VeloMini III Folding Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs

The VeloMini 3 speed electric bike is a highly portable electric bike that can fold to a compact size and it weighs a mere 36 lbs.

It can be a great solution for the first/last mile commute when combined with mass transit or for getting around a school or large business campus.

It’s compact size also makes it handy for storing in your house / apartment / workplace / school / car / RV / boat, etc.

This is part 1 of the VeloMini III folding electric bike review and it will give you an idea of what this e-bike is all about with a bunch of pictures and info on the specifications.

Part 2 of the VeloMini review will give you info on ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.

The VeloMini III is priced at $1,295 USD at the time of this review.  Some retailers are selling is for $1,195.

Alright, let’s get into the details of the VeloMini electric bike!

Checkout the Video & Pictures of the VeloMini III Electric Bike

 

The VeloMini 3 speed electric bike is a functional and extremely portable electric bike.

A lot of engineering went into making the VeloMini an effective e-bike that can fit many different sized riders and with the ability to fold down to a very compact size.

Anodized aluminum is the frame material of choice for the VeloMini to keep the weight low.  Note the head tube gusset for reinforcement and the folding mechanism that appears to act as a structural part of the frame.

Here is a close up of the frame hinge at the seat tube.

The charging port is on the right side of the frame near the cranks.  In this picture it is covered by a cap.

This is the charging port without the cap.

This is the VeloMini with the charger.  The VeloMini comes with a 24V 9ah lithium ion battery and it takes under 3 hours to charge.

The VeloMini can be operated with pedal assist or throttle. In this picture you can see the cadence sensor near the cranks that senses when you are pedaling and provides the pedal assist.

Close up of the foldable pedals on the VeloMini.

So where is the battery? It’s housed inside the frame!  The 24V 9ah lithium battery is inside the lower tube of the frame to keep the battery weight centered and low.

In this picture you can get a good look at the main frame folding mechanism. Folding the frame is accomplished with 2 quick release mechanisms; one near the cranks and one along the seat tube support post (silver).

Here is the cockpit control area (handlebars) of the VeloMini.

On the left side of handlebar is the 3 speed Shimano Nexus shifter and the rear brake lever.

The stem has a quick release mechanism that provides for folding the handlebar assembly.

On the right side of the handlebars is the twist grip throttle with on/off button and battery level indicator.  Also on the right side is the bell and small LED light.

The VeloMini features a 180 watt geared front hub motor that powers this folding electric bike up to 12 mph. You can pedal faster than 12 mph if you want but the assist will stop at 12 mph.

Promax V-brakes provide the stopping power on the front of the VeloMini.

A Shimano Nexus 3 speed internally geared rear hub keeps the drivetrain simple and clean.

Here is a look at the aluminum frame near the rear wheel.

Rear braking is accomplished by a Shimano Nexus roller brake.

The VeloMini comes with front and rear fenders.

This is the front LED (flashing or solid) light that helps you be seen by others.  Note that it does not really provide enough light to see the road with.

The rear reflector on the VeloMini.

As part of the folding process, the handlebars fold back via the quick release on the stem.

And the pedals fold down by pushing them in and down.

The VeloMini folds to 18″ tall by loosening the 2 quick release mechanisms on the frame and folding the bike down.

The VeloMini fits comfortably in a car trunk.

The VeloMini with optional trailer that can be used as luggage.  $310.

The VeloMini luggage trailer upclose.

The VeloMini trailer can also be used as luggage.

VeloMini’s come in many colors!

VeloMini III Electric Bike Specifications

Frame: Anodized aluminum frame.

Motor: 180 watt geared front hub motor.

Battery: 24V 9ah lithium battery housed in the main frame of the bike.  Charges in under 3 hours with included charger.

Assist Options:  Pedal assist (cadence sensor) or twist grip throttle (does not require pedaling).

Drivetrain:  3 speed internally geared Shimano Nexus rear hub.

Brakeset: Front Promax V-Brake and rear Shimano roller brake.

Tires: Kenda 12.5″ x 2.25″ tires.

Accessories: Front and rear fenders, front LED light and rear reflector, bell, kickstand, and carrying case that converts to a backpack.  There is also a trailer than can be used as luggage for an additional $310.

Colors: Black, silver, red, blue, gold.

Weight: 36 lbs.

Price: $1,295 USD at the time of this review.  Some retailers are selling is for $1,195.

Here is a link to the specifications page of the VeloMini III electric bike.

Now, checkout part 2 of the VeloMini III review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!

-Pete

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  1. Phil P January 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Wait a minute… why did the price go up from $899, to now $1299?.. It’s the same bike!

    • Pete January 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Phil, there is a single speed model with a smaller battery available for $1,095 and there is a non electric version available for $495.

      Where did you see a price of $899?

      Thanks

      Pete

  2. Frank James January 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you for great updates and info. Question: I have a 2014 Trek X caliber 29er. Can you recommend a simple easy conversion kit for front wheel. It has disc breaks. Thank you.

  3. Sally January 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    What is the speed for going up hills?

    • Pete January 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Sally, that is hard to say because it depends on how steep the hill is and how much you are pedaling. I will say that the VeloMini does help significantly on a hill.

  4. Eugene January 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    I bought a Gearmax oversized backpack to carry an electric folding bike on an upcoming trip to Europe. Is there any folding electric (besides the YikeBike) that would fit into this Gearmax case (22″ x 18″ x 10″). I see even the VeloMini in this review is 45″ long when folded.

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