TERRAIN i-FOLD, FOLDING BIKE @ TESCO, £90, POSSIBLY THE CHEAPEST FOLDER AVAILABLE IN UK
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TERRAIN i-FOLD, FOLDING BIKE @ TESCO, £90, POSSIBLY THE CHEAPEST FOLDER AVAILABLE IN UK

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Found 18th May 2015
Is this the cheapest folder in the uk?, yes it may be low cost but that does not mean for £90 it will not make good commuter, if you know how to set up a bike and adjust brakes/gears etc this could make a decent folder for £90, It is not so much that there is anything wrong with cheap bikes in general, but more that the people that tend to buy then know very little about bike maintanince, even the most expensive bikes need final adjustments out of the box. If you are not sure how to correctly adjust your bike go on you tube or search "sheldon brown" to learn how.

Details below
The Terrain i-fold Folding Bike offers a practical and convenient way to travel, ideal for commuters or for those with limited storage space. Featuring 6 gears and front and rear V-brakes, its 11" white steel frame boasts rigid steel forks and the folding design ensures easy, compact storage.

The, Terrain i-fold is perfect for transporting in the boot of a car or carrying up and down stairs. The folding feature is ideal when cycling to and from work as it can be carried with you.

Free delivery to store

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look at decathlon, for bit more you get a better bike. personally speaking.
Edited by: "justanothercid" 18th May 2015

bit more......... hmm I wouldn't call £200 extra a bit more

managed to get a brompton 2nd hand £270 last week happy days

could easily sell on for more but once you have ridden a brompton ........
Edited by: "mattmerch" 18th May 2015

Original Poster

mattmerch

managed to get a brompton 2nd hand £270 last week happy days



I got a brand new dahon speed d7 from halfords last month for £199, I am just tempted to get this tesco deal for bad weather so as to keep the dahon in better condition for longer, especially when the gritters are out etc.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 18th May 2015

Perfect needed something basic and compact, cheers OP

MATEX BFold 300 Folding Bike - White £140??

Muscle builder, basic components, weighty but it's a cheap price. I don't think you can do worse for tor the price but you can pay more.

Hit cold by mistake! Just bought this to see how good it is. Need something compact as my other bike got stolen

just got mine for £12 with my double up vouchers. nice one thanks

lol 18.5kg

Cheap junk.

Bought in February for the sale price of £75, It is good for the price. I use only occasionally, so perfect for me.
hotukdeals.com/dea…609

gabberandy

lol 18.5kgCheap junk.



Says product weight 15Kg on the spec sheet?

That's at the heavy end of a folder, but even a superlight brompton will weigh nearly 10. You'll probably spend 500 or more on a decent 12Kg folder.

Good price, but seems a bit too heavy.

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OMG THIS IS A DEAL BECAUSE ITS IN CAPITAL LETTERS

i bought an amacco folding bike for £175.. I changed tyre, crank , seat post (twice) in just about a year. it was light weight, nice bike though. but needed more maintenance (which I didnt do properly, except for seat post is a failed design)

as the OP said this needs a good maintenance..

but value for money

I don't normally rate supermarket bike much but this could be a good way into seeing if the folding commute is for you.

Yeah cool

Got one of these last time it was on offer. It's great. It is a little heavy but does the job!

From the reviews: brakes squeak and gears don't change correctly.

warlockuk

From the reviews: brakes squeak and gears don't change correctly.



Brakes always squeak when new, sometimes permanently - buyer can always change the pads if it bothers them besides they'll need changing eventually anyway.

Gears rarely work 100% out of the box and will need a basic setup performing when purchased, however as a supermarket will perform no basic setup of the bike you'll need to do this yourself (very easy, youtube has 100s of instructional vids).

This might be ok for sticking in the boot of the car but a bit heavy for taking on the train. Steel frame.

WiggyDiggyPoo

Brakes always squeak when new, sometimes permanently - buyer can always … Brakes always squeak when new, sometimes permanently - buyer can always change the pads if it bothers them besides they'll need changing eventually anyway.Gears rarely work 100% out of the box and will need a basic setup performing when purchased, however as a supermarket will perform no basic setup of the bike you'll need to do this yourself (very easy, youtube has 100s of instructional vids).


Aye, I guess I'm mentally drawing parallels with a piece of junk that I bought from Sports Direct once. Awful, awful bike. Spent a little more on a bike afterwards - the brakes were setup better, gears worked and it was loads easier to ride.

£80 may be cheap, and it could be set up ok - but it could be a piece of crap.

justanothercid

MATEX BFold 300 Folding Bike - White £140??



Nearly double...

Banned

Thanks. ordered .

While all the bike snobs are in a folding bike thread, (love you really) I'm actually looking for a folder at the moment... going to use the cyclescheme so my absolute price limit is around a grand, but probably looking more at 500 or so.
(Every tier over 500 makes it more likely I'll just buy a brompton.)

I'm after something with an easy, quick fold or I will never use it at 8am, I can barely make breakfast at that time.

But also it can't be single speed, as there's an absolutely corking hill on the route.

Any ideas folks?

Says it's for Upto 14 years.

Bought it with Last deal... Had 3 replacements and gave up...

All 3 had punctured tires... And Yes it's Damn heavy

My ebike from that sporys direct deal last year is similar to this but obv with battery and motor, its a b!tch to pedal with the assistance off unless its downhill due to its weight. Still, you'll get legs like Cavendish after a week with this.

Just don't, enough said.

