Folding electric bikes used to be the best-kept secret of cycling enthusiasts everywhere. But thanks to award-winning designs, advancements in battery technologies, and a global commitment to sustainability, people from every walk of life are now discovering their many benefits. As an emerging e-bike brand, we here at Honbike couldn’t be happier to welcome this new community of passionate riders to the fold.
However, with so many new options entering the marketplace, there are more options than ever before. Potential riders may be overwhelmed by choice, marketing buzzwords, or biased reviews and simply abandon the endeavor. We don’t want that to happen to you. This is why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to our HF01 chainless & foldable e-bike and how it differs from the other folding e-bikes in this space.
Foldable E-bike Options
It’s no surprise that electric folding bikes come in many colors, shapes, styles, and prices. Consumers also come in many shapes and sizes so it’s no wonder they have a variety of preferences, too. This is why suppliers have met up with the demands of these riders. Brands may set their electric bicycles apart through the use of high-end components, a low price, or exceptionally unique design. With that said, there are always a core set of features to review and consider when you are looking at two or more e-bikes side-by-side.
One of those core features is the price. A high-priced electric bike may cost more up-front but won’t break down as easily, while a cheap one may be easy to buy but is uncomfortable and not fun to ride. A balance should be found when it comes to price.
Another feature to consider is the total design. Does the e-bike seek to be something it’s not designed to be? For example, many foldable electric bikes come with a ton of unnecessary parts which make the bike heavy and expensive – the opposite of what most people want out of their foldable e-bike. Other foldable e-bikes are not interesting or attractive to look at.
Also, consider the types of components used in the bike. Are they prone to breaking or needing frequent maintenance or does the bike come with a maintenance-free option such as using a belt-drive system rather than a messy chain?
Lastly, consider the technology that comes with the bike and compare it with how you intend to use the bike. Many e-bike companies add complicated and unnecessary technology to their bikes while others don’t add any at all. We believe a balance must be found here, too.
Now that you know which options to look for in folding electric bikes, let’s look at a specific example and discuss how the Honbike HF01 differs from other models available today.
The HF01 by Honbike was designed by engineers with a strong background in research and development over the course of three years. As such, a focus was put on making the bike look and feel innovative yet intuitive. Combined with a minimalist aesthetic, the end result has won multiple awards and accolades from the cycling press.
This type of design accommodates the main function of folding electric bikes – which is to be transportable. With fewer parts thanks to the design, the bike only weighs 20.8 KG (about 40lbs.) and can be folded up in 4 easy steps. This simple-to-use approach to our bike makes it a favorite amongst e-bike commuters and city riders, as well as those looking to bring a bike with them up north or to a beach.
With fewer parts due to the minimalist design, there is less of a chance for something to break or need repairing with the HF01. Normal e-bikes come equipped with over 250 parts, but the Honbike only needs 57 parts to deliver the perfect riding experience. This dedication to simplicity is important because riders don’t want to spend time fixing and maintaining a bike when they should be riding it!
Based on relentless testing and real-world experience, the shaft drive technology will give you 50,000km+ of maintenance-free riding. No greasing the chain, no fixing derailleurs, and no damaged drivetrain parts because it is enclosed.
Another uncommon feature that makes the HF01 unique is the perfect number of sensors placed throughout the bike to assist the rider. Hill-Start Assist Technology automatically detects when the rider is heading up an incline and provides additional power to get started thanks to the torque sensor. The Tri-Sensor Smart System also provides additional handling and safety thanks to the internal gyroscope and the motor cut-off if the bike tips over.
Unibody Magnesium Wheel
With a single-sided front fork design, this bike allows for easy repair and maintenance of the wheel without removing it. Additionally, the 20-inch magnesium wheels do not have spokes, so damage and adjustments are less likely compared to other foldable e-bikes.
Affordability and Warranty
The final feature of the HF01 to examine is the cost. As with all other features of this bike, at just 1,999USD, this foldable e-bike strikes the perfect balance between high-quality parts and affordability for the modern e-bike rider. This e-bike performs best when commuting in dense urban environments and is designed with those riders in mind.
Saving on gas, parking fees, and insurance costs is easily possible with the purchase of a Honbike HF01. And the best part is riders can buy with confidence knowing that the Honbike offers a 2-year limited warranty which is different from other e-bikes which generally offer only one year of warranty.
As you can see, the main pillars on which the HF01 rests upon truly differentiate it from the crowd. From the striking and futuristic design to the chainfree shaft drive and the advanced sensors, this bike is a cut above the rest and just as affordable. Now you know which features to investigate and just how the Honbike HF01 compares in these key areas.
For more guidance on foldable electric bikes, check out this related article on comparing electric scooters and electric bikes, or this article all about why we used a unibody frame design on the HF01 in the first place!