The Mycle Compact Folding Electric Bike – vibrant, nippy, lightweight and folds in 10 seconds – a fab and fun little e-bike for under £1K (Price £999).
Here at Cyclechic we are on a mission to find the best e-bikes out there for women. This review is part of our She’s Electric series – electric inspiration for forward-thinking women.
Pretty & Easy: The minute I got this cute little bike out of the box, my life was filled with sunshine. Not only is the colour just the right shade of springtime yellow, but it was so easy to assemble and start riding. Both of these things bring me joy; a GORGEOUS COLOUR and EASYNESS! With basically no assembling, I just unfolded it, charged it (which only takes 4 hours!) and off I went. I teamed it with my Cyclechic Deco helmet in French Grey and the pastel tones worked a treat.
Lightweight: It’s a light bike too, coming in at 17.5kg, and because of its compact design it’s very easy to manoeuvre when you’re not cycling. I found it a great bike to use for the school run when my daughter scoots. Because it’s small, I can hold it steady with one hand and help her if she needs it. And I can carry it down the steps to the school easily. The kickstand is also a massive bonus for ease of use when you’re out and about and need your hands free.
How does it feel to ride? It felt good to ride and powerful. The pedal assist kicks in nicely and comfortably – the settings range from 1-5, depending on how much push you want, and the digital display screen on the handlebars is easy to use. I love that it can measure the distance I travelled and my speed. I tested it out on a short but steep hill I do daily and whacked it up to 5. I’m pleased to report that we sailed up without a problem. You can definitely feel the difference in power from 4 to 5! It has 7 gears to play with too.
The transition between modes is not as smooth as other brands I’ve tried in a higher price bracket with Bosch motors, and the riding position is not quite so comfortable as brands like Tern. I also didn’t find it as comfortable to ride without the e-assist. But I would say for an e-bike for £999, it does everything you need to get about, tackling hills, charging quickly, looking modern, as well as being so portable.
I would advise you spend some time getting the seat post and the handlebars to the right height for you. They are both really easy to adjust, quick release, no tools necessary. This makes a massive difference to the comfort of the ride.
Many women I talk to say the e-bikes they try feel too large for them. As this has smaller wheels and smaller dimensions and it’s lightweight, it’s ideal for women who want a runaround rather than a big daunting beast of an e-bike. It also has a rack in-built, which is rare for a folding bike, so perhaps, like me, you’re already thinking which pannier will match it perfectly!
How does it charge? When I first unwrapped this e-bike, I was very confused as to where the battery was hidden. Is it really an e-bike? It’s cleverely hidden in the seat post (yes, it can be removed and charged off the bike) and the charging port is discreetly positioned under the saddle at the top of the seat post, meaning you could even charge this e-bike up on the train – clever!
Verdict: A nippy about-towner that’s versatile for commuting or trips away. It’s bringing joy into our lives in more ways than one, but we recommend it for shorter trips rather than long hauls. It’s compact, quick at charging, gives a good push to get you places quicker as well as folding up and down really easily. And it looks very pretty parked outside a cafe. Did someone say flat white?
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