Folding bikes have become extremely popular in recent years as it’s helped makes one of the longest pasttimes more portable and much more practical. No longer are the days of being able to travel long distances without your bicycle as the folding technology gives riders the ability to easily fold and store in smaller locations including the trunk of your car. The days of conveniently folding. moving, and hitting your favorite trail in no time at all are finally here and we’ve reviewed all of the top folding bicycles you’ll want to consider.
Many of the top bicycle manufacturers including Schwinn, Montague, Bike USA, Columbia and many others have widened their approach into the folding concept. With years of experience and all of the most innovative minds they’ve been joined by some newcomers which include SoloRock, Altruism, and many others to create some of the most amazing bicycles out there. When looking at performance, speed and everything else that professional riders and those looking for a new hobby are looking for than the following review is for you.
This review takes a closer look at the Top 10 Folding Bikes for 2017 and all the reasons why.
|Image||Name||Type||Rating||Price||Check Best Price|
|DAHON MARINER D7 BRUSHED FOLDING BIKE||Sport||10.0||$$$|
|DAHON VECTOR P20 GRAY 92-7-06 FOLDING BIKE BICYCLE||Sport||10.0||$$$$|
|2016 MONTAGUE PARATROOPER ELITE 30 SPEED FOLDING MOUNTAIN BIKE||Mountain||10.0||$$$$|
|STRIDA LT UNISEX FOLDING BICYCLE||Unisex||10.0||$$$|
|DAHON MU SL MERCURY FOLDING BIKE||Sport||9.9||$$$$|
|BIKE USA UBIKE ALLROUNDER 7-SPEED FOLDING BICYCLE||Sport||9.8||$$$|
|2016 MONTAGUE FIT 30 SPEED FOLDING SPEED BIKE||Mountain||9.7||$$$$|
|FORD BY DAHON C-MAX 20″ 7-SPEED GRAY FOLDING BICYCLE||Sport||9.7||$$$|
|HASA SRAM 16 SPEED FOLDING BIKE||Sport||9.7||$$$|
|2016 MONTAGUE ALLSTON 11 SPEED BELT DRIVE FOLDING BIKE||Mountain||9.7||$$$$|
The 2016 Montague Allston is a high performance 11-speed folding bike that is an instant appeal to true outdoor fanatics. The rugged visuals is equally impressive once you get on as this durable and very strong folding mountain bike brings out the best in all worlds. Inspired for mountain bike riding but performs quite well as a daily commuter, enthusiasts of the sport itself have come to appreciate the newest Allston.
Some of the top features include a belt drive system which is a maintenance free system. The unique Montague belt system is a Gates carbon belt drive which is impervious to dirt and issues with weather such as rain. Aside from the worry free system, you’ll also see Shimano Alfine Rapid Fire trigger shifters, Shimano Alfine 11 internal rear gears, and an Alloy hubset with CLIX front quick release.
The best HASA folding bike to date is a 16-Speed high quality and even and amazing performing Sram which scores an impressive 9.7 out of 10. The HASA SRAM comes in with a very affordable price which is just over $400 and sports a full lineup of high end specs. This lightweight, sporty, true folding bike offers amazing visuals and comes complete with with 6 speed derailleurs.
The Sram features 20” Kenda Tires, Promax front and rear brakes, VELO Comfort Soft Saddle, and performance based SRAM MRX 6 Speed Shifters. This bike is not for everyone, but anyone who wishes to take it for a ride has been impressed from the start. Out of the box it’s not fully assembled, but assembly is quite simple even if you don’t have a lot of hands-on experience.
The C-Max gray folding bike is an impressive ride that offers a sportier look, but very comfortable and efficient ride. This 20-inch bicycle features a very fast 7-speed gear system that may not look it, but is a great choice for longer rides for weekend enthusiasts. This sports style bike is the perfect complement for riders looking for classic appeal with upgraded, modern features.
The Ford by Dashon C-Max features is one of the best sellers on Amazon.com, and for numerous reasons. Some of the highlight features include a lightweight, steel frame, alloy brakes, fender and rear rack. The durable construction gives way to the folding mechanism which is very easy, and takes seconds to completely fold.
The 2016 Montague Fit is a full folding bike and is a great daily, city commuter. The new Fit features 30-speeds giving you a great deal of speed, and is one of the smoothest rides on two wheels. This high performance bicycle appeals to diehard enthusiasts and the folding concept gives experienced riders yet another reason to try out the 2016 Fit.
Underneath the impressive visuals, one of the highlight features is a very durable and lightweight 7005 series aluminum with FIT system. The XERO 700c rims and tires are great for endurance riders and daily commuters alike as the 2016 Fit offers the perfect balance of comfort, efficiency, speed, and everything to do with performance. The price comes in just over $1200, but for those looking for one folding bike that meets your long term needs, then this Fit may just be it.
