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Old 03-12-12, 04:50 PM   #1
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Advice Needed: Cheap Folding Bike Shootout

After three days of research and realizing a used Dahon Jack is too big for my apt. I narrowed my findings to some affordable fold ups. Can you let me know which you think is best, some have almost no reviews online it seems.
1. Kent Giordanao (really great price)
2. Downtube Nova
3. Montecci (got to test ride this, liked it but more money than the others)

I have no idea if parts are universal on fold ups. I'm an old BMXer where parts were universal. Fox, headset sizes, bearings & etc.

Anyone out there try the Giordano? How about Nova vs. Montecci? I have no interest in Citizen at the moment.
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After three days of research and realizing a used Dahon Jack is too big for my apt. I narrowed my findings to some affordable fold ups. Can you let me know which you think is best ...
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Northern, New Jersey
Sadly 195 pounds at the moment.
5'11".
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Old 03-12-12, 08:23 PM   #5
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Hi,
I checked out the Crane. Looks pretty nice but I like having a quick release on the front tire and an extra sturdy neck.

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I checked out the Crane. Looks pretty nice but I like having a quick release on the front tire and an extra sturdy neck.
Thanks for the feedback, maybe we will add a quick realease on the front tires. As a folder, I don't normally see much reason to remove the wheel short of replacing the tire.
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The Montecci looks like it is made by Dahon.
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How about Nova vs. Montecci? I have no interest in Citizen at the moment.
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I own a Nova. My only complaint is the stock gearing is too low. I changed mine right away. If you can perform this task and don't mind the added cost (I got most of my parts from CL), I would highly recommend the Nova to you. It's light and can be rolled when folded.

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I could but I just wanna ride it at the moment. :-) Wonder if at 195 I'm too heavy for a downtube. I could only find one review of the Giordano it's forks have an old school shape.

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Dynocaster, Does the Giordano look like Dahon factory product?
http://giordanobicycles.com/giordano-folding-bike.html
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It does and I believe there was some discussion about that bike recently.
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I should add that I just need it to fit in my trunk(mid sized sedan) and store easily in a small apt. I won't be on subways with it.
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I could but I just wanna ride it at the moment. :-) Wonder if at 195 I'm too heavy for a downtube.
I am 195lbs.

Until just recently, I own a Nissan Sentra '09 and the Nova fits in the trunk with some room to spare, even with my drop bar conversion.
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I should add that I just need it to fit in my trunk(mid sized sedan) and store easily in a small apt. I won't be on subways with it.
Some will even fit in the trunk of a Mini convertible. (not my car, but I wanted to see if it would fit)
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Are you happy with the brakes, grips, wheels?

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I am 195lbs.

Until just recently, I own a Nissan Sentra '09 and the Nova fits in the trunk with some room to spare, even with my drop bar conversion.

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Some will even fit in the trunk of a Mini convertible. (not my car, but I wanted to see if it would fit)
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Are you happy with the brakes, grips, wheels?
Yes.

The only thing really needs changing is the chainwheel and freewheel. I did 56 front and 11-28 rear.

Here's how it looks now, after some upgrades.
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SWEET RIDE! Thanks. So you kept the original rims and rear hub. Cool.

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The only thing really needs changing is the chainwheel and freewheel. I did 56 front and 11-28 rear.

Here's how it looks now, after some upgrades.

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I wonder if the Montecci, low-end Dahons and the DT Nova all have the same front sprocket. They look very similar.
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Thanks for the feedback, maybe we will add a quick realease on the front tires. As a folder, I don't normally see much reason to remove the wheel short of replacing the tire.
I too like a quick release on the axles, not because I need to remove the wheels very often. I really only remove the wheels to put it a suitcase. However for changing a flat, it is nice not to need a 15 mm wrench.
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SWEET RIDE! Thanks. So you kept the original rims and rear hub. Cool.
Thanks!

Yes, I still have 'em. The ones in the pic are new wheelset. Nothing wrong with the original wheelset though.
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My two cents...........

I have found this thread very interesting. One thing that I have found on many discussions of folders is that pretty much the same names come up a lot. I, being somewhat of a contrarion, have done a lot of research on folders. I rode a lot many years ago, but have not ridden at all for a very long time. I am 67 years old, and not in the shape that I should be. So, I have decided to get back into riding. After lengthy research, and comparing specs and prices, I have decided to go with what appears to be a relative unknown. I have decided, because of budget and specs, to try the GreenZone Value Edition. It is hi ten tubing rather than moly, so heavy for a folder, but still compact. It is a 7 speed and comes with fenders, rear rack, reflectors and even a bell.
I am expecting it tomorrow, so if anyone is interested, let me know, and I will update this post. BTW, I am 6"2 and 225 lbs. right now!
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During your research did you discover anything on the Giordano besides the one Amazon review?
I'm assuming the Montecci is basically a Dahon with some sweet part choices.

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I have found this thread very interesting. One thing that I have found on many discussions of folders is that pretty much the same names come up a lot. I, being somewhat of a contrarion, have done a lot of research on folders. I rode a lot many years ago, but have not ridden at all for a very long time. I am 67 years old, and not in the shape that I should be. So, I have decided to get back into riding. After lengthy research, and comparing specs and prices, I have decided to go with what appears to be a relative unknown. I have decided, because of budget and specs, to try the GreenZone Value Edition. It is hi ten tubing rather than moly, so heavy for a folder, but still compact. It is a 7 speed and comes with fenders, rear rack, reflectors and even a bell.
I am expecting it tomorrow, so if anyone is interested, let me know, and I will update this post. BTW, I am 6"2 and 225 lbs. right now!
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... I'm assuming the Montecci is basically a Dahon with some sweet part choices.
I think the Montecci was likely designed with your resulting assumption in mind. I see some visual clues to Dahons, but no genuine Dahon parts. Keep in mind that the 1975-1980 Ford Granada (USA version) had visual clues to a then-current Mercedes sedan.

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