Giordano Folding Bike, 20-Inch
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- Aluminum Folding Frame and Fork
- 20" Alloy Wheels
- 6 Speed Shiman Revo Shifter
- Folded Dimensions: 29" x 26" x 15"
- Folding Alloy Stem and Pedals
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|Frame Material Type||Aluminum|
|Item Dimensions||38 x 21 x 60 inches|
|Maximum Height||182.88 centimeters|
|Minimum Height||152.4 centimeters|
|Shipping Weight||30 pounds|
|Standover Height||71.12 centimeters|
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. These have long been the answer for campers and travelers of all kinds and the Giordano Folding bike is the perfect solution for space making. A simple and easy 6 speed drivetrain is perfect for this handy compact ride. Safe braking is provided for with sure stopping linear pull brakes front and rear. And lightweight but strong alloy wheels in a terrain-taming 20-inch size provide a smooth and comfortable ride. This package is tough to beat. The Giordano Folding Bike weight is 25lbs.
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First, I love the bike in as much as it's a Dahon knock off at a fraction of the price. I researched many folding bikes before deciding on this commuter style bike. I found cheaper bikes, but none that weight as little as this one does at about 23 lbs. My requirements were light and tight, as I plan on traveling with the bike by train, plane and automobile.
I rode several Dahon bikes at a local shop. They are nice, they are expensive. Similar bikes were running 2 - 3 times the price of this one. My decision was based on over all VALUE. I figured if this bike was built reasonably well that I didn't need a bike that would last forever. Keep in mind that this bike for me is about convenience -- not having to rent a car, take a bus or taxi when traveling to new places. It's not a touring bike. It's a commuting bike. I've been practicing commuting on this bike and it works just fine.
The tires are decent, the seat acceptable, and the build quality seems good. After I got the tires pumped up (be aware you'll need a Presta valve pump or adapter), I rode it out of the box without any adjustments. I rode this is mostly on streets, sidewalks and a little off-road trail riding just to try it out.
With six gears, you're a bit limited in finding that perfect gear for some situations. However, keep in mind the price point and I think you'll be satisfied with your options for commuting. I found I could comfortably cruise at 10 mph and push it to 20 mph if I wanted to really push it.
Now for the issues. The bike will loosen up a bit after riding, so be very careful to pay attention to anything that is seeming to come loose -- nuts, screws, etc. In particular, I was riding one day and the handle bars got crooked on my because the headset bolt had worked loose a bit. I needed an allen wrench to get it tight, but didn't have one with me. Needed to get a ride home where my tools are and not risk losing steering.
Another problem was that the pin on the handle bar hinge, the one that allows that handlebar post to fold down, lost a screw (or maybe didn't have one in the first place). This leads to my biggest issue with the bike - support.
This bike is distributed and supported by Kent Bicycles of NJ, kentbicycles.com, but made in China. When I realized the screw that holds in the handlebar post pin was missing, I tried several times to contact Kent support -- by phone and email, to get the part. I had no success getting through. I watched my bike sit for two weeks, unable to safely ride it. I finally got tired of waiting and found a screw and washer that would work to hold the pin in. It took a bit of custom work on my part to solve the problem. This is not acceptable to me. My pet peeve with any support is an email address that no one responds to. I took time to document my issue in pictures and sent several emails to Kent support and got zero response. :( I had a few other questions for Kent regarding a bit of play in the same handle bar hinge, a twisting of the handlebar post, and a possible missing tension screw in main hinge where the frame folds in two.
Now I'm very handy and have the skills and tools to maintain mechanical things. But, if you're not that kind of person you may be in a lurch as to what to do. The main problem I think you may run into is that a reputable (or should I say snobby) bike shop may not even want to touch your cheap, Chinese made bike. They may even admonish and excoriate you for buying such "junk" rather than spending the money for a Quality Dahon or other expensive model. Kent bikes caters to the Walmart bike buying market more than the higher quality market, so just be aware that you're likely to have support issues. Even getting parts will be a problem based on my lack of response from Kent support.
If you can deal with these potential problems, then I think you'll be satisfied with this bike as a snappy, lightweight folding commuter.
BEFORE RIDING - TIGHTEN EVERY NUT, BOLT AND SCREW!!!
Everythinng on this bike was loose. Pay special attention to the wheel nuts, the brakes, the pedals, and the folding joints. And with any new bike, it will also need to be adjusted and tuned.
SHIMANO SIS RD-TY15 Bike Rear Derailleur
SHIMANO SIS Revoshit 6 Twist Shifter
*REPLACED 6 SPEED FREEWHEEL WITH SHIMANO MF-TZ20 FREEWHEEL - part wore out after 60 miles and the chain skipped*
The manual is almost useless in that the bike parts are remanufactured and replaced with less expensive versions so the illustrations and descriptions don't match. There are also no specs for anything also attributed to the changing component line.
Overall it's OK. It is definiately a low end knockoff of the DAHON Mu series but the price is also knocked off. This is a nice casual portable bike. The instructions are aweful but the simplicity of design allows for intuitive folding and unfolding. For more serious riding, I would definately upgrade from the low end components.
If you expect to ride the bike out of the box, forget the Giordano.
The wheels had to be tightened as well as the pedals, the brakes had to be adjusted, the derailleur needed tightening and adjusting. After that there was still a persistent problem in third gear and the rear spokes had to be replaced. Be prepared to bring the Giordano to a bike shop before you ride it. It cost us an extra $50 before it could be usable.
There is apparently no quality control at the factory. China \/ (icon for "hands up in the air")
I am happy to have bought this product. It has gear, very quick to fold and unfold - within 20 seconds. It is definately nice-looking. The 20" wheels seems to have been a good choice, I can imagine 16" will look and feel funny. I tested it around my office and in parking lot, it seems very solid and easy to ride. Several people also checked it out and they all liked it.
I wish it was a bit cheaper but if you want a folding bike, this is a very good option.
Most recent customer reviews
I don't really understand the bad reviews....I think it's made by some competitors!