On the hunt for the best folding eBikes under $1500? We’ve taken 10 of our top picks, chosen for their performance, value for money, design, build quality, and more. All of the models you see on this list come from reputable brands, with good reviews from real customers.
Let’s begin our list of the 10 best folding eBikes for budgets under $1500, formatted in order of performance and price:
#1: eAhora X7-Azarias 750W – $1,299
The X7-Azarias from eAhora has to be one of the best folding eBikes available in this price range. It remains one of the best-received models on the market, with over 650+ five-star reviews from real customers.
The X7 is cheaper than the following Ecotric and ENGWE models, whilst packing a bigger punch in performance, with no assembly required. The 20” fat tires offer great grip on a number of terrains, allowing riders to ride both on/off-road.
A removable 48V 18Ah lithium-ion battery charges the sizable 750W motor; powering a bright 5V headlight whilst also allowing for speeds of up to ~24 mp/h and journeys of up to 44-55 miles. This is extended to upwards of 100 miles when utilising pedal assist, one of 3 riding modes.
From empty, the X7-Azarias takes just 4-6 hours to fully charge and can be charged in or out of the bike frame.
20” x 4” Fat tires
Great build quality
Adjustable front fork
48V 18Ah Li-ion battery
Arrives fully assembled
Fast charging time of 4-6 hours
Lighter than competitors (23 kg)
Incredible performance (speed/range)
2 variants to choose from (mid or low-step)
The overall build quality is brilliant, utilising a rust-proof aluminium alloy frame and front fork, with responsive 160mm dual mechanical disc brakes. All of this gives it a weight of 52 lbs (23 kg), lighter than similar competitors.
We believe the X7-Azarias is easily one of the best folding eBikes on the market, and not even the most expensive on our list. See it for yourself here, or continue reading for more of the best folding electric bikes under $1500.
#2: ENGWE Engine Pro 750W – $1,489.99
Starting off with an upgraded model of the ENGWE 750W, this fat-tire folding eBike offers both on and off-road functionality coupled with the same sizable motor. This is powered by a removable 48V/12.5Ah lithium-ion battery, operating for ~40-50 miles per charge; surprisingly for such a compact design.
Described as an ‘electric mountain bike’, this model features an 8-speed transmission system and a top speed of 22 mp/h.
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3 riding modes
Rear cargo fender
A little heavy (37.8 kg)
Good at handling hills
Fat tires/off-road functionality
Removable 48V/12.5Ah li-ion battery
Despite its small aluminium frame, this model is quite heavy at 37.8 kg—about the same as a full-frame eBike. However, this also means it’s strong, withstanding weights of up to 150 kg (330 lbs).
The rear cargo fender is a useful addition, especially for commuters. ENGWE further added regenerative braking to this model, which generates battery power from kinetic energy. Watch this in-depth YouTube review for more information on this eBike.
Although on the upper end of our budget, we were very impressed with both the features and performance packed into this little monster.
#3: ENGWE EP-2 PRO 750W – $1,399.99
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Another great model from ENGWE, the EP-2 Pro folding fat-tire eBike is their original design, minus the rear cargo fender and extra suspension. As a slightly downgraded version of the Engine Pro, the EP-2 Pro still offers very similar performance, barring a couple of features.
3 riding modes
20″ x 4″ fat-tires
Charges in 5-7 hours
7-speed gear indexing
Mechanical disc brakes
Supports up to 150 kg (330 lbs)
Great torque/hill-climbing capacity
Removable 48V/12.8Ah Li-ion battery
Range of approx. 50+ miles per charge
Top speed of ~28 mp/h (45 km/h)
Still powered by a removable 48V battery and mighty 750W motor, the EP-2 Pro makes for a slightly cheaper choice than the Engine, although it skips out on the additional dual suspension and cruise control. With these two so similar in price and performance, some buyers will feel confused about what to choose.
Described as the “flagship model” of the FAT 20” series, Ecotric have done a great job making this model. Interestingly, it includes a slightly bigger 48V 15Ah battery than the ENGWE eBikes, still fully removable and utilising lithium-ion cells.
This allows for a mighty mileage of up to 45 miles, which is incredible for a folding eBike. The design is very similar to the ‘Engine Pro’, including the rear cargo fender, fat-tires and BMX style design. Although at 63 lbs (28.6 kg), this model is slightly lighter than the competing ENGWE eBikes.
