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    Durban Bay Pro 7 - Review

    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).

    Initial impressions/observations:

    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
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    For $200 that bike looks great.

    Thanks for the review so far and keep us posted on a long term review.

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    Looks way better than the Origin8 F3 I tried. Nice intro,...I'm quite anxious to read the updates.
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    One Month Update

    About two weeks after receiving the bike, I kept feeling like something was off. For those of you who ride a lot, it was the same as when you just know your tire pressure is low without checking. In this case the bike seat itself felt not level from side to side.

    To make sure I took it completely off the post and got out the levels. The seat sloped at least 1.5cm from one side to the other. The seat rails were messed up and it wasn't something that could be bent back into place.

    I sent an email to the customer service per the website: Contact | Durban Bikes to: info@durbanbikesusa.com on a Monday afternoon with the three pictures (two below) and my address. By the end of the day I received a reply simply stating, they would be sending me a new seat and would ship it out the following morning. Wow, that was easy. The following morning I received an email with the UPS tracking number. Four business days later (So. California to Oregon) I received not only the seat, but it was attached to a new seat post including rear reflector as well. No problems with the new seat. In short - I was very pleased with the customer service.

    I have ridden this bike about 20 miles in the past month. Having a folder is great. I still prefer my cruiser when I don't need to fold, but folders really open up new options. Very easy to fit in the trunk of a car for a ride home.

    My wife also has ridden the bike about 5 miles and had no complaints and said it feels very similar to her hybrid bike. (2001 men's raleigh c40 that she's had since new)

    A few new observations:
    - I notice some creaking every once in awhile, which seems to come from near where the handlebar fold is. I just need to find the contact points to add some grease. However if feels solid.
    - The folding pedals have worked fine, but they don't inspire confidence to really put stress on them. Could just be the all plastic construction that has me cautious. I guess with time I'll tell.
    - The magnets that hold the bike together when folded are very strong. It has taken me a pull or two to open the bike on several occasions. I bike did also come with a velcro strap, but I haven't used.
    - I have noticed the fenders are very slightly crooked, along with the stays holding them in place. This won't impact their performance, however if you're OCD about symmetry it may bother you. The stays are very, very rigid. I tired bending them with not a budge, I think I'd need to remove from the bike and use a vise. The thickness is 2-3x more than a planet bike fender stay.
    - Brakes seem soft, but are very grippy and stop the bike well.
    - It rolls very well in the folded position with the seat post extended and used as a handle.
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    Nice review and write up! Have fun with the bike. It looks a lot like a Dahon bike to my untrained eye. I suppose they're all similar given that Dahon (and others I assume) manufacture other brands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fourknees View Post
    About two weeks after receiving the bike, I kept feeling like something was off. For those of you who ride a lot, it was the same as when you just know your tire pressure is low without checking. In this case the bike seat itself felt not level from side to side.

    To make sure I took it completely off the post and got out the levels. The seat sloped at least 1.5cm from one side to the other. The seat rails were messed up and it wasn't something that could be bent back into place.

    I sent an email to the customer service per the website: Contact | Durban Bikes to: info@durbanbikesusa.com on a Monday afternoon with the three pictures (two below) and my address. By the end of the day I received a reply simply stating, they would be sending me a new seat and would ship it out the following morning. Wow, that was easy. The following morning I received an email with the UPS tracking number. Four business days later (So. California to Oregon) I received not only the seat, but it was attached to a new seat post including rear reflector as well. No problems with the new seat. In short - I was very pleased with the customer service.

    I have ridden this bike about 20 miles in the past month. Having a folder is great. I still prefer my cruiser when I don't need to fold, but folders really open up new options. Very easy to fit in the trunk of a car for a ride home.

    My wife also has ridden the bike about 5 miles and had no complaints and said it feels very similar to her hybrid bike. (2001 men's raleigh c40 that she's had since new)

    A few new observations:
    - I notice some creaking every once in awhile, which seems to come from near where the handlebar fold is. I just need to find the contact points to add some grease. However if feels solid.
    - The folding pedals have worked fine, but they don't inspire confidence to really put stress on them. Could just be the all plastic construction that has me cautious. I guess with time I'll tell.
    - The magnets that hold the bike together when folded are very strong. It has taken me a pull or two to open the bike on several occasions. I bike did also come with a velcro strap, but I haven't used.
    - I have noticed the fenders are very slightly crooked, along with the stays holding them in place. This won't impact their performance, however if you're OCD about symmetry it may bother you. The stays are very, very rigid. I tired bending them with not a budge, I think I'd need to remove from the bike and use a vise. The thickness is 2-3x more than a planet bike fender stay.
    - Brakes seem soft, but are very grippy and stop the bike well.
    - It rolls very well in the folded position with the seat post extended and used as a handle.
    From my experience with my folder, if there is creaking its likely coming from the hinged part of the frame of handlepost its not the hinge itself. If that's the case grease won't help. Usually the hinge is loose so the contact points are rubbing. This happens every now and then but just requires some tightening. Once its tightened, you should be good to go. Sometimes it sounds like its coming from the handle post but its actually the frame, so give both an adjustment. (P.S. you want it tight, but not to the point where you have to force it shut)

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