However, we appreciate the ability to give the Mycle Compact a personal touch through customizable paint. You can go for a plain black bike, or mix and match colors like brown and cream on its leather seat and green or yellow on its frame. It won’t be a deciding factor when choosing a new electric bike, but it is a welcome extra.
The Mycle Compact launched in mid-2021 and starts at £ 799 (around $ 1,000 / AU $ 1,500). That’s affordable for any electric bike, let alone a folding one, and explains its limited range.
For context, our current top-rated folding electric bike
, the MiRider One, starts at £ 1,395 (around $ 2,000 / AU $ 2,500 and can keep rolling for up to 40 miles (double the Mycle Compact’s maximum range).
The Mycle compact electric folding bike is well designed not only for commuting but also for storage. With a lower and smaller frame than those of the Climber or Classic, and weighing only 17.5 kg (about the same as the MiRider One), it has a unique and attractive look. The adjustable leather saddle also slides easily and houses the battery so it’s hidden out of sight.
The bike’s paint is customizable, with three color options for the leather seat and five for the aluminum frame. The green frame and brown leather seat we tested give it a ’70s look and we made sure it draws a lot of attention on the road. The handlebars and tires can also be customized, with a choice of black or earthy walnut brown.!
The small tires, measuring just 20 inches, allow the bike to fold into an impressively small package. However (as is often the case with many folding bikes), they faced rougher terrain.
Mycle claims that the Compact can be folded in just 10 seconds, and that’s correct. Once the seat has been removed, it is easy to unlock and rotate into place, while the handlebar also folds away easily. The battery can be charged through the sea every time you put it away.
The LCD screen on the right handlebar gives you key riding statistics, including speed and distance, and there is a USB connector that can charge your phone while riding, making it easy to use for navigation without draining your battery. We also appreciate the inclusion of lights (which are also powered by the bike’s battery), which makes it safer to ride in low light or in bad weather.
Electric Bicycle Performance
The Mycle Compact comes fully built and ready to ride right out of the box. We just charged its battery for a couple of hours and we were good to go. The battery can be charged while it is still on the bike’s seat post or removed if you find it more convenient.
Like all electric bikes that are road legal in the UK and EU, the Mycle Compact’s motor can only be activated while pedaling. If you want a proper workout (or conserve battery power), you can ride this bike as a manual model, shifting gears when tackling hills.
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However, with the push of a button, the pedal assist is activated. With five levels, you can go from a quick push along a slight incline to flying up the steepest hills with just a couple of turns of the pedals. The bike has a decent motor and it helped us cut our short ride time by five minutes, compared to a normal bike. However, he fought on rough terrain.
Since the tires are smaller and thinner than those on other e-bikes, and the frame doesn’t have a suspension fork, you’ll feel every pebble or bump as you go over it, so it’s best to stick to flat, well-paved roads if possible. We also recommend keeping an eye on your pedaling assistance level – five is perfect for climbing steep hills, but be sure to lower the level for a flat road as you will accelerate at a much faster pace.
The bike feels very stable while riding, with the frame, pedals, and tires giving you a safe and enjoyable ride. Not only is the saddle comfortable, but it’s also easy to adjust and is designed for a variety of heights, and the pedals are sturdy. while in use, fold it up for better storage. However, be sure to hold everything securely; On our first ride we made the mistake of not holding the handlebars securely in place and they collapsed when we set off.
We found that our review bike’s battery continued to work for 20-25km in general use, and the LCD screen warned us when it was getting low. Overall, the Mycle Compact is a great bike for shorter trips, helping you cut down on commute time and get to work feeling refreshed.
First reviewed November 2021
Buy it if
You have a short trip
The Mycle Compact is perfect for short trips. It’s nifty and fast, which means you’ll get it up and running in record time.
You don’t have a lot of storage space
This bike is lightweight and, true to its name, it is compact, so you can easily store it in a closet or hide it even in a small house.
You want to customize your design
Mycle offers a variety of paint colors, plus different saddle and handlebar styles, so you can give the Compact a personal touch.
Don’t buy it if
You want a bike for longer trips
The Mycle Compact works well for short trips and running errands, but its relatively short reach and lack of suspension make it impractical for long, quiet rides.
You want suspension
The absence of a suspension fork means that you can really feel the bumps in the road, which is why the Mycle Compact is not well suited to the roughest roads.