Best Folding Bikes You May Like To Buy in 2017 and Buyer’s Guide.

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As per Wikipedia

“A folding bicycle is a bicycle designed to fold into a compact form, facilitating transport and storage. When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into buildings, on public transportation (facilitating mixed-mode commuting and bicycle commuting), and more easily stored in compact living quarters or aboard a car, boat or plane.”

Folding bikes are one one of the best and all time favorite bikes in the cycling world. The advancement and popularity of bikes are growing as time going on then not to talk about its future.

This is and will be the solution for the issues of the commuters who have a busy day and no time to ride. Reaching the destination on time with it is the joyful journey. No waste of the time even you get stuck in crowd traffic. Every ride would be fast and furious and easy.

Truly, folding bikes are the great invention ever made.

In general, folding bikes when folded looks:

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But when unfolded looks similar to non-foldable.

Feature

The features are far better than ordinary bikes. Folders are far easier than regular bikes. It has the excellent and efficient mechanism, attractive wider framework (design) and good looking.

The Most benefited feature is lightweight. However, has smaller size and wheel than the regular bike.

A folding bicycle is the versatile and handy cycle and can be folded compact form to saves space, time and energy. If folded, we can carry on the road, put on the car, buildings or plane, on public transportation, put inside the car, or you can hide it anywhere you want. Even you leave outside, no chance of being stolen.

Also, it facilitates the commuters with the mixed mode commuting and bicycle commuting. It is durable and can be easily stored in car, bus, boat everywhere.

Mechanism

Folding bikes has the different system than normal bikes. Its mechanism offers with the many great features like folding speed, folding ease, compactness, ride, weight, durability, and price.The mechanism may vary even within same brand but different model. Their folding systems can be as:

  1.  Half- or Mid-fold
  2. Vertical Fold
  3. Triangle Hinge
  4. Magnetic Fold and Suspension System
  5. Break Aways and Other Styles

 

Size:

There are different size of bikes available in the market. However, in general, folding bikes size is smaller than non-foldable bikes, but the parts like handlebars and seat posts are highly adjustable. Its by four times more.

Folders are mostly sized smaller as 16″  to 20″ wheels with adjustable and flexible parts but many folding bikes manufacturers like Dahon, Montague, Tern Bicycles etc. produces full sized bikes with about 26″ of wheels.

The smaller folding bikes looks better but seem unadjustable and uncomfortable for tall guys.

Whom Is It For?

Firstly, To be honest, folding bikes do not discriminate anyone. Anyone can own and ride it, and that is up to the owner. This types of bikes are mostly for commuters and travelers or the one who is busy guys who have don’t have time to stay on traffic but have 15 seconds of time to fold.

Secondly, this type of bikes is for the rider who wants to save space.

Advantages and Disadvantages

I am not certain about pros and cons about folding bikes as they may vary from one to another. You may find one benefit in one model which is not same in other model and even in entire series.

Folders mostly come with advantages than disadvantages. I have talked about it here. Simply its pros are somewhat like:

  1. Affordable and Economical
  2. Easy to Use Than Normal
  3. Thief-proof
  4. Good Looking and Professional
  5. Save Space and Convenient
  6. For Exercise and Workout
  7. Flexible Than You Think

Talking about disadvantages which you will disagree when you ride one to see and feel it closely. It may be something like:

  1. Small Wheel Which Makes It Slow
  2. A Bit More Expensive Than Non-folders
  3. Heavier and Smaller: Makes It Bumpier
  4. Not For Tall and Heavy Guys
  5. Folding Bikes Are Not Too Strong (not all)

So, Should I buy?

Oh! Sure, Why not?

But I am not the one who makes your decision that you should buy it or not. That all depends on you and only you, not others. Who knows what kind of bike you want. You may not like the folding bike, or you want to buy non-folding one.

In my opinion, you should try and experience it then you will get about it. Even you don’t know you may like it.

Just think about that the time is Valentine Day when you are on the road with crowd traffic and you are with your unfoldable bike, and your valentine is waiting for you. Then think what will happen if you will be late?

However, before buying search it over the internet and different shops that what you want and decide and buy.

Which brand is best for me, you and everyone?

Oh my god! This one is a tough question.

To be honest, there are not any bikes that don’t suit you.

There are many brands or producer of the folding bike. But for me, Dahon is the best producer when the matter is about folding bikes. Why? Its simply because Dahon is best. Just look at their great products like MU Uno, Speed Uno, Mariner D7 etc..etc. They are not just best bikes, they are great, excellent bikes and ruling in the market.

Also, there are other great brands like:

Tern, Allen, Brompton, Retrospec, Montague, Hasa, Best Choice Products, Schwinn, Stowabike, Columba, etc., etc..

These brand names come first (mostly Dahon) in the folding bike industry.

However, they are good at their own way. The features of their products differ from each other and definitely your experience will not be same.

Research the reviews on the internet you will find less negative reviews.

What model Should I Choose?

Can’t say what type/model you like. There are different models. Just make the final decision and be a bit tricky to figure out which bike best suit you or you can buy and how you are gonna utilize it. You can use it as the primary mode of transportation or secondary.

Which One Should I Choose?

This is completely no brainer question, who knows what you want. Just research and make the final decision and buy. Look for what you are looking for.

“All those are best are not expensive, and all expensive things are not best.”

What are the best folding bikes?

Best are that good looking (externally not internally) or one that your best friend suggests, right?

Its wrong, best folding bikes are those bikes which have best features that make us easy and satisfy and pays off what you spend for it. If you buy non-folder and that satisfies you, then it will be far better than folders.

Best folding bikes may be good looking along with remarkable features like strength, durability, speed and many other internal and external factors including your satisfaction.

