Top 10 Best Folding Bikes 2017
Folding bikes have been around for a long time. In fact, both the British and the French militaries used folding bikes as far back as World War 1. After falling out of common usage for some time, folding bikes are now starting to see a resurgance in today’s fast paced society. If you’re in the market for one of these convenient modes of transportation, we’ve put together this list of the top 10 best folding bikes of 2017.
It really is impossible to say that any one of these bikes is the “best.” That word can mean very different things to different people. For a college student on a budget, the best folding bike might be the most inexpensive one. For a businessman living in a small residence in the city, the best folding bike may be costly but provide high quality while folding up to a super compact bundle.
The point is that we’ve aimed to provide you with variety. We can’t tell you what the best folding bike is for you, but we can point you in the direction of the best folding bikes on the market so you can know what’s out there.
As you look through this list, there are a few attributes you should pay special attention to due to the unique natures of folding bikes. For example, you should consider the bike’s weight most strongly than you would a normal bike.
If you’re buying a folding bike, that means you’re intending to carry it, even if it’s just up the stairs. While most bike shoppers consider the weight of a bike due to how that’ll affect the ride, you’ve got an additional reason to look closely at the weight.
Another thing to look out for is the size of the tire. If you’re just looking for something to get from point A to point B, you might not care too much about the tire size, though I’d advise going for a smaller wheel. If you’re looking for a performance folding bike, you might be interested in a larger tire size.
Larger tires are more difficult to start up, but provide higher speeds once they get going due to the extra momentum and size. They also provide more better traction and a smoother ride due to being able to clear obstacles easier.
29” is generally a large wheel size, 26” is is standard, and anything lower than that is small. Also keep in mind that 26” is far and away the most common size for a bike wheel, meaning you’ll have easiest access to help and replacement parts from the majority of bike shops.
As you look through the list, keep in mind not only what I say about the bike, but also what you intend to use the bike for. Have fun!
GTM 20″ 6 Speed Foldable Bicycle Folding Bike
The GTM Shimano Hybrid is, as the name suggests, a six speed foldable bike with 20” wheels. The bike weighs about 34 pounds. It also has a built in rack above the back tire for storage of your items, as long as you have the bungee cables. This is an ideal bike for getting from point A to point B, especially due to its price. The bike seems to be frequently on sale for just about $100, which is the cheapest price you’ll find for a quality foldable bike.
If you’re looking for a foldable bike that will also get you an off road riding experience or if you’re looking for a high performance foldable bike, you should continue looking else where. The GTM Shimano Hybrid is not the bike you’re looking for. However, if you just want cheap, portable transportation from point A to point B, then this will work great for you.back to menu ↑
Vilano Urbana Single Speed Folding Bike
The Vilano Urbana is a single speed foldable bike with 20” wheels. As far as pricing, it comes in at around the same price as the GTM Shimano Hybrid, or even more expensive depending on what sales are offered. So why would you ever choose this Vilano over the previous foldable bike? How about because the Vilano Urbana folds down to 12″ x 32″ x 25″ and only weighs 21.5 lbs.
This is not only the lightest weight foldable bike on the list, it’s the lightest weight by a very wide margin. Due to this bike’s major pros and major cons, it’s easy to make your choice on this one. Either it’s perfect for you, or it’s not. Do you prioritize the convenience of carrying your foldable bike? Great! Stop reading and get this.
Just make sure there aren’t any major hills on your route. This bike’s single speed would make those a pain.back to menu ↑
Stowabike 20″ Folding City V2
The previously mentioned GTM bike is occasionally on sale for a low price. The Stowable 20” Folding City V2 Compact comes at a standard low price. This six speed bike has 20” wheels and folds down to 34” x 9” x 23.2”. It weighs just above 34 lbs. Similar to the GTM, it has a built in rack for carrying your items if you have the appropriate cables.
Similar to the previous two bikes, this not an off road bike or a high performance bike. This is a budget minded, get from point A to point B bike. One differentiator from the previous two bikes, however, is the the bike’s handlebars have a noticeably different shape. It’s not exactly like a BMX style, but it’s at least not a straight bar like the previous two bikes. Some users may find these to be more comfortable.back to menu ↑
Dahon Best Folding Bike Mariner D7
The Dahon Mariner D7 is the first step on this list away from the budget minded bikes. The company directly states that they called this the “Mariner” because this folding bike is specifically engineered for the nautically minded. It folds up and out in only 15 seconds, only weighs 26 lbs, and folds up to 32″ x 22″ X 10″. The feather weight and ease of use, according to the manufacturer, makes this the boaters dream bike for docking up and hitting the town. The frame is even rust resistant to give it a long life out on the open sea.
