Just Ordered A Greenzone VE (Value Edition)
I got extremely curious a few weeks ago when someone asked about the Greenzone bikes. Since there is practically no feedback on these models here in the forum, and I wanted to get a new folder since I had not purchased one in over 3 years, I decided to order a black Greenzone Value Edition tonight.
When it gets here, I will let everyone know what I think about it. Seems to me like an awfully nice bike for the money.
A demo of the bikes from the owner of the company:
Here is a video someone did on his Greenzone recently though he did not ride it on camera:
These news reporters had a chance to ride one:
I can hardly wait! Should be here before next weekend:).
QD VSTII and GZ VE or The Old, and The New
For some reason, my digital camera is not very good at taking wide photos so taking one with my old Qile Duo, and the new Greenzone say, end to end, wouldn't be easy. However, I did take separate pictures of each, and then side to side. The white wall tire in the foreground belongs to my room mate's bike.
First is my old bike, the Qile Duo VSTII:
Now my new Greenzone VE:
Now the two together. The Qile Duo is the one in front:
Perhaps you noticed the Qile Duo's handlebar is about the height of the seat. It is a relatively short handle post. The Greenzone however has a handle post that can be adjusted high enough for a more upright riding position.
The Qile Duo's seat is also higher because the bottom bracket sits directly under the seat tube unlike the Greenzone with a more forward mounted one.
The Qile Duo used to be a 5 speed but back in 2010, I took it to a local bike shop just to change a flat tire, and somehow they ruined the rear axle. I decided to convert it to a single speed, and bought a 20 inch wheel with a coaster brake hub. I kept the front caliper brake, and it works great. My only complaint with this bike is that the rear suspension has a soft spring coil that robs a good deal of efficiency.
The Greenzone seems to be about 1 inch shorter in wheelbase than the QD probably because of the rear suspension swing arm on the VSTII.
In spite of the nice performance of the new bike, the QD is a keeper, and will continue to be my commuter. It too, is a tough little bike. :love:
Some Photos From My GZ VE's "Shake down" ride.
I used to post photos of my bikes during rides I did about 2 1/2 - 3 years ago here on the forum. Perhaps I will find myself posting at some point in that thread about easy, casual rides. Can't remember what it's called.
Anyway, here are a few photos from today from my Greenzone's shake down ride to test just how well everything was working.
All these photos were taken at different locations in a beautiful residential area called "Baldwin Park" close to where I live. I couldn't have asked for a lovelier day with cool temperatures, bright, and sunny, and a light breeze.:D
Right after I snapped the third photo showing the bike on a wooden dock, a family approached me, and asked me a bunch of questions regarding my folder. One of the men in particular seems like he wants to buy a folding bicycle, and I gave him the web address to Greenzone Bikes. Maybe I've helped to convert someone to riding a folding bike.:thumb:
I do have to say that the Greenzone Value Edition rides smooth, and requires little effort to keep her going. Feels responsive, and solid, like a full size bike.
My conclusion is that I am very happy with this purchase, not just as far as folders go, but compared to all bikes I've ever owned. I feel that I got my money's worth, and will enjoy this bike for a long time to come.
Have Fun and Ride Safe.