Allen Sports Urban X 7-Speed Folding Bicycle Review
I’ve reviewed a couple of folding bikes from Allen Sports and all of them are my favorites so far. The XWay is even one of the best folding bikes we are recommending on the homepage. I’ve been testing the Allen Sports Urban X folding bicycle in the last month and we’re going to see if this is another bike worth considering.
Features and Specs
- Colors: Blue, Orange
- Folded size: 33.5 inch x 13.8 inch x 27.6 inch (85cm x 35cm x 70cm)
- Weight: 25.6 lbs (11.6 kgs)
- Frame: 6061 Aluminum
- Forks: 6061 Aluminum
- Speeds: 7
- Wheel Size: 451mm
- Tires: 20″ x 1-3/8″
- Valve on tires: Schrader
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TZ40 7 Speed
- Rims: GLEDE Alloy
- Crank Set: Samox
- Shifter: Shimano Tourney Revo Shifter
- Front Brake: WinZip
- Rear Brake: WinZip
- Pedals: Folding
- Kickstand: built-in
- Brake levers: Alhonga
- Handlebar Post: unadjustable Alloy one piece
- Handlebar: Aluminum
- Saddle: DDK 3166
- Seat post: Aluminum
- Fenders are not included
- Recommended Rider Height range: 4’11” to 6’7″ (150cm to 200cm)
- Max Rider Weight: 242 lbs (110 kgs)
- Carton dimensions: 35.5″ x 26.5″ x 16″
- Shipping weight: 30 lbs
Folding and Unfolding
The Allen Sports Urban X has almost all advantages that I saw on other bikes from the manufacturer. It can be folded quickly within 10 seconds, I love the folding mechanism with press linkage design because I can easily fold the bike with a few light presses. There is almost no force required when folding like on other folding bikes, and the frame is still very sturdy.
The Urban X features a similar design as the XWay. We can spot the thin 451MM wheels, Shimano rear derailleur, caliper brake, wheel lock and the same folded dimensions. So you might be wondering why the Urban X costs just half the price of the XWay.
There are a few compromises here. The Urban X is 1 lbs heavier than the XWay, it has just 7 speeds, the handlebar height is unadjustable, and some components are much cheaper. Although the 7-speed transmission is not as impressive, it is more than enough for most recreational riders. The bike can easily tackle moderate hills and my average speed was around 12mph including riding on the street.
However, the problem here is quality control of the bike. Actually I had to request a replacement because I couldn’t adjust the seatpost of the first bike. The replacement is better but it is still difficult to move the seatpost, and you can see some scratches there. Another issue is that shifting gears are not really smooth, the shifter is quite stiff and the chain mis-shifts sometimes. Therefore, you should make sure to make adjustments before the first ride. Those problems might be caused by quality control or shipping, the box I received actually had a few damages and I’m not sure if it affected the bike.
There is another issue existing on other Allen Sports folding bikes, the Urban X still can’t stand on its own when being folded. It can’t be balanced because the heavy handlepost is folded out, so you’d better lean it against the wall or it will drop to the ground.
- Stylish and lightweight design
- Sturdy frame
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Good performance of drivetrain
- Can’t stand in folded position
- The seatpost doesn’t fit well and get stuck sometimes
- The handlepost makes some noises when riding
- Shifting gears is not smooth and require some adjustments
Allen Sports has great support and I believe they will help you address those aforementioned issues. After some adjustments, the only major problem I have is the seatpost. I am a little disappointed but this is a review of this particularly bike, you might get a better unit and be satisfied with your purchase.
Regular Price: $799