Monday 23 September 2019

The ten best folding bikes

Airnimal: Airnimal's Chameleon Performance is a sturdy road bike that doesn't look as if it would fold up, but it does. And it only weighs 10.2kg. Ideal for long distances, it features a 20 speed Shimano 105 group set and drop bar plus a simple suspension system.
Price £1499 (€1700) Airnimal.eu
Airnimal: Airnimal's Chameleon Performance is a sturdy road bike that doesn't look as if it would fold up, but it does. And it only weighs 10.2kg. Ideal for long distances, it features a 20 speed Shimano 105 group set and drop bar plus a simple suspension system. Price £1499 (€1700) Airnimal.eu
Mezzo: The Mezzo D10's design features make it a nifty option, down to its small folded size and self-locking catches. The anodised black frame has laser etched decals - a cool bike that boasts great attention to detail. Price £845 (€958) Mezzobikes.com
UrbanMover: Taking the folding bike to the next level is Urban Mover's power assisted UM26s Terrain. With a fully folding alloy frame, it onlyweighs 19.5 kgs with the battery. A good way to get around, saving petrol and your energy. Price £929 (around €1,053) Urbanmover.com
Strida: It looks a little strange but the Strida 5.2 is particularly good for commuters, folds elegantly and weighs only 9.6kg. With fast acceleration and an easily reachable speed of 19km/h, it won't take you long to get from A to B. Price £464 (around €526) Strida-europe.com
Swiss: The manufacturers stress the performance orientation of this folding bike. The XO Competition is designed for the serious cyclist, with 26 inch wheels that can tackle all terrain and 27 speed with front suspension fork and disc brakes. Also folds to a sensible compact size. Price £1999 (around €2,267) Swissbike.com
A-Bike: Perhaps too gimmicky for some, but at 5.8kg, Sir Clive Sinclair's invention is the lightest bike on the market by far. Watch out for pot holes though - tiny 15 cm wheels make this more of a toy than a serious means of transportation. Price £199.99 (around €227) A-bike.co.uk
Brompton: The Rolls Royce of folding bikes. Weighing only 11.5kg and with respectable 16 inch tyres, the M3L is light and steady. Well suited to both urban and rural use and folding in less than 15 seconds to a volume of 85 litres, this bike is practical, simple and stylish. Price £630 (around €715) Brompton.co.uk
Mobiky: The alternative shape of the Mobiky Genius makes it an eye-catching bike and it has won a number of international design awards. Folds in under three seconds and needs minimal maintenance. It is also easily adjustable to fit all sizes. Price £489 (around €555) My-mobiky.co.uk
Raleigh: The Raleigh Boardwalk Lite is described as the 'ultimate road machine', featuring an AIRlite- aluminium frame, 1.5 inch street tyres and powerful alloy V-brakes. A slightly awkward bike to move around, but reasonably priced and sturdy. Price £399.99 (around €453)
Wisper: Another modern take on the folding bike, the Wisper 806fe comes with a 250W motor and a lightweight Panasonic battery. Altogether it weighs 19kgs and can be folded to fit into the boot of most family cars or even the cabin of a small boat. Price £949 (around €1,076) Wisper.kellsoft.net

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