For me, almost all folding bikes are best as per my experience. However, there are some of the bikes I highly like and suggest you. Those are extremely best for me:

 

1. Ford by Dahon 2.0 Convertible 7 Speed

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This model of bike is designed by Dahon and branded by Ford. It is solid, sturdy and well-built bike with durable aluminum frame and colored well. The weight is 30lbs (13.1 kg) which is average but bit troublesome for the regular commute. It is very easy and quick to fold. It is made last for 7-9 years. This bike has 7-speed feature which helps it to ride faster even in the moderate hills. This bike has the best feature and lower price in comparison to other bikes of and around the same price.

By the way, this bike has got tons of positive reviews on Amazon.

Pros:

  1. Attractive, Minimal and Durable Design
  2. Small folded size
  3. Sturdy Frame
  4. Speed

Cons:

  1. Heavy

Specification

  • Colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow
  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Folded dimensions: 31″ x 27″ x 14″
  • Speeds: 7
  • Frame: Aluminum, Dahon patented hinge lock
  • Fork: Aluminum
  • Wheel size: 20 inches
  • Seatpost: Alloy
  • Stem: adjustable
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano, 7-speed
  • Handlebar: Alloy with comfort grips
  • Shifter: Shimano thumb-index
  • Brakes: Heavy-duty Alloy V-brakes
  • Rear rack: frame integrated
  • Suggested Rider Height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)

 

2. Dahon Speed Uno

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It is improved version of Dahon Mu Uno. Likewise, MU Uno, it is simple, easy to fold and lightweight (10.9 kg) and affordable and recommended cycle for sure. This is especially for that urban rider who want an easy and quality ride. As like of Mu Uno cons is rare.

If you want the best bike than your friends, this is perfect for you on design, performance, and every other perspective.

Pros

  1. Easy to fold (15 sec)
  2. Beautiful minimal design
  3. Lightweight
  4. Durable and solid frame and parts
  5. Highly safe (dual lock system)

Cons

  1. It doesn’t include mudguard/fender.
  2. Coaster brake system is cons for one who is unfamiliar with it.
  3. Paint can be easily damaged.

 

Specification:

  • Color: Black
  • Folded dimensions: 30.3″ x 25.2″ x 11.8″
  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Speeds: 1
  • Gear inches: 64
  • Frame: K series, SuperLite 4130 chromoly with forged lattice hinge
  • Fork: Integrated Fusion technology
  • Handlepost: Radius, forged aluminum
  • Handlebar: Comp, 6061-T6 double butted aluminum
  • Grips: BioLogic Ergo, single density
  • Rear brake: Shimano coaster
  • Front hub: Dahon Mini,  aluminum
  • Rear hub: 1-speed Shimano coaster
  • Rims: Aluminum, single wall
  • Crank set: cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum crank arms
  • Chain: KMC Z410
  • Tires: 20″ x 1.75″ Dahon Rotolo, 65 psi
  • Freewheel: 17T, 28H
  • Pedals: Suntour folding
  • Clip system: Magnetix
  • Kickstand: aluminum
  • Rider’s recommended height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
  • Maximum rider weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)

3. Dahon Mariner D7

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This is another best product of Dahon (I think you should look Dahon bikes first). One of the best thing about Mariner D7 is its aesthetical design which looks fantastic and lightweight (11.8 kg) as well with KM Series, 7005 Aluminum alloy frame. This was actually designed for people using boats as their main mode of transport. It can be folded easily (within 15 sec).

Pros

  1. Weight is Light
  2. Beautifully Designed
  3. Rust Resistant and Solid Parts
  4. Fender and Rack Included
  5. Small Folding Size and Quickly Foldable
  6. Easy to Ride Uphill
  7. Easily Adjustable Handle

Cons

  1. Difficult to roll when folded
  2. Despite it’s rust resistant, it needs maintenance to decrease corrosion.
  3. Comes in only one color

 

Specification:

  • Color: Brushed aluminum
  • Folded size: 31.9″ × 25.7″ x 11″ (81 × 66 x 28 cm).
  • Weight: 26 lbs (11.8 kg)
  • Speeds: 7
  • Frame: KM Series 7005 Aluminum alloy with ViseGrip latching mechanism
  • Fork: Aluminum
  • Gear inches: 37″ – 85″
  • Handlepost: Aluminum, adjustable Radius Telescope, Fusion and V-Clamp technologies
  • Handlebar: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Front hub: FM31-F 3/8 x 14 G x 20 H x 74 x 110 mm
  • Rear hub: FM32-7 3/8 x 14 G x 28 H x 130 x 170 mm
  • Tires: K-1045 20″x1.75″
  • Rims: Aluminum
  • Shifter: 7-speed SRAM
  • Derailleur: Dahon Neos 7-speed
  • Brakes: DHV-107
  • Saddle: VL3057A
  • Seatpost: SP-22, 34 x 580
  • Kickstand: NH-KC19AA
  • Fenders: SKS Mini 20
  • Rear rack: ARC rack with luggage strap
  • Clip system: Snap Lok
  • Suggested rider’s height: 4’8″ – 6’4″
  • Maximum rider’s weight: 230 lbs

 

4. Montague Paratrooper Pro

 

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This (Paratrooper Pro) is built for the military when dropped from a parachute and lift fully armed soldiers on hilly terrain. This is ideal for off-road riding. The durable tires, innovative design, frame, weight (13.1 kg) are its most attracting things. This bike has passed the test like dropping it with a parachute from the plane. This bike is capable of carrying heavy loads.

It is not only for fully equipped soldiers. This is also for those who carry heavy loads when traveling with the cycle.

