You have been bitten with the wanderlust bug! You’ve just moved to a new city and can’t wait to start exploring your neighborhood. Since everything is unfamiliar, you’re still learning which streets are one way, where traffic backs up, how many hills are around, and where you can find free parking. You wish there was an easier way to get around on these little exploratory trips without taking the car.
Well, good news! There is. Electric bicycles allow you to get around your city with motorized assistance, so you’re not too tired to enjoy your newest hidden treasure or locals only indie find. The motor can completely power your trip for shorter distances or can assist your own pedaling so that each stroke takes you farther than you ever thought possible.
If only they were portable. You don’t really want to invest in bike locks and not every place has racks conveniently located for storage. More good news! They make folding models that can stow away into small spaces and be carried around when not in use!
We looked all over to make your shopping easy and narrowed down the list of contenders. The NAKTO Electric Bicycle Fashion Black made our short list because it’s a great fold up bike with a removable battery.
Foldup Bike with Removable B
- Maximum Speed: 20 miles per hour
- Power Output: 36 volt 10 AH removable lithium battery
- Motor: 250 watthigh speed brushless motor
- Range: 16 to 20 miles with pedal assist, less on pure electric
- Charge time: 4 to 6 hours from dead
- Best use: City adventures
- Portability: foldable
- Net weight: 55 pounds
- Load capacity: 250 pounds
How Does This E Bike Works
Unfortunately, this bike does not come out of the box fully assembled. To assemble, lay out all your parts. The seat, pedals, tools, and charging unit should be contained. Unfold your frame and look for the black and silver quick release latch. Close the hinge and lock it into place. Incidentally, this is also where you will go to fold the bike for storage. Just reverse the process.
The handlebar should have a latch release on their neck. Lift it to open the stem. Snap the base into the neck and align the bars with the forks. Once you tighten with the hex wrench, you can find another quick release latch to lock them into place.
Look at your pedals closely. One of them has an L and another has an R. This indicates which side of your bike to attach the pedal – left or right. Screw the pedals into the open space. If you’re not sure which way to go, remember this helpful phrase. Righty tighty and lefty loosey! Turn right to tighten anything you’re screwing into place, and rotating them left will loosen them again if you ever need to unscrew. Use your wrench to finish the process to ensure they’re on properly.
Next, you push the seat saddle into the frame. There should be a shiny latch you can use to tighten it into place. The seat adjusts, so set it according to your ideal height.
There is another quick release button under the seat that allows access to the battery. Insert your key and turn it all the way to the left if you want to remove the battery. The battery they’ve used for this bicycle offers a ton of built in protections: electrical problem prevention, over current protection, short circuit protection, an overcharge prevention mechanism, temperature protection, over discharge protection, and disconnection prevention.
To reinsert the battery, line it up and push it flush with the slot. Turn your key to the right until it hits On. The power indicator on your handlebars will light up when you have succeeded in powering on your battery. Pressing the red button will turn the pedal assist feature on and off to maximize your mileage and battery life.
To charge your battery, you plug the charger into the port located just above the keyhole. A red light will appear on the charger to indicate that your battery has begun to charge. When the red light switches to green, you are ready to go, but we recommend leaving it for an additional hour to make sure you have maximized battery usage.
The right handle grip is your throttle. Use this for bursts of speed. On the left side, the little green button is your horn. Just push to alert pedestrians that you’re heading their way. Just above the green button is a toggle switch that activates your headlight.
If you’re a visual learner, NAKTO has published a great tutorial video with step by step instructions!
How Far The E Bike Go?
This bike has a 15-20 mile range before forcing you into pure pedal power mode. This means that you can get around pretty well in the city. It’s got a top speed of around 20 miles per hour but that can be increased if you are an avid cycler who knows how to put some extra power in your ride.
This bike has a basket included, which is a fantastic feature. This makes the bike ideal for the Honey Do List shoppers. Forgot something vital to your holiday baking? Don’t drag the car out in that last minute Christmas traffic! Just hop on the NAKTO Fashion and toss those items in the basket for your trip back home. It saves you the stress of fighting traffic and you no longer have to worry about that jerk who swooped in and stole that up-front parking space you’ve been waiting on for the last 15 minutes.
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Wheels and Brakes
The left handle bar has your rear brake bar. On the right side, you can activate your front brake. The rear brake is not a disc. It’s hydraulic. The brakes do include stopping power to the motor as well. The front brake is a normal disc brake. The tires are 20 inches. Unlike other models, the Fashion is a single speed drivetrain.
The NAKTO fold up bike with removable battery is easily transported. The handlebar, frame, and pedals all fold up to allow for storage in compact spaces. Despite all this, I have to knock a lot of points off for portability on this bike. It’s heavy!! Most of the electric bicycles I’ve reviewed have weighed in at an average of 30-40 pounds. The lightest models are not even 15 pounds, making them super easy for even children to tote up stairs and carry when the power runs out on them. This model is a beast. Even adults will struggle to drag around over 50 pounds of awkwardly shaped and distributed weight, so don’t let yourself get stuck somewhere with this bike unless you’re willing to put in the work to ride it home like a traditional bike knowing that 55 pounds of machinery will be much harder to pedal than unassisted bicycles.
- Removable battery
- Includes a basket
- Heavier load capacity
- Protection from overcharge – overnight charging is okay!
- Larger, heavier battery
- Very heavy bike
- Unreliable customer service