Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    My Bikes
    '12 Specialized Hardrock, '11 Specialized Sequoia, '12 Giant Expressway 2
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Giant ExpressWay: Looking for opinions

    I am looking for a folding bike I can take on the bus a few times a week.

    I currently am considering buying the Giant ExpressWay 1.

    Does anyone own one and what do you think?

  2. #2
    Member ryukenden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    My Bikes
    Tern Link D8
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't know much about Giant bikes but if your're looking for options there are other brands you should look.
    The most of the folks here own folders like: Dahon, Tern bicycles, Bike friday, Birdy, and Brompton. Just to name few.

    IMO the Giant website are really vague about their spec. Makes you wonder.
    Last edited by ryukenden; 08-24-12 at 01:18 AM.
    Current: 2012 Tern Link D8 w/Brooks B17

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The expressway is my first FB (my 2nd is a Brommie) that I bought about 6 months ago. It's a good one! I have since replaced the handlebar (with a CF one), saddle (with Brooks) and the rear brake (with Avid BB7 mech disc brake). It's stiff. No creaks. A bit heavy and the fold not so compact. If you plan on going bi-modal with it, there may be better alternatives but it's one good FB that rides like a proper bike!

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    My Bikes
    '12 Specialized Hardrock, '11 Specialized Sequoia, '12 Giant Expressway 2
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ryukenden View Post
    The most of the folks here own folders like: Dahon, Tern bicycles, Bike friday, Birdy, and Brompton. Just to name few.

    IMO the Giant website are really vague about their spec. Makes you wonder.
    Thanks for the options. I actually did look at Brompton but the price is not right for me at the moment.
    I was looking to spend around $500 on a bike I would use for 2 years or so and then sell. One of the appeals of Giant is that its fairly easy to resell a Giant bike.

    My main need is to bring it on a bus. Here in Orange County, I have tried to use a bicycle/bus combo to do some computing to a local college-but at the college the bike rack on the bus is usually full so a folding bike would take away that barrier.

    I am still looking at Dahon. Never had any experience with Tern. Is it good?

    (I have a few other bikes I ride for enjoyment so this bike would have a very specific use).

    Also, thank you for your input amf14

    Edit: I am taking a serious look at the Tern D8 now as well
    Last edited by MF Monk; 08-24-12 at 04:40 AM. Reason: added Tern comment

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    London
    My Bikes
    Mezzo D9, 2012 Giant Avail 2
    Posts
    654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ryukenden View Post
    IMO the Giant website are really vague about their spec. Makes you wonder.
    What's missing besides the weight? http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....1/9018/48865/
    (Giants don't put weights on their bikes)
    2008 Mezzo D9
    2012 Giant Avail 2

  6. #6
    Senior Member browngw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Port Dover Ontario Canada
    My Bikes
    1976 SuperCycle Excalibur,1980 Raleigh Record, 2014 Salsa Vaya, 2010 Giant Cypress, 2012 Giant Halfway Folder
    Posts
    357
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My wife owns an "Expressway" and I have a "Halfway". Both are excellent bikes for riding, but the "Halfway" folds better and has a unique clamping arrangement. You can check out our recent thread "A New pair of Giants" for pics and comments.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Pair-of-Giants

    I did a quick weight check, not official,used bathroom scales. Expressay 29lbs with rack and lights, Halfway 27.5 lbs with rack and lights
    We are what we reflect. We are the changes that we bring to this world. Ride often. -Geo.-

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Bangkok: it's hot
    My Bikes
    2013 Strida 5, 1998 GT Forte Ti, Custom 2010 Volume Thrasher 700c, Custom Dahon Dove 14" (6kg), 2012 WTP Zodiac
    Posts
    304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd look at a Dahon Curve mainly for its small fold.
    It has flex in the stem but the small fold may be more important on a bus and it will be less intrusive at school.
    Every folder is a compromise of rigidity, price, fold size, ride comfort, and weight.
    I don't know of any bike that has all the positives.
    In my opinion the perfect folder doesn't exist yet.

