Are folding Ebikes worth it? Here is the Answer
- 1. Powerful E-bike in a Convenient Design
- 2. The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi Folding E-bike
- 3. Components that Inspire Confidence
- 4. Quality Makes All the Difference
- 5. Advantages of Owning the Factory
- 6. Conclusion
Powerful E-bike in a Convenient Design
Many fans of MAGiCYCLE e-bikes love the cruiser styling of the big 26" Fat Tire Cruisers, but just don't have a suitable place to keep it safe. For example, if you live in a small apartment it can be unrealistic to try leaning a big Cruiser against the living room wall. And if you drive a Chevrolet Spark, you can forget about transporting your 26" Cruiser on your next driving vacation.
The MAGiCYCLE Design Team does it again! Understanding the needs of many fans, the talented Design Team from MAGiCYCLE devoted many long hours to developing a folding e-bike that lives up to the high standards set by the 26" Cruisers...the MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi.
This beautiful folding e-bike is named after the jaguarundi wildcat. The jaguarundi is a smaller wildcat with a slender build and short legs, yet powerful and graceful. It is about 2X the size of a normal domestic housecat and lives in Central and South America.
Like its namesake, the MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi is a smaller, compact e-bike that can be ridden comfortably by most riders. Folding e-bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity among many riders. This is especially true of those shifting to more eco-friendly and healthy alternatives to the larger and heavier 26" fat tire e-bikes. And of course, folding e-bikes are very appealing to those with smaller transport vehicles. Plus, unlike conventional electric mountain bikes, the MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi can be stored almost anywhere due to its compact footprint.
For city riders who don’t need to transport their bikes in a car, the ability to fold means it takes up less space in the home, perhaps fitting in a corner or under a desk. Or maybe 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 the Jaguarundi.
The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi Folding E-bike
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 electric bike for adults. It has a wheelbase of 46.8″ and its folded footprint is 30.71″ H X 24.41 W X 45.28″ L.
Indeed, the new Magicycle Jaguarundi Folding Step-Thru is the model that many riders will think of as the most user-friendly ride produced to date by Magicycle. It is a fun, powerful, and compact electric bike that can take you to work or the local park—and it can get you there on pavement or trail with comfort.
Power Like a Wildcat
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. By the way, we got a blog about climbing hills with ebikes, if you are interested, please check it out.
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. When you think about quick starts, cruising speed, and hill-climbing ability -- all these are dependent on power. You want an e-bike equipped with a strong motor, providing plenty of power.
The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi does not disappoint! It has the power to handle a 350-pound payload. You will appreciate that enhanced payload every time your approach a long, steep hill or need to strap a heavy load to the optional rear rack.
Controlling the Power
Yes, it’s very true that power is important, and so is the control of all that power. The Jaguarundi comes equipped with a half-twist throttle to smoothly deliver power to the hub motor. The throttle is reliable, comfortable, and convenient.
The MAGiCYCLE Jaguarundi also has a Pedal Assist System. The Jaguarundi gives the rider 7 levels of pedal assist, providing a wide range of control. 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.
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. The small muscles that directly support your joints receive benefits from biking, as do the large calorie-eating muscles such as the glutes and quadriceps.
Seeing the technical specifications of the Jaguarundi brings to light the tremendous value that is packed into this folding e-bike.
Battery: 52V 15Ah lithium battery
Charger: Short-circuit proof 3.0A fast smart charger
Range: 30-55 miles
Controller: 52V 600W FOC smart controller, Current Range 7-22Ah
Hub Motor: 750W(peak) brushless gear motor
Display: Color LCD display with USB charging
Total Payload Capacity: 350lbs
Frame size: 18"
Pedal Assist Intelligent: 7-level pedal assist with a 12-magnet cadence sensor
Components that Inspire Confidence
Because they control every aspect of design and manufacturing, Magicycle can very carefully select the components. Only well-known brand names are invited to supply motors, batteries, LCD displays, brakes, etc. For example, an unusually powerful 52-volt battery comes on every Magicycle. That battery is supplied by the same company that supplies batteries for Tesla. Only high-quality components go onto a Magicycle! That’s a big factor in the confidence Magicycle owners have in their e-bikes.
Another important component is the LCD display, providing all the information you need to safely enjoy your ride. Many brands like to “go cheap” with their display, but not Magicycle. The Magicycle display is in easy-to-read full color (not grayscale), has a very bright screen, and has many features that are customizable to the individual rider. That same quality is consistent throughout the entire list of e-bike components.The best quality at the best price is a Magicycle priority. This is equally true of brakes, pedals, motors, etc.
Quality Makes All the Difference
Most shoppers do not realize that the MAGiCYCLE company has been producing e-bikes for 16 years before introducing any e-bikes to the US market. From the beginning, MAGiCYCLE has chosen to focus on quality control. Many e-bike brands cannot do this, simply because they do not own a factory. How can a company expect to have effective quality control if they don’t even own the factory?
Magicycle is not just another average e-bike company. Magicycle owns the factory, and that factory has been producing quality e-bikes for more than 16 years. Every Magicycle begins with the award-winning Magicycle Design Team, originators of the amazing frame design that makes their e-bikes both visually appealing and reliably strong.
Advantages of Owning the Factory
Magicycle has exemplary quality control over the entire bike-building process, from design to manufacture to shipping. When a Magicycle is delivered to a new owner, the box contains an e-bike that will last a very long time, giving reliable service and a safe riding experience. Quality matters — don’t settle for an e-bike from a brand that does not own the factory.
In summary, 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 a car, the ability to fold means it takes up less space in the home, perhaps fitting in a corner or under a desk. The development of this high-quality folding electric bike is part of MAGiCYCLE's commitment to listening to its fans and responding to their requests. This includes the advent of another great e-bike, the Commuter, as well as a 20" Fat Tire Cruiser and the upgraded 26" Fat Tire Cruisers. MAGiCYCLE fans are also eagerly anticipating the introduction of a full-suspension eMTB (electric mountain bike) in 2023.
So, is it worth having a folding ebike? Our answer is yes. To store a folding ebike, it won't take up too much space. To transport them, you can just put them in car trunks, or it is a wise choice to have a car rack. Compared with motorcycles, folding ebikes are much safer, which won't lead to safety issues easily. When it comes to comparing with cars, well, folding ebikes are much cheaper than that.
Magicycle has chosen to use 6061 aluminum alloy. This top-quality alloy provides exceptional strength, corrosion resistance, lightweight, durability, and a defect-free highly pleasing appearance. All this is made possible by employing technology borrowed from the aviation industry. And this advanced technology is applied to the production of Magicycle Jaguarundi folding ebikes. Made of high-quality materials, Jaguarundi can be folded into a small size, which takes little space. Also, it is equipped with a pair of hydraulic disc brakes and a 600W motor, giving you a great riding experience.
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