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Old 06-11-08, 08:16 PM   #1
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Citizen Folders?

Does anybody have any experience with this brand? They look like pretty good values for the prices.

http://www.citizenbike.com/

The Gotham model has a claimed weight of 23 lbs. Is that accurate?
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Old 06-11-08, 11:35 PM   #2
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Quick search, I'd say no, they aren't too good. Haven't tried it myself though, just going off of what other people say:

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I would say go with the Downtube. I have a 2007 Downtube front suspension w/ 9 speeds and can say it is a great deal for $300. To save a $100, I bought my wife a Citizen...BIG mistake...it weighs a ton and is of low quality (in my opinion anyway).
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The 23 pounds is very light compared to the other models and downtubes. I like my downtube but you do need to replace many of the parts, pedals and BB if you ride it hard.

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my Citizen weighted 38 lbs stock with fenders. Sold mine, to heavy and bulky. Not a pleasent ride. I tried several handlebar options and different saddles but nothing felt right. It's ok on short errand, mine wasn't geared right for my area ( lots of hills )
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Citizen recently updated their site with slightly higher pricing and revised specs on the Gotham and
Miami models. The Gotham had been listed at 30lbs and is now at 23lbs, not sure how they shaved
off 7lbs when it looks to be the same bike to me. Citizen does represent the lower end of the spectrum
of folding bikes in terms of ride and quality and I agree with Elad63 that they are probably best suited for
short errands.
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Old 06-12-08, 09:32 AM   #6
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they probably quoted the weight of the bike sans accessories (fenders, kickstand, rack even pedals)
other companies do the same thing.
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they probably quoted the weight of the bike sans accessories (fenders, kickstand, rack even pedals)
other companies do the same thing.
From their website:

"Weight approximately 10.5 kg with all options (23 lbs)"

Thanks for the replies. I was wondering about anybody's experiences who had actually owned or ridden one. I'm looking for good tourers to fly places with for my wife and I. Doesn't sound like the Citizens are it.
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I'm looking for good tourers to fly places with for my wife and I. Doesn't sound like the Citizens are it.
I think that a Downtube could fit the bill here, in fact, their website shows how to pack the bike into an airline-legal suitcase. Also, a couple of people on the forum have actually done touring with their Downtube (one even in Italy). A Downtube with some basic mods (new tires, lower gearing, etc) could run around $500. Many will say that the Bike Fridays are the besting touring/travelling folders but one will also cost a minimum of $1000.
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I think the Kent Ultralight is a better choice.
Edited: nevermind, I did'nt see the "touring" capability on the OP's post.
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