Folding 20″ E-BIKE One Year Later Review
Review: The Cheapest Powerful FOLDING E-Bike holds up after a year?
This is my experience with the trending folding electric bike. So after a year with this white-flag e-bike, what do you think? Does the hype remain?
Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JjEkZX-it8E
Frame: 6061# Aluminum Alloy – Folding Fatbike
Hub motor: BaFang 48V 750W RM G060.750.DC 06
Battery: Samsung cell 48V 14.5Ah – Lithium battery
Display: Bafang Color Display DP C18
Fork: 355-20″ series Hydraulic Fork
Shock: Hydraulic Rear Shock
Brakes: Hydraulic Disc Brake Tektro – HD-M500
Derailleur: SHIMANO RD-3500 9 gears
Tires: Kenda 20″ x 4.0 Fat Tyre
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Produced and sold by the company: Akkubici / Bluenergy Ebike (Dongguan Lvsheng Vehicle Co., Ltd.)
Welcome back to BK42! This bike is celebrating one year and four thousand kilometers of intense use.
I’ve been riding this bike almost every day since I’ve got it, during the summer and the in the winter as well. I will start with handlebar grips, they are the only part needing to be replaced so far.
The rubber is gone…it looks and feels bad.
The handlebar is still perfect and the stem clamp is still holding tight, it is not making new noises whatsoever.
The front suspension hasn’t changed, as I said in the bike review, this is not one of the best qualities of this bike, but it works. The travel is very short.
I keep it either locked or very hard to minimize the bumps. The tires are indeed a good surprise!
I was expecting them to be of lower quality, but they still quite new, as we can see, all the treads are still there.
Another good surprise is the hydraulic brakes.
I was expecting to replace the brake pads after one year of using the bike, but they are still good, I am not going to replace them too soon.
The frame is very well-built, I can’t complain about it, I fold the bike all the time and the folding mechanism is still perfect, no noises, nothing loosens.
A solid build!
The little aluminum pedals are like new, with no noises, working like a charm.
Let’s talk about the most sensitive part of the e-bikes: the battery.
Lithium batteries’ lifespan is about 2 or 3 years. I have Samsung cells and they are still keeping the charges very well.
I can clearly see a small decrease in its capabilities, something like 6 or 7% less than one year ago. It means that the range is a bit smaller than is expected. I recharge them once per week.
It used to have a lot of noises in the battery compartment, but I’ve found an easy and cheap way to fix it. From what I see it quite normal on this kind of folding bikes. I will post the fixing video very soon.
The BAFANG motor is great, very fast and the torque is amazing problem-free.
One thing I cannot recommend is the saddle, this is not the original one, I bought it elsewhere. It looks good, it’s very comfortable but makes terrible noises. It sounds like an old bike.
The only replaced part was the rear rack. I ordered this new one from Accolmile because I wanted to have it bigger the original was good though.
The lights are great, not much to talk about them.
The chains and the gears are working very well, I’m very often lubricating and adjusting the moving parts, actually, I keep this bike well preserved, during the past year, I never needed to stop the bike for servicing.
I’m doing the basic maintenance at home and that is all. It is a very good and solid bike, I don’t regret buying it. I would buy it again if I have to.
I have a lot of fun with this bike. It is a safe, fast, and problem-free e-bike.
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