61 reviews average 4 out of 5.
Good stuff. Small bike though, suit a child or small adult.

wild_quinine

While all the bike snobs are in a folding bike thread, (love you really) … While all the bike snobs are in a folding bike thread, (love you really) I'm actually looking for a folder at the moment... going to use the cyclescheme so my absolute price limit is around a grand, but probably looking more at 500 or so. (Every tier over 500 makes it more likely I'll just buy a brompton.)I'm after something with an easy, quick fold or I will never use it at 8am, I can barely make breakfast at that time.But also it can't be single speed, as there's an absolutely corking hill on the route.Any ideas folks?


Kansi 9TW has good reviews,9 speed, alloy frame, 11.3kg, £399 on EBAY

beansy

Says it's for Upto 14 years.



Where, I read it as 14 to 0 age limit not the other way round.

justanothercid

MATEX BFold 300 Folding Bike - White £140??




this.

I don't know if the weight is the same for this bike but often Tesco give the boxed weight rather than the weight of the bike itself. So you may be able to shave off a couple of kilo's from their 15kg weight possibly. The Brompton is also steel and probably around 11kg so this bike isn't outrageously heavy. I'm not sure I'd have as much confidence in this bike if it was light aluminum. Much easier to build a cheap and decent frame out of steel.

You know these are made at the bottom end of pricing in a factory that no doubt churns out a huge number of bikes each day with little regard for final checks. It's up to the end customer to actually check over the bike and adjust it if necessary. Hardly unfair with such low pricing.

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Looks like a basic Shimano Tourney derailleur which is at least better than a non brand chinese generic version.

Considering you buy this with only £40 of clubcard vouchers and still get a clubcard points and topcashback/quidco etc it seems ridiculously cheap for what looks like a perfectly usable bike.

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mattmerch

managed to get a brompton 2nd hand £270 last week happy days could easily … managed to get a brompton 2nd hand £270 last week happy days could easily sell on for more but once you have ridden a brompton ........



Where did you get a brompton for under £300 ?

The £10 off voucher ends today so within a couple of hours you will lose that reduction and it may not be replaced with any different vouchers while the clubcard boost is on which lasts to the end of June. So if you want to purchase for just £40 of clubcard points instead of £45 worth of clubcard points its worth buying quickly.

wild_quinine

While all the bike snobs are in a folding bike thread, (love you really) … While all the bike snobs are in a folding bike thread, (love you really) I'm actually looking for a folder at the moment... going to use the cyclescheme so my absolute price limit is around a grand, but probably looking more at 500 or so. (Every tier over 500 makes it more likely I'll just buy a brompton.)I'm after something with an easy, quick fold or I will never use it at 8am, I can barely make breakfast at that time.But also it can't be single speed, as there's an absolutely corking hill on the route.Any ideas folks?



If you are a bigger rider (like me), then Tern are the way forward. Their frames and locking system are ridiculously strong - and don't have the spongy feeling of the Brompton's (or the dangerous flex of the Dahon's!).
A Tern Link C7 is what I ride currently...but my preferred bike would be a Verge P9 as it has the Physis handlebar and a much nicer set of components.

(I say this having toured the NW Highlands of Scotland on a Dahon Jetstream, and having cycled London to Paris on a Dahon Speed P8...oh, and I used to own a Dahon Speed TR - as well as a Brompton M6R and an M3L :)! I do love Brompton's - but Tern's are much better suited for bigger riders. I'm 6'3"/100 kg's)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 19th May 2015

wenttoabetterplace

If you are a bigger rider (like me), then Tern are the way forward. Their … If you are a bigger rider (like me), then Tern are the way forward. Their frames and locking system are ridiculously strong - and don't have the spongy feeling of the Brompton's (or the dangerous flex of the Dahon's!).A Tern Link C7 is what I ride currently...but my preferred bike would be a Verge P9 as it has the Physis handlebar and a much nicer set of components.(I say this having toured the NW Highlands of Scotland on a Dahon Jetstream, and having cycled London to Paris on a Dahon Speed P8...oh, and I used to own a Dahon Speed TR - as well as a Brompton M6R and an M3L :)! I do love Brompton's - but Tern's are much better suited for bigger riders. I'm 6'3"/100 kg's)



Thanks, this is a super useful reply. What are the locking mechanisms like in use on the Terns generally? Are they relatively quick to use, or would a brompton be significantly faster? What about the Dahons?

Edited by: "wild_quinine" 19th May 2015

wild_quinine

Thanks, this is a super useful reply. What are the locking mechanisms … Thanks, this is a super useful reply. What are the locking mechanisms like in use on the Terns generally? Are they relatively quick to use, or would a brompton be significantly faster? What about the Dahons?



The Brompton's have a brilliant fold...but it is at the expense of serviceability. Most of the parts are bespoke, and cost a small fortune to replace.
I was reminded of that today in Evans. They have four tiers of bike service. The most expensive normal bike service is £130. The Brompton service - £189!
I would personally avoid Dahon's. The frame snapped on my Jetstream, and the handlebars on my Speed P8 were ridiculously bendy!
My 'budget' Tern C7 on the other hand has a v.v.stiff frame and handlebar. & that isn't even equipped with the Physis 3D forging of the higher end Tern's. The folds on the higher end Tern's are also even quicker and more compact than on the Dahon's (but quite a bit bigger than the Brompton's).

Most of the high end Tern's also have quick release wheels - which are invaluable when you get an inevitable puncture :). & they have standard Shimano style gear systems (either internal hub or standard derailleur gears), as well as a standard bottom bracket. This means you can swap out the components with cheap/quality gear - and aren't limited to the narrow stuff of the Brompton's.

In short, Brompton's are brilliant at folding...but it comes at the expense of long-term serviceability. For me, much as I wanted the Brompton to work for me, it just didn't add up.

This is all a bit BBC NW1 for me. I'm out.
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