The world of e-biking is bigger and more exciting than ever, with exploding worldwide interest. In the US, record sales are expected every year for at least the next 10 years. E-bike imports into the US outpaced electric car imports by nearly 200,000 units in 2021!
Contributing nicely to the huge increase in e-bike sales is the popularity of folding e-bikes. These models offer a level of convenience that is very attractive to many riders. Fat tire e-bikes are great fun to ride on all types of terrain, but their sheer size often makes them difficult to transport on a bike rack. Folding fat tire bikes are less common than more traditional frames, but they conveniently open the door to new possibilities.
For example, you might need to toss your fat tire e-bike into the trunk or rear seat of your car. Even within your home, you might choose to fold it into a compact rectangle that fits nicely in a corner of the room. Or perhaps just fold down the handlebars to let the Jaguarundi rest neatly against a wall.
For city riders who don’t need to transport their bikes in car, the ability to fold means it takes up less space in the home, perhaps fitting in a corner or under a desk. Or perhaps you just need an e-bike that is easier to carry up the steps to your apartment. Regardless of the reason, folding bikes have become a great option for e-bike shoppers. Let's take a closer look at two popular brands and compare the key features important to riders.
The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi and the RadExpand 5
Overall Size and Storage Footprint
Folding bikes are normally smaller bikes, but they can be designed to be comfortable for riders of various sizes. The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi is designed to comfortably accommodate riders varying from 4'10" to 6'2" in height. This is very nice, especially if 2 or more family members are taking turns on the same e-bike. It has a wheelbase of 46.8" and its folded footprint is 30.71" H X 24.41 W X 45.28" L.
However, the RadExpand 5 is not as adaptive to rider height. It is recommended for riders varying from 4'10" to 5'10". Taller riders may not be comfortable on this model. The wheelbase is a shorter 45 inches, with a folded footprint of 29" H X 25"" W X 41" L.
Power and Torque
Everybody wants a comfortable e-bike that fits their height, but they also want plenty of power. After all, it doesn't help much if a bike accommodates a tall rider, but doesn't have enough power to get the extra weight up a steep hill.
MAGiCYCLE has always insisted on providing a motor that excels in both power and reliability. The Jaguarundi is no exception, giving riders a strong 750 watt (peak) motor, powered by an unusually good battery, offering 52 volts. This power combination provides 80 Nm (Neuton meters) of torque for Jaguarundi riders. Torque is important because of its relationship to power.
You can think of torque as the power available for turning the rear wheel on your e-bike. The torque can be provided by a motor or by the pedaling of a bike rider. The harder the rider pedals, the more torque is applied for turning the rear wheel. In the same manner, the more powerful the battery and the better the motor design, the more torque is available for turning the rear wheel and propelling the e-bike forward.
A motor with 80 Nm of torquegives your e-bike quicker starts and more powerful hill-climbing ability than a lesser motor with a lower torque output. Magicycle is absolutely the leader in available torque, giving you more power than any competitively priced e-bike! The RadExpand 5 also provides 80 NM torque, but at a significantly higher price point.
To summarize, higher torque provides quicker takeoff, easier starts on an uphill incline, and greater ease of climbing hills.
The Expand 5 also sports a 750 watt (peak) motor, but it falls short on battery power with only 48 volts.
The Jaguarundi motor has the power to handle a 350 pound payload, while the Expand 5 is limited to 275 pounds.
Controlling the Power
Yes, it's very true that power is important, and so is the control of all that power. Both the Jaguarundi and the Expand 6 are equipped with a half-twist throttle to smoothly deliver power to the hub motor.
The Jaguarundi also has a Pedal Assist System, as does the Expand 5. The Jaguarundi gives the rider 7 levels of pedal assist, providing a wide range of control. The Rad Expand 5 has opted to provide only 4 pedal assist levels. Why is this important?
The cadence sensor notifies the controller that you are pedaling, and the controller then sends power to help you pedal. How much power? That depends upon the pedal assist level you have selected. With the Jaguarundi's 7 levels, you can customize your exercise so that your pedaling effort is optimal.
