Personal electric transportation is a mishmash of all kinds of gadgets, devices and vehicles in all shapes and forms. From electric unicycles to big electric UTVs, anything that runs on wheels can be motorized with an electric motor. There is a fair amount of those that attract attention for their out-of-this-world design, but very few that can stand the test of time as a transportation device that can be used in real life. For us, Jetson Bolt has certainly proven its worth.

The main thing that Jetson Bolt stands out for from the ocean of electric rideables is its price. The typical electric bikes run around $2000 – $3000, and those that are under $1000 are considered inexpensive. Jetson Bolt can be found at under $300 which is crazy cheap for what you actually get.

Jetson Mini Bike – Specs and Review

Jetson Bolt is a mini bike-like electric ride that is way more functional than it looks. It is very small, so it is not a great option for everyone, but it can still take an adult person around town at a decent speed.

FEATURES

  • 250W rear hub motor
  • 36V 5,2Ah lithium battery
  • 15 mile range
  • 15 mph top speed
  • Twist throttle
  • 12” wheels
  • Rear disc brake
  • Bulit-in headlight and brake light
  • Weight: 34lbs
jetson bolt foldable mini ebike

Motor Power and Speed

The hefty motor is rated at 250W, and it is pretty torquey, which in combination with small wheels means that this little scooter bike can pick up the speed pretty quickly. There is no drivetrain on this bike, it doesn’t have pedals, a chain or cassette, just twist the throttle and go. The top speed is 15mph, and a cruise control function will save you from having to hold the throttle all the time.

There used to be a setting in the Jetson app that allowed you to set the top speed at 18mph, but it seems to have vanished, right after the release of the successor of the Jetson Bolt, the Bolt PRO.

While it performs decent on flat ground, it does struggle on an incline. If you are not over 200lbs you will be able to climb up a 15 degree incline on a full charge, but it will be at a snail’s pace.

15mph mini ebike

Battery and Range

Equipped with the 36V 5,2Ah battery, Jetson Bolt has a range of 15 miles, which is a travel distance you would expect from a budget electric scooter. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is enough for urban environments.

Battery, together with all electronics, is nicely tucked away in a box that is integrated into the frame. This protects all the important components from the elements, but also makes them fairly easily accessible in case you need to replace the battery.

Build

Jetson Bolt has an interesting design, simple and streamlined, but with few practical details. One of them is the way the frame and battery case are made to form a convenient handle that allows you to easily pick up the bike, or through which you can feed a chain and lock. The frame is made of aluminum, so it is a lightweight bike, with all components put together very well. Nothing on this bike feels cheap or like it’s going to fall off. Seat and handlebar are adjustable, foot pegs instead of the pedals allow you to pretty comfortably place your feet while cruising around.

Kickstand, which is a pain point at many way more expensive bikes, on the Bolt is made very well. It is positioned perfectly and feels quite stable even when parked outdoors.

Folding

While this bike is marketed as a folding bike, it does not collapse or fold in half like many other folding electric bikes. The only thing that folds down is the handlebar stem. You can also remove the seat post if you want to make it more compact, but being as small as it is, it can fit the trunk or backseat of almost any car, even without folding down. Dimensions of a folded Bolt are 20″ x 40″ x 28″.

Bolt folding mini ebike

Wheels and Brakes

The wheels are on a small side, being only 12”, but it is the thing that helps this little bike go faster. There is one disc brake, mounted on the rear wheel, which provides enough stopping power, but you’ll have to be careful not to powerslide when you brake hard. Or do powerslide, if that’s your thing.

Accessories

One of the best thing about Jetson Bolt are all the accessories included in the price. First, there is that awesome kickstand we mentioned earlier. Next there are splash guards in front and rear, a bit flimsy, but still doing their job. There is also a horn, sometimes a bell, depending where you get it from. But best of all, there is a built-in, very bright, LED headlight, as well as brake light in the rear.

There is also an app that connects to the Bolt via Bluetooth, but there is a lot about it that should be improved. It doesn’t seem to work on lot of devices, and the function to increase the max speed to 18mph has been removed.

Riding Experience

The first thing you notice is how high the center of gravity is on this bike, which in combination with small wheels and short wheelbase may make you feel unstable. Once you get used to it, you’ll have so much fun riding this little thingy. It is fast and snappy, you will have no problem keeping up with other bikes. The seat is not uncomfortable, but replacing it with a more padded, softer bike seat will make a real difference over bumps, as Jetson Bolt has no suspension.

Is Jetson Bolt an electric bike?

Is bicycle without pedal really a bicycle? Yes, just like those balance bikes that kids use to learn how to ride a bike. They have a frame, fork, handlebars, wheels, but no drivetrain. Electric pedal-less bikes do not have pedal assist, only throttle.

Does this kind of electric balance bike classify as an electric bike? Laws vary state-to-state, and motorized vehicle without pedals might not be allowed in some places. The best thing would be to check with the local authorities.

urban city mini ebike

Jetson Bolt vs Jetson Bolt PRO

If you like Jetson Bolt, you’ll love the PRO version. This one comes with bigger wheels, more powerful motor and pedals. Powered by 350W, Bolt Pro can reach the top speed of 15.5mph. It also has slightly bigger battery rated at 6Ah, which keeps the throttle-only max range 15 miles, but thanks to the pedals, the maximum travelling distance extends to 30 miles.

bolt vs bolt pro

Jetson Bolt PRO has 14” wheels and dual disc brakes. The frame is extended in order to accommodate larger wheels, so the dimension are 47” x 20” x 39”. The PRO version is, of course, more expensive, but it is well-worth the price.

Jetson Bolt vs. Ancheer Mini eBike

Both of these two are the rebranded versions of the Chinese F-Wheel DYU D1, so it makes sense they look so similar. Still, there are few differences. The Ancheer Mini Bike has a more powerful motor rated at 350W. The battery is also slightly larger, with 48V voltage, 6Ah capacity versus the 36V 5.2 Ah on the Bolt. This has no significant impact on the max speed and range though, the Ancheer’s top speed is 15mph, and the maximum range is 15 miles.

bolt vs ancheer mini

The Ancheer Mini bike also has dual disc brakes on both front and rear wheel. This is a real advantage, as having a disc brake only on the rear wheel is not the best solution. This also mean that Ancheer is also a bit more expensive than Jetson.

Between the two, we would go with Ancher, because of the dual disc brakes and better communication with customers.

Who is Jetson Bolt Bike for?

Being so lightweight and compact, Jetson Bolt Mini eBike is great as a last mile solution, form parking or public transport stop to your workplace. It is also a great way to get around campuses, or big events like festivals, as an alternative for small stand-up electric scooters.

If you live in a mostly flat area you can use this mini bike for getting round town, quick commutes, taking a dog for a run or just riding around getting some fresh air.

It is also a great for kids, 12 years and older, they will have plenty of fun riding it, and won’t be bothered by its small size. It would be a good idea to limit the top speed though, as this little scooter-bike is pretty zippy.

Jetson Bolt Mini Bike 1 Ride Two Wheels

Bottom line

If you look at the reviews and customer experiences it seems like getting a Jetson Bolt can be kind of a hit or miss. There are people that love it, and people that have had a horrible experience with it. Overall, there are more positive than negative reviews, which is ok, as it is one of the cheapest PEVs available. We thought it was fun and well worth the price.