Pros

  1. Durable Frame
  2. Rust Resistant
  3. Gorgeous looking bike
  4. Light Weight
  5. Impressive tires grip
  6. Durable, heavy-duty built-in brakes disk brakes.

Cons

  1. Bit expensive than average bike
  2. Takes more time to fold (20-30 secs)
  3. Not ideal for commuter riding
  4. Heavier than other bikes

 

Specification:

  • Color: Matte Black / Olive Green
  • Wheel size: 26 inches
  • Folded size: 36″ x 28″ x 12″ (91.5 × 71.0 x 30.5 cm)
  • Product Weight: 29lbs (13 kgs)
  • Frame: Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum with FIT System. Replaceable derailleur hanger and disc mount.
  • Available Frame Sizes: 18-Inch & 20-Inch
  • Handlepost: Kalloy. Alloy. 7 degree backsweep. 31.8 Barbore. 580mm length.
  • Forks: SR Suntour XCM HLO with hydraulic lockout. 100 mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. Disc Compatible
  • Shifters: Shimano RAPIDFIRE Plus Trigger Shifters Brakes: Tektro Novela. Front & rear mechanical disc w/
  • pad adjustment. Alloy Levers.Crankset: SR Suntour XCM. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm.
  • Crankset: SR Suntour XCM. 42/32/22. Alloy 170mm crank arm.
  • Seatpost: Kalloy, 30.0 X 300mm Alloy.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX 9-Speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera. Top Swing Dual Pull
  • Spokes: 14 Gauge Stainless
  • Rims: Alloy, 32 hole. Double Wall. Black.
  • Tires: CST Critter. Knobby. 26 x 1.95″.
  • Pedals: Platform pedal with steel cage.
  • Shipping Weight: 42 lbs (19 kgs)
  • Box Dimensions: 36″ x 12″ x 31″ (91.4 x 30.5 x 78.7 cm)

5. Dahon Speed D7

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Again, this is another awesome bike by Dahon. Likewise, other bikes by Dahon Dahon Speed D7 is liked by each and every commuter and most recommended bike. Its performance is as its name means you can do speed ride with Speed D7. This bike looks unique, sporty and fun to ride. The best thing about this specific is made of hand-welded 4130 ‘chromoly Sonus‘ frame with 13.3 kg (29.3 lbs) weight.

Another best thing about this bike is that it uses sensitive Neos shifter.
This makes easy in shifting the gear utilizing a twist gear shifter which makes the easy ride even in slope/hill.

I think this bike is perfect for city riding.

Pros

  1. Fully rust resistant
  2. 7 gear speed eligible for riding uphill
  3. Comfortable, fast and easy ride
  4. Stainless, durable steel
  5. Adjustable Seatpost and handle posts for any height
  6. Responsive brake

Cons

  1. Heavy and hard to carry
  2. No chain-guard
  3. Bit expensive

Specification:

  • Colors: Tangerine Orange, Baltic Blue, Vivid Dusk and Obsidian Black.
  • Weight: 27.6 lbs (12.5 kg)
  • Folded size: 30.3″ × 25.2″ x 11.8″ (77 × 64 x 30 cm)
  • Speeds: 7
  • Frame: K Series 4130 chromoly lightweight steel frame with lattice forged hinge
  • Fork: Hi-Ten Steel Blades and Steerer
  • Tires: 20″ x 1.50″
  • Handlepost: Forged Alloy, Radius Telescope adjustable
  • Handlebar: Flat, 6061-T6 Alloy
  • Seatpost: 34 mm x 580 mm Alloy
  • Front hub: Mini, sealed bearings 20H
  • Rear hub: 7-speed, freewheel, 32H
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Tourney
  • Brakes: Winzip 110mm V-Brakes
  • Pedals: Folding
  • Crankset: Forged alloy 6061 arms, 52T
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed bearing, square taper with bolt
  • Recommended rider height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
  • Maximum rider weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)
  • Carton weight: 37 pounds
  • Shipping Carton dimensions: 33″ x 25.6″ x 12″ (84 x 65 x 31 cm).

6. Retrospec Speck SS

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Retrospec Speck SS is another excellent foldable bike which has been one of the best sellers. However, this is not by Dahon; it is the product of Retrospec itself.

Again it is another good choice for the urban riders and commuters.

The design is simple and modernized with 20 inches of wheels as Dahon Speed Uno, but the features, function and experience are not gonna be same.

The frame is made up of hand-built aluminum which makes its weight light as around 20lbs (10 kgs) which are what you want but breaks easily which is a huge drawback. , ,

Pros

  1. Ergonomic grips and Retrospec saddle gives smooth cycling experience
  2. Super lightweight
  3. Adjustable handlebar
  4. The uniquely designed commuter tires yield a large amount of water dispersion.
  5. Minimal and elegant design with multiple color options
  6. Low price

Cons

  1. Use cheap materials
  2. Better locking mechanism is not included
  3. Pedals are easily damageable
  4. Absence of Mudguard and Rear rack
  5. A single speed bike for taller guy due to small size crank
  6. It is heavier than advertised, its real weight is 23.5 lbs

Specification:

  • Colors: Matte Graphite, Matte Black, Glossy White, Cream, Matte Coral, Matte Navy.
  • Weight: 23.5 lbs
  • Folded size: 30″ x 22″ x 10″
  • Frame: Hand-built aluminum
  • Fork: aluminum
  • Wheel: 20 inches
  • Crank: Alloy
  • Chainring: 48T
  • Chain: KMC
  • NECO Sealed Cartridge B.B. Set
  • 16T Coaster Brake Cog
  • Brake: Retrospec Coaster Brake
  • Tires: Kwenda Kwest
  • Handlebar: Alloy
  • Pedals: folding
  • Seat post: Alloy, 30.4

7. Schwinn 20-inch Loop

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Schwinn is popular American fitness materials revolutionizer brand and has very high quality and popular product. Schwinn 20-inch Loop is one of the best foldable bikes by Schwinn.

