Ride1UP Portola

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Release Year
Charge Time
5.5, 7 Hours
Top Speed
28 mph
750 W
65 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 10.4Ah, 48V 13.4Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
60 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ride1UP Portola. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • The Portola’s compact frame, low 15” standover height, and 29” minimum seat height suit smaller riders.
  • Reviewers appreciate the minor additional charge to upgrade from the standard 500Wh battery to 643Wh.
  • The Portola has alloy fenders with adjustable arms, lights with brake activation, and an integrated rear rack that supports 130lb.
  • The rack is compatible with Yepp Maxi child seats and can carry smaller adults (the Passenger Kit costs extra).
  • One expert describes the 80mm hydraulic suspension fork as impressive.
  • The Portola has mounting points for passenger foot pegs, a front rack, and a bottle cage.
  • A tester says the above-average Chaoyang 3” tires provide good grip and a smooth ride on paved roads and light gravel.
  • Users can easily configure the Portola for local e-bike classifications and speed limits.
  • Reviewers are impressed by the smooth operation and good gearing range of the 8-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain.
  • Testers praise the simple but effective strap which holds the bike together when folded.
  • The hydraulic disc brakes have “excellent” stopping power, with short braking distances in testing.
  • Reviewers say the 60lb Portola “feels light” yet “stable.”
  • A tester finds the Portola is quick and easy to fold and unfold.
  • This bike arrives almost completely assembled, requiring minimal work to get it ready to ride.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Experts agree that the Portola’s compact frame doesn’t suit taller riders despite a listed height range of 4’10” to 6’4”.
  • The handlebars can’t be adjusted for height or reach.
  • In one tester’s view, the 40-lux headlight isn’t very bright.
  • The lack of a horn or bell disappoints one reviewer.

Bottom line

Ride1UP’s first folding e-commuter wins great acclaim from reviewers. The Portola features a 750W motor, 80mm suspension fork, and integrated rack rated for 130lb. Experts praise the bike’s power and speed, “phenomenal” brakes, and smooth, comfortable ride. Testers appreciate how, despite its compact size and easy folding ability, the Portola rides like a bigger bike. However, they say the frame may not suit taller riders and wish the bike had a horn or bell. But overall, experts agree the Portola is an “exceptional” budget-friendly folding e-bike.

Expert Reviews

91/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Report

Ride1UP Portola E-Bike Review, 2023

Every now and then an e-bike shocks us due to its extraordinary value to price ratio. The Ride1UP Portola offers what is arguably the biggest surprise we’ve seen in a couple of years.

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Ebike Escape

Is This Ride1UP’s Answer to the Lectric XP 3.0? The Ride1UP Portola Review

Ride1UP’s Portola is a great and affordable choice as a first e-bike. It is certainly worth spending the extra [money] for the… larger battery. And although taller riders will be comfortable on the Portola, the [frame] is ideally suited to those who are shorter.

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eBikepedia | Freshly Charged

Ride1UP Portola – The Best Budget Foldable E-Bike

The Ride1UP Portola is an exceptional budget-friendly foldable e-bike with a multitude of attractive features that far outweigh its minor drawbacks… the Portola excels in its category, even outshining competitors like the Lectric XP 3.0.

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The New King of Folding E-Bikes! 👑 // Ride1UP Portola

I really feel like Ride1UP knocked it out of the park when it comes to the parts that they used on this bike, with the price point and the overall power of this bike.

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Ride1UP Portola First Look 👀

Please tell me if I’m tripping or not, but I really think this is a winner!

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Gear Diary

Ride1UP Portola First Look – Gear Diary Takes a First Look At Ride1UP’s Latest Offering

The Ride1UP Portola is a great folding e-bike at a great price.

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A Great E-Bike in a Small Package

… I never felt as if it was a toy. It feels like a legitimate, peppy and powerful e-bike first and foremost that is also portable…

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