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Cyclotricity Wallet review: A folding e-bike for the inner city

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The Good The Cyclotricity Wallet's electric motor kicks in quickly and makes your inner-city commute a breeze.

The Bad It's heavy, so even when it's folded down you might struggle to carry it upstairs. The brakes and the gears could be better, too.

The Bottom Line It's not perfect, but the Wallet is compact, easy to ride and most importantly, it's affordable.

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6.5 Overall
  • Comfort 7
  • Design 6
  • Performance 7
  • Battery life 6

Electric motors have made cycling to the office a sweat-free breeze. Once you arrive at the office though, it's still handy to fold your bike away to carry it inside. That's where the Cyclotricity Wallet is worth a ride.

It's a compact, city-centre bike that folds in two main places. The rear point allows the back wheel to swing forwards, while the second point lets the handlebar stem fold down on itself. Once collapsed, you can then lift the Wallet by its seat and push it along on the two conveniently-located caster wheels.

It's a nice idea in theory, but the problem is that the bike weighs a really rather hefty 37 pounds. It's a struggle to carry it up and down stairs, and trying to lug it onto public transport will no doubt be met with a few raised eyebrows. Still, it's easy enough to wheel through office doors and into a sturdy lift. Also, the smaller footprint of its folded form makes it much more inconspicuous than a full-size road bike.

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Actually folding the bike down is something of a challenge, though. Even after multiple practice attempts, I still felt like I was wrenching apart the metal welding points when I tried to pull the handlebar stem from its socket. Maybe it's something you'll get used to in time.

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