Bigfish Line+ E-bike folds down in 10 seconds


August 30, 2013

The BigFish Line+ E-bike, folded down and ready to tote

The BigFish Line+ E-bike, folded down and ready to tote

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The BigFish Line+ E-bike is one of those electric bikes that's designed to make you swoon at the press of a button. One of the stars of the recent Eurobike 2013 show, this bike's button-operated folding system has the bike collapsing in seconds into a compact package that can be pulled in trolley fashion or wheeled around. In fact, it's so portable that it's possible to squeeze two of them into the boot of most standard cars.

There's no need to struggle with screws or try out any specific folding order – the bike folds down with a simple button press in 10 seconds, into a compact 106 x 66 x 28 cm (41 x 26 x 11 in) package. Instead of having to subsequently lug around the folded version, which is a common hassle with some other models, the Line+ lets you wheel it around as you walk.

While its 40-cm (16-in) wheels appear to be a tad small, the overall design makes the most of them, and the 19.3-kg (42.5-lb) bike reportedly delivers a smooth riding experience without any jumps when pedaling, thanks to the motor's torque sensor.

Equipped with a centrally-placed Sunstar SO3 motor, the bike can be operated in Eco, Normal and Turbo modes. It changes gear automatically according to the rider's speed via the Shimano Nexus 3 internal hub.

Other features of interest include an asymmetric handlebar that ensures a slim fold, a SunStar Electro kit crank set, double-sided two-way folding pedals, and a removable battery.

The BigFish Line+ E-bike is set to launch at the end of the year for a price of €2,149 (US$2,839).

A new prototype, currently unnamed, features the same frame and a bigger battery, allowing for a greater range. Key features include a speed sensor as opposed to a torque sensor and a different motor which we don't have the specs for yet. There's no word as to the release date, but this bike will have a lower price point at approximately at €1,500 ($1,982).

Take a look at how the Line+ folds down in 10 seconds, in the video below.

Product page: BigFish Line+ E-bike

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Not as compact as folders like Brompton or Birdy, not much faster to fold, and just as expensive. Not sure what the selling point is.

Freyr Gunnar

@Freyr, simplicity of fold is great, with a highly intuitive button system and no right or wrong order to do it in. So that is a key selling point. It will be a bit cheaper than the two brands you mention, the price in this article is for ebike which is priced due to the quality of the motor. Compactness can be judged in different ways. Brompton is excellent, but Bigfish does have a narrower fold than the vast majority of other folders, so is neater and less cubic. It can also be comfortably wheeled upright. So, there are a great many positives to outweigh your negative initial perception I hope! It's also dead cute!


It really needs to fold a lot smaller. Then you have a winner.

Dax Wagner

My 20" wheel Dahon folds to almost half the size of this in 10 seconds too, for $200.

Michael Crumpton

I think there should be an electric version of the Strida. Not as compact as the other folding bikes, but easier to fold and wheel around. All they would have to do is replace the front hub with a hub motor and expand the front tube to hold batteries, like the Electrolyte bike profiled on Gizmag back in July.


The confusion-free push button folding system and roller wheels are significant, practical improvements over the original Bigfish. Now, how about a basket so cyclists can run errands? I was told one would be available several years ago but it appears to be vapor ware.

Me thinks the video is TOTALLY bogus as it failed to mention that this is an electric bike! Most of these negative comments seem to not be aware of that major feature and are comparing it to regular bikes.

Al Mayberry
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