Stowabike 26" MTB V2 Folding Dual Suspension 18 Speed Shimano Gears Mountain Bike Black
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- Frame: 26" steel Stowabike folding frame
- Fork: 26" suspension steel fork
- 18-Speed Mountain Bike
- Tires: Wanda 26×1.95"
- Brake: steel v-brakes
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If you consider this just as a mountain bike, it stacks up pretty well against its competition. Dual suspension, quality components from suppliers; it’s tough and built to last, and looks great too.
But where this bike really comes into a league of its own is when you consider its incredible folding frame. For so many people, space is at a premium, whether it’s storage space at home, space in the car, or even space on public transport. This bike allows you to keep all the fun of a mountain bike even in tight spaces.
-Frame: 26" steel folding frame
-Fork: 26" suspension steel fork
-Shock: spring shock
-Chain: KMC C30 chain
-Left Shifter: 3 speed grip shifter
-Right Shifter: run 6 speed grip shifter
-Front Derailleur: Sunrun FD-QD-35
-Rear Derailleur: Shimano 6 speed
-Freewheel: 6 speed
-Rims: Single wall alloy
-Tyres: Wanda 26×1.95"
-Pedals: NECO WP-391
-Brake: steel v-brakes
-Handlebar: steel handlebar with steel stem
-Grips: Black rubber
-Saddle: Mountain bike saddle
-Kickstand: steel kickstand
-Overall Dimensions: 67.3 x 23.2 x 55.1in
-Size when folded: 38.2 x 12.6 x 29.5in
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Top Customer Reviews
Admittedly, I was skeptical sitting on a folding bike for the first time. All it took was one decent ride to forget that the frame was two separate pieces. I haven't seriously ridden a bike in years (and by years I mean over a decade) with any seriousness, and this brings me back to my childhood. For people who aren't bike experts or enthusiasts and just want a functional bike that saves on space in the shed or trunk, this bike is just fine. If you are one of those people who takes the bikes apart to customize them part for part, you may be better off just getting a more expensive bike.
I bought this bike because I want to exercise more and because I bought a small car and didn't want to mess with a bike rack. This suits my needs by being able to fit in the trunk (of a MINI Cooper, no less!) while only having to fold down one of the back seats. I can still carry two passengers along with this bike. It also fits easily in my living room and breaks down without a sweat. It IS heavier than I would have expected, but that's the price for getting the mountain bike version instead of the city version, I suppose. If anything, I consider maneuvering it while folded as just another aspect to the exercise. Also, they must have fixed the issue with the instruction booklet, as mine seemed appropriate for my model and wasn't confusing to put together at all. But then again, I am a genius.
TL;DR version: the bike is fine. It's an introductory bike for people who aren't hardcore riders and just want two wheels with pedals and a seat that doesn't take up a lot of space.
The Good: It's a perfectly functional folding bike with 18 speeds and full-size wheels. It was the only option at the time that had full size wheels and more than 6 speeds, in this price range ($200 shipped), so that is a definite plus. It also has rear shocks which is nice, though I don't know if I'll make any use of them. I consider myself to be a novice at bicycles, but everything was pretty self-explanatory and I made it work with no trouble, which is important because the instructions were minimal; the only things you need to assemble are to attach the front wheel, the seat post, the handlebars post, and the pedals (to their arms), which were all simple. All my accessories from my old bike fit onto this one just fine too (luggage rack, fender, seat).
The Bad: The manual is sparse, and what illustrations it has are clearly for a different bike. Expect to use your noggin when assembling this. One part of the bike was damaged, probably during shipping. It was the lip of the part where the handlebar unit slides into the frame, and the damage made attaching the handlebars impossible. Fortunately it was just the collar that was damaged, not the frame itself, and my local used bike store had a bin full of them, and I was able to get a matching replacement at no cost (shout out: recycled cycles on boat st, seattle). Now everything works fine. The wheels are not quick-release, which surprised me, but the seat and folding mechanism are.
Edit: 6 months later, I still use this bike as my daily commuter. The mechanics of the bike are solidly "average." I expected a budget unit and that's what it is. It's not going to win any races. After 6 months, I needed to take it in for repairs. They trued the wheels, replaced the brake pads (which was necessary after riding on slightly off-center wheels for 6 months) and brake cables, and did something about the crank axle and steering tube. In the 5th month or so, it started to get this feeling like the pedals might fall off any minute. After these repairs, it feels like day 1 again, but not like a really "good" bike. I agree with Brian's review, you will want to adjust _everything_ on this bike out of the box, so be prepared for that.
The pros are that the bike is light and seems to perform well so far. The tire grade seems average at best with max pressure being only about 50 psi (all of my other bike tires have been thicker and had max pressures around 65 psi). The gear system seems to respond well, and the light weight is useful for transporting as well as riding.
Update: I haven't been able to ride this bike since spring 2015 since the pedal arm literally stripped out of the frame half way through a bike ride. The only way to fix it is to pay someone to weld it on. Also it seems that the rim gets bent if you hit anything. The handle bar grips are extremely cheap and slide match more easily than they should.
Bike seems to be very cheaply made and better suited for paved trails or roads (if you manage to get one that doesn't have major defects). Original price unrealistic and only shown to be marked down to attract customers. This is basically a low end Wal-Mart bike that can fold.