If you want a proper bike but your budget is low then this bike will be a good choice. The price is very affordable.

Talking about design, it is very great and unique design. Unlike other bikes, the frame loops down creating more space make rider easy.

The frame is solidly built from an alloy and weighs 14.5 kg (32 lbs).

Although it is heavier, bulkier and unflexible its gonna be good choice.

This is for urban rider or commuter who lives in a small apartment and has less storage.

Moreover, I can say it is solid, modern, affordable, functional, durable among all folders.

Pros

  1. Strong and high-quality frame and brake
  2. Affordable (even in small budget)
  3. Simple and fast folding mechanism
  4. Adjustable seat
  5. Rack is welded

Cons

  1. A thin layer of paint.
  2. Use of cheap material
  3. Handlebars are unadjustable
  4. Comes in only one color
  5. Uncomfortable seat

Specification:

  • Color: Black / Green
  • Wheel size: 20 inches
  • Folded size: 30″ X 32″ X 11 Inch (76 × 81 x 28 cm)
  • Product Weight: 14.5 kg (32 lbs)
  • Frame: Aluminum Alloy
  • Handlepost: Steel
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-Brakes (Linear), Steel. Aluminium levers.
  • Grips: Shimano grip-shift
  • Gears: Simano (low end)
  • Crankset: 3-piece single-speed crank set. Aluminum crank. Steel Chain ring
  • Seatpost: Steel
  • Spokes: Steel, 24 Spoke Design
  • Pedals: Plastic, Foldable
  • Tires: Street Tyres, Smooth
  • Kickstand: YES, Steel
  • Suggested Rider Height: 147 – 189 cm (4’10” – 6’2″)
  • Max. Rider Weight: 104 kg (230 lbs)
  • Shipping Weight: 41.1 lbs (18.6 kgs)
  • Box Dimensions: 28″ x 17″ x 30″ (72cm x 43cm x 77 cm).

8. Allen Sport XWay

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Allen Sport produces the high-quality, high-end and premium products.
Some of them are cheap, but some are expensive.

However, Allen Sports XWay deserves what its price is because of its performance and spectacular features.

The design, frame, and work are really premium. The frame is made from high quality 6061 Aluminum and has 24.6 lbs (11.1 kgs) of weight. This bike is one of the best lightweight and strong among the folders.

If you wanna have premium and quality ride, XWay is great.

I am sure you are gonna have the best experience with this bike of Allen Sport.

Keeping aside its price, the bike is worth your investment.

Do you believe me?

You should because this bike is a perfect bike you will ever find in the market, and its price makes sense.

Pros

  1. Sturdy and durable
  2. Lightweight (easy to carry)
  3. Unique, classic and amazing look
  4. Sharp brakes
  5. The tires are thinner and faster.

Cons

  1. It is unstable the folded position
  2. It is expensive model

Specification:

  • Colors: Black Stone
  • Folded dimensions: 33.5″ x 27.6″ x 13.8″ (85cm x 70cm x 35cm)
  • Weight: 24.5 lbs (11.1 kgs)
  • Speeds: 20
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum
  • Forks: 6061 Aluminum
  • Wheels: 451mm
  • Rims: Shinning Alloy
  • Tires: 20″ x 1-3/8″
  • Tire valve: Presta
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano
  • Back Derailleur: Sram X9 10 Speed
  • Shifters: Sram X9 Trigger
  • Front and rear brakes: Tektro
  • Brake levers: Tektro
  • Crankset: Lasco
  • Pedals: Foldable
  • Kickstand: included
  • Handlebar Post: Alloy adjustable
  • Handlebar: Aluminum
  • Saddle: DDK 3166
  • Seat post: Aluminum
  • Fenders are not included
  • Recommended Rider Height range: 4’11” – 6’7″ (150cm – 200cm)
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 242 lbs (110 kgs)
  • Max / Min distance from seatpost to handlebar: 57.15cm / 55.24cm
  • Max / Min distance from saddle to pedal: 93.98cm / 73.66cm

9. Best Choice Products 20″ 6 Speed

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Best Choice Product is the best option for the one who spends only one to two hundred. The feature and performance are great as cost.

I will not refer you this if you do the long ride or commuting because this types of bikes are not reliable and eligible. However, I included this only for those who need cheap bike for their limited activities.

Just weighing it, its light but heavier means average (14.5kg/32 lbs) but some feel heavy. However, actually, it is heavier than other bikes. The frame is of Hi-tensile steel.

Pros

  1. Cheap and affordable for low budget
  2. Fully assembled
  3. Non-gender specific(Designed for male aswell as female)
  4. Adjustable handlebar and seat
  5. Requires small storage space
  6. Includes front and rear fenders.

Cons

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Requires extra adjustments out of the box, cost more than original price
  3. Parts can’t easily replaced

Specification:

  • Shifters: Shimano RS35
  • Frame: 20” Folding Bike Hi-Tensile Steel
  • Handle Bars: Retro Alloy Handlebar
  • Fork: Hi-Ten Steel
  • Crankset: One Piece Steel Chrome Plated Crank.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano RDTZ 50
  • Brakes: Alloy V-Brakes
  • Stem: Alloy Tall Cool
  • Seat Post: Steel Chrome
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel 14G.
  • Rim: Alloy Black Front/Rear
  • Tires: 20” X 1.5 Double Wall.
  • Kickstand: Heavy Duty Kick Stand

10. Strida SX

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Among all the bikes in the market, Strida SX is uniquely designed folding bike but looks weird. It has the distinctive triangular shaped design.

