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Old 05-08-18, 03:56 PM
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Vilano Urbana Single Speed Folding Bike

Hello All, bought a Vilano Urbana from Walmart((RoadBikeOutlet). $199. Arrived today. Initial findings.

Seat post 31.8 FU FENG, seat tube has sleeve in it. Contacted customer service for size without shim.
Tires INNOVA (47-406) 20x1.75 35PSI 240K 2.5BAR
Prowheel crankset 170.
Crank 52t Cog 16t Gear inches 60.7
No name folding pedals, expect to last a couple hundred miles.
Packaged nicely, lot of tape, foam, zip ties, cardboard.
Reflectors for front, for rear and one on each wheel.
28 spoke wheel, look like steel.
Has three threaded holes on each side of rear frame for rack/fender.
Threaded hole in fork for fender mount.
Two threaded holes on top tube for bottle holder.
Extra two foot long Velcro strap excellent for holding folded bike together.
Quick Release on seat post, fold, handlebar stem and handlebar height.
Everything is tight, except seat post tube which is incredibly loose.
Tires needed American air, they flat donít care, will be upgraded soon to 65psi wheels.
Bike needs to be disassembled and greased.
Rear hub is too tight. With bike upside down, cranked pedals until rear wheel was spinning fast, on its own it slowed down quickly and stopped. i.e. NO RIDING until greased and adjusted.

Unloosened rear lug nut to adjust coaster brake, needed a three foot breaker bar, also needed it on nut adjusting brake.

Unloosened the threaded headset (25,4mm?), needed a one foot pipe on end of long hex key.

What is going on with this "new" forum? My PC, (Win7) is struggling with everything, including text formatting.

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Interested to hear how it rides compared to your other compact and folding bikes.
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I've always been intrigued by the Urbana's extreme light weight.
Cuz my Boardwalk S1 is like 30 pounds (8 pounds heavier than the Urbana).
I'd like to hear how durable the frame is.
That would be my main concern.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I've always been intrigued by the Urbana's extreme light weight.
Cuz my Boardwalk S1 is like 30 pounds (8 pounds heavier than the Urbana).
I'd like to hear how durable the frame is.
That would be my main concern.
8lbs heavier is a significant difference I'm assuming that is steel and likely a basic high tensile steel frame. There is so few components on single speed bikes that the frames make up a more significant part of the overall weight. I don't have a problem with the weight difference, likely stronger, more long lasting and the extra weight is a better workout getting it up the hills.
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Originally Posted by Bonzo Banana View Post
8lbs heavier is a significant difference I'm assuming that is steel and likely a basic high tensile steel frame. There is so few components on single speed bikes that the frames make up a more significant part of the overall weight. I don't have a problem with the weight difference, likely stronger, more long lasting and the extra weight is a better workout getting it up the hills.
My bad...Dahon says my hi-ten Boardwalk S1 is only 28 pounds. If the Urbana is really 22 pounds...then it's 6 pounds lighter than mine. Still impressive engineering achievement for a $200 bike. My Boardwalk was $300.

That extra 6 pounds is huge, when you are lifting it into a trunk of a small car! Or carryinhg up a flight of stairs.

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I guess its an impressively low weight but with so little fitted to the bike and an aluminium frame it was never going to be heavy. Decathlon do a basic Hoptown/Tilt folding bike with steel frame. I think with gears its 15-16kg but is down to 12-13kg in single speed. So that's a 2-3kg loss approx and if you apply that to many aluminium geared folding bikes which are at 12-13kg you can get down to close or below 10kg. The Urbana sheds the weight of brake levers, brake cables, brake calipers, derailleur, cogset, gear shifter, gear cable and many other sundry parts like rear rack, mudguards and kickstand. The only weight it adds over a conventional geared folding bike is the coaster brake rear hub. The only way you could go much lower is perhaps make the bike fixed gear and maybe run the tyres tubeless unless you start changing components for lower weight parts llike handlebars, seatpost etc.

It seems all the low weight benefits of the Dahon by removing all those gearing parts has been nullified by the use of a heavy high tensile steel frame.
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Hello,
Apologize for lack of photos, (new phone, old brain).

The headset (NECO 842-2) had a film of oil, steerer had zero grease/oil.

The handlebar height adjustment is kinda flimsy but functional (RoadBikesOutlet has an instructional).

Seatpost is 31.8, but seat tube has a shim(?), without the shim I measured 34mm (with a ruler, will follow up with micrometer), so that would be close to the DAHON/Tern 33.9. I'm interested because I will upgrading to a longer post and would prefer without shim.

BTW, the bike in the gray color looks great, really nice finish and the fold locks really tight.

Yesterday evening I took it for first ride, YAY!! it stops and brakes fine, but after about 20-40 feet(?) I really noticed the rear bearings grinding. Oh well.

I sent an email to customercare, so we will see how that goes.

Saw some YouTube videos from EsquireBiker and one had rear wheel issues
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Thanks for the review. Hope things turn out OK.
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I would pull the coaster hub apart and see whats going on in there.

Even if the dealer send you another, you ought to open it up and check for grease and adjust the bearing.
The lock nut on the adjusting cone might be loose or something.
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Update : Called customer care, supplied my order information details, discussed issue. Real professionals. Being sent a replacement wheel.

A product is only as good as the support team. They are grading at five star plus for me right now.

And mtb addict, yes, I will take apart, just didn't want to in case they wanted it back. My guess is the race(s) are damaged.
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Yep, 21.5 lbs


Just out of the box, cardboard is hiding wheel reflector.
Had time to load pictures; one shows the high tech scale that confirms the weight 21.5 lbs. The other shows the very nice looking bike.
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I reckon if they are quick to send out a replacement wheel it could be a common issue especially in light of that youtube video.
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The arm of the old rear wheel is stamped POWER LC-101R
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