Xootr Swift Folding Bike Review - Folding Bike 20
The Xootr Swift is a good, lightweight commuter bike. With 8 speeds it can handle a decent commute. It’s only real flaw is the unique folding style which is easy and quick but does not collapse the bike down very small.
Frame: 6061-T6 custom-profiled aluminum, Patented TrusFold system
Fork: CroMoly, straight taper, 100 mm spacing
Rims: Aluminum box-section rims, double wall with eyelets, machined sides
Spokes: 14 G x 2 mm stainless steel
Spoke count: 36
Lacing pattern: 3 cross
Hubs: Quando CNC machined hubs with sealed bearings
Tires: Kenda Kwest 20 x 1.5 65 psi tire with schrader valve tube
Cassette: SRAM PG-850 11-28T
Rear derailleur: SRAM SX4, medium cage
Shift lever: 8-speed SRAM SX5 twist shifter, indexed
Chainring: 52T, 130 mm BCD with chaingaurd
Chain: KMC Z72 1/2″ x 3/32″, 108 links
Cranks: 170 mm aluminum alloy, square taper
Pedals: Wellgo LU-964, aluminum alloy cage and body, Cro-Mo spindle, toe clip mountable
Brakes: Tektro M710 V-Brake
Brake levers: Tektro TS325A levers
Handlebar: 25.4 mm x 500 mm x 6D 6061-T6 aluminum alloy with SRAM rubber grips
Riser: 250 mmL CroMoly with braze-ons for a standard water bottle cage
Seat: Velo VLG-3029 Plush Comfort with Ozone
Seat post: 6061-T6 aluminum, 34.0 mm OD, microadjust clamp
Folded dimensions: 36.5″ L x 40.25″ H x 20″ W.
Weight: 25 lbs (11.3 kgs)
The Swift is a good, solid bike. It competes well in riding ability and comfort. The 20″ tires are very comparable to other commuter bikes and 8 speeds makes this bike commute worthy. At 25 lbs. it is light enough to carry when needed but still feels rigid and solid during the ride. Although the seat post and handle bars are not adjustable, this bike is designed with standard parts so they can be easily switched out.
If purchased directly through Xootr there are quite a few customizations that can be made at the time of purchase. You can add a kickstand or folding pedals; upgrade the saddle or seat post. But if you may want to buy the stock model and do those customizations later then you can do that too. Once you have a chance to ride the bike you’ll know what changes you should make.
My biggest complaint is the folded size. For a folding bike it really doesn’t get that small. I feel like that is a major problem especially since customers are buying folding bikes for that very reason. It folds enough to make storage easier or getting on an elevator do-able. But if you are going to be getting on a train or bus or any other public transportation then I wouldn’t recommend it. It can break down smaller but takes more steps and you will need a case.
- Light Weight – 25 lbs.
- Easy to Fold
- Non-adjustable Seat Post & Handle Bars
- Doesn’t fold down small enough!