Ride1Up Portola: An affordable folding eBike for the dynamic commuter

Ride1Up Portola Folding eBike
Unlock versatile commuting with the Ride1Up Portola, merging quality, style, and compact design at an unbeatable affordable price. Images courtesy Ride1Up

San Diego-based Ride1Up has unveiled its maiden folding eBike, an innovative addition to its product line following the recent launch of the Prodigy city bike. Priced accessibly under a thousand dollars, the Ride1Up Portola is a versatile commuting option designed for those who combine cycling with public transport or car travel in their daily routes. This flexible eBike brings a balance of convenience and performance, offering an effortlessly manageable ride whether one is traversing city streets or exploring nature’s terrains.

The Ride1Up Portola, weighing 59 pounds (26.7 kg), is constructed around a low-step alloy frame, allowing for ease in folding to dimensions of 19 x 29.5 x 33 inches (482.6 x 749.3 x 838.2 mm). This compact size ensures that the eBike can be conveniently carried onto trains or comfortably fit in the trunk of a car, emphasizing its practicality for commuters who juggle multiple modes of transportation.

In terms of performance, the Portola doesn’t fall short. It’s equipped with a 750-W hub motor, offering a pedal-assist feature with an impressive 65 Nm (48 lb.ft) of torque, ensuring a powerful ride. Originally shipping as a Class 2 eBike, it can be upgraded to unlock Class 3 PAS capabilities, allowing for speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km/h). The eBike also comes with a thumb throttle and a Shimano 8-speed gearset, ensuring that the rider has flexible control and maneuverability during their journey.

Furthermore, the Portola presents two battery options. One can opt for a 48-V/10.4-Ah battery, which offers up to 40 miles (64 km) of range per charge, or choose a larger 48-V/13.4-Ah battery. Both batteries are thoughtfully designed to be removable from the downtube, making indoor charging simple and convenient.

Ride1Up Portola Folding eBike Car Trunk
The Portola effortlessly folds for convenient transport and storage, fitting seamlessly in car trunks or train carriages during commutes.

The Portola is also built to handle various terrains with a suspension fork and 3-inch-wide “cross-country” tires on 20-inch double-walled rims, ensuring a smooth ride even on uneven surfaces. Hydraulic disc brakes with 180-mm rotors and a motor cut-off feature guarantee strong stopping power and enhanced safety.

Designed with a practical eye, the Portola includes several functional features such as a Connect+ rear rack capable of carrying up to 130 lb (59 kg) of cargo, a 40-lux LED headlight and tail-light for improved visibility, and alloy fenders for protection from road debris and water splashes.

Ride1Up Portola Folding eBike Battery Options
Opt for the Ride1Up Portola’s 10.4-Ah or 13.4-Ah battery options, tailoring your ride’s power to meet the demands of your journey.

Pricing for the Portola is competitive, with the 10.4-Ah model available at a suggested retail price of $995, and the larger battery option priced at $1,095. A limited promotional offer currently allows for a $100 discount on each model, and additional accessories like baskets, passenger seating, and panniers are available as optional add-ons, making the Portola an appealing choice for the value-conscious and dynamic commuter.

Ride1Up Portola Folding eBike Hub Motor
Unleash powerful rides with the Ride1Up Portola’s 750-W hub motor, achieving top speeds of up to 28 mph.

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