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3.0 out of 5 stars It's decent, but not suited for taller or heavier riders, August 28, 2007
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This review is from: Kent Ultra Light Magnesium Compact Folding Bike (Sports)
Arrived in good condition. Unpackaged easily. There was NO MANUAL in the box, which is ok for me as I'm a seasoned bicyclist. Minimal assembly. I really dig the cast magnesium alloy frame but the rest of the bike feels a bit cheap. The brake levers feel flimsy, the pulls are metal but the rest is plastic. I would expect them to break at some point with regular use. While the photo does not show it (I will try to post some customer images later), the bike I received included mudflaps/fenders. I had to adjust the front brake spring rebound as it tended to remain rubbing against the wheel on one side after releasing the brake. The V brakes themselves also are a bit on the cheap side.

As far as size, I am 5'11" and 165lbs. The bike feels a bit small for me, not unbearably so for short rides, but I would say if you're around my height, you probably want to buy a folding bike with 20" tires. With the handle bars extended most of the way up, the steering is sketchy and there is some flex in the bars.

Now allow me to contrast this bike with the 2003 Dahon Boardwalk folding bike that I own, which has 20" tires but was twice the price when new. Dahon is the market leader in folding bikes. The Dahon I own feels more solid, fits me better, and is made with higher quality components. Also, the one thing I didn't notice immediately, is that with a 16" tire bicycle, they have to make the cranks (the arm the pedal attaches to) shorter due to ground clearance. This means that your legs spin faster. The folding pedals (which must be folded out manually and locked into place with a little clip) can only be used on one side, the other side is not flat. This is fairly annoying and I'll likely replace the pedals with a set from Dahon which are spring loaded and both sides of the pedal are flat.

In conclusion, I'll probably stick with my Dahon for non-size critical travel applications (car, train, bus, etc). However, when it comes to flying with a bicycle, the Kent packages into an ordinary suitcase much easier that my Dahon would.

So is this bike a bargain for the price? I personally would say no. With regular use you'll probably need to replace some parts sooner than later (brake pulls) which will put you near $200 in the end. For a similar price you can find a used Dahon that is constructed better, has as many as 8 speeds, 20" tires and is overall, a higher quality folding bicycle.
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Initial post: May 30, 2008 8:45:09 AM PDT
David Yakub says:
Tom, Tom you are so right.
I got Kent Magnesium Folding Bike in a store, not the web though, and did't notice the fact that crank shafts are shorter. It is annoying.
Thank you,
Polegin

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2009 12:28:48 PM PDT
FYI I ended up selling this bike shortly after posting this review.
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