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Range: 45 miles
Top speed: 20 mp/h
Big 48V 15Ah battery
7-speed gear indexing
Mechanical disc brakes
Colour USB LCD display
Exposed battery (within frame)
Battery Management System
Free shipping and returns
20” x 4” fat-tires
3 riding modes
The performance of this eBike is slightly behind competitors, likely on account of the 500W motor. Despite this, the top speed of 20 mp/h is very close to matching both listed ENGWE models.
One aspect we weren’t particularly fond of was the exposed battery, and we found no mention of waterproofing outside of the LCD. Regardless, the overall performance and features offered are remarkably close to matching the first two models on our list; despite remaining at least $100 cheaper.
#5: SDREAM Ur 500X – Folding Commuter eBike – $1,199.99
Moving past the fat-tire models, the ‘SDREAM Ur 500X’ is a more traditional approach to a folding eBike. It adopts a sleek and lightweight design best suited to roadsides and other urban environments, weighing in at just 46.5 lbs (21.1 kg).
This is thanks to a strong and sturdy magnesium alloy frame, supporting weights of up to 220 lbs (100 kg). SDREAM describes the Ur 500X as a ‘commuter electric bike,’ and in fairness, it offers superb performance and utility for the price.
Powered by a removable 36V/7.8Ah lithium-ion battery and propelled by a 500W rear hub motor, this model is capable of speeds of 20 mp/h (32 km/h) and a range of up to 38 miles (60 km).
Although its range is a little lower than others on this list, it still proves more than enough for inner-city commuters; especially when combined with a rapid 4 hour charge time (2.5 hours with an optional fast charger). This makes the UX 500X the fastest charging eBike on our list.
The frame design is stylish and unique, featuring an integrated kickstand with front/rear lighting. For suspension, they utilise a patented ‘centre hub’ vibration dampening, helping ensure a smooth and pleasant journey.
We feel that the SDREAM Ur 500X is a top pick for urban environments and inner-city commuters. It features everything you need to get to and from work safely, effectively, and in style!
#6: LECTRIC XP 2.0 – $1,199.99
The Lectric XP 2.0 seems to be one of the most versatile on our list. It is capable of operating as either a class 1, 2, or 3 eBike, thanks to a selection of 5 riding modes. Learn about eBike classifications in our US PLEV law article here.
An integrated 48V 9.6Ah lithium-ion battery powers the integrated front/rear lighting and a 500W motor, with a peak output of ~850W. This allows for a decent top speed of up to 28 mp/h and good uphill acceleration.
This performance is complemented by puncture-resistant 20” fat tires, lending great grip on a variety of terrains. We were also quite impressed with the build quality of this eBike, featuring 160mm mechanical disc brakes, adjustable front fork suspension, and an IP65 waterproof rating.
Weighing in at 64 lbs (29 kg) and supporting 330 lbs (150 kg), this eBike is not the lightest on our list; although the spring-suspension seat makes it one of the most comfortable.
Top speed: 28 mp/h
Range: ~45 miles
Weighs 64 lbs (29 kg)
Charges in 4-6 hours
IP-65 waterproof rated
7-gear speed indexing
160mm mechanical disc brakes
500W motor (850W peak output)
Puncture resistant 20″ fat tires
5 riding modes to choose from
Variable pedal assist and throttle
Adjustable front fork suspension
Internal 48V/9.6Ah lithium-ion battery
Designed to function within all aspects of U.S. law
Comfortable design/spring suspension seat
Supports weights of up to 330 lbs (150 kg)
Covered by 1-year warranty
Rear cargo fender rack
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Whilst we feel it would be better with a removable battery, riders still average approx. 45 miles from a single 4-6 hour charge. Overall, this is a very well-received model, with over 750+ five-star reviews from verified buyers.
The ‘Heybike Mars’ is another fantastic fat-tire folding model, packing great power and performance into its compact frame. A fully removable 48V 12.5Ah battery results in ranges of 37 miles (throttle only) to 48 miles (pedal assist).
This powers the 500W geared motor, capable of reaching speeds of up to 20 mp/h from throttle only, whilst also offering decent uphill performance. There are 3 riding modes, each with varying levels of speed and power; coupled. with 7-speed gear Shimano indexing for extra control.
This model seemingly responds well under stress, with a dual front fork and seat post suspension absorbing sharp shocks and other hits. This helps maintain a smooth ride and minimises the risk of losing control; also making for a very comfortable ride.