User reviews state that what they really appreciate about this bike is the comfort while riding it. They say that despite only have 20” wheels, it feels like a much larger bike due to it’s comfort and speed. Many users state that the 7 speed shift feels very fluid, which not all folding bikes can say due to the unique nature of their gears.back to menu ↑
EuroMini Via Folding Bike-Lightweight Shimano 7-speed
The EuroMini is a seven speed folding bike with 20” wheels. It folds up to 25″ x 28.5″ x 12.5” and weighs just 26 lbs.
EuroMini provides products made in the US of A. As far as price and quality, this is a mid tier foldable bike. It’ll certainly give lighter weight than the GTM, more speed options than the Vilano, and far better build quality than either one, all while being cheaper than the Mariner.
This, like many of these foldable bikes, is ideal for someone looking to get from point A to point B. However, this EuroMini has the quality build to ensure that this bike will also serve you well for recreational use as well.back to menu ↑
LOVSHARE Mountain Folding Bike 26 inch
Like so many of the other foldable bikes, this Lovshare is great for getting you from point A to…. NOPE! At last, it’s time to show you that there are radically different options in the world of foldable bikes! 26” wheels! 21 speed options! You guessed it, this is a full fledged off roading bike that lets you hit the trails with the convenience of a folding bike.
This folding bike comes in at 45 lbs. Significantly more than any of the previous bikes, but again, you’re getting a lot more to go with that. While still hanging on to the convenience of a folding bike, you get full sized 26” wheels which not only allow greater max speed, greater traction, a cozier ride, but also have the added benefit of being the most common wheel size, and therefore more easily serviceable from bike shops. Furthermore, the 21 speed options provide all the exact micro adjustments you want in order to scale that next hill. All this, and at a price that won’t break the bank.back to menu ↑
Stowabike 26″ MTB V2 Folding Mountain Bike 18 Speed Dual Suspension
The Stowabike is another affordable multi-speed 26” foldable bike which can function great whether you’re using it for basic transportation or off road riding. This 38.5 lbs bike has 18 speed options and folds to 38.2” x 12.6” x 29.5”. It features dual suspension.
The stowable has a great look. If you weren’t told it was a foldable bike, you’d never know because of how closely it resembles a standard bike.back to menu ↑
Columba 26″ Folding Bike 18 Speed
This Columba is another 26” 18 speed foldable bike, but it’s higher price tag brings a higher quality. So if you’ve got the budget and you’re looking for a bike for basic transportation as well as recreation, then you’re better off going with this bike.
The manufacturer states that despite its size, the bike folds down in just 10 seconds. Once shrunk, it’s folded dimensions are 38” x 14” x 29” and it weighs 34 lbs. This stylish bike also looks just like a conventional bike when it’s not folded up. It comes in bright blue with black trim.back to menu ↑
EuroMini Urbano Frame Shimano 20 Inch Folding Bike
The EuroMini Urbano is a high quality, lightweight, mobile friendly foldable bike with 20” wheels. With 20” wheels, you’re obviously not buying this to go off roading. You’ll be paying a little more than many other bikes on this list, but you’ll also be getting higher quality.
The EuroMini Urbano is an 8 speed bike that folds down to 25” x 28.5” x 12.5”. And it only weighs 24 lbs., making it one of the lightest and highest quality bikes on the list.back to menu ↑
STRiDA LT Unique Design Folding Bike Bicycle
The final folding bike on this list gives you something completely different, just in case you still haven’t found what you’re looking for. This one has a unique design that you may not even recognize as a bike on first glance. However, after taking it all in, you realize that even though it looks different, it would end up functioning much the same as any other bike.
One advantage to this unique design, besides turning heads, is that it folds down to 45” x 20” x 9”. That means that while its folded dimensions are taller than many of the other folded bikes on this list, it is very very significantly thinner. All in all, this will generally make it far more portable.
The Strida Folding Bicycle comes with 16” wheels and just single speed. Of all the bikes on the list, this is the most clear cut case of a direct transportation bike for routes that do not have many hills. Still, if your priority is cost and convenience, with a bit of flair, this bike is right for you.
As you can see, there’s a ton of variety in the folding bike market. There is no best folding bike, there is only the best folding bike for you. So think about what your priority is: cost, quality, or style. Once you choose what you need, the best choice is up to you.