    A full titanium or aluminum Brompton style frame, carbon seatpost and bars, 16" tires, carbon wheelset, Sram Red shifting, and Hollowgram cranks would be close to perfect.
    Sadly it does not exist and even if the frame did, this bike would retail for $4000+.
    Nice to dream though.

  8. #8
    Member ryukenden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    My Bikes
    Tern Link D8
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MF Monk View Post
    Thanks for the options. I actually did look at Brompton but the price is not right for me at the moment.
    I was looking to spend around $500 on a bike I would use for 2 years or so and then sell. One of the appeals of Giant is that its fairly easy to resell a Giant bike.

    My main need is to bring it on a bus. Here in Orange County, I have tried to use a bicycle/bus combo to do some computing to a local college-but at the college the bike rack on the bus is usually full so a folding bike would take away that barrier.

    I am still looking at Dahon. Never had any experience with Tern. Is it good?

    (I have a few other bikes I ride for enjoyment so this bike would have a very specific use).

    Also, thank you for your input amf14

    Edit: I am taking a serious look at the Tern D8 now as well
    Tern is basically Dahon. The son and wife (of the founder of dahon) left to form Tern in 2011. They improved the bike and imo looks sexier. Anyway, there's many recent topic around here you should look at.
    With the info from the post above, its definitely heavier than dahon/tern.

    As for my very brief review of Link d8... smooth ride, makes me looks sexy when going out, and all that good stuff. But seriously, I don't use all of its 8 gears, or the rack that comes with (i removed it). I spend a lot on upgrades and to come. Kind of like having a nice car, you spend too much on add-ons.

    You might want to consider single/duo gear models. There are members here that can give you something more detailed.
    Last edited by ryukenden; 08-24-12 at 03:21 PM.
    Current: 2012 Tern Link D8 w/Brooks B17

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    872
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I did a quick look at the Los Angeles CL listings for folding bikes and it looks like the bike prices are inflated a bit. Perhaps you should try Origami Bikes. They supposedly have a few new offerings, but there's reviews are limited on these at the moment.

    http://www.origamibicycles.com/

  10. #10
    Cool Guy Training.Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    Jamis Sputnik, Leader 722 Heritage Edition, Brompton, Bianchi Via Nirone, Robinson SST, Diamondback Sorrento
    Posts
    788
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd get a Tern D8
    http://www.pedalroom.com/member/J-Dogg

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    My Bikes
    '12 Specialized Hardrock, '11 Specialized Sequoia, '12 Giant Expressway 2
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you everyone for your comments. I ended up buying a 2012 Giant Expressway 2 from a LBS for $330. I am going to ride it around and see how much use it gets. More info later.

    I did test ride a Tern as well, and I liked the Tern very much. The final decision this time came down to price, but if I get enough use out of the folding bike, I will look to upgrade around this time next year.
    MFM

  12. #12
    Senior Member edwong3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    My Bikes
    2007 Qile Duo 20" Multi-Purpose Folding Bike
    Posts
    689
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MF Monk View Post
    Thank you everyone for your comments. I ended up buying a 2012 Giant Expressway 2 from a LBS for $330.
    Congrats! You got a really good deal as those bike generally sell for about $450. Enjoy!
    Edward Wong III
    2008 Qile Duo VSTII Single Speed 20" Folder (Converted from a 5 speed)
    2012 Greenzone Value Edition 7 Speed 20" Folder

  13. #13
    lowlife bottom feeder BassNotBass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Lou-evil, Canned-Turkey USA
    Posts
    1,851
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congrats! For the price and the folding size of a typical mid-frame hinged 20" folder I think you did well. On paper it seems to be a good choice... 32-88 gear inch range, rear rack, forward canted handlebar stem, decent shifter, derailleur and drive train... keep us updated with your impressions.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

