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Allen Sports Atocha Aluminum 24" Wheeled Folding Bike with Disc Brakes & 18 Speeds, Red
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- 6061 Aluminum Frame and a shamano rear derailleur deliver a great all around folding bicycle for every day use
- 18 Speeds (2 x 9) provides wide gear range for easy hill climbs or fast treks on flat ground
- 24" wheels deliver exceptional ride performance, and low maintenance disc brakes offer excellent stopping power
- Patented frame release levers allow quick and easy folding of bicycle in less than 8 seconds
- Patented wheel lock system secures the bicycle when folded and allows the bicycle to be rolled like a cart
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From the manufacturer
- Recommended rider height: 4 feet 9 inches-6 feet 6 inches
- Max rider weight: 242 lbs
- Shimano rear derailleur with 18 speeds
- Patented press-linkage folding system
- Rear wheel locks when folded
- Bike ships 100% assembled
- Folded size: 33.5" x 13.8" x 27.5"/ 27 LB
- High pressure tires on 24" wheels
Allen Sports Atocha 24 Inch Wheeled 18 Speed Aluminum Folding Bicycle
- Responsive 6061 Aluminum frame and fork deliver stiff, lightweight performance and an amazing ride that is well suited for longer rides or urban commutes.
- 18 speeds (2 x 9) provides wide gear range designed for high speeds on flat terrain, climbing hills and everything in between.
- 24" wheels deliver exceptional ride quality.
- Front and rear disc brakes
- Patented frame release levers allow quick and easy folding of bicycle in less than 8 seconds.
- Folding pedals
- For a complete list of bicycle components please visit Allen's official web site.
Patented Press-Link folding system
Allen Folding Bikes use a patented folding system that allows the bicycle to be completely folded in under 8 seconds. The press linkage design creates an extremely rigid frame when the bicycle is set up which minimizes flexing when riding.
Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Large disc brakes on the front and rear wheels on the Atocha provide great stopping power and are an excellent low maintenance option for a daily commuter bicycle. Disc brakes perform well in all weather conditions and help to reduce outer rim weight. When combined with the larger 24 Inch wheels on the Atocha you get a sweet riding folding bike.
6061 Aluminum Frame and Fork
The 6061 Aluminum frame and fork on the Atocha delivers an exceptionally stiff and lightweight ride. This provides an extremely fun to ride and responsive bicycle. Couple this with a 18 speed drivetrain you will be ready to conquer any ride that you are faced with.
Press Release Rear Wheel Lock
Allen folding bikes incorporate a press release rear wheel lock that keeps your bike in a folded position when closed, and offers the option to roll the bicycle like a trolley for easy transportation.
|Ultra X||Ultra 1||XWay||Atocha||Central||Urban X|
|Frame & fork material||Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber||6061 Aluminum||6061 Aluminum||6061 Aluminum||6061 Aluminum & steel fork|
|Saddle||PZ Race all||Velo VL-1220||DDK 3166||DDK 3166||DDK 3166||DDK 3166|
|Crank set||FAS Carbon||Lasco allow||Samox||Jiankun||Samox||Samox|
|Rims||Alexrims carbon||Shinning alloy||Shinning alloy||Glede alloy||Shinning alloy||Glede alloy|
|Wheel size||451 mm||451 mm||451 mm||24"||451 mm||451 mm|
|Weight||18.75 lb||23.15 lb||24.5 lb||29 lb||24.9 lb||25.6 lb|
About Allen Sports
Dick Allen (pictured left in 1972) started Allen Sports in his garage in 1967. Since its founding, the company has been committed to producing the highest-quality, easiest-to-use bike racks and bicycle related products on the market. Dick, a onetime aerospace engineer, opened Allen Sports after building a prototype bike carrier in his Lincoln, Massachusetts shop in his free time. The first ever trunk-mounted bicycle carrier--made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding)-- was thoroughly tested on weekend excursions to Cape Cod. Shortly afterward, Allen took his design to market, and by 1971 had established a national presence for his product.
