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.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
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.
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.