for storage or for travel, are a great option for riders who are looking for a vehicle that doesn’t take up too much space.
Often, folding e-Bikes are recommended for those who live in crowded cities or small living spaces, but folding e-Bikes are also ideal for storing at work when commuting, in car trunks and closets, and more.
This article will specifically highlight some folding e-Bike models that are best suitable for women riders!
|Aventon Sinch||$1499 USD||Fat tires for added stability, 750W motor. Foldable frame, pedals, and tires. Average of 40 miles per charge. One size fits all from riders between 5’0 to 6’3|
|Swagtron EB-7||$599 USD||Commuter e-Bike, 350W motor. Ideal for casual and city riders riding on flat terrain. Step-through frame and 15-mile range per charge|
|Tern Vektron S10||$3699 USD||Ideal for urban, commuting, and recreational riding. Step-through frame. One size fits all riders between 4’10 to 6’3. 60-mile range per charge.|
|Rad Power RadMini||$1499 USD||Fat tires for added stability, 750W motor, up to 45 miles per charge. 3” vertical adjustment on stem|
|LifeCycle Traveller Electric Folding Bike||$1935 USD||Low step-through frame, 250W motor, and a cargo rack. Up to 45 miles per charge. Ideal for commuter riding|
|Brompton Electric||$3639 USD||Step-through frame, 250W motor, 20-45 miles range, and easily storable, with a separatable battery for easy transport|
|A2B Kuo+||$1,699 USD||Upright position, ideal for urban riding. Comes with a rear rack. 250W motor, step-through frame, and 15-25 miles range per charge|
|Raleigh Stow-E-Way||$1800 USD||Low step-through frame, 250W motor, up to 30 miles per charge, power controls mounted on the handle (riders can easily select from power buttons). Ideal for urban commuting.|
Considerations for Women when Choosing Folding e-Bikes
Folding e-bike frame
On average, something to keep in mind is that females tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs than men do. Because of this, women-specific e-Bikes tend to have smaller frames and shorter top tubes.
Keep in mind that you can determine what an ideal specification is based on your height and leg length. For very short or petite women, be sure to look for an e-Bike that specifies it fits your height. As women tend to be shorter than men, on average, this is something to keep in mind if looking at unisex models.
Another thing to keep in mind is step-through frames, which is a frame that has a low or non-existent crossbar. Not only are step-through frames helpful for mounting and dismounting comfortably and lessens the chances of tripping over the bar, but for riders who wear dresses and skirts, this frame is also ideal.
For very short riders, crank arms are another thing to keep in mind. Most e-Bikes come with standard crank sizes, so for shorter riders, look for e-Bikes that have shorter crank arms. If the cranks are too long for your height and body proportions, this can lead to potential issues such as knee pain and other related injuries.
Lastly, women tend to have smaller hands than men, which means that reaching for brake levers can be a challenge. Thus, shorter reach brake levers can be useful for women who have smaller hands.
Folding e-bike handlebars, saddle, and stem
Another physiological difference between men and women to keep in mind is that females tend to have narrower shoulders. This means that having narrower handlebars are ideal for women riders.
When looking for a suitable folding e-Bike for yourself, be sure to look for an option that has adjustable handlebars, or if you’re able to, test out the e-Bike first to make sure it is comfortable with your shoulder width.
You should be able to comfortably relax your elbows and shoulders (ie. not hunched over or with high elbows). If your handlebars are too wide, this could lead to an imbalance while riding, and therefore less control over your e-Bike.
Female-specific saddles are another option for women riders. Due to the physiological differences in the pelvic area between men and women, female saddles are usually wider, and some even have a gap that goes through the middle.
Read also: EOVOLT – the first electric folding bike that folds in 10 seconds – in this article.
Female-specific saddles are designed for optimal comfort; women riders can either look for an e-Bike that has this saddle already or easily customize their e-Bike and swap it out with one. Another component to look for in a saddle, particularly for extra comfort, are padded or ergonomic saddles.
Lastly, due to the fact that women tend to have shorter torsos (as mentioned before), you may need a shorter stem, which is the piece of the e-Bike that connects the frame to the handlebar. If looking at unisex folding e-Bike models, keep in mind that many brands now have different frame sizes (ranging Small, Medium, and Large) which offer more customizable fits for riders.
