For this weeks blog we have our Top 5 folding bicycles that are currently available. So for all you fellow commuters who have to regularly endure standing pressed up against a random strangers armpit and discard any boundaries of personal space this weeks blog is just for you. Folding bikes are not reserved purely for Rapha wearing investment bankers so we have tried to give an option for all budgets.
Brompton M6L Folding Bicycle
The only candidate for the number one slot in our Top 5 folding bicycles. The original and most peoples perception of what is meant by a folding bike. The UK classic brand Brompton are top of the pile and the most expensive bike in our list. They provide a single frame size running on a set of comedy sized 16 inch wheels but allow you to then customise the bike with colours, number of gears and handlebar styles. The bikes are effortless to fold and relatively lightweight.
Best price – £1,080 at Cycle Republic
Used Brompton folding bicycle available on Trivelo
2. B’Twin Hoptown 120 Folding Bike
The challenger in the line-up and a huge difference in price between this and the Brompton. It has a 6 gear system built into the hub and comes with mudguards and a saddle height that can accommodate all but the tallest of cyclists. Styling wise it steals much of its cues from the Brompton but fails to fold down into quite such a small package when commuting.
Best price – £179 at Decathlon
Used BTwin Hoptown 120 folding bicycle available on Trivelo
3. Raleigh Stowaway 7
A similar proportioned bike to the B’Twin with a somewhat ugly cabling system running up the elongated handlebar stem. The frame is aluminium sporting a 7 speed Shimano Tourney set of gears but comes complete with mudguards and a rear pannier that certainly makes it versatile but contributes to a bucket load of extra weight resulting in it tipping the scales at 13kg.
Best price – £288 from Evans cycles
Used Raleigh Stowaway 7 folding bicycle available on Trivelo
4. Dahon QIX D8
Coming in under the price of a Brompton this unit features a very effective folding mechanism that leaves it very compact for commuting. The rear gearing is near standard bike specification coupled with a larger wheel size than some means when on the move you can make good progress albeit somewhat hindered while carting the bikes around in folded state.
Best price – £665.83 from Tredz
Used Dahon QiX D8 folding bicycle available on Trivelo
5. Tern Link C8
Folded the Tern comes in bigger than the class leading Brompton but compact enough to be practical while on the move with the bike folded. With a geared hub on the back the rear and Shimano gear set but no mudguards or rear pannier Tern keep the weight down but sacrifice some of the functionality of other manufacturers with this approach.
Best price – £529 on Cycle Republic
Used Tern Link C8 folding bicycle available on Trivelo