Hoptown 300 folding bike. Single speed low maintenance £129 @ decathlon
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Hoptown 300 folding bike. Single speed low maintenance £129 @ decathlon

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Found 14th FebMade hot 15th Feb
Designed for travelling around town occasionally on different modes of transport (lift, bus, underground, etc.) while taking up minimal space.
A folding bike that goes straight to the essentials: single-speed drivetrain is low maintenance while delivering good performance. Lateral folding system reduces bike storage size by more than 70%..

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For the money, that looks pretty good. Shame the pedals don't fold too.

Cold! Not a Brompton, BMW, iPhone..... only joking.

woldranger

For the money, that looks pretty good. Shame the pedals don't fold too.


Folding pedals are easily available and not expensive. Probably have them in Decathlon!

Do read the reviews though - surprisingly mixed for a Decathlon bike.
Edited by: "Besford" 15th Feb

13.2kg, isn't that about 3kg heavier than you'd expect for this type of bike?

*edit* not an expert, heck I'm looking at getting a city bike or cargo trike for the daily commute, something comfy that can carry a coat/laptop/change of clothes/maybe shopping
Edited by: "CampGareth" 15th Feb

The interesting one was their B'Twin Tilt:
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-720-folding-bike-white-blue-id_8366184.html
£350 but it seems it's NLA. Not that light at 13.75 (Bromthons are 9.8KG to 11.5KG according to https://brompton.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203296361-How-much-do-Bromptons-weigh-) and that's with only guards no carrier, but it does unfold very quickly. They claim 1 second like this advert from Decathlon Belgium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVetM-IVhA
Think I saw or read something from one of the design team about them being very proud of the wheels being able to freely move when folded so you can drag it along like a suitcase; none of those tiny wheels Bromthon put on their carries required.
Wonder why it seems to have been discontinued? Maybe some issue with the bike or with the supply.

Not sure this is good value. Components look to be very low end and basic, reviews aren't that positive and its not like it has a lightweight aluminium frame or anything. Everything looks entry level at best. You should not buy bikes on dealer reputation but on product quality itself. If this was being sold in Asda it would probably get down voted straight away but because its Decathlon it gets up votes.

Even with no gears or fitted accessories it's still quite heavy and you will be walking up hills or moving your legs like some sort of demented epileptic on flat ground.

Also that bit that houses the front light looks hideous.

If you are going to be using this for regular commuting you need gears.

I've not voted either way but I personally wouldn't buy this product. Maybe at £69 but not £129.

The recent offer of a Dunlop folding bike at Sports Direct that was £85 plus £5 postage absolutely massacres this bike on spec and lower weight too thanks to its aluminium frame plus much cheaper. Ok that offer isn't available now but this just seems like the correct price or higher for a gear-less heavy steel folding bike without mudguards or rear rack.

Also if you look at £179 version with 6 gears they have cropped the images to prevent you seeing clearly that it has a low quality generic chinese derailleur rather than a Shimano model which even the cheapest competitors have.

These seems like the worse possible quality bikes than even Toys R Us would turn their nose up at. No doubt Decathlon defenders will come in and protest but these look like junk quality if they won't even fit an entry level Shimano derailleur.
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 15th Feb

I shop at Decathlon regularly and this bike has been £129 around six months and probably that price since release so not particularly a bargain price.

I personally did not buy this model and bought the Hoptown 320 which is like the 300 but has six gears. I rode it for around 50 miles, changed the pedals and seat (you sit upright so a comfortable saddle dramatically improves ride comfort), decided it was not for me, and then sold it. Basic reasons why:
Fold is awful and not well designed
Still large when folded
Very heavy at 14.3kg, size and weight I really struggled to get it though doors and on busses. When I did get it on a bus, a girl in the disabled bay saw I was struggling so badly and offered her position in the disabled bay. That's how unwieldy it is!
Unreliable shifting of gears. I'm no indexing expert but I couldn't get it to work well. Manageable, but not well.

Good things are that it is robust, rides well and it's a Decathlon bike, which in my opinion is a good thing as you get their support when the bike fails. I had a bent seat post, went to Halfords, Evans and they couldn't help or said we can order you a Tern seatpost for £40. Decathlon said they can order a replacement for £5.50.

