Compass high spec alloy folding bike just £299 at Go Outdoors (RRP £400).  UK designed and light weight.
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Compass high spec alloy folding bike just £299 at Go Outdoors (RRP £400). UK designed and light weight.

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Found 16th Apr
If you've been looking around at folding bikes you will have discovered that the cheap ones are horrible and the good ones are very expensive. I've just noticed this one at Go Outdoors (respected for their bikes) which seems to fall into an attractive middle ground.

It's a good spec. with decent branded components and an alloy frame, forks, seatpost, stem, bars, etc. Eight speed Shimano Claris gears. Claimed weight of 11.8kg is really light for a folder. It also looks like it'll be a good 'fit' for an adult - many of the cheap folders are too cramped (seat to bars distance).

Designed in UK and looks remarkably like some of the far more expensive Dahon models.

20" wheels give a much more 'full size' riding experience and are less susceptible to potholes, etc. than 16" without adding much to the folded size. Good for taking on the train or putting in the car boot, caravan or boat.

Free delivery or collect from store.

Full spec table on the link.
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£199 click & collect, 349 reviews average 4.2 stars out of 5 - I'm a fan, having bought several thing (including two bikes) that continue to serve me & mine well after a number of years. first kids bike I bought now on it's third owner, son passed it to his younger brother who handed it on to my nephew
Frames different but you will find it has about the same components
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Got this when posted and added mudguards and a rack, really depends if you want to deal with a shop or through mail for aftersales.
DL196850 m ago

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-120-folding-bike-blue-id_8352596.html£199 …https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-120-folding-bike-blue-id_8352596.html£199 click & collect, 349 reviews average 4.2 stars out of 5 - I'm a fan, having bought several thing (including two bikes) that continue to serve me & mine well after a number of years. first kids bike I bought now on it's third owner, son passed it to his younger brother who handed it on to my nephew


I like Decathlon bikes but: steel frame, much heavier and looks like one of those 'too short' bikes for an average adult rider. Probably OK if you really can't find the other £100 but I know which I'd go for.
kabs34 m ago

Frames different but you will find it has about the same …Frames different but you will find it has about the same componentshttps://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/greenway-8-speed-aluminium-folding-bike-21399-greenway-cycles-2741727Got this when posted and added mudguards and a rack, really depends if you want to deal with a shop or through mail for aftersales.


Yes, another Dahon clone. Heavier (really matters when if you plan to carry it very far) but otherwise looks OK. Any idea what the support would be like if you have any issues with it?
Besford12 m ago

I like Decathlon bikes but: steel frame, much heavier and looks like one …I like Decathlon bikes but: steel frame, much heavier and looks like one of those 'too short' bikes for an average adult rider. Probably OK if you really can't find the other £100 but I know which I'd go for.


Those Btwin models are junk bikes, looking by the reviews many are happy with them but so are many people who buy steel folding bikes with freewheels close to £100. With its low weight limits, non-shimano derailleur and low end freewheel that would be a bike to avoid in my opinion. The Greenway bike is far superior for similar money. There was a thread on here for the single speed Decathlon folding bike. Most of the same components and frame and the buyer reported no end of problems and you could see why looking at it. The Compass is a good spec and decent value but there is also the Carrera intercity model for similar money often with discounts available. Don't get me wrong though the Compass model does look good.
Besford17 m ago

Yes, another Dahon clone. Heavier (really matters when if you plan to …Yes, another Dahon clone. Heavier (really matters when if you plan to carry it very far) but otherwise looks OK. Any idea what the support would be like if you have any issues with it?


You say Dahon clone but Dahon often has their bikes made by other manufacturers. Maxcom bikes in Bulgaria for European bikes and lots of other companies around the world including Flying Pigeon and Fuji-ta in China. Often just a brand slap. Yes they have their own factory now but it only makes some of their bikes and there is a company in Taiwan that assembles their more premium bikes that I forget the name of. The Compass definitely looks like a fuji--ta bike which is a manufacturer (world's biggest bike manufacturer) that also manufactures for Dahon.
Besford56 m ago

Yes, another Dahon clone. Heavier (really matters when if you plan to …Yes, another Dahon clone. Heavier (really matters when if you plan to carry it very far) but otherwise looks OK. Any idea what the support would be like if you have any issues with it?



With most bikes with near 50/50 fold I think you're supposed to tow it behind you, anyway carrying a 20" bike is cumbersome and the only bike that you would carry with ease for the size would be the Brompton but that's nowhere near in the running pricewise.
bonzobanana46 m ago

You say Dahon clone but Dahon often has their bikes made by other …You say Dahon clone but Dahon often has their bikes made by other manufacturers. Maxcom bikes in Bulgaria for European bikes and lots of other companies around the world including Flying Pigeon and Fuji-ta in China. Often just a brand slap. Yes they have their own factory now but it only makes some of their bikes and there is a company in Taiwan that assembles their more premium bikes that I forget the name of. The Compass definitely looks like a fuji--ta bike which is a manufacturer (world's biggest bike manufacturer) that also manufactures for Dahon.


I didn't say Dahon clone is a bad thing - in fact it's a good thing if it's close to a real Dahon. Yes, there are some horrible things with a Dahon label on them but the worst of them don't come to the UK.

So, does anyone know what support (if any) Greenway provide?
Besford1 h, 21 m ago

I didn't say Dahon clone is a bad thing - in fact it's a good thing if …I didn't say Dahon clone is a bad thing - in fact it's a good thing if it's close to a real Dahon. Yes, there are some horrible things with a Dahon label on them but the worst of them don't come to the UK.So, does anyone know what support (if any) Greenway provide?


Greenway would provide pretty much no support. Total box shifter but the value of what you are getting is brilliant but servicing and adjustment is all up to the buyer. Great for many but not all.

I've seen a Dahon bike in halfords sometime ago with poor welds, seem very expensive too with a freewheel for £400 thereabouts. Dahon is more a branding and marketing exercise often with the bikes made by other companies sometimes to Dahon's designs but often just a brand slap on an existing model. Their own factory looks pretty low tech and more of an assembly plant for parts built elsewhere and some very low tech frame manufacturing to supplement their bought in frames and so they can claim to be a full manufacturer nowadays.

Their nuwave models are more innovative and take many of the ideas from their original bike design but whether they are popular is another matter. All seem to be single speed.


The original Dahon folding bike below which they then dropped to make more conventional European style folding bikes. You can see the nuwave models use some of the strut designs with a very low frame height. I love the original Dahon folding bike I must say but doesn't represent a huge percentage of folding bikes sold in its day.

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For me the great folding bikes were the Dawes Kingpin and Raleigh Twenty. They set many of the rules for decent riding folding bikes back in the sixties and seventies.

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Notice on the Compass bike text they say ahead (threadless) headset but it looks clear to me its threaded with the handlebar stem attached with a quill stem fitting. Not a problem but you can get a threadless folding bike stem where the handlebar stem attaches to the fork steerer tube which is what their text is stating but the images certainly don't show that. The Greenway bike is threadless. In theory threadless is a bit stronger/safer but I don't think its a big deal.
Still available so I've unexpired this deal.
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