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Off road folder 20 inch wheels?

Old 04-14-19, 06:44 PM
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Off road folder 20 inch wheels?

I know thereís a thread on the Downtube 16Ē for light off road use but I didnít want to hijack it with a similar question about the Downtube P8. Iím 5í3Ē and a hundred pounds riding on flat Miami streets. Iíd like to go on some bumpy, gravely roads and over some tree roots. But not mountain bike trails.

I have a Mu Uno but worry itís not a good bike for that so I stay on the street or bike paths with it.

Any suggestions on a folder that can do it? The Downtube full suspension would seem like a decent choice considering the price. Iíve read the fold isnít great but I just need it to fit in a corner of my small apartment.
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Old 04-15-19, 01:09 PM
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Bike friday has a few 20" wheel bikes , that could be fine on unpaved surfaces

They are made in Oregon in USA, not imported they are the only one made to fit the rider

both size and parts pick . is an individual choice .. so you can get a bike that fits .. You.

rather than getting a bike mass produced, that you adjust to fit tolerably .. which is what you have ...

My Bike Friday Pocket Llama.. will take a 20" - 1.75" wide tire... I can ride it past the ends of a paved road,
But it is not going to plough over larger obstacles like a 29er wheel ..

there is the montague often spoken of here, it's a bigger wheel bike with a frame that folds ,
but again it is a one size frame, so yat may not fit a smaller rider.
a bike is even made for those Shorter than you


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Old 04-15-19, 08:18 PM
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Old 04-17-19, 12:06 AM
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I've done a fair bit of trail riding on a 18" Tyrell Ive.
1.65" tires was the largest I can fit and generally this is ok unless the ground is very loose gravel, or sand/snow.
Roots, rock gardens and wash board surfaces will be a major problem as its hard for the small wheels to roll over them.

A 20" bike will certainly be better, but I'd say not by much (and don't expect miracles vs even 26" rigid mtbs with >1.85" tires. (wrt trail riding)
The Dahon Jetsteam is the main one to consider for a 20" wheeled folder.

The problem with larger wheeled offerings is that they are all biggish even after the folding and more clunky to handle folded.


I did end up selling my Tyrell Ive in favor of getting a 650b folding gravel bike.
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Thanks for all the input foldie friends!
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