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OX Pocci 9-speed test-ride


Old 11-18-17, 12:06 PM
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OX Pocci 9-speed test-ride

I test-rode the OX Pocci in Japan. It is a fun little bike.

First, it isn't really a folding bike; more like a collapsing bike. Once "folded", it is very tall. Second, being a road cyclist with a regular carbon fiber road bike, the Pocci (with 14" wheels), felt really slow. But that is expected with all smaller wheels. Third, it weighs about 25lbs. With my road bike that weighs less than that, I could easily carry it up stairs with one hand. Probably not so with the Pocci.

The Pocci is definitely a city bike built for the urban environment like most of Japan. With its short wheelbase, it was twitchy/maneuverable. This was great because in Japan, bicycle riding on sidewalks are allowed. Gotta coexist with pedestrians! Japan also has very short city blocks (in my limited experience anyway). So the Pocci's slower speed and quicker acceleration (due to its small wheels) was perfect.

It has dual suspension, and felt bouncy. I only weigh about 145lbs, so for heavier riders it might be more noticeable. They also have a harder rear suspension block as an option, but I did not get to try it. Since I have a bad back, the bounciness/suspension was welcoming. I would prefer it over no rear suspension. The Brompton with a regular suspension block is too hard on my back nowadays. The Pocci's felt good.

Overall, the ride was cushy and fun. I opted to purchase a different bike while in Japan - the Caracle-S, which is more more geared towards performance and still has an air rear suspension. But I may purchase the OX Pocci or Peco in the future for fun and more as a novelty item. Plus they come in customizable and cool colors!
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