Overall, it is an average bike and I would consider around the minimum entry level for a folding bike. Any cheaper and it will probably fall apart.

As for folding pedals, Decathlon sell replacements for £10. Personally, I don't see the point. They can click under pressure which I found extremely annoying, and would simply install normal pedals.

If you do want to consider a Brompton there is a 24 hour hire scheme which I am considering to do just to see what the hype is about.

I liked the look of the Tilt too. It does look a bit overly complicated which might be why it got discontinued. It also has a carbon belt instead of a chain and those have a chequered reliability history.

As a side note, apart from the Brompton, the Hoptown's are the second most common folding bike I see in central London.

Gkains

The interesting one was their B'Twin … The interesting one was their B'Twin Tilt:https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-720-folding-bike-white-blue-id_8366184.html£350 but it seems it's NLA. Not that light at 13.75 (Bromthons are 9.8KG to 11.5KG according to https://brompton.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203296361-How-much-do-Bromptons-weigh-) and that's with only guards no carrier, but it does unfold very quickly. They claim 1 second like this advert from Decathlon Belgium:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVetM-IVhAThink I saw or read something from one of the design team about them being very proud of the wheels being able to freely move when folded so you can drag it along like a suitcase; none of those tiny wheels Bromthon put on their carries required.Wonder why it seems to have been discontinued? Maybe some issue with the bike or with the supply.



got 720 just before christmas, been waiting for one for ages, they sent me email twice to let me know that's back in stock, missed first lot by minutes i think and snapped on the second offer. Nice little bike, clever folding design, and it sitting nicely here in the office corner now. Rubber belt instead of chain tho. Spoke to one of Decathlon managers before i got this one, and he told me that its such high demand for these as soon as they appear on the system they are gone in minutes. this is a mk2 of 720, as they had some issues with folding mechanism for the mk1, which has now been sorted out, i hope i still haven mastered a quick fold as per video, but i am getting there. will upload photo later on.

bonzobanana

Not sure this is good value. Components look to be very low end and … Not sure this is good value. Components look to be very low end and basic, reviews aren't that positive and its not like it has a lightweight aluminium frame or anything. Everything looks entry level at best. You should not buy bikes on dealer reputation but on product quality itself. If this was being sold in Asda it would probably get down voted straight away but because its Decathlon it gets up votes.Even with no gears or fitted accessories it's still quite heavy and you will be walking up hills or moving your legs like some sort of demented epileptic on flat ground.Also that bit that houses the front light looks hideous.If you are going to be using this for regular commuting you need gears. I've not voted either way but I personally wouldn't buy this product. Maybe at £69 but not £129.The recent offer of a Dunlop folding bike at Sports Direct that was £85 plus £5 postage absolutely massacres this bike on spec and lower weight too thanks to its aluminium frame plus much cheaper. Ok that offer isn't available now but this just seems like the correct price or higher for a gear-less heavy steel folding bike without mudguards or rear rack.Also if you look at £179 version with 6 gears they have cropped the images to prevent you seeing clearly that it has a low quality generic chinese derailleur rather than a Shimano model which even the cheapest competitors have. These seems like the worse possible quality bikes than even Toys R Us would turn their nose up at. No doubt Decathlon defenders will come in and protest but these look like junk quality if they won't even fit an entry level Shimano derailleur.



I visited Decathlon for the first time yesterday. And yes FYI the bike is a good value, as all things Decathlon sells are good value. Not a bargain though as it is a standard price for this kind of product. So there's nothing to discuss really it's just stuff they sell.

stanlenin

I visited Decathlon for the first time yesterday. And yes FYI the bike is … I visited Decathlon for the first time yesterday. And yes FYI the bike is a good value, as all things Decathlon sells are good value. Not a bargain though as it is a standard price for this kind of product. So there's nothing to discuss really it's just stuff they sell.



I personally think this bike is actually very poor value and best avoided but the B'Twin 720 mentioned above looks pretty awesome and great value. Certainly worth twice the price of the geared version of this bike.

