Folding Bicycles

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Karbon Kinetics Gocycle
Karbon Kinetics Gocycle

Folding bicycle, Electric bicycle; User type: Men, Women; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: …

"The Gocycle is certainly a fun ride, with premium looks that will draw envious looks from those around you. The performance is good too ... We can see that the Gocycle would be popular with …

2 reviews

 

Brompton S2L (2011)
Brompton S2L (2011)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; Rear Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

The Bike List enjoyed the Brompton S2L. The lightest and most simple model in the Brompton range, the S2L is quick to accelerate and highly practical. Taking around only 30 seconds to fold up or down …

1 review

 

Batribike Electric Bicycles Micro
Batribike Electric Bicycles Micro

Folding bicycle, Electric bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Alloy

BikeRadar's first look at this electric bike left them with the impression that it will do well providing a handy means of getting around, particularly where space and weight are at a premium …

1 review

 

 
 
AREAWARE IF Mode
AREAWARE IF Mode

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

While Wired could not deny the appeal of the iF-Mode and found it easy to fold, they thought that it was too expensive considering its cheapish-looking crankset and handlebars, besides being too …

1 review

 

Kansi 20" 3twenty 3 Speed Folding Bike
Fisher Outdoor Leisure Kansi 3twenty

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension

"... The 3twenty strikes a great balance of usability – thanks to the three-speed SRAM T3 hub (186 percent gear ratio between first and third) – and ease of maintenance – no rear mech, and

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 7/2010 Kansi 3twenty (10) The new-kid-on-the-folding-block Kansi comes in three flavours at the moment. We've tested the three-speed version – there's also a fixed gear singlespeed (1twenty, £499) and a nine-speed (9twenty, £849). Aside from the number of gears, they're all very similar. … to review

Bike Friday Tikit (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Alloy

The Tikit is a very quick and simple bike to fold and unfold and requires nothing to be undone. It has a direct and energetic ride that feels more natural than some of the competitors due to its …

1 review

 

Dahon Vitesse P18 (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Bike Radar acknowledge that folding bikes can also have 18 gears, as proved by the Dahon Vitesse P18. While the 20in wheels handle more like a normal bike than the usual 16in wheels found on most

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 9/2009 Dahon Vitesse P18 (09) David Hon's company have been making bikes for 27 years, and there is a bewildering variety of bikes in their range, from minimalist city bikes to the sub-19lb drop-barred Allegro. The Vitesse P18 fits somewhere in the middle, with a lightish weight, a wide range of gearing and a rear rack, showing its somewhat more adventurous inclinations. … to review

Montague Bikes Swissbike TX (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Riding the Montague Swissbike TX is reassuring, but compared to its folding bike competitors, the folded package is larger. The big wheels are an advantage when rolling over bad surfaces and tyres

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 9/2009 Montague Swissbike TX (09) SwissBike's slogan is 'the full size bike that folds', but the speccing of 26in mountain bike wheels on the TX means it's never going to rival the likes of Brompton and Bike Friday for portability. … to review

Dawes Cycles Ace (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Bike Radar believed that the Ace from Dawes Cycles was good value for money for a well specified all-rounder. It might not win a beauty contest but it scores very highly on practicality, with its …

1 review

 

Brompton S6L-X

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

Bike Radar noted that although the ride given by the Brompton S6L-X won't suit everybody, it is the best fold up bike available. The energetic handling and smaller wheels mean that the Brompton

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 9/2009 Brompton S6L-X For many the terms folding bikes and Brompton are synonymous. The company have three models in their range – distinguished by their handlebar shapes – but these are made into a bewildering variety of finished bikes. And you can even go down the custom route. … to review

 
Riese und Müller Birdy City (2009)
Riese und Müller Birdy City (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Alloy

The Birdy City from Riese und Müller, unlike other folding bikes, is a comfortable ride for the whole day, thanks to being perfectly solid, smooth and comfortable. It also has a high class

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 9/2009 Birdy City (09) The Birdy City is made by the German company Riese und Müller. At around £1,200 it's far from cheap, but its aluminium frame has a good finish and we expected a lot from the German engineers behind it. … to review

Izip Ezgo

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

This leg saving bike is an amazing amount of fun to ride according to Bike Radar. It is a versatile bike for commuting on or popping to the shops and on days when you're feeling lazy the power …