  14. #14
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    My Bikes
    GIANT Expressway. Cannondale roadbike, Raleigh Superb (1955)
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi - I have GIANT Expressway which I like very much and which is strong and most reliable even after multiple foldings and set ups.
    I upgraded chain soon after purchase as transmission was not smooth. With new Shimano chain it is smooth as silk.
    Bike weighs 12kgs about 26lbs. I think this is heavy? I personally would not take this on a commuter bus as is akward and flops about unless you use a couple of velcro straps to hold it tight closed. It is not as small when folded as you might hope.
    I recently took on international flight using bag provided, I tight Velcro strapped bike, then tight strapped around outside of carry case.
    I wrapped chainwheel in thick foam rubber as I felt this was one weaknes baggage handling could damage. There was no damage during handling.Also find it takes 10-mins more to cycle 20kms than on my Cannondale roadbike. Rear tyre needs to be really hard.
    Any advice on folding bike use welcome.



    Quote Originally Posted by MF Monk View Post
    I am looking for a folding bike I can take on the bus a few times a week.

    I currently am considering buying the Giant ExpressWay 1.

    Does anyone own one and what do you think?
    Last edited by PastBest; 09-01-12 at 08:51 PM.

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    My Bikes
    '12 Specialized Hardrock, '11 Specialized Sequoia, '12 Giant Expressway 2
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the comments PastBest

    I took my folding bike out for a 18 mile ride today (which has a light grade uphill for 2-3 miles) and it performed ok.

    I also noticed my handlebar has a slight bend to the left. Is this part of the fold or something I can adjust?
    hbars.jpg
    '06 Trek 1.2 Alpha (road), '12 Specialized Hardrock (camp/trail), '12 Giant Expressway 2 (folder, public transit)

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    London
    My Bikes
    Mezzo D9, 2012 Giant Avail 2
    Posts
    654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Handle bars should be straight. I'm sure no folding bike design makes you cycle in circles. If you can't straighten it for some reason, the dealer should sort it out for you.
    2008 Mezzo D9
    2012 Giant Avail 2

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    London
    My Bikes
    2011 Jetstream P11 Alfine
    Posts
    858
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MF Monk View Post
    Thanks for the comments PastBest

    I also noticed my handlebar has a slight bend to the left. Is this part of the fold or something I can adjust?
    it can be very disconcerting, but its not serious, your handlebars are out of alignment with the front wheel, you need to slacken off the stem, grip the front wheel between your knees and turn the handlebars slightly till they are centred, then tighten up the stem. On a lot of bikes this is a normal part of the unfolding sequence, some people make a mark on the stem at the correct alignment to make it easier and quicker.
    Jetstream P11 ; iXi

  18. #18
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    My Bikes
    GIANT Expressway. Cannondale roadbike, Raleigh Superb (1955)
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I looked at image closely then checked the folding quick release on my bike and cannot see how adjustment here would correct this.
    I also checked handlebar quick release and cannot see how adjustment here would correct this either.
    It is possible that the stem is bent? I would take back to dealer.
    Q. Do you find drive/transmission smooth with existing chain?

  19. #19
    Bromptonaut 14R's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Central Florida - USA
    My Bikes
    2012 Brompton S6R; 2003 Litespeed Firenze; 1994 Diamond BAck Axis TT
    Posts
    1,649
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had several negative experiences with Giant Folding bikes. Not coming back to them. Please see my comments from back in 2005 about my 1/2ways:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=halfway

  20. #20
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    38,951
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like another fold in half , and fold the stem down, telescoping seatpost, bike.

    IDK, maybe Giant, like so much of their production, is sold in multiple customer's
    contract names , to various distributors , as well as under their own Brand Name.

    The name is also the size of the company.. Merida is another Biggie.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 09-03-12 at 03:38 PM.

  21. #21
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    My Bikes
    GIANT Expressway. Cannondale roadbike, Raleigh Superb (1955)
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    While we're on thr GIANT. I have taken off mudguards, bike stand and added lightweight saddle. Now plan to search for folding pedals which will take toe clips as I miss security and 360deg pedal action (I may try to affix clips to rubber folding pedals somehow). I do not want to use my my 'cleet' pedals (don't fold) or bike shoes as this reduce walking mobility. Any ideas or posts you've seen on this?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •