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Good cheap folding bike, but doesn't last long
on 22 May 2013
A good bicycle for a very cheap price compared to Bromptons etc. I purchased this bike as an alternative to taking the tube, and so far it's holding up well on my daily 8 mile round trip commute.
However there are a couple of niggles. First of all, there is no latch to keep the bike together when folded, meaning carrying it is precarious due to how heavy it is. A simple velcro strap fixed the problem for me, making it much easier to carry when folded, at the expense of taking a couple more seconds to fold/unfold.
Secondly, it does feel a little bit like a toy. Tightening all of the quick release latches helped a LOT with this (seat, handlebars and middle joint), as it got rid of a lot of the flex that made it feel so cheap and flimsy. After this was done the whole bicycle felt a lot safer and more rigid.
Lastly, I'm not particularly tall (5" 8') but I can't quite adjust the saddle high enough for me before the minimum insertion mark appears. This might be an issue for taller people.
All in all, I'm very impressed with this bicycle, it folds down to a size about 10-20% larger than bicycles much more expensive than this (I manage to keep it under my desk), albeit a fair bit heavier.
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Having had this bike for about a month I feel as though the review should be updated. Although fine at first (after adjusting everyting), it quickly degenerates. This is surprising considering it's only had just over a months worth of use (about 180 miles).
The ball bearings in the bottom bracket are of poor quality, making loud cranking noises when cycling, the seat post has become very stiff and the brake lines have frayed to the point where the back one has come off (luckily not while cycling downhill).
The chain also has an annoying habit of coming off of the front cog when changing gear upwards (Adjusting the derailleur + shifting carefully doesn't help) about 3-4 times a day.
However, having said all this, if it lasts another month it will have been worth it considering how much has been saved in tube fare.