Dual disc brakes offer sharp and responsive stopping power, which is important wherever you ride. The integrated rear cargo rack is a nice addition, alongside the USB port for charging electronics.
Overall, there is quite a bit of utility hidden within the Heybike Mars. The integrated lighting helps with visibility whilst further granting safer riding during all hours of the day. We believe this really is a great pick for commuters and off-road thrill-seekers alike.
As such, we couldn’t help but choose this model for its price, build quality, and overall versatility; much like the rest on this list. We recommend purchasing directly from the official Heybike site to best benefit from the free 2-year warranty.
#8: Ecotric 48V – $969.99
Another awesome addition, the ‘Ecotric 48V Gold, a slightly downgraded and cheaper variant of the previously featured model from Ecotric. Featuring a 48V/13Ah battery with a charge time of 5-8 hours and a smart battery management system, this eBike offers a range of up to ~45 miles.
The 500W brushless motor allows riders to reach speeds of up to 23-28 mp/h, with 5 riding modes to choose from. This is all done through the smart LCD display, which also displays battery life, total mileage, speed, and more.
The aluminium alloy frame is sturdy, although somewhat heavy for a folding eBike at 56 lbs (25 kg); around the same weight as the X7-Azarias. This allows it to support weights of up to 200 lbs (90 kg).
We were especially impressed with the 20” x 4” anti-puncture, “explosion-proof” fat tires. Learn all about tire safety from this video. The only thing we would change is the brakes. Mechanical disc brakes are great, but their hydraulic counterparts are more responsive.
Speed: 23-28 mp/h
Range: 45 miles
5 riding modes
Smart LCD display
Charges in 5-8 hours
Aluminium alloy frame
Mechanical disc brakes
500W brushless motor
Shimano 7-speed gear indexing
Removable 48V/13Ah Li-ion battery
Smart Battery Management System
All positive reviews from buyers (4-5 stars)
20″ x 4.0″ anti-puncture ‘explosion-proof’ fat-tires
Supports weights of up to 200 lbs (90 kg)
Weighs 56 lbs (25.4 kg)
Whilst this model might fall behind in some aspects compared to the rest on our list, it is still very close to matching the best. At the time of writing, all reviews for this eBike are positive and between 4-5 stars. View the ‘Ecotric 48V Gold’ listing here, or continue reading for the Vivi S1 foldable mountain eBike!
Despite the competitive price, the build quality and features offered from this eBike are great. It’s strong and sturdy, supporting weights of up to 310 lbs (140 kg) and boasting an IP54 waterproof rating.
Its full-length frame allows riders to put more power into their pedaling, further complemented by a 21-speed gear shifter. Our only major gripe is that there is no digital display and that we do not know a lot about VIVI as a brand. Also, it appears that they currently only ship to the U.S.
Alongside this, the speed and range remain mostly average, although some reviews claim approx. ~50 miles per charge (unconfirmed).
The Gyroor C3 is one of the more unique folding eBike designs, with an innovative frame protecting the integrated 36V/10Ah battery. It’s very competitively priced yet packed full of features, including an integrated horn and front/rear lighting.
The 450W brushless motor allows for a top speed of up to 18.6 mp/h and a throttle-only range of 28 miles (38 miles with pedal assist).
Whilst that’s nothing incredible, it’s more than we expected for an eBike at this price. There are 3 riding modes to choose from with the LCD display, each offering varying levels of speed and power.
Overall build quality is good, claiming an IPX54 waterproof rating and an effective spring suspension/shock absorption system. Lastly, it proves the second lightest folding eBike on our list, weighing in at just 47.8 lbs (21.5 kg).
Although the majority of reviews are positive, a few have reported faults after 1-2 weeks of operation. However, this is still covered by up to 12 months warranty on all components (6 months for battery).
From our perspective, this compact eBike offers great performance for the price. View this model now, or continue reading for our conclusion.
Final Thoughts on Buying Folding Electric Bikes
So there you have it, our 10 top picks for the best folding electric bikes under $1500.
Whilst the best pick for you will depend on your needs, most folding eBikes best suit commuters and short-distance riders. However, we were still blown away by the top-level performance offered by most of the models on our list.
Have you experienced riding any of these models, or would like to recommend one that you think we’ve missed? Leave a comment and let us know, or see some other awesome folding ebike models!