Durban Bay 6 Folding Bike Review
For most people, spending over $400 for a folding bike is ridiculous. Particularly if you are a city dweller, you often use the bike for multi-modal commuting and you might not need extra features or premium materials of expensive bikes. That’s the reason why there are still a lot of low-budget folding bicycles out there. We are taking a look at the new Durban Bay 6 in the review.
Unboxing and Assembly
- Colors: Black, White, Red and Blue
- Weight: 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
- Folded dimensions: 33″ x 25″ x 14″ (84 x 63.5 x 35.5 cm)
- Frame: High-Tensile Steel Frame with Durban B-Type Latch
- Fork: High-Tensile Steel Fork
- Speeds: 6
- Wheels: 20″ Alloy Rims / 20×1.5 Tires / UCP Spokes
- Handlepost: Durban B-Type Steel Handlepost with Security Lock
- Saddle: Durban Comfort Saddle
- Seatpost: Steel Seatpost (Size 550mm)
- Chain: KMC
- Crankset: 52T Steel
- Brakes: Alloy V-Brake
- Brake levers: Alloy
- Shifter: Shimano RS-35
- Derailleur: Shimano TZ-50 (6 Speed)
- Freewheel: Shimano 14-28T
- Pedals: Foldable and come with Reflectors
- Kickstand: Steel
- Mudguards: Steel
- Rear rack: optional
- Maximum rider weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
- Suggested rider height: 4’8″ – 6’3″ (1.40 – 1.90 m)
- Carton dimensions: 32.3″ x 13″ x 25.6″
- Shipping weight: 37.6 lbs
Folding & Unfolding
Actually I had some good initial impressions with the Durban Bay 6. My bike is the red one and it looks quite attractive. The bike includes a kickstand, foldable pedals, fenders and a rear rack which you might have to buy as extra accessories on most other folding bikes. I also love that the handlepost height is adjustable for different riding positions and the Durban B-Type latch makes the bike look much cleaner.
Unfortunately, as soon as I started using the bike, I figured out it has some significant issues. Firstly, I really hate folding and unfolding this bike because the frame hinge is quite stiff. Besides, I have to use a lot of force to open or close the latch but this can be fixed by adjusting the screw on the frame. You can tighten or untighten the screw to find your ideal pressure, make sure to adjust again if you see any looseness or movement on the frame. You also need to be extremely careful because the latch is so vulnerable after you unfold the bike, there is nothing holding the latch, so it is free to move around and might be broken easily.
Another issue is that the bike is so heavy, this is actually one of the heaviest folders I’ve ever tested. Additionally, it is quite bulky when being folded and you will need to use the included strap to secure wheels.
When testing the bike, I always keep in mind that this is a budget bike, therefore, all those aforementioned issues can be accepted if it can deliver a smooth and responsive riding experience. However, I am disappointed in this aspect as well. Actually it is not horrible but it is falling short as compared to most other folders. It is alright on flat roads but you will meet a huge challenge when climbing just 15-degree hills.
- Low price
- Good design
- Accessories are included
- Stiff frame hinge
- Heavy and bulky
- Poor riding performance
If you are looking for an affordable folding bike for short commutes and don’t mind the heavy weight, the Durban Bay 6 might be a good choice for you.
Regular Price: $399