I'm currently looking for a cheap foldable bike but this one doesn't get the best reviews... guess I'll wait & hope for more deals

DoHS

got 720 just before christmas, been waiting for one for ages, they sent … got 720 just before christmas, been waiting for one for ages, they sent me email twice to let me know that's back in stock, missed first lot by minutes i think and snapped on the second offer. Nice little bike, clever folding design, and it sitting nicely here in the office corner now. Rubber belt instead of chain tho. Spoke to one of Decathlon managers before i got this one, and he told me that its such high demand for these as soon as they appear on the system they are gone in minutes. this is a mk2 of 720, as they had some issues with folding mechanism for the mk1, which has now been sorted out, i hope i still haven mastered a quick fold as per video, but i am getting there. will upload photo later on.


Cool so it hasn't been discontinued. Quite the opposite.
Don't really have a need for a folder atm, but last autumn I was looking at used non-folding bikes (autumn is probably the best time to get bargains) and came across the Tilt. Certainly using some different thinking which is exactly what's needed* for folding bikes. Still impressed with the pram-like fold of the Sinclair A-Bike just a pity the tiny (first 15cm then 20cm) wheels make it unusable because a 5KG bike which you can pop in rucksack is a great idea.
*But on the other hand Brompton or Dahon don't try to constantly re-invent the design yet sell very well. Guess the danger is that one day a radically different designs will succeed causing their sales to crash.

Gkains

The interesting one was their B'Twin … The interesting one was their B'Twin Tilt:https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-720-folding-bike-white-blue-id_8366184.html£350 but it seems it's NLA. Not that light at 13.75 (Bromthons are 9.8KG to 11.5KG according to https://brompton.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203296361-How-much-do-Bromptons-weigh-) and that's with only guards no carrier, but it does unfold very quickly. They claim 1 second like this advert from Decathlon Belgium:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVetM-IVhAThink I saw or read something from one of the design team about them being very proud of the wheels being able to freely move when folded so you can drag it along like a suitcase; none of those tiny wheels Bromthon put on their carries required.Wonder why it seems to have been discontinued? Maybe some issue with the bike or with the supply.



What is this 'Bromthon' of which you speak?

CampGareth

13.2kg, isn't that about 3kg heavier than you'd expect for this type of … 13.2kg, isn't that about 3kg heavier than you'd expect for this type of bike?*edit* not an expert, heck I'm looking at getting a city bike or cargo trike for the daily commute, something comfy that can carry a coat/laptop/change of clothes/maybe shopping


I have a Brompton, it weighs 11.8kg. Due to its compact size you carry it with one hand. It is fairly heavy carrying it up stairs in train stations, and I would prefer it was lighter. I would not buy a folding bike that weighed more.

Another death trap on the roads. Excellent.

bonzobanana

Not sure this is good value. Components look to be very low end and … Not sure this is good value. Components look to be very low end and basic, reviews aren't that positive and its not like it has a lightweight aluminium frame or anything. Everything looks entry level at best. You should not buy bikes on dealer reputation but on product quality itself. If this was being sold in Asda it would probably get down voted straight away but because its Decathlon it gets up votes.Even with no gears or fitted accessories it's still quite heavy and you will be walking up hills or moving your legs like some sort of demented epileptic on flat ground.Also that bit that houses the front light looks hideous.If you are going to be using this for regular commuting you need gears. I've not voted either way but I personally wouldn't buy this product. Maybe at £69 but not £129.The recent offer of a Dunlop folding bike at Sports Direct that was £85 plus £5 postage absolutely massacres this bike on spec and lower weight too thanks to its aluminium frame plus much cheaper. Ok that offer isn't available now but this just seems like the correct price or higher for a gear-less heavy steel folding bike without mudguards or rear rack.Also if you look at £179 version with 6 gears they have cropped the images to prevent you seeing clearly that it has a low quality generic chinese derailleur rather than a Shimano model which even the cheapest competitors have. These seems like the worse possible quality bikes than even Toys R Us would turn their nose up at. No doubt Decathlon defenders will come in and protest but these look like junk quality if they won't even fit an entry level Shimano derailleur.



