Vilano Midtown 26 Inch Folding Bike Review - Folding Bike 20
The Vilano Midtown is a full size folding bike, equipped with 26 inch wheels. It is a budget friendly bike which means there are quite a few cheap components and much of the bike will need tightening and tuning right out of the box. For a folding bike it is quite heavy weighing over 30 lbs.
- Colors: Black/Green or Champagne/Orange
- Frame: Lightweight Aluminum – Folding
- Drivetrain: Shimano 24 Speed
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus 8 speed
- Front Derailleur: Altus Triple
- Shifters: Altus
- Stem: Promax
- Fork: Steel
- Folding Pedals
- Wheels: 26 Inch – Kendra Kross Tires (Slick center for pavement & side knobs for cornering traction)
- Brakes: Disc Brakes
- Safety Latching Mechanism
- Bike Weight: 35 lbs.
- Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
Right out of this box this bike was not road worthy. It needed a LOT of adjustments. Due to the price and the quality of the components some of that is to be expected. But I really can’t recommend this bike to a newbie unless you factor in the cost of taking it to a professional.
Once the bike was ready to go there wasn’t too much to complain about. The frame seemed solid and it was easy to fold and unfold. It is equipped for 24 speeds so it can handle more hills and the tires are sturdy with decent traction. However, this bike is heavy for a folder – even for a full sized folder. The handle grips are not fixed so they slide some and the pedals fold but are cheap so I am not positive they will hold up over time.
In this situation the bike is priced on the lower end and the feedback I have found from other customers is that the ones that like it are willing to make changes and customize the bike. This seems to me to be a bike good for a DIY, knowledgeable cyclist.
- Full size folding bike
- 24 speeds
- Low cost
- Shipping damage seems common
- Adjusting & tightening required
- Hand grips slide