Today, the family owned company owns more than three dozen patents, operates four warehouses nationally, six factories abroad, and sells products in countries around the world including USA, Mexico, Canada, and China.
|Age Range Description||9 - 12 years|
|Frame Material Type||Aluminum|
|Item Dimensions||29 x 15 x 35 inches|
|Item Weight||30 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||36 pounds|
|Wheel Size||24 inches|
With high pressure 24" tires and low maintenance disc brakes, the Allen Atocha provides all of the features of a full sized bicycle with the convenience of a folding bike. With a stiff 6061 aluminum frame and fork, folding pedals, SRAM brake levers, a Shimano rear derailleur, and Jag wire cable housings, the Atocha' s top level components will deliver years of trouble free transportation and recreation. Bicycle weighs 13.2 KG and has a folded size of 85 x 35 x 70 cm. Max rider weight/ height: 110 KG/ 200 CM.
Top Customer Reviews
The components, while not high-end, were still better than I had expected on a bike like this. The most time consuming aspect was getting some more air in the tires.
On the road, I felt that the geometry was really odd. It felt almost comical with a more traditional mountain bike riding position, and even stranger in a BMX-style position. Similarly, the bike's construction isn't quite tough enough for trail use, but isn't really light enough for true road use.
Ultimately, it seems like Allen is targeting people who want to ride on a paved trail, but don't have (or want) a bike rack, or who live in an apartment where space is at a premium. In that regard, this bike fit nicely in the trunk, and would fit a typical bedroom closet. If you have those constraints, this makes a lot of sense.
On the other hand, if you don't have those constraints, this will leave you wanting a more specific road or trail bike, and you can absolutely obtain a better quality version of either at this price.
Right off the bat at this price you expect everything to work right right out of the box and I have to admit, except for adding some air to the tires, everything functioned smoothly from the word go. At my size the best selling point besides the high quality components used in its manufacture, are the 24" tires. Anything smaller and you'd feel like you're on a toy bike, but these tires give you the feeling that you're indeed riding a bicycle.
Now to how I use it. I drive down to a local park that has cement trails throughout and unfold it and ride it for about thirty minutes in the morning (the first week more like 8 or 10 minutes before my ballast blew) I pick times when the walkers aren't around even though the trails have bike paths adjacent because they never heed the paths. The bike locks into position when folded including the tires and it's very simple to unlock and unfold. The bike is sturdy and feels extremely solid though light. I had trouble at first balancing because it does feel different from a full sized bike and finding a riding position was a challenge but as with all things physical you eventually find the line of least resistance. Then I ride for thirty minutes instead of walking for a hour and a half. I fold up the bike, stow it in the hatchback and go back home. The best part is when I have to take it out of the car at home for whatever reason it fits easily in the hall closet.
I am very pleased with the Sports Atocha and I'm very glad that Vine offered it because I have to admit I couldn't afford one this nice myself. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a bike for everyday use and a little exercise. I'm over sixty and I have no problem riding it.
So if you can afford it. I say grab it. It's built to last. Longer than us I'm afraid!
One of the reasons I got the bike is that it is great for visitors, who come in various sizes. I can adjust handlebars and seat in seconds to get a great fit for any friend dropping by. Although I can get my regular road bike in my car, everything else has to be cleared out. The Sports Atocha folds up quickly and slips in easily. Great transportability. Also much easier on light rail, Amtrak, BART, etc.
Price point delivers good value. Wheel and tire size make potholes and other obstacles easy to maneuver through or around.
I took off one star for the microSHIFT and Shimano components. They seem a little rougher and not as high quality as the rest of the bike. I'm having a little difficulty getting these to operate as smoothly as higher grade components on other bikes. Maybe I'll take it to a local bike shop for finer adjustments if I still can't get it a little smoother. Additionally, like any folding bike that I've used, it does feel a little creakier than a normal bike, especially on hill climbs but all and all the Sports Atocha is a sturdy little wonder.
Out of the box, he had the bike put together in less than a half hour. He had a little trouble locking the seat stem -- you have to get the right amount of tension on the bolts so that the stem doesn't wobble but you can still press the lock in place. The handlebars are a little wobbly, but maybe he needs to find the right balance between the bolts and the locking mechanism there, too. The chain wheel was bent, whether from a manufacturing defect or a shipping problem, we don't know. He straightened it out as best he could and it doesn't rub on the chain, so all is well there.
He had to take it to the bike shop in town to put air in the tires -- the pump we have doesn't have the right attachment for the valves, which are really skinny. I guess we'll have to see whether we can get an attachment of some sort or whether we need a new pump altogether. We also bought a good bike lock -- maybe we should look into bike insurance, too. This is an expensive bike that we'd hate to lose to a bike thief.