Folding Bikes Q&A: How Much Do They Weigh?


Before purchasing a folding bike is always a recommendation to consider the weight of a folding bike, the weight of a folding bike is very important as it can heavily affect the ride quality and enjoyment level. Folding bikes come in a variety of weights and in this article I will discuss how much folding bikes weigh and all other related questions that you may have, so here we go…

Tables Of Contents

  • How Much Do Folding Bikes Weigh?
  • How Much Weight Can Folding Bikes Support?
  • What Is The Heaviest & Lightest Parts of a Folding Bike?
  • How Much Do Electric Folding Bikes Weigh?
  • How Much Do The Batteries Weigh On An Electric Bike?
  • How Much Do Folding Mountain Bikes Weigh?
  • How Much Do Brompton Folding Bikes Weigh On Average?
  • How Much Weight Can A Brompton Carry?
  • Are Folding Bikes Heavier Than Mountain & Road Bikes?
  • Are Folding Bikes Heavy To Cycle & Carry?
  • Which Is The Lightest Folding Bike On The Market?

How Much Do Folding Bikes Weigh?

Folding bikes come in a wide variety of weights, they start from a weight of 6kg all the way up to 21kg, which is the heaviest average. The most common weight of folding bikes is between 10kg and 20kg, some of the extremely light folding bikes (6kg) are less common as most folding bikes average weight is between 10kg and 20kg

The lightest folding bike on the market is the Hummingbird folding bike, this folding bike is an extremely lightweight weighing in at 6.5Kg, this brand of folding bike was launched using kickstarter and claims to have the “lightest folding bike in the world ” at 6.5kg (they’re probably right…)

Another light weighing folding bike is the Tern Verge X11 folding bike, this folding bike weighs 10.8Kg which is very close second to the Hummingbird folding bike. Most of the Brompton ranch of folding bikes weigh between 10Kg (which is their lightest folding bike available) all the way up to 20kg

The Brompton X CHPT3 weighs 10.3Kg which is very light, some of the heavier Brompton folding bike come in between 11kg and 14kg, the Brompton M6L Raw Lacquer weighs 12.20kg (approx) and the Brompton M6L Black Schwalbe Marathon weighs 11.94kg (approx). So generally as a average weight, folding bikes weigh between the 10kg (lightest) and 20kg (heaviest) mark 

How Much Weight Can Folding Bikes Support?

It’s recommended that folding bikes do not exceed weights more than 242 lbs (17 stone) or higher, this includes the weight of the rider and their luggage combined. If you exceed any weights beyond 242 to 300 lbs then there will be a risk of the folding bike bending, fracturing or being significantly affected by the weight that it is carrying

I would not recommend exceeding these weights as it can decrease the lifespan of the folding bike significantly and the warranty and insurance claims generally do not include loads that exceed those stated above (weights beyond 242 to 300 lbs) so you will not be covered for any claims or troubles you may experience like bicycle malfunctions

What Is The Heaviest & Lightest Parts of a Folding Bike?

Typically the heaviest part of a folding bike is the tyres, tubes and wheels, the frame of a folding bike is very light and one of the lightest parts of the enitre bike surprising to some people. If you ever want to trim weight off your folding bike then you want to target these areas (tyres, tubes and wheels), the tyres, tubes and wheels are the best chance you have to reduce the weight of your folding bike

Typically the frame of the folding bike is the lightest part of the bike, hollow and aerodynamic, the frame of a folding bike gives it the fundamental structure that is strong enough to carry the cyclist while still being light enough to not be a cycling weight hindrance itself. Additionally the seat, handlebars and other components that make up the folding bike are not that much heavier than the frame of the folding bike      

How Much Do Electric Folding Bikes Weigh?

Most electric folding bikes are inherently heavier than your traditional pedal powered folding bikes due to the battery weight that it has to power it, the battery on some electric folding bikes can be heavy and can add a good bit of weight onto the bike

However the average weight of an electric folding bike is between 16kg and 22kg, the Brompton range of electric bikes are in the weight range of 16kg all the way up to 19kg which is on the lighter side of your folding bikes. However other folding bikes like the Wisper 806 electric folding bike comes in at a weight of 22kg, which is a lot heavier compared to the Brompton range of electric bikes 

How Much Do The Batteries Weigh On An Electric Folding Bike?

The weight of an electric folding bike battery can greatly vary from model to model however in general the average weight of an electric folding bike battery is between 3kg and 5kg. What you’ll find is that an electric battery puts about an extra 2 to 5 kilograms on top of the original weight on an electric bike

The weights of batteries can greatly vary as more advanced batteries (smaller, lighter and more battery life/millage) are often used on higher specifications and brands of electric bikes. For example Brompton range of electric folding bikes average battery weight is between the 2 to 5 kilograms mark, but less inexpensive models of electric folding bike may have a heavier battery which is affected by the manufacturing budget and price of the electric folding bike 

How Much Do Folding Mountain Bikes Weigh?

