VICTORIA offers the widest range of bicycles with electrical drives possible. The only thing missing so far was a foldable e-bike. Now, with the “eFolding” models, VICTORIA is closing this gap as of spring 2019. Why a folding bike with an electric motor? Fold-up pedelecs offer no few advantages:
- They are small, and yet still fully-fledged bikes and e-bikes at the same time
- They can be compactly stored away when not in use
- They extend the mobility chain when commuting by public transport
Many city dwellers would like to commute with an e-bike, or use one to go shopping or for short outings. However, space in people’s flats is often limited, especially in cities. And no-one likes to park an expensive bicycle on the street or in the shared bike room in the basement. Often, their own cellar is small, or they might not even have one. The VICTORIA “eFolding” e-folders have a compact fold of 83 cm in length, 68 cm in height and 36 cm in width. They fold down into such a small unit that a little nook can always be found in which to stow them. One particular highlight of the VICTORIA e-folder is the low, wide step-through. This makes getting on and off the bike child’s play, as your foot easily fits in between the seat post and the down tube. Moreover, the centre of gravity is low and centred, which makes the bike easy to control, even for novice bike riders and people starting to cycle again after a long break. Folding bikes can often be taken on public transport free of charge, even during peak times. This can make the working day so much easier for commuters. On top of this, an electrical folder fits into the boot of a car without problem. And last but not least: folding bikes with an electric motor are also of interest for campers, motor-home owners and sailing enthusiasts. They too lack room for bicycles, but would like to be mobile and flexible at their holiday location. In such cases, an e-folding bike is an excellent choice.
Folding e-bikes with high-quality components and a wide range
The VICTORIA “eFolding” comes in three designs: all the models have a BOSCH “Active Line Plus” mid-drive motor. The only difference between the eFolding 7.3 and the eFolding 7.4 is the size of the battery and the gearing tackle. The most affordable model is the eFolding 7.3, which has a 440-Wh battery and a 7-speed gear hub. The battery is definitely strong enough for shorter rides and tours. Its range has been calculated at approximately 120 km. And for longer tours? The eFolding 7.4 is more suitable for greater distances. The 500-Wh battery provides power for up to 170 km under optimal conditions. The bike also offers the rider another gear with the 8-speed SHIMANO Nexus hub gear. Whereas in the first two models, a chain provides the drive, a GATES belt takes over this task in the top model, our eFolding 7.7. Another thing worth knowing is that only the top model offers a back-pedal brake.
Apart from the electric drive, a further key component in the e-folder is the folding hinge. It needs to be robust, safe and reliable. For this reason, VICTORIA relies on a hinge plate with high-quality, maintenance-free plain bearings that are securely closed by a double lock for e-folding bikes. The folding process is simple, intuitive and can be carried out with one hand, even for inexperienced users. The hinge alone is not responsible for a safe ride. The powerful disc brakes ensure that the wheels can be controlled efficiently and reliably.
All VICTORIA’s e-folders are equipped with high-quality components. For good visibility in the dark, VICTORIA has fitted the bikes with a powerful lighting system: the Lumotec IQ Eyc from Busch & Müller. The 50 lux LED lamp lights up as bright as day. The tail light is integrated in the RACKTIME luggage rack; a nice and neat solution. The luggage rack also acts as a snap-it adapter for panniers. The Big Ben Plus Balloon tires from SCHWALBE offer particularly effective protection against punctures. These slightly wider tires are perfect for absorbing bumps, making a suspension fork superfluous.
The new “eFolding” bikes are smart little all-rounders for enjoyable rides in the city, around the camp-site or on tour.