Lately, there's been a fair amount of posts about the Citizen Tokyo. I was surprised that nobody talks about the Kent Compact 16 which seems to be a very comparable folder. Any thoughts?
You are absolutely right about the Kent Compact 16 not having any exposure on this forum, though one member here owns an older version which uses a magnesium frame instead of aluminum like the current one.
I believe it to be an excellent value. I've seen these on some websites for as little as $149-$159 with free shipping! It is lighter than the Tokyo by about 4-5 lbs. or so if that matters any.
If I were in the market for a value priced 16" folder, this would definitely be on my "radar".
I own one of the older Kent folders. While I do believe it is a good value, there are two main issues that I see with the older folder. One is that I wouldn't reccomend it for a rider that is taller than 5'8"-9". This may or may not have been addressed on the new model, but I have a feeling it hasn't. The other issue is that the bottom bracket is located a little too far back. Just from looking at the pics of the Kent Compact, I think that problem might have been addressed. I took care of the problem on mine by getting a brompton accessory that allows you to move the seat further back. If you're interested in purchasing an older Kent, PM me. I purchased one for kicks but I am 6' tall which makes me a little too tall for the bike. I'll sell it to you for $100. I hardly used it.