2 months back, I asked for opinions on this forum about getting a folding bike on a budget. The post is here.
So I finally got myself one. Looks like a knock off from a popular brand with entry level bits & pieces.
xds afb 260 - 1 by MagPup, on Flickr
There was an annoying squeaking noise that came from the main hinge area when I first rode it. A bit concern at first. After putting some lubricating oil the noise went away.
Brakes are entry level tektro but good stopping power.
7 speeds is just adequate. Once I started riding around, I realise my neighborhood is quite hilly. I used all the gear ratios for the few km I rode. I also tested the granny gear up a steep section to see if it ratio is low enough. Okay for the moment. Hopefully when I get stronger through more regular riding, it should be more than enough.
Since I'm used to friction and trigger shifters, didn't quite get the hang of twist shifter. After about 5 km, I think it is quite alright once I got used to it.
The not so good
The ride is a bit bumpy. Could be the Kenda tires or tire pressure. Suggested pressure is 40 to 65 psi. It is pumped up to 50 psi. May need to reduce the pressure a bit
Seems to have some noise from the rear cogs in 4th gear. Hope it will go away with some running it. Crank also gave some noise in certain gear during certain pedaling effort, sort of on every revolution. Will need to look into this too.
Saddle - comfortable at first. After a few km, it sort of cut into my butt. I think it needs to be tilted down towards the front a bit. Didn't have the suitably size allen key on hand.
My wife had a go on it. After not riding for many years, I have to give her a refresher/hand holding to get her steady. Whoever says that once you ridden a bike you won't forget might have it wrong. Nothing a few more short rides wouldn't cure.
xds afb 260 - 9 by MagPup, on Flickr
So far after less than 10km total, I think it is okay for the price I paid which is around US$ 250 with rack & fenders included. Will see how it holds up with more mileage.
Great thing about a folding bike. I hid the bike in our small store for a day & my wife didn't know I bought the bike till I told her today.
Some extra photos here