1 review

 

Dahon Cadenza Solo (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Cadenza Solo goes for just one gear which keeps maintenance extremely low. The folding mechanism was in Bike Radar's opinion, clever and only takes a few seconds. It may not be light but it …

1 review

 

Airnimal Chameleon Ultra (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Bike Radar approved of the folding bike from Airnimal, saying it performed the same as a road bike, the Chameleon Ultra also fits into a suitcase too. In 30 seconds it can fold small enough for the

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 7/2009 Airnimal Chameleon Ultra (09) It's a truism with folders that, the smaller the wheel, the less likely the bike is to ride like a bike with full-size wheels, but the better the fold is likely to be. Airnimal's philosophy is to create 'a folding bike that performs with the best conventional bikes'. … to review

Brompton M6RX (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension

The M6RX is the much anticipated bespoke wide-range hub gear version of Brompton's always popular folding bike. It may have a few issues, but Bike Radar are still convinced that it was worth …

1 review

 

Mezzo Bikes D10 (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Mezzo D10 is a good quality folding bike that could be a decent alternative to a Brompton according to Bike Radar. Riding on the road proved this bike to be quite fast although there is some

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 1/2009 Mezzo Bikes D10 (09) The D10 is the latest folding bike designed by former Marin mountain bike designer Jon Whyte. The folded package isn't quite as small or as neat as Brompton's but the ride is about as good as it gets for a 16in-wheeled bike. If you're looking for a bike that you can chuck in your car boot or take on the train, then the D10 is worth taking for a test ride. … to review

Dahon Jack (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Bike Radar claimed the Dahon Jack to be one of the greatest folding commuter bikes available that you could take anywhere. Plus it is also decent value for money. Having a solid frame and larger …

1 review

 

Melbourne Classic Folder (2009)

Folding bicycle; User type: Unisex; Rear Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Melbourne Classic Folder has the potential to be a cheerful low cost folding bike, but Bike Radar considered it ruined by the terrible shock. It did not fold into a compact enough package to make …

1 review

 

A bike
Sinclair Research A-bike

Folding bicycle

"... It will happily ride in a train's luggage rack while you sit down below with your MacBook. At rush hours, this could prove invaluable, as regular bikes aren't allowed on most

1 review

 

 

More information at: MacUser, 24/2007 MacUser Christmas Gift Guide Every year the festive season seems to leap upon us, probably becasue the shops put up their decorations so early that we all ignore the looming deadline, assuming we still have plenty of shopping time left. But it's late November already, so with a month or less to get it all wrapped up, the MacUser team is on hand with a full run-down of this season's best gadgets. In test: Eleven christmas gift ideas under £250 were put forward by the Mac-based magazine ranging from fold-up bicycles to digital radios. No scores were given. … to review

 

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Modern folding bikes are definitely an alternative to traditional city bikes, thanks to their usually high standards. They can be quickly and easily folded down to a compact size and so are easy to transport on the bus or train. There are also stronger versions of folding bikes available for touring, racing, trekking or mountain biking as well.


Modern folding bikes are no longer the simple design and cheap construction of their 1970's predecessors. These current models are equipped with technologically high-end hub and derailler gears, they can no longer be considered inferior to a conventional bicycle in terms of stability due to the long wheel base, and also the more sophisticated folding mechanisms means they can be folded up to a substantially more compact size. This convenience, however, comes at a price, particularly for a quality bike. A majority of folding bikes have small wheel size of between 16 and 24-inches, with 12-inch tyres being more rare. These are ideal for short trips around town, shopping trips or even for venturing into the surrounding countryside. The extremely compact folded size makes them easy to transport on a bus or train, making them ideal for the daily commute or for city tours by car or train too. As folding bikes react more sensitively to uneven ground, they should come with a good suspension, which will also ensure better grip on the road. Although many folding bikes can behave and ride like touring or sporting bikes, the small, sporty city models are rarely designed for longer journeys, despite their good technical features. Anyone who wants to do this should opt for a 26 – 28-inch model, though the handling and quality is not the same as a conventional bike. Trekking bikes and full mountainbikes are now also available with folding mechanisms for off-road riding, as well as race bikes for the sporty rider.