​I just want a reliable folding bike to get me to the Jobcentre on time. But this looks like it will break after a while. Will look for a Dunlop one instead.

MumSaidNo

​I just want a reliable folding bike to get me to the Jobcentre on time. B … ​I just want a reliable folding bike to get me to the Jobcentre on time. But this looks like it will break after a while. Will look for a Dunlop one instead.


I've just had the Dunlop bike delivered and this bike doesn't look too bad. Will get the job done I'm sure.

I won a Brompton 18months ago via one of their comps - it is a truly wonderful piece of engineering and a fantastic bike, but I wouldn't have paid the £1595 price! To be fair it's an all singing and dancing one with Brompton bags, lights, gears, racks etc, but my camper van cost less than that! However, I wouldn't part with my Brompton now, it's too useful.

Brompton bikes are expensive, but if your work takes part in Cyclescheme and you're a higher rate tax payer, you can get one for a reasonable price that way.

It makes sense to drop the gears at this price point, and focus on reliability and other parts, but I can't comment on this model as not seen or used it. I can tell you that Decathlon service is exceptional certainly with bikes. They would sort out any issues and would get it setup properly from the off.

mattrixdesign2

It makes sense to drop the gears at this price point, and focus on … It makes sense to drop the gears at this price point, and focus on reliability and other parts, but I can't comment on this model as not seen or used it. I can tell you that Decathlon service is exceptional certainly with bikes. They would sort out any issues and would get it setup properly from the off.



uk.trustpilot.com/rev….uk

MumSaidNo

​I just want a reliable folding bike to get me to the Jobcentre on time. B … ​I just want a reliable folding bike to get me to the Jobcentre on time. But this looks like it will break after a while. Will look for a Dunlop one instead.



This actually looks like it could be a reliable bike. It's a heavy basic steel bike with a single gear. There isn't much to go wrong or adjust. However its basic design will mean it will be slow, hard work up hills and you'll legs will need to go very fast on flats to compensate for lack of gears. You'll be eating the dust trail of even 90 year old cyclists on cycles made in the 1950s as they whizz past you.

I have nothing against steel bikes it just means a little heavier and a little bit more effort which is great for weight loss and fitness but lack of gears means a huge amount of extra effort if you want to get up hills. Some cyclists go for single gears as it builds exceptional muscles and if you want to have legs thicker than your torso that is the way to go. I think the majority of people need gears though especially if commuting to work and not wanting to arrive requiring a change of clothes.

I bought this last summer as I need something to whizz me around the city centre taking photographs. You don't need gears for that and it's easy to set up and fold away. I suggest you tighten things up after about a week or two. The folding technique is fairly simple and after a few goes you will get it as you make just 2 adjustments. Comfortable seat and again easily adjustable. No mudguards but as I never use it in the rain not a problem. The price is good and no you won't develop legs of steel using this but you will have lots of fun. Don't forget your helmet and you are up and running. You can wheel it along while folded but that takes practice. The piece of rubber they use to keep the bike folded could be a lot better as I'll be changing mine as it's too fiddly. Yes it's made of steel not carbon fibre which is what some people want for £129.00, heavy not really as it's got wheels so there's a good chance you never need to lift it up. A pretty decent bike at a very good price.
Edited by: "iGlad" 18th Feb

Gkains

The interesting one was their B'Twin … The interesting one was their B'Twin Tilt:https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-720-folding-bike-white-blue-id_8366184.html£350 but it seems it's NLA. Not that light at 13.75 (Bromthons are 9.8KG to 11.5KG according to https://brompton.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203296361-How-much-do-Bromptons-weigh-) and that's with only guards no carrier, but it does unfold very quickly. They claim 1 second like this advert from Decathlon Belgium:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVetM-IVhAThink I saw or read something from one of the design team about them being very proud of the wheels being able:) to freely move when folded so you can drag it along like a suitcase; none of those tiny wheels Bromthon put on their carries required.Wonder why it seems to have been discontinued? Maybe some issue with the bike or with the supply.


Looks good, never seen that bike before at Decathlon

m5rcc

Another death trap on the roads. Excellent.


