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Kent Compact 16 Aluminum Folding Bike (16-Inch Wheels)


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  • Designed with 16-inch wheels
  • Compact foldable frame designed with elegant clean lines
  • Built of lightweight aluminum, it's one of the lightest in its class at 25-pounds
  • Front and rear alloy v-brakes for powerful and reliable braking
  • Rear rack to hold books or a bag, perfect for the college student
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Product Description

Never has it been a better time to consider a folding bicycle. Rising gas prices are making it harder and harder to have a car these days. Folding bike to the rescue! These have long been an answer for campers and travelers of all kinds and our Compact 16 Aluminum Folding Bike is the newest solution in the space equation making it perfect for apartment dwellers, college students or anyone looking for a great bike with little space! A simple and easy 6 speed drivetrain is perfect for this handy compact bike. Safe braking is provided for with sure stopping linear pull brakes front and rear. Lightweight but strong alloy wheels in a terrain-taming 16-inch size provide a smooth and comfortable ride. This package is tough to beat, especially at this price. Now you can affordably take your fitness and transportation WITH you. Customer contact information at 1-800-451-KENT (5368) or www.kentbicycles.com

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 32 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001IDTKD6
  • Item model number: 91688
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,823 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

I have only folded this bike about 6 times and it is already broken.
T. Skogstrom
DONT BUY ANY "KENT" BIKE unless you're a mechanic and don't mind fixing manufacturing problems.
Eric J. Matsko
Even though the bike has 6 speeds, the gear ratio is not high enough even in the highest gear.
Ein Skeptiker

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ein Skeptiker on April 8, 2009
The biggest advantage of this bike is of course that it is a folding bike, and because it has 16-inch wheels, it fits even in the trunk of a small car, which makes its transportation very easy and simple. The aluminum frame is light, and the general quality of the bike is pretty good. The all-terrain tires and the availability of lower gears make it suitable for riding on grass or some dirt roads as well, so a little mild off-roading is fine with this bike. However, the bike has some design flaws which somewhat limit its use. These include:

1. Slowness. Even though the bike has 6 speeds, the gear ratio is not high enough even in the highest gear. The peak speed I could reach on this bike is about 14 mph on flat ground, and that was by spinning like crazy. Better designed folding bikes have higher gear ratios. For this bike, the 6th gear has about 56 gear inches, which is not very high at all. Of course, the tires are not designed for high speeds either (relatively wide, low-pressure, all-terrain tires).

2. Crank arms are shorter than usual. Adult bikes usually have 170 mm long crank arms. But this bike, because of the low position of the bottom bracket, is only equipped with 140 mm long crank arms. This feels a bit strange and makes pedaling feel a bit harder than it should be. Better designed folding bikes have an elevated lower bracket position and therefore can use longer crank arms despite having 16-inch wheels.

3. Single-sided pedals. The bike has folding pedals, but strangely designed ones. Only one side of the pedal can be used because the other side is not flat enough. It is inconvenient to have to turn a pedal when you notice that it is upside down. Better designed folding bikes have two-sided folding pedals.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2009
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I have owned this bike for a month now. This is my first folding bike, but I do have a lot of experience with biking in general. I bought this bike for 2 reasons: One is the ability to bring it on the subway and the other is that my 3rd grade son can ride it. The quality of the bike is quite impressive for $150. The parts and componentry are a few steps above low end quality. Mostly, the components, rims, and frame are alloy, not steel. The Microshift brand drive system - shifter and derailleurs are all well made. The crankset arms are alumninum while the spider is steel. The folding mechanism works, but will require a few times of practice to fold quickly. Carrying it is cumbersome, as the bike tends to inadvertantly unfold itself. You really need a bungie cord to hold it in the folded position. Also, it initially seemed natural to lift it on the chainring side, but then got greased by the chain. There is no handle once the bike is folded. Like most folding bikes, I would think the frame is less sturdy than a conventional diamond frame bicycle.

The bike weighs in at 25lbs with all original equipment. My son is short, so I install a shorter seatpost with a child seat when he rides. The folding pedals are difficult to use and heavy. I removed the rear rack, the kickstand, and replaced the pedals with conventional plastic ones. With these small modifications and the kid seat, I got the weight down to 22-23 lbs, which is equal to that of a good quality road bike. After lifting it some, you'll realize that even 22 lbs seems kind of heavy, so it really pays to lighten the weight. However, you shouldn't confuse light weight with quickness. This bike is quite slow. I'm on the top gear just about all the time, and people pass me.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ndrew73 on August 27, 2009
My Dahon Vitesse was stolen from the station over the 4th July weekend.(don't use Cryptonite Cables - get any cheap U shaped steal horseshoe from BELL - that will hold longer - even that gets cut with the jaws-of-life type of tools)
First off, Foldable bikes even high end are NOT REAL BIKES. So treat them accordingly! They are SLOWWWW!
I bring my bike on the train every weekend after work. This bike is very cute - gets stares from commuters. It has 6 speeds (alhtough i only use 2 - high and low. The speed differential is ..stupid. However, it is actually lighter than most of the bikes here on Amazon, especially without the rack that i dont use.
If you need a foldable bike - dont get an expensive one - trust me.. market is bad - people are desperate... Me and my girlfriend love it. Ive had it for a month and it is (after 2 hours of finetuning and tightening) very solid.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Schlenker on June 2, 2010
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Before the bike was even delivered, I followed another reviewer's suggestion and bought a used 170mm crankset with a 52 tooth sprocket on a popular auction website for $30 delivered (it could handle an even larger sprocket if you can find one). That helped leverage up hills and provided more top end speed, but the 35psi kiddie tires were killing me with friction. So, for $19 per tire, I bought a set of Maxxis Hookworm 16x1.95 tires online, which inflate to 110 psi, designed for high speed reclining bikes, and a perfect fit on these rims. WOW! Now it is a real bike, with the speed of a real bike. If you can only do one of the two upgrades, just buy the 110psi tires. Because this eliminates friction when you turn the front wheel, it makes the steering a little more twitchy with high pressure tires, but it is not noticeable at high speeds. I don't understand why they don't ship it from the factory with 110 psi tires. I gave it five stars even without the upgrades, because all other bikes that weigh in at 26 pounds or less come at twice the price, and don't have a kickstand, fenders, and bike rack already included like this one does. I respect a bargain. It folds in seconds with just three quick cam lock fittings.

My only gripes are minor. The pedals sag about 2 degrees under strong torque. When it arrived it the box, it needed a few tweaks, as you would expect. Shifter cable needed adjustment to shift into sixth gear. Fender height needed adjustment (one fender locknut was stripped and had to be replaced). Front steering had very slight play in it, needed allen wrench to tighten handlebar connection and a channel lock pliers to tighten front steering bearing (the play would probably not have been noticeable to many people).
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