The placement of the battery is external to the frame, which in theory means it’s easy to remove to charge. Instead, the way Levit has attached it means it catches on the seatpost quick release. Therefore, to release it means you need to remove the seatpost. It’s a small quirk but something that can be irritating if you constantly have to adjust your saddle height before riding. 

Rim brakes on an e-bike are almost a rarity now, but not necessarily a bad thing to have. Unfortunately, these brakes were quite underpowered, I didn’t find myself struggling to stop too much but emergency stops were out of the question. I also couldn’t get the front brake to stop squealing. 

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The overall ride quality of the Chilo 3 is pretty good. The handling is nice and agile without being twitchy, and the 20in wheels with 1.75in tyres absorbed a lot of Yorkshire’s inadequate roads. 

It comes in one size, which for once, actually felt like it could suit a range of people. The frame has height adjustable bars, and the seatpost extends beyond the leg length of a small child. Levit suggests it fits riders between 4’11” and 6’0″, but notes that taller riders may require a longer seatpost. 

Another selling point of the bike is its foldability. The joints feel pretty stable and to be honest it rides like a non-folding bike. It’s easy to fold down and put away, but it is quite heavy so I’m not entirely sure I’d feel comfortable taking it on the tube without hitting the gym first. 

Other commuter/urban-friendly features include the pannier rack, which I took full advantage of to fill a bag at the local bakery. The rack is quite close to the pedals, however, so I did find myself stroking the bag when I set off on the bike. The mudguards, chain guard and integrated lights are also all nice touches – particularly at this price point. 

If you can overlook the lack of speed and motor issues, it’s a decent offering for those looking to get around town. 

Where can I buy it?From Rutland Cycles

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