Best Folder

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Best Folder

Postby go4it » 19 Jun 2010, 6:36pm

I know it has probably been asked many many times, but as technology and advancement in engineering is changing all the time. i thought I would ask which is best folder, my company is about to offer CTW and I thought I would go for one. Touring would be my objective, with rail and air travel being foremost, i am no Arny so lightness would be an important consideration.
Any info. at all would be most appreciated

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Re: Best Folder

Postby gilesjuk » 19 Jun 2010, 6:59pm

The best folder will be over the £1000 limit.

It would probably be a titanium brompton kitted out to the max. Although everyone has their own brand preference.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby mill4six » 19 Jun 2010, 7:20pm

Air? = Airnimal rides like a proper bike but over £1000 for the really cool ones mine was just under but I had to have flat bars at that price. Bike friday's looked good too. The Birdy I nearly bought has a neat option of a hard carry case which converts to a trailer so you can tow your holdall in the trailer, then at the airport you shoulder your bag and tuck the bike and trailer bits into the hard case to go in the hold.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby go4it » 19 Jun 2010, 7:33pm

Thanks for replies keep em coming, anybody know any magazines with reviews/comparisons of folders.
Thanks

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Re: Best Folder

Postby gilesjuk » 19 Jun 2010, 7:43pm

I suppose you need to define your criteria.

The folder that folds down the smallest is not always likely to be the best ride. The smallest folder would be the Sinclair thing, but it has wheels like a shopping trolley.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby go4it » 19 Jun 2010, 7:52pm

Sinclair thing, but it has wheels like a shopping trolley.


Does that mean it has a mind of its own.

My criteria would be used primarily for touring (inc. camping) so luggage capacity
taken in to consideration, speed not a necessity, and lightweight, although the luggage would outweigh
any advantages of light bike.Obviously compact and easy break up/down for transport, trains, boats planes

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Re: Best Folder

Postby gilesjuk » 19 Jun 2010, 8:46pm

They probably do have a mind of their own.

SInclair A bike. Compact, but with tiny wheels. Has he not heard of potholes? Mensa = lack of common sense?

http://www.abikecentral.com/

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Re: Best Folder

Postby rogerzilla » 19 Jun 2010, 9:15pm

Airnimal for touring, easily. Brompton wins if you must have the smallest possible folded size and the best residual value.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby Woody » 19 Jun 2010, 10:32pm

I ride a Koga-Miyata Founder. Its not a particularly small folded package but its very comfortable to ride with its front and rear suspension. It came with a 9 speed derailleur but I fitted a Sram Dual Drive to give a good range of gears for touring.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby essexman » 19 Jun 2010, 11:18pm

yup airnimal for touring, or for a cheaper good ride look at the xootr swift, which has nice upgrade potential. I saw one of these with drop bars and clipless pedals and it looked great.
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Re: Best Folder

Postby random37 » 19 Jun 2010, 11:40pm

A Moulton? Admittedly, one of them is £13,000 :shock:

But I think you can get started in Moultons for less.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby keyhavenpotterer » 20 Jun 2010, 7:05am


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Re: Best Folder

Postby mike » 20 Jun 2010, 11:00am

I will put a vote in for the Xootr Swift, I had a test ride on one a while back and it is a really great bike. Its easlily upgraded as everything is standard bike equipment, would be ok for light weight touring but if you planed carrying camping gear etc. you could always use a trailer.


Tried to upload a picture of a Swift and trailer but but the size is to large, but there are loads of pictures in Flickr.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby mike » 20 Jun 2010, 11:01am

Forgot to mention the fold is a bit on the large size but it can also easily be dismantaled and put into a small suit case.

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Re: Best Folder

Postby dewi1 » 20 Jun 2010, 5:08pm

I have a Dahon Curve 9-speed bike with 16" wheels that costs about £600. It is very compact and folds well & quickly for going on the train etc, though apparently not as small folded as a Brompton. Rides well on the road too, I haven't used it for touring but have a carrier and do take light luggage with me sometimes without problems.

I have no experience of any other folders so I cannot offer a comparison against them, but am very pleased with my Dahon. Taffy