Folding mountain bikes are still fairly new on the market and there are not a whole lot of folding mountain bikes to choose from, however if you are considering one then its handy to know how heavy they typically are

The average weight of a folding mountain bike is between 19kg (42 lbs) and 25kg (55 lbs), 19kg is the lightest range of weights and 25kg is on the heavier end of the scale. The XSPEC 21 Speed 26″ Shimano folding mountain bike weighs in the range of 19kg (42 lbs) however lower spec and cheaper models may weigh up to 25kg (55 lbs)

How Much Do Brompton Folding Bikes Weigh On Average?

Most of the Brompton ranch of folding bikes weigh between 10Kg (which is their lightest folding bike available) all the way up to 20kg. The Brompton X CHPT3 weighs 10.3Kg which is very light, some of the heavier Brompton folding bike come in between 11kg and 14kg, the Brompton M6L Raw Lacquer weighs 12.20kg (approx) and the Brompton M6L Black Schwalbe Marathon weighs 11.94kg (approx)

How Much Weight Can A Brompton Carry?

Like most mountain and road bikes, folding bikes have an average weight that you do not want to exceed for the safety of yourself and to prevent any damage occurring on your folding bike. This average weight applies to Brompton folding bikes as well, you don’t want to exceed 110kgs (242 lbs, 17 stone)

The recommendation is that the weight of the rider, combined with any luggage should not exceed more than 110kgs (242 lbs, 17 stone). The load on the front luggage carrier block should not be more than 10kg (22lbs, 1 stone)

Beware that if you happen to exceed these weights and you or your folding bike become injured or damaged, then the warranty and insurance will not always cover you as you may be deemed as invalid as you were irresponsible exceeding the weight/loads stated above

So to summarize, Brompton recommends that their folding bikes do not exceed a maximum load of 242 lbs (110kg), this including the rider and any luggage being carried or transported as well on the Brompton bicycle 

Are Folding Bikes Heavier Than Mountain & Road Bikes?

Yes and No…, folding bikes can come in a variety of weights between 6kg all the way up to 21kg however mountain bikes can be as heavy or lighter as folding bikes, it just depends which one you’re comparing it to. The typical or average weight of a mountain bike is 16.2kg, however there are folding bikes that are lighter and heavier than the average weight of a mountain bike (16.2kg) 

As for road bikes, folding bikes are typically heavier than road bikes as you can imagine. Road bike average weight is 9.7kg to 10.3kg and the lightest folding bikes on the market start about that weight range, some of the Brompton ranch of folding bikes weigh between 10Kg (which is their lightest folding bike available)

There is one folding bike that weighs about as light as a road bike however, the Hummingbird folding bike is an extremely light (in fact the ligests) folding bike on the market. The Hummingbird folding bike weighs 6.5Kg, this brand claims to have the “lightest folding bike in the world ” at 6.5kg which is in the ballpark of a very light road bike weight

Are Folding Bikes Heavy To Cycle & Carry?

As you’d expect folding bikes weigh the same weight when they are folded out and when in the folded up and compact position, the difference however is that the weight of the bike is spread out when the bike is folded out than when folded up

This is an important distinction to make as when you are cycling the folding bike, you are using the strongest and largest muscle group in your body, which is your leg muscles. When the folding bike is folded up you will then be using a single arm muscle group to carry the bike

This is important as your personal feelings or judgement of what is regarded as “heavy” to you is going to differ from others so you want to make sure you are physically comfortable and capable of carrying the weight of a folding bike with one arm when it is folded up positio

It all comes down to personal ability in your choice, typically folding bikes come in a wide variety of weights, they start from a weight of 6kg all the way up to 21kg, which is the heaviest average. The most common weight of folding bikes is between 10kg and 20kg. You want to make sure you’re comfortable and capable of lifting that weight of bike before purchasing to make sure you made the right choice

Perhaps if lifting a 10kg and 20kg weight folding bike is considered “heavy” in your case, then trying an ultra light weight folding bike will be the best choice, a folding bike such as the Hummingbird folding bike, this folding bike is an extremely light weight of 6.5Kg. We will get onto this folding bike next…

Which Is The Lightest Folding Bike On The Market?

The lightest folding bike on the market is the Hummingbird folding bike, this folding bike is an extremely light weight of 6.5Kg, this brand of folding bike was launched using kickstarter and claims to have the “lightest folding bike in the world ” at 6.5kg

What makes it the lightest weighing folding bike is the Hummingbirds frames are made out of carbon fibre, an advanced composite material used in aerospace and racing due to its high performance qualities in terms of weight, stiffness and vibration dampening

The swingarms are machined from a solid billet of aluminium to keep the weight to a minimum and anodized to ensure a strong part with a long lasting finish.  All our frames are hand built in England and are individually numbered

Hummingbird’s lightweight wheels allow you to go faster with less effort. Stronger and faster accelerating than larger bicycle wheels. The use of 16 inch wheels also help reduce the overall length of the bike, making it compact and easier to transport while retaining the comfort of a full size bike

Hummingbird is a British company based in London and Milton Keynes, Hummingbird was founded in 2015 and their goal is to build beautiful, high performance, lightweight folding bicycles. Hummingbird combines all the key attributes of style, innovation and technical excellence that Prodrive stands for, to find out more click here on this link: https://www.hummingbirdbike.com

I hope you enjoyed this article on “How Much Do Folding Bikes Weigh…? ”, All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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