Long time biker, first time folder….I've been looking to get a folder for many years for many reasons. Keeping in the trunk for short rides, ease of transport when taking all bikes in the family to a rail trail/event or to ride to and take with on public transit. This bike popped up last week - Durban Bay Pro 7 - They were on sale at Target.com for half off or $200. Unfortunately the graphite color was out of stock, but I decided to go for it in red. I ordered two, one red, one yellow. If initial impressions are good after 60 days with one, I'll have a second for my wife, otherwise I will return to target unopened still in box.
I didn't see much in reviews online, other than a couple on amazon, but have followed the forums here for a long time and picked up a lot of information.
I’ve ridden for many years are various types of bikes, a couple single day 200 mile rides on a road bike and currently I ride an electra townie 21d – by far favorite bike – and yes, no problem climbing 15% grade hills on it or going 50+ miles.
For folder experience I've test ridden several over the last few trips as I’m in different cities for work: brompton, bike friday tikit, bike friday companion, xootr swift, dahon speed P8, dahon curve, downtube FS9 and an older single speed worksman. I also have a folding adult kick scooter – a Xooter Mg.
For the 16 inchers I preferred the ride of the tikit vs brompton. In the 20 inchers I liked the swift, bike friday and dahon speed P8, but I came to the realization that for what I would use it for, the cost ($800-900)/benefit wasn’t great enough to warrant the purchase yet as a first dive into folders. So I was considering budget folders: downtube nova, origami crane 8, and fbike – something in the $350 or less range, while also keeping an eye on craigslist.
I also need a bike with a fairly upright ride to avoid wrist pressure and something that would accept full fenders (the northwest is wet) and possibly a rear rack (not a seat post mounted one).
It was in fairly good shape out of the box, well packed, no scratches, rust, etc.
Adjustments out of the box: Tires needed to be inflated. The valves barely protrude from the rim (only threads/valve cap stuck out beyond rim), so I had to work to get the pump sealed on them. I had to adjust the handlepost stem as the handlebars slightly off from straight with the wheel. Derailleur needed adjustment. All expected items. Brakes needed no adjustment.
No water bottle holder mounts. Not a big deal and knew this going in. Does have mounting points for a rack. Fenders are very rigid and the struts don’t like they will get knocked out of place easily.
I’ll post update with more experience riding/folding as there isn’t much information out there on this bike.
Bay Pro | Durban Bikes