The best thing about this bike is it is small bike and easy to fold within 10 seconds. These bikes occupy lower space.

The wheel is small, 18 inches which are bigger than rest of their other models of bikes (16 inches) but still smaller than other bikes which are
20 inches. As you also know that smaller is slower and less stable too. However, this bike is not too hard to accelerate.

The frame is made up of 7000 Series Aluminum which is lightweight (22 lbs/10 kg).

Pros

  1. Minimal design with no oily chain and not visible cables
  2. Less maintenance required
  3. High-quality parts
  4. Quickly foldable

Cons

  1. Uncomfortable ride over long distances
  2. Single gear makes it slow
  3. The saddle is too close to handlebar

Specifications:

  • Colors: Matte Black, Matte Grey, Orange
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs (12 kg)
  • Folded Size: 45.2″ x 20″ x 9″ (115cm x 51cm x 23cm)
  • Frame: 7000 series aluminum frame and fork
  • Speeds: 1
  • Wheels: alloy, 18 inches
  • Tires: reflective Kenda
  • Drivetrain: STRIDA special belt drive, grease free, no oily chain or gears.
  • Brakes/Cockpit: Disc Brakes and aluminum parts
  • Rear rack: aluminum, can hold 13 lbs and act as a stand when folded
  • Adjustable seat mounting
  • Fenders: plastic
  • Kickstand: included
  • Can be laid on the ground or propped up vertically
  • Can be rolled when folded
  • Pedals: folding
  • Belt: included
  • Bottom bracket: Welded
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • Suggested Rider Height: 4’9″ – 6’4″ (145cm – 193cm)

11. Dahon Boardwalk

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Again this big giant foldable cycle producer has another perfectly excellent cycle, Dahon Boardwalk. This is the most affordable bike of Dahon as most of the bikes cost more as $300, $400 and even more which was not affordable for most of the people.

The design is clean and impressive and good looking.

Like most of Dahon bikes rear rack, mudguards and uses the HiTensil frame ( which is not high quality), and it is bit heavier (12.5 kg) bit heavier. However, the frame tube is thin and not high-quality metal.

Boardwalk is mainly for urban commuters who just need a simple bike for short commutes.

Pros

  1. Affordable (Most cheapest Dahon bike)
  2. Rust resistant
  3. Rapid fast ride
  4. Rear rack and fenders are included
  5. Adorable and compact look

Cons

  1. Little heavier other Dahon modelsCan’t ride uphill
  2. Cheap frame material
  3. Paint can get scratched easily
  4. Lacking wheel locking mechanism

Specification:

  • Color: Black (Obsidian)
  • Weight: 27.6 lbs (12.5 kg)
  • Folded dimensions: 29.5″ x 26.0″ x 12.6″ (75 x 66 x 32 cm)
  • Speeds: 1
  • Frame: HT Series, Hi-Tensile steel.
  • Fork: Steel
  • Tires: K-193 20 x 1.5″
  • Rims: Aluminum
  • Handlepost: D Type, steel, unadjustable
  • Handleset: 6061-T6 ALLOY
  • Grips: XH-G49
  • Saddle: VL4022A
  • Seatpost: Alloy, 580 mm Alloy
  • Front Brake: Promax Silver V-Brake
  • Rear Brake: coaster brake
  • Brake levers: right only, DHL-10P
  • Front hub: AE-20.1F 5/16 x 14G x 28H x 74 x 115
  • Rear hub: KT-305R (B) 3/8 x 14G x 28H x 110 x 150 mm
  • Bottom bracket: CH-302
  • Spokes: steel
  • Crankset: 1/2″ x 1/8″ x 44T x 170, Steel
  • Chain: KMC Z-410
  • Pedals: NW-319 Plastic Folding
  • Kickstand: aluminum
  • Rear rack: ARC Rack
  • Mudguards: SKS Mini 20
  • Suggested Rider Height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
  • Maximum Rider Weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)
  • Shipping carton weight: 36 lbs (16.5 kgs)
  • Box dimensions: 33″ x 25.8″ x 10.6″ (84 x 65.5 x 27 cm)

12. Hasa F2 Sram

Hasa-F2 -Sram-review

HASA cycles are known for their great designs and high-quality components and accessories.

If you are in budget and want quality ride Hasa F2 Sram
is for you. This bike is suitable for the casual bike rider.

The frame is high quality and made from 6061 Aluminum. The bike is strong and long lasting. This weighs 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg). However, some of the cheap elements (like plastic pedals) are used in order to reduce the cost.

It is highly functioning and modern and innovative bike, and the price is reasonable and affordable.

Pros

  1. Assembling is easy
  2. Included mudguards and rack
  3. Sturdy frame and minimal design
  4. Tires are excellent quality
  5. Total value to money
  6. Telescopic handlebar post.

Cons

  1. Poor quality pedals and other parts
  2. Some issues with the folding lock
  3. Some parts (brakes, pedals and gears) need adjustment for better performance
  4. Folding is not smooth
  5. Mudguard is made of low-quality plastic

Specification:

  • Color: Black, White
  • Weight: 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg)
  • Folded dimensions: 33″ x 25″ x 13″ (84cm x 64cm x 33cm)
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061 Alloy
  • Fork: Aluminum 6061 Alloy
  • Speeds: 6
  • Wheel size: 20″
  • Tires: KENDA 20″x1.5 K-193
  • Stem: Stainless DS050 Steel with adjustable height
  • Handlebar: Alloy Flat Bar 510mm Long
  • Seatpost: 40.2mm x 510mm, alloy
  • Saddle: VELO VL-4022
  • Brake Levers: PROMAX Alloy BL-46G
  • Front and Rear Brakes: PROMAX TX-107C
  • Shifter: Shimano RevoShift 6 Speed Right Twist Shifter
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TY18SSD 6 Speed
  • Crankset: JLATAI JT0S1022 170mm 48-Teeth Aluminum Alloy with Chain Guard
  • Bottom Bracket: HONGTLAN HT-W01 With Ball Bearing
  • Cassette: SHIMANO MFTZ20 6 Speed 14-28T
  • Chain: KMC C30 106 Link
  • Rims: Aluminum Alloy 20″ 28 Holes
  • Hubs: ACCESS Aluminum Alloy Hubs AE-601F and AE-601R
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel 14G
  • Pedals: VP-F55
  • Fenders: Plastic
  • Rear Rack: Steel
  • Maximum rider’s weight: 240 lbs.
  • Suggested rider’s height: 4’8″ to 6’3″
  • Carton dimensions: 13″ x 33″ x 26.5″
  • Shipping weight: 34.2 lbs (15.5 kg)

13. Dahon Vybe D7

dahon-vybe-d7-review

Once more Dahon has introduced this perfect and recreational bike. Dahon Vybe D7 has huge functionality which top bikes should have.

It is almost similar to Dahon Vybe C7A but comes with all the necessary features.

This good looking bike has the frame made from VYBE Dalloy Aluminum which is strong but has lightweight of about 12 kg.

When you buy includes extra parts like fenders, kickstands, saddle mudguard, etc..etc.

So, the price of this bike is low if you look for its functionality and performance.

Moreover, this bike is attractive, impressive and beautifully designed.

Pros

  1. Stable and durable
  2. Aesthetical design
  3. Comfortable to ride
  4. 7-gears speed (can be ridden uphill)
  5. Rack and SKS fenders included
  6. Quick folding

Cons

  1. Difficult to adjust height
  2. Chain-guard not included

Specification:

  • Wheel Size: 20 inches
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Speeds: 7
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Folded Size: 26.4in x 13.4in x 28.4in
  • Model No: ABA071
  • Frame: VYBE Dalloy Aluminum,Lattice Forged Hinge, w/ ViseGrip Technology
  • Fork: Smooth Riding and Stable Hi-Ten Steel Blades and Steerer
  • Handlepost: DAHON Forged Aluminum Radius V Handlepost
  • Drivetrain: 7-Speed Shimano FT35 Rear Derailleur and Microshift
  • Wheels: Aluminum Rims with 28 Hole Front and Rear Hubs
  • Brakes: Winzip Smooth and Powerful 110mm V-Brakes
  • Rider height: 4’9in-6’3in
  • Max Rider Weight: 231 lbs

14. Dahon Mu P8

Dahon-MU-P8-review

Dahon Mu P8 is again another most versatile and sophisticated bike.

This bike is next improved version of Mu Uno but with multiple gears keeping frame and forks identical. The shape and design are as well same.

The difference is that it is more functional and lighter but heavier than MU Uno (11 kg) and bigger. But it is more compact in folded state than other folding bikes.

The only weakness of this bike is being bumpy.

However, it is recreational bike and best for the urban riders who rides fast.

Pros

  1. Extremely durable
  2. Dalloy Aluminium frame ( Rust resistant)
  3. Beautifully designed
  4. Fast on plain as wells as wheel
  5. Adjustable height of handlebar
  6. Lightweight
  7. Seat pump integrated

Cons

  1. Not comfortable compared to Dahon bikes
  2. Problems like bumping, potholes, curbs can cause

Specification:

  • Colors: Cloud White, Obsidian Black
  • Folded dimensions: 30.8″ × 25.7″ x 11.7″ (79cm × 66cm x 30cm)
  • Weight: 27.1 lbs (12.3 kg)
  • Speeds: 8
  • Gear inches: 32″ – 93″
  • Frame: PA series – dalloy aluminum, lattice forged hinge, Fusion and V-clamp technology
  • Fork: Dahon slipstream, dalloy aluminum
  • Handlepost: forged alloy, Radius telescope adjustable
  • Handlebar: Comp, 6061 alloy, double butted
  • Seatpost: 34 mm x 580 mm alloy with BioLogic Post Pump
  • Front hub: Comp, 20H, ultralight 58 gram cartridge bearing hub
  • Rear hub: Comp 8-speed cassette, alloy, 28H
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 20 x 1.60 Folding Tire with HD Speed Guard and RoadStar triple compound, 85 PSI (or generic 20″ x 1.75″, 60 PSI)
  • Rear derailleur: Dahon Neos 2.0
  • Crankset: forged alloy 6061 arms, double alloy chainguard, 52T
  • Bottom bracket: Cartridge, sealed bearings
  • Pedals: Alloy, folding
  • Brakes: Alloy, 110mm, V-brake
  • Kickstand: Alloy
  • Clip system: Snap Lok
  • Suggested rider height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm).
  • Maximum rider weight 230 lbs (105 kg)
  • Shipping weight: 34.8 lbs (15.8 kg)
  • Box dimensions: 33″ x 25″ x 12.2″

15. Columba SP26S

columba-SP26S-review

Generally, the price of the 26-inch full-size bike is expensive but you will not find this Columba SP26S expensive as no other 26-inch full-size bike are cheap as this bike is.

The frame of this bike is steel and it is strong and heavy of course as it weights 15.5 kg.

This is good for those who has separated less budget to buy the full-size folding bike and for those who are changing their regular bike to foldable.

The only issue with this bike is it is heavier to carry and looks uncomfortable when folded which is even find on expensive one.

All I can say is although this bike has some limitations, the price is unbeatably cheaper than other bigger bike.

