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26″ Shimano Folding Mountain Bike Review

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Who is the new 26″ Folding Mountain Bike For?

The idea of a folding bike is that when you arrive at your destination the bike can collapse and be easily stored.  Normally the most bulky part is the wheel, which by its design cannot reduce in size.  If you are looking to ride over rough terrain or longer distances then a 26″ wheel will help, by riding more smoothly over any bumps and providing more stability to the bike.
This bike is intended for use by someone looking to ride a trail, or maybe a rough (pot holed) road, where a small 20″ wheel could be more easily damaged.

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Read on for our full review:

The Folding Frame

To ease packing the frame of this bike folds up to leave a neat package that can easily be stored in the trunk of a car.  The frame can fold down in just 15 seconds.

Rider Size

With its adjustable saddle and handlebars, the bike can accommodate riders up to 200lb, with heights of 5’3″ to 6’0″.

Component Quality

Given the price of this bike, the quality of the components is not top drawer.  Its fitted with steel forks, which only add to the 36lb weight, a six speed derailleur, and v-brakes.

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With the weight of the bike, I would be worried that the components are not strong enough to last very long.

Other Features

Along with the standard components, this bike also ships with mud guards and a kick stand.  These will help keep you dry in the wet and prevent the bike falling when parked.  Useful, but at the same time adding to the weight of the bike.

Other users Feedback

At the time of writing 18 people who have bought this bike have taken the time to post a review on Amazon.  Their overall rating is 2.7 out of 5 stars.  Most of the feedback centered around the high weight of the bike, and the lack of durability in the components.

“This is a cheap bike with cheap parts and cheap assembly”

“The folding frame works great.I have a bike that can go off road and that gets small enough to fit in a raft or canoe”

“I am really glad I got this bike. money well spent.”

What else should you know?

The bike comes partially assembled, so you will have to build up the bike yourself.  This is generally a simple process and should take less than an hour.

Our Verdict

Overall this bike does what it needs to do, providing a full sized bike that is easy to store.  Granted this adds a little weight, and some of the components may be better.  However for a bike around $200 it represents great value for money.  The other value folded bike worth considering is the Dahon Boardwalk Folding Bike on this site.

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