Review: Jetson Metro Electric Folding Bike

WIRED | 10/11/2018 | Adrienne So
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You can futz around with electric skateboards and one-wheeled hoverboards, but for most people there is only one real contender for your complete car replacement. Whether they’re shared, electric, or folding, bikes relieve traffic pressure, produce fewer emissions, and get people moving.

If an electric bike can get you to work without sweating through your shirt, and a folding bike can fit in a car and get stored under a desk, why electric folding bike? Jetson’s Metro electric folding bike fits a 250-watt CZJB motor cleverly hidden in the bike’s crossbar. At $800, it's much more affordable than, say, a $3500 Tern Vektron or even a $1700 RadWagon RadMini.

Around - Lunch - Errands

But still: Is it worth it? I rode one around, going to lunch and running errands, to find out.

The Metro folding bike isn’t small. With the motor and an aluminum alloy frame, it weighs a total of 38 pounds. A magnet clasps the front and back wheels together when folded, but there’s nothing to latch the handlebars onto the frame. When you carry it, you have to hold it carefully to keep the handlebars from swinging around.

Seat - Inches - Inches - Inches - Work

If you lower the quick-release seat, it is about 25 inches tall folded, 30 inches long, and 17 inches wide. It’s not as compact as you might expect, either, but it does fit under my work desk with the seat lowered. It also fits in the trunk of my Honda Element.

It’s easy to figure out how to fold and unfold it. I put a stopwatch on myself and discovered that it usually takes under twenty seconds for me to take it apart or put it together. Of course, that’s not including the times when I couldn't align the crossbar properly, or when it took extra grunt to close the clamp. I thought about loosening the nut...
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