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You get what you pay for.
on 18 May 2015
As accidental "one click to buy" purchases go, I think I could've done worse.
As a first foray into the world of folding bikes, I could've done considerably better.
That being said, I have used this bike daily on my multimodal commute for the past five months with little complaint.
1.) Cost - definitely one of the cheapest folding bikes on the market.
2.) Simple fold - no complicated folding techniques. Just one hinge on the frame which folds / unfolds the bike in a matter of seconds.
3.) Comfortable riding position - once the handlebars and saddle height are suitably adjusted. I am just under six foot tall and purchased an extra long promax handlebar stem to accommodate. I think anyone over six foot would struggle for comfort.
4.) Six gears - ample for city commute.
5.) Sturdy ride - bike frame doesn't flex when riding
6.) Comes equipped with extras - bell, mud guards, folding pedals, rack.
7.) Classic look
1.) Heavy - weight becomes quite noticeable if you have to lug it over distance or up stairs.
2.) Handlebars don't fold - this makes the bike considerably less compact than other fold ups.
3.) Construction issues - the bike rattles a lot, even after tightening every possible screw. Brakes require regular alteration and cables have a propensity for coming out of housing. Gears need tinkering with to ensure they all work.
In short, I would not buy this if you are planning on using it on a rush hour tube / train commute. The bike just does not fold small enough.
If you are after a bike which needs to be compact enough to store indoors and is for use around a city and are on a budget, I would recommend it.