We had produced the Top 5 Folding Bicycles for 2020 but a flood of new models have emerged this year.  This has prompted us to update the list to have these new models for 2021 and extend this list with 8 of the Best Folding Bikes 2021.   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.

Best Folding Bike

Brompton M3L 2020 Folding Bicycle

Price – £1,100

The only candidate for the number one slot in our Top folding bicycles.  The original and most peoples perception of what is meant by a folding bike.  It has become an inter-changeable term for folding bike in the same way Hoover as a brand defines vacuum cleaners.  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 M3L 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 for the Brompton M3L bike

Best current price – £1100 from Halfords (with bikes in stock as of December 2020)

Cheapest Folding Bike

B’Twin Tilt 120 Folding Bike

£249.99

The challenger in the line-up and a huge difference in price between this and the Brompton.  This is the cheapest folding bike in our line up and an incredible package for under £200.  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 Tilt 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 for the BTwin Tilt 120 folding bike

Best price – £249.99 from Decathlon

Raleigh Evo-2 2020 Folding Bike

£275

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 Evo-2 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 for the Raleigh Evo-2 Folding Bike

Best price – £275 from Halfords

Best Electric Folding Bike

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 

Best Folding Bike for Tall Riders

Tern Node D8

£807.50

With 24″ wheels the Tern Node D8 is the best folding bike for tall riders over 6′ 3″ who may find the Brompton and others a struggle.  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.  Folding in under 10 seconds a very practical option for commuter cyclists.

Tern-Node-D8-Folding-Bike-2021

Tern-Node-D8-Folding-Bike-2021

Tern Node D8 specification

Frame Aluminium
Fork Steel
Suspension Standard Block
Number of Gears 8
Shifters Shimano
Chain set Shimano 
Pedals Folding
Brakeset V Brake
Handlebars Tern Sweep
Wheelset 24″ wheeels
Tyres Schwalbe Big Apple
Saddle Bio Logic Como DLX
Seatpost Super Oversize
Weight 13.3 kg

Best Price for the Tern Node D8 Folding Bike

Best price – £807.50 from Wiggle

Gocycle GX 2020

£2898

The GoCycle GX 2020 folding bike has a hydroformed aluminium main frame with PitstopWheels.  This provide great performance at a low weight.  The lightweight and durable aluminium frame houses the battery, which provides up to 65km of range with a 7 hour charging time.

Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power giving you consistent braking performance in all riding conditions.  Gearing is provided by internal Shimano Nexus 3 speed hub gears that give you consistent shifting in all conditions.  This is coupled with incredibly low maintenance as all the components are protected from the elements.

Gocycle-folding-bike

Gocycle-folding-bike

GoCycle GX 2020 Specification

Frame Hydro-formed 6061 T6 alloy
Fork 6061 T6 alloy
Suspension None
Number of Gears 3
Shifters Shimano Nexus
Chain set Shimano Nexus
Pedals Folding
Brakeset Hydraulic disc
Handlebars Quick folding
Wheelset 20″ wheeels
Tyres GoCycle All weathers
Saddle Velo sport
Seatpost Aluminium
Weight 17.8 kg

Best Alternative to the Brompton M3L Folding bike

Bickerton Argent 1707 City Folding Bike

£675

Go Outdoors have joined the folding bike band wagon and stock a number of models with the Bickerton the pick of the crop. For anyone looking to an alternative to the Brompton M3L folding bike this is a cracking option.

The Bickerton Argent 1707 City folding bike is a well specced lightweight bike weighing only 14kg.  The bike uses a 7-speed gearing system for when you’re commuting giving good flexibility for inner-city cycling.

The lightweight aluminium frame folds simply and quickly.  The folding mechanism means the bike can be collapsed in just 10 seconds.  This means the bike is an all-round versatile option for riding and travelling on a variety of transport.

bickerton-folding-bike

bickerton-folding-bike

Bickerton Argent 1707 City Specifications

Frame  Argent Platform, Aluminium
Fork Steel Rigid Forks
Suspension None
Number of Gears 7
Shifters Shimano 
Chain set Shimano Nexus Hub
Pedals Folding
Brakeset Alloy V Brake
Handlebars Quick folding
Wheelset 20″ wheeels
Tyre Schwalbe Impac Bigpac
Saddle Comfort Gel Saddle
Seatpost Aluminium
Weight 13 kg

Best price for the Bickerton Argent 1707 City 

Buy the Bickerton Argent 1707 City Folding Bike for Go Outdoors for £675

Best Folding Mountain Bike

Change Bike folding mountain bike DF-812 Trail Pro

£1799

Mountain bikes undergo more strain and challenge than a road bike.  Hence traditionally it has been incredibly hard to create an effective folding mechanism. Change Bike have been tackling this and developed their DF-812 Trail Pro MTB that we have fully tested to ensure it was worth including in this list.

The frame has a unique folding system with two quick releases on the seat tube, undo these and the frame folds completely in half. Take the front wheel out, again with a quick release mechanism, and this then attaches to a discreet fixing on the seat stay. The pedals also have a quick release mechanism for easy removal.

>>>  Full review of the Change Bike Folding MTB 

Change Bike Folding MTB Specification

tem Specification
Speeds Shimano Deore 20 Speeds
Sizes and Colours 17″, 19″, 21″ / Dark Green, Light Blue, Matte Black
Frame Aerospace-Grade Aluminium 7005 Double Butted, Taiwan Made
Front Fork FOX Performance 32 Float 27.5 FIT4, 1.5T Travel: 100mm
Shifter Shimano Deore SL-M6000
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore FD-M6025 2x10s
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M6000 10S
Sprockets Shimano CS-HG500 11-42T
Chain Shimano Deore
Crankset Shimano Deore FC-M627 38x24T 170mm
Brake Shimano Deore BL-M615
Wheels Mavic Crossride 27.5
Tyre Kenda 27.5 x 2.1
Handlebar Aluminium, Barbore 31.8mm, Length 580mm
Stem Aluminium, 31.8mm x 55mm, Steerer: 28.6mm
Seat Post Aluminium, 31.6mm x 300mm
Saddle Prologo Scratch Pro
Pedal Wellgo Bearing QRD C-128
Weight 12.8KG

Best Price for the Change Bike Folding MTB

Buy the Change bike Folding Mountain Bike DF-812 Trail Pro for £1,799.00

Full List of 8 of the Best Folding Bikes 2021

  1. Brompton M3L Folding Bicycle
  2. B’Twin Tilt 120 Folding Bicycle
  3. Raleigh Evo-2 Bike
  4. Dahon QIX Q8 Folding Bike
  5. Tern Link C8 Folding Bike
  6. GoCycle GX 2020
  7. Bickerton Argent 1707 City Folding bike
  8. Change Bike Folding MTB
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