The Bike USA Ubike AllRounder is an impressive 7-speed folding bicycle which scores a 9.8 out of 10. This nearly perfect bike comes highly recommended for youth riders that has an amazing weight capacity. The sporty look of the AllRounder comes in with an above average price, parents looking for a great investment for their children will find it’s well worth it.
The AllRounder is a 10-inch folding bike which features a very fast 7-speed gear system. The comfortable seat and quick release function makes it a great choice for those for those looking for an extended ride. Sporting 22” wheels, Shimano Tourney Gear Set, front and bake brake levers, and a weight capacity of 250 pounds, the Ubike is easily one of the best folding bikes for 2017 for youth riders.
The Dahon Mu SL offers a minimalist design, but once on this high quality folding bike it’s everything but minimal. The high quality of the Mu SL is noticed at first sight as the aesthetic, sporty appeal of the showmanship chrome and designer rims. Weighing only 23 pounds, the Mu SL is extremely lightweight, but it’s more than strong enough to handle all riders due to the rust resistant Dalloy Aluminum frame.
Other notable features include a Radius T & V-Clamp handle clamp, frame featuring a Dalloy Sonus Tube set & V-Clamp technology, SRAM Apex Derailleurs & SRAM SL700 Shifters, SRAM Apex Caliper Brake and Xero rims and tires. Only the finest quality goes into the Mu Sl Mercury folding bike which is what helps it garner the 5th spot in this review.
One of the most unique folding bikes is the Strida LT. The Strida belt drive means it will keep on ticking for 50,000 miles which is an extremely long-time for the lifespan of a bicycle. The folding aspect of the LT Unisex gives a whole new meaning to riding in style which is highly recommended for riders of all ages, male or female.
The Strida LT features a 7000 series aluminum frame and fork which makes it highly durable and lightweight. The power transfer is quick and easy which is great for endurance riders without having to exhume a great deal of energy thanks to the power transferred to the rear wheel through the silent and clean Kevlar belt. The bike comes complete with a reflective Kenda tires, 16-inch mag wheels, disc brakes, and a single speed transmission.
The 2016 Montague Paratrooper Elite is a very powerful and fast 30-speed folding mountain bike. Completely foldable in a matter of seconds, the 2016 Paratrooper Elite is a true high performance mountain bike that completely, quickly, and folds with minimal effort. This full sized bicycle was built to last and appeals to diehard enthusiasts looking for a rugged performing, stable riding off-road and on-road bike.
The folding concept is one of the best we’ve seen to date and considering the Shimano XT drive train and hydraulic disc brakes, Montague only considered the best in quality. The CLIX wheel release system is a Montague exclusive and it makes locking and unlocking the wheels easier than ever. Innovation goes a step further with the DirectConnect Folding System which makes quick and simple to release the top tube.
The Dahon Vector P20 comes in as the 2nd best folding bicycle of the year, but narrowly misses the mark as #1. The Vector is a mini folding bike that is easily foldable for storage and transport and offers a very durable foundation thanks to the Hydro formed Dalloy Vector frame. The frame is extremely lightweight and features a Forged Lattice Hinge and V-Clamp Technology for quick release and secure locking.
Dahon hasn’t become one of the most innovators of folding bikes for no reason as the Vector P20 is one of the many reasons why. Featuring a 10-Speed Front and rear Derailleur, Ergon GP1 dual density grips, Promax SL V Brakes, SRAM CAGE Shifters, 20” custom wheels, SRAM X5 10-speed drivetrain, Avid BL front and back brake Levers, and all while only weighing around 30 pounds.
See for yourself why the Dahon Vector is not just one of the best rated folding bikes, but one of the best bicycles ever.
The Dahon Mariner D7 inches out the P20 with comparable features, but comes in significantly lower in price. This very affordable high performance folding bike is an enthusiasts dream as it represents Dahon’s testament to high end performance features that’s become the idea choice for daily commuters and city riding.
The Marin D7 only knows the highest quality parts which makes it extremely lightweight, very durable, fast, and offers an amazing aesthetic appeal. The D7 is ideal for those looking for portability without sacrificing on performance as it completely folds in a matter of seconds and can be put away in smaller closets, under the bed, and even in the trunk of compact cars.
Some of what makes the D7 stands out includes the Dahon Neos rear derailleur that features crisp, fast shifting and a low profile design. This sporty look not only looks great on the road, but weighs only 26 pounds thanks to the 7005 aluminum frame with custom-drawn Sonus tubing and six patented technologies. Sporting 21-speeds, 20-inch wheels, and completely rust resistant, it’s no wonder why the Dahon Mariner takes the top sport of the best folding bike for 2017.