Eh !

pvfc247

Eh !



Cyclists...on roads....death traps...

I had a look at one of these when I was looking for a folding bike. I thought it was heavy and didn't fold small enough to make it worthwhile for me. The guy in Decathlon didn't seem to rate it much. He said they did one for £350 that was much better (the tilt mentioned above). Last year's version of this one was down to about £80 before Christmas.

I ended up with a 2nd hand Brompton...

I wish I had seen this for £80 , some you win, some you lose

m5rcc

Cyclists...on roads....death traps...



​Eh !

pvfc247

I wish I had seen this for £80 , some you win, some you lose



I saw it on the website, but it was out of stock!

On the other hand, I decided if I was going to have to pay £350, I'd rather spend a bit more and get a 2nd hand Brompton. If I decide I don't need it, I can probably sell if for what I paid...

Another option here.

http://bicycles4u.com/collections/folding-bikes/products/oslo-explorer?variant=836214267

Same price when you include postage. They also do a cheap bag for £12 to fit it.

Gives you a choice of colours, gears! plus fitted mudguards and rear rack. It even has a dynamo mounting. There is also a 16" wheel option at a cheaper price but that is for smaller riders and has a lower weight capacity.

The red colour looks really nice. More configurable with adjustable handlebar height too.

Even compared to the hoptown with gears which is £180 you are getting a Shimano branded derailleur. Won't be as light as the Hoptown 300 but will feel much lighter when you go up a hill in the correct gear.

bonzobanana

Another option … Another option here.http://bicycles4u.com/collections/folding-bikes/products/oslo-explorer?variant=836214267Same price when you include postage. They also do a cheap bag for £12 to fit it. Gives you a choice of colours, gears! plus fitted mudguards and rear rack. It even has a dynamo mounting. There is also a 16" wheel option at a cheaper price but that is for smaller riders and has a lower weight capacity.The red colour looks really nice. More configurable with adjustable handlebar height too. Even compared to the hoptown with gears which is £180 you are getting a Shimano branded derailleur. Won't be as light as the Hoptown 300 but will feel much lighter when you go up a hill in the correct gear.


Great find, looks good

bonzobanana

Another option … Another option here.http://bicycles4u.com/collections/folding-bikes/products/oslo-explorer?variant=836214267Same price when you include postage. They also do a cheap bag for £12 to fit it. Gives you a choice of colours, gears! plus fitted mudguards and rear rack. It even has a dynamo mounting. There is also a 16" wheel option at a cheaper price but that is for smaller riders and has a lower weight capacity.The red colour looks really nice. More configurable with adjustable handlebar height too. Even compared to the hoptown with gears which is £180 you are getting a Shimano branded derailleur. Won't be as light as the Hoptown 300 but will feel much lighter when you go up a hill in the correct gear.


15.5kg is getting a little heavy, but I think I'd rather have the mudguards and rack. Hey, for £120, what do people want? (_;)

woldranger

15.5kg is getting a little heavy, but I think I'd rather have the … 15.5kg is getting a little heavy, but I think I'd rather have the mudguards and rack. Hey, for £120, what do people want? (_;)



In fairness though the Hoptown 320 with gears is 14.1kg, has thin plastic mudguards, a terrible generic plasticky derailleur, no height adjustment on handlebars, no kickstand that I can see, no rear rack, no dynamo mounting plate and may not even have the 115kg weight capacity of the Oslo Explorer and is £50 more. The only reason the 300 is lighter really is there is nothing on it, its stripped down to basics, its still a steel frame as well.

pvfc247

​Eh !



Was that a statement of awe or a question?

bonzobanana

Another option … Another option here.http://bicycles4u.com/collections/folding-bikes/products/oslo-explorer?variant=836214267Same price when you include postage. They also do a cheap bag for £12 to fit it. Gives you a choice of colours, gears! plus fitted mudguards and rear rack. It even has a dynamo mounting. There is also a 16" wheel option at a cheaper price but that is for smaller riders and has a lower weight capacity.The red colour looks really nice. More configurable with adjustable handlebar height too. Even compared to the hoptown with gears which is £180 you are getting a Shimano branded derailleur. Won't be as light as the Hoptown 300 but will feel much lighter when you go up a hill in the correct gear.