Pros

  1. Well built and sturdy bike
  2. Full-size 26″ tires but lightweight.
  3. Cheaper than other large size bike
  4. More comfortable than other full sized folding bikes
  5. Can be stood freely due to its kick stand
  6. Removable front handle stem and adjustable seat height

Cons

  1. The full sized bikes are always heavy.
  2. Bit large when folded away
  3. Cheap components
  4. Can’t be locked when folded
  5. Brake handles are made from plastic.
  6. Looks large

Specification:

  • Colors: Black, Blue, Yellow, and Silver
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Folded dimensions: 38″ x 29″ x 14″
  • Wheels: 26″
  • Frame: Steel
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 18-speed shifter and derailleur
  • Brakes: alloy V-brakes
  • Tires: Kenda 26″x1.5″
  • Rims: alloy
  • Pedals: foldable
  • Stem: quick removable front handle stem.
  • Hubs: steel
  • Kickstand: Steel
  • Accessories: included optional derailleur protector, water bottle mount holes and screws, PVC black bell
  • Recommended Rider’s Height: 5’3″ – 6’0″
  • Maximum Rider’s Weight: 200 lbs
  • Box dimensions: 52″ x 26″ x 9″
  • Shipping weight: 44 lbs

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16. Pacific Cycles If MODE

pacafic-bikes-if-mode-review

One of the best bike by Pacific Cycles but expensive. It looks and is luxurious. This bike is for those who want to to make the luxurious ride and wants best one and have the budget to afford the premium feature.

This bike has S-shaped framework which is attractive, unique, clean, fashionable, modern and stylish look as you can see the picture. This full sized bike performs like most of you want like fast, lightweight, micro-folded size, etc.

Not only by look it is great in its performance and function and mechanics.

This bike is what you see in dream but is real.

Pros

  1. High-quality, sturdy and durable frame and parts
  2. Oil-free chain
  3. It worth the price
  4. Uniquely beautiful design
  5. Folds quickly (20 seconds)
  6. Full-sized wheels for fast and smooth a ride
  7. Easy to roll when folded

Cons

  1. Expensive
  2. Mudguard and rack not included

Specification

  • Frame: Pacific IF MODE AL7005 single arm frame
  • Fork: Pacific IF MODE AL7005 single arm
  • Color: Cream White / Mat Black
  • Head Sets: Ball Bearings φ35x17x10mm
  • BB Parts: Speed Drive integrated
  • Seat Post: Promax SP-728 AL 2014 31.6x480mm
  • Tire: Kenda Kwick Roller Sport 26×1.5″ (40-559) 80psi
  • Rim: Alloy 6061-T6 26×1.5″ 12H 3 Spider Plates
  • Hub: Chosen sealed bearings for single arm frame
  • Chainwheel: Speed Drive 22T
  • Chain: KMC HG53
  • Freewheel: 12T sprocket
  • Derailleur: Speed Drive dual speed system
  • Shifter: Heel push bottom on BB axle
  • Saddle: Velo VL-2064 Brown
  • Pedal: Foldable
  • Handlebar: Pacific IF MODE Folding
  • Stem: CNC integrated to front fork
  • Brake: Mechanical Disc Brake w/170mm rotors
  • Brake: Lever Mechanical disc brake lever
  • Dimensions Folded: 102cm(H) x27cm(W) x 66cm(L)
  • Weight: 14.7kg

17. IF MOVE

IF-MOVE-review

This is another innovative bike by Pacific Cycles. This is the high-quality and expensive bike with high-end performance. The attractive and impressive design and paint of this bike will attract you. As IF MODE bike this too is expensive with almost same features but some additional.

It has tons of advantages as If MODE cons is very less i.e. not cheap/affordable.

Specification:

  • Frame: Pacific IFMOVE AL7005/6061 sigle arm frame
  • Fork: Pacific IFMOVE AL7005 single arm fork
  • Color: White / Black
  • Head Sets: Ball Bearings φ35x17x10mm
  • BB Parts: 68/127.5mm alloy axle
  • Seat Post: AL7075 34.9x570mm black anodized w/ integrated kicksand
  • Tire: Maxxis DTH 20×1.5″ (38-406) DK 110psi
  • Rim: Alex DP17 20″ 24H FV stanless single eyelet
  • Hub: Chosen 24Hx14G sealed bearings for single arm frame
  • Chainwheel: 44T 170mm w/ double CG
  • Chain: KMC HG53
  • Freewheel: Sturmey Archer 11-25T 9speed
  • Derailleur: Sram X7 shortage cage 9speed
  • Shifter: Sram X7 Gripshifter 9speed
  • Saddle: Velo VL-1353 Black
  • Pedal: Foldable
  • Handlebar: Pacific IFMOVE Folding
  • Stem: CNC integrated to front fork
  • Brake: Avid Ball Bearing 5 Mechanical Disc Brake w/170mm rotors
  • Brake Lever: Avid Mechanical disc brake lever
  • Dimensions: Folded: 97cm(H) x27cm(W) x 50cm(L)
  • Weight: 11.8kg

18. Montague Crosstown

montague-crosstown-review

Montague Crosstown is really the strongest bike out on the market. It is highly overrated bike and loved by the user who used it. Also, it has a beautiful design even though it looks tall and another great thing is that this bike has it can be folded into small(compact). This bike pays off the buyer with its functions and giving a memorable experience.

