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Old 08-29-18, 07:27 PM
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The 305 Chronicles

This thread is dedicated to the discussion, concerns, parts and enjoyment of 16"/ISO305-wheel folding bicycles.

I'll get the ball rolling by mentioning that I was able to mount an 11-36T cogset and Shimano Zee RD on my 305er with 1.50" nominal tires. The RD sits as low as the brake track. Sub-optimal, and lower than I'd like, but watchagonnado if you need/want the range, right? So far, no contact with the ground during riding.
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22-72GI on tap with a 52T chainring.
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For those looking to swap out stock tires and wheels, there is the Mialo wheelset pictured here with Kenda Kwest 45-305 / 16x1.75" nominal, 37mm profile height/40mm wide measured.
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The Kwests are a scorching value at $3.25 apiece. The beefy United inner tubes inside are not bad at $1.10 apiece either. Under $4.50 for tire and tube combo.
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I used to have a Dahon Curve SL and rode it quite a lot for a couple of years. I loved Big Apples in the 305 size; they're bouncy and pliant but still accelerate instantly, whereas in the 20" size they already feel a little sluggish to get moving thus mitigating some of the benefits of small wheels.
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I used to have a Dahon Curve SL and rode it quite a lot for a couple of years. I loved Big Apples in the 305 size; they're bouncy and pliant but still accelerate instantly, whereas in the 20" size they already feel a little sluggish to get moving thus mitigating some of the benefits of small wheels.
Regrettably BAs in 305 size are not available here. The closest thing, which I have on order, is Marathon 47-305.
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305-wheel framesets

Wanna build your own 305-wheel pony rather than buy a complete bike? Here are a few options of 305-wheel specific framesets.
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FnHon Zephyr
Zephyrs are 6061 Aluminium alloy, and come in six different colors...

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...my favorite is silver polished
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Abu's $0.02 - the 95cm wheelbase is longer than most 305er, making the Zephyr a more stable platform.
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FnHon Gust
Gusts are 4130 Chromoly steel, and come now in about 10 colors and color combinations. My favorite, though, is the cobalt blue, and polished silver.

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Abu's $0.02 - this hunk of steel feels like it's built like a tank. Its 89.5cm wheelbase, though, raises an eyebrow.

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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
305-wheel framesets

Wanna build your own 305-wheel pony rather than buy a complete bike? Here are a few options of 305-wheel specific framesets.
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FnHon Zephyr
Zephyrs are 6061 Aluminium alloy, and come in six different colors...

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...my favorite is silver polished
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Abu's $0.02 - the 95cm wheelbase is longer than most 305er, making the Zephyr a more stable platform.
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FnHon Gust
Gusts are 4130 Chromoly steel, and come now in about 10 colors and color combinations. My favorite, though, is the cobalt blue, and polished silver.

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Abu's $0.02 - this hunk of steel feels like it's built like a tank. Its 89.5cm wheelbase, though, raises an eyebrow.
The Gust 16" wheelbase is 91cm.
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The Gust 16" wheelbase is 91cm.
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Kenda KWest 45-305

I've been using Kenda KWest 45mm tires since 2018 and they have been trouble free since then. I did get one flat tire in 2018, but that was shortly after installing them so I suspect the tube came faulty or was damaged during installation. No problems or flats since then. Wear had been good. The worst thing I can say is that they are a bit loud once you get up to speed. Fantastic value at $4 apiece.


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