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

FrameSteel
ForkSteel
SuspensionStandard Block
Number of Gears6
ShiftersBrompton Shifting
Chain setBSR 6 Speed
PedalsBrompton folding on left. Aluminium cage flat pedal on right
BrakesetBrompton dual-pivot callipers
HandlebarsM Type
GripsBrompton Foam
WheelsetBrompton standard 6 Speed BSR
TyresSchwalbe Marathon Racer
SaddleBrompton Standard
SeatpostBrompton Standard
AccessoriesBrompton Mudguards
Extra FeaturesFront Carrier Block
Weight11.78 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

FrameSteel
ForkSteel
SuspensionNone
Number of Gears6
ShiftersGrip shifter
Chain set6-speed Shimano TZ20 14/28 freewheel
Pedalsfold-up pedals
BrakesetSteel V-brakes
HandlebarsSteel low-rise bars
GripsFoam
Wheelset20-inch, single-wall rims. Steel hub.
Tyres20 x 1.75 gumwall city tyres
SaddleComfortable, seamless foam saddle
Seatpoststeel seat post
AccessoriesCompatible with the Tilt transport cover
Extra FeaturesFront and rear battery-powered lights
Weight14.5 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

FrameRaleigh aluminium folding frame
ForkRaleigh Steel fork
Rear DerailleurShimano Tourney 7 speed
Number of Gears7
ShiftersShimano Revo 7 speed
Chain setRaleigh 42T Alloy Chainset
Bottom BracketSquare Taper
Cassette14-28t 7 speed
ChainKMC
PedalsRaleigh Folding
Brake LeversAlloy V Brake
HandlebarsRaleigh short steel
StemRaleigh Alloy Folding
GripsRaleigh comfort grip
RimsRaleigh Alloy Double Wall
Front HubAlloy Quick Release
Rear HubAlloy Quick Release
TyresRaleigh 20″ City Tyre
SaddleSelle Royal RIO
SeatpostAlloy 30.6mm x 500mm
Seatpost ClampAlloy
Accessories– Mudguards
Rear Carrier
Weight14.5kg

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

FrameSteel
ForkSteel
SuspensionStandard Block
Number of Gears8
ShiftersShimano Acera
Chain setAlloy
PedalsFolding
BrakesetPromax V Brakes
HandlebarsM Type
WheelsetAlloy double wall
TyresKenda K924
SaddleNon folding
SeatpostExtended Seatpost
Weight18 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

FrameAluminium
ForkSteel
SuspensionStandard Block
Number of Gears8
ShiftersBrompton Shifting
Chain setShimano Tourney 
PedalsFolding
BrakesetV Brake
HandlebarsTern Physis 3D 
Wheelset20″ wheeels
TyresImpac BigPac
SaddleVelo Comfort
SeatpostSuper Oversize
Weight12.8 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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