Pros

  1. Easy and quick to fold.
  2. Fast ride because of large and thin wheels
  3. Comfortable to ride long distance
  4. Quickly and easily adjustable handlebar tube and seat stem tube

Cons

  1. It may not fit in the trunks of some cars even when folded
  2. Large wheels cannot easily be transported

Specification

  • Frame: Custom drawn 7005 Series, Aluminum tubing with DirectConnec folding system
  • Fork: Rigid Unicrown, with CLIX Wheel Release System ramped dropout
  • Derailleur: Shimano Altus, 7-Speed
  • Number of Gears: 7
  • Shifters: Shimano 7-Speed RevoShift
  • Chain set: 42T chainring. Alloy 170mm crank arm with chain guard
  • Cassette: Shimano 13-34 mega range
  • Brakeset: Tektro dual pivot caliper
  • Handlebars: Riser style 30mm rise 600mm wide Alloy
  • Stem: Octagon height adjustable
  • Rims: 700c Alloy. 32 hole
  • Tyres: Kenda semi-slick. 700c x 35mm
  • Saddle: Gel with Elastomer Comfort System
  • Seatpost: 30.0 X 300mm Alloy
  • Folding Size: 36” x 28” x 12”
  • Weight: 28lbs

19. Vilano-Urbana

Vilano-Urbana-review

Before this bike, there were no other cheapest bikes beside Dahon Speed Uno or Retrospec Bicycles Speck with coaster brake. Now the Vilano Urbana has become the cheapest and lightest bike of them all.
The functionality of this bike is not different from Speed Uno and Retrospec. This bike can easily and comfortably be ride on roads but not easy in uphill and uneven areas. However, It delivers what you can expect from single speed bikes

Pros

  1. Weighs 21.4lbs, which is lighter than other 20″ bikes
  2. Great choice if you’re little thin on the budget.(Affordable)
  3. Requires low maintenance
  4. Simple, minimal and aesthetical design

Cons

  1. Use of some low-quality and cheap components
  2. Coaster Breaks can decrease control

Specifications:

  • Colors: Grey and White
  • Folded dimensions: 32″ x 25″ x 12″
  • Weight: 21.5 lbs
  • Wheels: 20″
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Speeds: 1
  • Rear brake: coaster brake
  • Handlepost: adjustable

20. V3 Phantom X2

Prodeco-Phantom-X2-review

This is very stylish and powerful bike known for its best and handsome design. It is also the one of the best and affordable electric folding bike among full-sized bikes.

It is high functioning and best performing bike. Yes, this bike is expensive, but this is hassle and pollution (though every cycle is pollution free) free bike found in the market.

It is highly preferred by every cycling experts for those who does daily long ride and urban commuters.

This bike is slightly heavy because of motor installed on it.

Pros

  1. Unique full sized design
  2. Easy to ride because of motor
  3. Constructed with high-quality materials
  4. Impressive battery life and can’t be easily detroit
  5. Easy to assemble
  6. Quiet engine
  7. Great value for money
  8. Speed is insanely high

Cons

  1. Cannot install a rear rack
  2. Heavier than other electric bikes
  3. Unaffordable with low budget

Specification:

  • Color: Matte Black
  • Weight: 58 lbs
  • Folded size: 48″ x 36″ x 28″
  • Continental Traffic 26″ x 2.1″ Tires
  • 20 mph speed
  • SRAM X7 Twist 8 Speed Shifter and Mid Derailleur
  • Magnesium fork
  • Half inch Twist Throttle
  • Avid Disc Brakes and Rotors
  • Comes with Life P04 Lithium 24 Cell Batteries
  • Charging time: 5.5 hours
  • Rear 36V-500W Motor
  • Covers 28 to 38 distance before recharging
  • Has Lifetime frame warranty
  • Comes 2 years components warranty

Now I am sure that questions are poping up in your mind and that question must be like which folding bike should I buy? or else which Dahon bike should I buy? right?

What to look for when buying a folding bike? (Buying Guide)

So It is sure that you are buying the cycle of your choice, right? However, sometimes the bike you choose may not satisfy you later on future when the new model with new feature rolls out. You may not like the outdated performance of your old bike.

So, let’s have a look at some of the important things to look when buying folding bikes:

1. Size Before and After Folding It

Just Look for the size of the bike in folded and non-folded condition. Pick the bike of the size suitable for you.

2. Weight (Light or Heavy)

What should the bike weight for you? Light or heavy?
In my opinion, the more lightweight, the better. You can carry it effortlessly.

By the way, the parts like fenders/mudguards, frame size and type etc also makes difference in its size.

3. Wheel Size

What must be the size of the wheel for you to ride?
The small sized wheel has a better look but bit difficult to ride. It’s bumpy. The Larger one can be easy to ride and faster too.

4. Frame Material

Check out the materials used in framing. See what its made up of. Is it of aluminum or carbon fiber or steel or titanium. This can matter in weight of your bike. In my opinion, you should look for aluminum. Simply because of its lightweight.

  • Carbon- Expensive and easily breakable
  • Steel: Expensive, Strong and Heavyweight
  • Titanium: Unaffordable and Weigh More but are Very Durable

5. Mechanism

This is what you mainly look for. See the bike that what type of mechanism it has: Split Fold/ Triangular Hinge/ Break Away mechanism.

6. Gears

You may get stocked whether to buy geared or non-geared model. I will suggest geared one. It can be accelerated quickly, easy to ride on the hill and can be the ride at high speed.

7. Price

This is what you primarily look for. You buy it if it is cheap. If not cheap you will not buy. Don’t just look for cheap; you will not own for a long time.

Just Don’t look for:

  1. Cheap and Used/secondhand (Most of them are repaired.)
  2. Color and design
  3. Bike with fewer features
  4. Heavy

Final Verdict:

So, these are all that you need to know when buying folding bike including list of best folding bikes of the year.
If you really wanna get one for you, don’t go directly go to the store not knowing anything. First, research about it on the internet, check the reviews of the bike and others opinions regarding the bike (especially in Amazon) then buy. There are many resources and I am sure you will get a good one for you.

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