This is true even if you have physical limitations, such as arthritic knees or leg pains. Selecting the appropriate pedal assist level often allows riders to get the exercise, sunshine, and fresh air they crave. It’s always prudent to check with your doctor,! He or she may well recommend e-biking as the best exercise when dealing with various joint pain.
As you exercise, your muscles get stronger, which allows them to better support your bones and surrounding tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic. This, in turn, helps ease the stress that’s placed on your knee joint, for example, and can help your knees to feel better.
Fast-Charging the Battery
Just as a hub motor is useless without a battery, even the best battery is not very helpful without a charger. MAGiCYCLE has "gone the extra mile" by understanding the need for a reliable fast charger. To get the increase in charging speed, it was necessary to upgrade the charger to 3 amps. MAGiCYCLE riders get the benefit of a quiet, fast charger that will fully charge the Jaguarundi's battery in a very short time. Again, the Jaguarundi outpaces the Expand 5, which has only a 2 amp charger.
If battery charging was an Olympic event, the Magicycle Quick-Charger would cross the finish line ahead of the pack! You can expect your battery to be fully charged in no more than 5 hours, and often much less. Why settle for an ordinary charger when Magicycle provides up to 30% faster charging?
Battery charging is an important part of maintaining your e-bike battery in great condition. Follow the charging guidelines, and you’ll enjoy great reliability and a long life span, at least 900 recharges. This important battery maintenance is just a lot easier when you have a high-powered and very fast charger, and that’s exactly what you get with your Magicycle.
Riding in Comfort
Comfort may be more important than many riders realize. The truth is...if the e-bike is not comfortable to ride, then you won't spend nearly as many enjoyable hours enjoying the quality exercise, fresh air, and sunshine.
Two big factors in riding comfort are tires and suspension. The Jaguarundi and the Rad Expand 5 both are equipped with 20" X 4" fat tires. However, only the Jaguarundi provides front fork suspension. This is a "biggie." If you've ever been on an e-bike without front suspension, you know exactly what I mean! E-bikes that have both -- fat tires and front suspension forks -- are much more enjoyable to ride. The combination of wide, stable fate tires plus front fork suspension does a great job of absorbing the bumps. Not only is it more comfortable, but it also eases stress on the arms, shoulders, and back. This one feature alone makes the Jaguarundi worthy of a position at the top of your list!
The number one consideration for every e-bike shopper should be quality. Your enjoyment and safety are at stake! MAGiCYCLE has the advantage of complete quality control. Why it this true? It's because MAGiCYCLE owns the factory that manufactures its e-bikes. This makes it one of very few elite e-bike brands that actually own a factory. Many e-bike brands are simply selling e-bikes purchased from a factory the supplies multiple brands.
It is impossible to maintain satisfactory quality control if the brand does not own the factory. The 107,000 sq.ft. Magicycle factory boasts the best manufacturing technology in the world. Magicycle's factory has been in Wuxi, China, the Capital of Global Electric Bicycle Manufacturing for more than 16 years and has produced more than 1.2 million e-bikes, which are sold to North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and other countries & regions.
Quality is very difficult to judge just by looking. Certainly it is bad news for consumers if a great-looking product is not backed up by quality engineering and production. Actually, it would be much better to have an ugly bike that was manufactured with excellent quality control--maybe it's not exactly eye candy, but at least it is safe to ride. The primary consideration is that Magicycle owns its factory and also has its own design and engineering team. This gives Magicycle complete control over the quality of its e-bikes, from concept and design to manufacturing and shipping.
The quality of the RadExpand 5 is something of a question mark. This brand outsources the manufacturing and does not own a factory. It's just good common sense to exercise greater caution when evaluating an e-bike brand that does not own a factory.
Folding Fat Tire E-bike Pricing
Price should never be the only factor used to select an e-bike. It is, though, and important factor for many tight-budgeted shoppers. The current price for the Magicycle Jaguarundi is pleasingly low at $1299, and for the RadExpand 5...$1599. You can easily see that Magicycle once again delivers higher quality at a more consumer-friendly price point. That makes this a great time to choose a Jaguarundi from the comfort of your home. It can be on your doorstep in 7 business days or less!
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