Ride1up is at it again, adding yet another exciting new ebike model to its fleet- the Portola folding ebike. Never one to rest on its laurels, Ride1up has finally added a foldable electric bike to compete with the likes of Lectric, Aventon, Rad and Blix, all manufacturers that have offered folding ebikes for several years now. By our count Ride1up has now released 5 completely originally designed models in under two years, which underscores their commitment to innovation.
Priced at an incredibly affordable $995 for the standard 48V 10.4Ah battery option and $1,095 for the upgraded 48V 13.4Ah battery option, the Portola has some very impressive specs for not a lot of money.
In deciding to address the common challenges of city living: crowded streets and limited storage space, Ride1up decided to not only focus on portability and convenience but also on performance. This is a class 3 capable foldable ebike with a powerful 750-watt motor that delivers 65Nm of torque, which is a cut above other folding ebikes in the $1000 range.
Ride1up Portola Specs
- Class 3 capable (ships as a Class 2)
- Front Suspension and Integrated Rear Rack – connect+ System, 20×3″ Tires
- Battery Options: 48v 10.4ah and 48v 13.4ah
- Controller: 48v 20a
- Brakes: Hydraulic Disk Brakes with Motor Cut Off – 180mm Rotors
- Motor: 48v 750w Sustained
- Drivetrain: Shimano Altus 8-speed
- Available in Three Colors: Turquoise, Indigo Blue, and Gloss Black
Standout Features of the Portola Folding Ebike
$995 is an outstanding price for a foldable class 3 ebike that comes with hydraulic brakes, but one of the drawbacks of the Portola is its smallish 10.4Ah battery. Luckily, you can upgrade to a much larger 48V 13.4Ah battery for only $100 extra dollars. That means for $1095 you not only get a high-torque 750-watt motor, but 30% more range than the standard 48V 10.4Ah battery.
One of the standout features of the Portola is its hydraulic disc brakes. Uncommon in ebikes priced under $1000, these brakes provide superior stopping power and enhance rider safety. Ride1Up’s decision to include hydraulic disc brakes at this price point sets a new industry standard, showcasing their dedication to rider safety and satisfaction.
Beyond its core components, the engineers at Ride1up made sure to also focus on finer details like integrated LED lights (front and rear), a rear rack rated for 130lbs, and hardened alloy fenders. This rounds out an incredible package for the Portola, making it one of the standout values among any foldable ebike on the market right now.
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