​Any ideas if this bag they sell would be suitable for the dunlop I've bought, or can you recommend anything else? Ta.

finnmaccool

​Any ideas if this bag they sell would be suitable for the dunlop I've b … ​Any ideas if this bag they sell would be suitable for the dunlop I've bought, or can you recommend anything else? Ta.



You will have to measure the Dunlop when folded. I know I got a bike lounge bag from ebay when they were on offer super cheap but it was slightly too small for my folding bike but I can see the bicycles4u 20" bags are bigger although not as deep and reckon it would fit my bike. I don't know what the Dunlop measures though in comparison.

I noticed when I was looking at the Dunlop that it was very similar to the Citizen folding bikes sold direct in the USA for frame geometry.

http://www.citizenbike.com/catalog.asp?product_category_id=1&product_id=48

You could use those measurements once you've converted them to metric to check if that bag would fit. Also check ebay though because you may find you can source a similar bag cheaper by the time bicycles4u have added postage.

This is my folding bike. £30 of Tesco vouchers boosted to £60 and a £15 off £75 coupon bought me this £65 bike when it was on offer plus £10 of over stuff plus a little bit back on clubcard points and topcashback. Not the most expensive bike I've bought for sure but not a patch on your Dunlop bike but easily better than this Hoptown model with or without gears.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81DT2W%2BoQyL._SL1500_.jpg
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 22nd Feb

m5rcc

Was that a statement of awe or a question?



​Tell you what, you decide & take it to that shallow little world that you live in.

bonzobanana

You will have to measure the Dunlop when folded. I know I got a bike … You will have to measure the Dunlop when folded. I know I got a bike lounge bag from ebay when they were on offer super cheap but it was slightly too small for my folding bike but I can see the bicycles4u 20" bags are bigger although not as deep and reckon it would fit my bike. I don't know what the Dunlop measures though in comparison. I noticed when I was looking at the Dunlop that it was very similar to the Citizen folding bikes sold direct in the USA for frame geometry.http://www.citizenbike.com/catalog.asp?product_category_id=1&product_id=48You could use those measurements once you've converted them to metric to check if that bag would fit. Also check ebay though because you may find you can source a similar bag cheaper by the time bicycles4u have added postage.This is my folding bike. £30 of Tesco vouchers boosted to £60 and a £15 off £75 coupon bought me this £65 bike when it was on offer plus £10 of over stuff plus a little bit back on clubcard points and topcashback. Not the most expensive bike I've bought for sure but not a patch on your Dunlop bike but easily better than this Hoptown model with or without gears.



​Cheers for that. Looks like you also got a bargain. The Dunlop is very nice and I'm surprised at what they sold it for. It's quite light, and nice to ride.

Original Poster

bonzobanana

You will have to measure the Dunlop when folded. I know I got a bike … You will have to measure the Dunlop when folded. I know I got a bike lounge bag from ebay when they were on offer super cheap but it was slightly too small for my folding bike but I can see the bicycles4u 20" bags are bigger although not as deep and reckon it would fit my bike. I don't know what the Dunlop measures though in comparison. I noticed when I was looking at the Dunlop that it was very similar to the Citizen folding bikes sold direct in the USA for frame geometry.http://www.citizenbike.com/catalog.asp?product_category_id=1&product_id=48You could use those measurements once you've converted them to metric to check if that bag would fit. Also check ebay though because you may find you can source a similar bag cheaper by the time bicycles4u have added postage.This is my folding bike. £30 of Tesco vouchers boosted to £60 and a £15 off £75 coupon bought me this £65 bike when it was on offer plus £10 of over stuff plus a little bit back on clubcard points and topcashback. Not the most expensive bike I've bought for sure but not a patch on your Dunlop bike but easily better than this Hoptown model with or without gears.


I also have this folder, got it when tesco reduced it to £50. No complaints and think it looks quite good.

hotukdeals.com/dea…877

Edited by: "POWYSWALES" 25th Feb
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