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 2020 Folding Bicycle

Price – £1,145

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.

Brompton folding bike

Brompton folding bike

Brompton M6L Specification

Frame Steel
Fork Steel
Suspension Standard Block
Number of Gears 6
Shifters Brompton Shifting
Chain set BSR 6 Speed
Pedals Brompton folding on left. Aluminium cage flat pedal on right
Brakeset Brompton dual-pivot callipers
Handlebars M Type
Grips Brompton Foam
Wheelset Brompton standard 6 Speed BSR
Tyres Schwalbe Marathon Racer
Saddle Brompton Standard
Seatpost Brompton Standard
Accessories Brompton Mudguards
Extra Features Front Carrier Block
Weight 11.78 kg

Best price – £1,145 from Evans Cycles 

B’Twin Hoptown 120 Folding Bike

£199.99

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.

BTwin 120

BTwin 120

BTwin 120 Bike Specification

Frame Steel
Fork Steel
Suspension None
Number of Gears 6
Shifters Grip shifter
Chain set 6-speed Shimano TZ20 14/28 freewheel
Pedals fold-up pedals
Brakeset Steel V-brakes
Handlebars Steel low-rise bars
Grips Foam
Wheelset 20-inch, single-wall rims. Steel hub.
Tyres 20 x 1.75 gumwall city tyres
Saddle Comfortable, seamless foam saddle
Seatpost steel seat post
Accessories Compatible with the Tilt transport cover
Extra Features Front and rear battery-powered lights
Weight 14.5 kg

Best price – £199.99 at Decathlon

Raleigh Stowaway 7 2020 Folding Bike

£450

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.

Raleigh Stowaway

Raleigh Stowaway

Raleigh Stowaway 7 Specification

Frame Raleigh aluminium folding frame
Fork Raleigh Steel fork
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney 7 speed
Number of Gears 7
Shifters Shimano Revo 7 speed
Chain set Raleigh 42T Alloy Chainset
Bottom Bracket Square Taper
Cassette 14-28t 7 speed
Chain KMC
Pedals Raleigh Folding
Brake Levers Alloy V Brake
Handlebars Raleigh short steel
Stem Raleigh Alloy Folding
Grips Raleigh comfort grip
Rims Raleigh Alloy Double Wall
Front Hub Alloy Quick Release
Rear Hub Alloy Quick Release
Tyres Raleigh 20″ City Tyre
Saddle Selle Royal RIO
Seatpost Alloy 30.6mm x 500mm
Seatpost Clamp Alloy
Accessories – Mudguards
Rear Carrier
Weight 14.5kg

Best price – £450 from Evans Cycles 

Carrera Crosscity Electric Folding bike

£999

The Carrera Crosscity Electric Bike is perfect if you’re looking for a reliable solution for your daily commute or fancy a bit of leisure riding with an electric boost. With a 313Wh battery offering up to 30 miles of power assistance on a single charge, this bike will more than cover the average commute. The battery feeds its power through a stable rear hub motor that can propel you to speeds of up to 15.5mph.

carrera-crosscity

carrera-crosscity

Carrera Crosscity Specification

Frame Steel
Fork Steel
Suspension Standard Block
Number of Gears 8
Shifters Shimano Acera
Chain set Alloy
Pedals Folding
Brakeset Promax V Brakes
Handlebars M Type
Wheelset Alloy double wall
Tyres Kenda K924
Saddle Non folding
Seatpost Extended Seatpost
Weight 18 kg

Best price – £999 from Halfords 

Tern Link C8

£617.50

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.

Tern Link C8

Tern Link C8

Tern Link C8 specification

Frame Aluminium
Fork Steel
Suspension Standard Block
Number of Gears 8
Shifters Brompton Shifting
Chain set Shimano Tourney 
Pedals Folding
Brakeset V Brake
Handlebars Tern Physis 3D 
Wheelset 20″ wheeels
Tyres Impac BigPac
Saddle Velo Comfort
Seatpost Super Oversize
Weight 12.8 kg

Best price – £617.50 from Wiggle 

Full List of Top 5 Folding Bicycles

  1. Brompton M6L Folding Bicycle
  2. B’Twin Hoptown 120 Folding Bicycle
  3. Raleigh Stowaway 7 Bike
  4. Dahon QIX Q8 Folding Bike
  5. Tern Link C8 Folding Bike
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