AVANTI 20" Lightweight Aluminum Folding Bike Review - Folding Bike 20
This Vilano Avanti 20″ folding bike is a 6 speed aluminum bike that comes equipped with a rear rack and fenders. It is promoted as a commuter bike – ready to go. Let’s find out more!
- Colors: Red, Black, White
- Frame: 20 Aluminum Folding – with safety latch system
- Stem: Foldable height adjustable
- Shifters: Twist Grip 6 Speed
- Rear Derailleur: Sunrun 6-Speed
- Handlebar: Aluminum
- Seat Post: Aluminum
- Crank: 53T w/ Chain guard
- Brake: Alloy V Brake
- Rims: 20″ Alloy Double Wall
- Weighs: 29.5 lbs
- Accessories: Rack, Front/Rear Fenders
The Avanti refers to itself as “Lightweight”, but that is a relative term. Aluminum is lighter than steel but this bike weighs 29.5 pounds. I would say that is on the heavy end for a commuter but normal for this price range. It does come with the rack and fenders installed, so that could account for a couple pounds. Compared to the other Vilano 6 speed folders the Avanti finds itself in the middle. The Apex is 32 pounds and the Tempest is 27 pounds.
The Avanti comes with 20″ wheels, folding pedals, and 6 speeds. It folds up pretty easily, but does not really stay folded. I would mostly use this feature for storage purposes. I didn’t have any trouble shifting gears but it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. This bike is not stocked with Shimano shifters and derailleurs like many other folding bikes. I think that is definitely worth noting especially if you are comparing this bike to another one.
Overall the experience matched the price-range expectations. I was able to handle a few moderate inclines and the ride was pretty smooth. I didn’t try this out on anything but paved roads and wouldn’t recommend it for anything else.
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Rack and fenders come installed
- Bulky and Heavy
- Not a Shimano shifter
The list price for the Avanti is $381.30, but right now it is on sale for $199.00 on Amazon.