With all these considerations in mind, women riders can customize their e-Bikes to suit their more female-specific needs.
Folding E-Bike Models
Depending on your lifestyle, the type of riding you’re looking to do (for example, short distances or leisure riding vs, long-distance and intense riding), female riders should consider the motor power, range per charge, and frame components when looking at folding e-Bike models.
Aventon Sinch Foldable Electric Bike
This electric foldable bike has a 750W motor, which makes it a powerful option for riders. Its 4- inch fat tires are ideal for a smooth and stable ride, and its sloped frame is optimal for mounting and dismounting comfortably.
Though this model is “one size fits all”, the height parameters are suitable for riders as short as 5’0 to as tall as 6’3, making it a great option for petite or shorter riders.
Click here to find out more information about the Aventon Sinch!
This affordable foldable e-Bike is equipped with a 350W motor and dual disc brakes for reliable stopping power. It also has a step-through frame, optimal for riders looking for comfortable mounting/dismounting, as well as ergonomic grips.
This e-Bike’s lightweight frame makes it ideal for storage and for navigating busy city streets.
Click here to find out more details about the Swagtron folding e-Bike!
Tern Vektron S10
On the Tern Vektron S10, the easily adjustable components make it a great option for riders ranging from short to tall (4’10 to 6’5). For example, the stem is easily adjustable to the rider’s fit, not requiring any additional tools.
A heavy-duty rear rack is included, which is ideal for riders who are looking to carry cargo. Its hydraulic disc brakes make for smooth stopping and going, and its PrimeGel saddle makes for comfortable riding.
Click here to find out more about the Tern Vektron S10!
RadPower Rad Mini Electric Folding Fat Bike
This model is another powerful e-Bike with its 750W motor. It has a low top tube for easy mounting and dismounting, an adjustable seat height that has 9 inches of leeway, and an adjustable handlebar height that has 3 inches of leeway.
The suggested rider height ranges from 5’2 to 6’2. This model also comes with a Velo Plush saddle, which is slightly wider than the standard saddle.
Click here to see more details about the RadPower Rad Mini!
LifeCycle Traveller Electric Folding Bike
This e-Bike has a 250W motor, mechanical disc brakes, and puncture-resistant tires. Its low step-through frame makes it ideal for mounting and dismounting.
The LifeCycle Traveller Electric Folding Bike also comes with a rear rack for carrying cargo.
Click here to find out more information on the LifeCycle Traveller!
Brompton Electric Bike
Considered an extremely compact folding e-Bike, the Brompton Electric Bike has a 250W motor, two handlebar height options, and a battery that separates in one click to make for easy carrying. Its step-through frame makes for comfortable riding.
It also comes with an option of either a standard width or wide width saddle – women may want to go for wide width for added comfort. There are also three options for its seat post, ranging from standard, extended length, or telescopic.
Click here to see more details about the Brompton Electric Bike!
This e-bike comes with mechanical disc brakes, Velo Plush saddles, ergonomic handlebar grips, and a 250W motor. It also has a step-through frame and a rear rack for holding cargo. With its lightweight and sleek design, this folding e-Bike is ideal for urban riding.
Click here to find out more about the A2B Kuo+!
The Raleigh Stow-E-Way comes with a 250W motor, an easily removable battery, and a step-through frame. It is recommended for flat terrains, best for commuting and leisurely riding. It also has easy access controls on its handlebars and takes up very little space when folded.
Find out more here about the Raleigh Stow-E-Way!
A few words in conclusion
When it comes to choosing the proper folding e-Bike for female riders, remember that the option should be best suited for your height, body specifications, comfort, affordability, and the types of e-Bike rides you are planning to go on. Once you have determined what these factors are, there are many great options to choose from!
Read also: How to select the best – mountain e-bike, commuter e-bike, cruiser e-bike, junior e-bike, city e-bike, electric trike, folding e-bike, hybrid e-bike, cargo e-bike, road e-bike, gravel e-bike, kids’ e-bike – in our comprehensive e-bike selection guides.
Read also: How much does an e-bike cost? – mountain e-bike, commuter e-bike, cruiser e-bike, junior e-bike, city e-bike, electric trike, folding e-bike, road e-bike, cargo e-bike, gravel e-bike, kids’ e-bike – in detailed e-bike pricing guides (with multiple examples).
Here is a quick video, comparing several folding electric bicycles: