We have almost all the marques from all over the world- Japan, UK, USA and Taiwan. So when it comes to folding bikes, we get customers who appreciate their top end bikes like they enjoy their fine dining, exquisite cars and their finer things in life. Like cars, the exquisite bicycle brands have models with very much similarity.
First, the Alex Moulton range, the cycling equivalent of owning a Bentley or Rolls Royce. The Moulton Bicycle is the original full-suspension, separable, small- wheeled, high-performance bicycle, world-renowned for speed, efficiency, durability and comfort.
Double Pylon with Rolls Royce. Expertly engineered for over 50 years and handcrafted in England, these bicycles are the world’s most efficient form of transport – designed for universal use, real performance and comfort. These bikes are not hard to spot, whether gleaming in Stainless Steel or resplendent in a custom paint job. Starting at just over S$8,000 (AM Speed) and running as high as S$26,000 (Double Pylon) the powerhouse of the range is the Moulton Speed in Stainless Steel at just over S$15,000.
As a radical design, the Moulton bicycle – the first small-wheeled adult bicycle – needed credibility in the market and Alex Moulton realised the importance of this when planning the launch of the bicycle in 1962. Aided by his Marketing Manager David Duffield, himself a record-breaking cyclist, several riders were actively supported by Moulton. Coventry CC pursuit team were unstoppable on the track, their Moultons allowing them to keep in a tight group to reduce aerodynamic drag; road riders benefited from the reduced aerodynamic drag of the small wheels and, with reputation established, the Moulton became acceptable to the most discerning club cyclists. Following the introduction of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) rule 1.3.018, Moultons are not permitted in road-racing events – this is why you never see them in events like the Tour de France – but they are still used in time-trials and for ultra-distance events. Watch video Moulton Coventry CC 1962
How do you know you are staring at one of the high-end, handcrafted Moulton and not the standard Moulton TSR range (that gets you on a Moulton for just under S$3,000)? Other than the refined components, you will notice the “kinked” bottom section of the spaceframe. This is a dead giveaway that you are looking at a top end Moulton, with the enhanced performance and comfort characteristics. The TSRs are truly awesome to ride, thanks to the late Dr Alex Moulton’s pioneering work on suspension design for small wheels. Moulton have taken everything they learnt in engineering design and conceived the SST. Although no “kinked” spaceframe, Moulton wanted to improve on the TSR series, and have introduced a whole host of engineering innovations – the SST is the result and costs less than S$6000.
If you want something lighter on your pockets – Tyrell FSX , retailing below S$4,000 and you get 406/451 wheels on lightning-fast frames and they come with a choice of Ultegra or 105.
Next came the American revolution and putting the first man on the moon.
Dahon- 35 years in folding bikes
They celebrated with a 35th-anniversary bike Curl i8 but see challenges as they attack the Chinese markets. But still they have a few really nice new folds and upgraded models eg Dahon Mu SLX at S$2,400.
Tern – HQ-ed out of Taiwan
Armed with innovations, Tern is like the Tesla brand of cars. Fast, eco-friendly in mind, innovations at many levels, a new look at folding bikes, putting together innovations at the component levels and winning awards across the globe.Tern introduced the 26 inch wheeled Eclipse X22. The Eclipse X22 is designed to be the fastest folding bike in the world. With hand-built 26” wheels and race-tuned geometry, it’s a full sized road bike, but it folds down small in 10 seconds. It boasts an Ultegra drivetrain, and—just in time for the UCI’s new regulations—a set of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. With a stealth black finish, hydroformed fork, red Syntace accents, and perfected engineering, the X22 inaugurates a new chapter in Tern design. It sells for S$3,800. The Eclipse P20 is the more affordable cousin at S$2300.
In 2017, their answer for a top of the line premium bike – Verge X11 retailing at S$3,999. With a transmission range that spans a very wide range, you do away the dual chainring requirement.
The attack of the Minivelos
Tern working with Roji released the Surge series. Non foldable but equipped with choicest components. They are fast and lighter on the wallet.
Bike Friday – a true blue USA made small wheeled bike. What is famous about them is the ride and the build design.
Bike Friday Rocket Pocket – the folding bike that rides like a road bike
18 Speeds start from S$3500. Perfect for sport and event riding, the bonus is that it’s a folding bike you can set your PR on. Keep up with your training schedule by putting in the miles while you travel the world!
- Designed to combine Bike Friday folding and quality with modern sports bike geometry
- Folds into a 34” x 33” x 12” space so you can travel by bus, train or boat and packs into a travel case for airline travel
- Capable of riding with a rear rack for light touring
Bike Friday New World Tourist
A world-class touring bike capable of fully-loaded trips over multiple days while still capable of serving as your everyday commuter. Our latest update is the ability to make it into an E-Bike which makes it easier to get the miles in while still staying true to the soul of cycling. This is the original folding Bike Friday design, since 1992, it’s been improved over the years of experience and the best multi-use Bike Friday!
Last but not least is Tyrell
The X design frame made popular in Japan is now being challenged by Tern Roji. While they work hard to reduce prices, the original design proves popular.The FSX to some is still considered the fastest foldable minivelo starting from S$4800.
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