As a go-anywhere folding electric bike, the Engwe EP-2 Pro has a lot of great things going for it. The 500W rear hub motor offers up to 55 Nm of torque that will flatten out all but the worst hills, and it can take on off-road stretches thanks to its 20” x 4” fat tires.
A 624 Watt-hour battery offers a claimed range of 50 miles; however, at full power doing 28 mph, you’ll likely get 30 miles on the flat in good weather conditions. This e-bike lacks a throttle, so it is a Class 3 machine, but it may be off-putting to buyers who wish to cruise using a throttle. Additionally, it comes with a cruise control function that allows the bike to self-propel until you touch a control such as the brakes.
Folding down small, it can be put in a cupboard for storage. At 74 lbs, this e-bike is by no means lightweight, making it difficult if your commute involves a train or bus.
The Engwe EP-2 Pro comes with a 7-speed transmission. And its 14-28 tooth cassette, allows you to ride it efficiently, especially if trying to maximize range on a longer ride.
For poor light riding, the EP-2 sports LED lights front and rear, and it has fenders to keep the worst of the road dirt off as you ride. It also has a bell to warn other road users of your approach.
Thanks to its solid build quality, it might be useful for RVing or boating, where it can be stored conveniently between outings. Its range can allow for an adventure or two while on a run ashore or away camping.
Reasons to Buy
One central selling point of the EP-2 Pro is its price. At just over $1,000, it packs quite a punch as e-bikes go. The decent (but not high) range, powerful-enough motor, and quality components combine to make an excellent entry-level folding e-bike.
We like that it even has a rack to carry your gear. That can make it a sound choice as a commuter bike, perhaps where you don’t have the space for a full-sized e-bike at home.
Things to Consider
The biggest drawback where the Engwe EP-2 is concerned is its overall weight. At 74 lbs this makes it difficult and inconvenient to carry, especially if you need to carry onto a bus or train. If kept or stored downstairs and your commutes don’t exceed your bike ride, this shouldn’t be an issue. When riding, the weight isn’t a problem as the power from the motor will take the strain.