Best Choice Product - 20” Folding Bike Shimano 6 Speed
Budget Friendly Folding Bike
Best Choice Products is the newest entry in the folding bike field. This 6-speed is designed to be used on flat, paved surfaces and for those who are looking for occasional recreational use instead of daily use for transportation to school or work.
However, there are many city riders that use it as their main means of transportation daily and have had no problems at all. In fact, the one that I tested for this review is used daily by my neighbor.
Features and Specs
Shimano 6 Speed
32 lbs (14.5 kg)
Frame & Rear
20” Folding Bike Hi-Tensile
Shimano RDTZ 50
Tires & Brakes
20” X 1.5 Double Wall
Pros of Best Choice Product - 20" Folding Bike Shimano 6 Speed
- One of the most inexpensive folding bike, if not the most. You can easily snag a $145 deal on this bike.
- 32 lbs. fully assembled
- Non-gender specific – for either male or female riders
- Fits in small hatch-back vehicles
Cons of Best Choice Product - 20" Folding Bike Shimano 6 Speed
- Replacement parts are unavailable
- Components and parts are not international standard sizes
- Brakes require substantial tweaking to prevent rubbing before riding
- Inconsistency is an issue due to lack of good quality control
- Really poor instructions
The bike that I tested belongs to my engineer neighbor who purchased this for his daughter who reached the age when bike riding was only for the unpopular or poor kids – and she is neither. As a result, her father rides it all over the city and has only minor issues that needed tweaking occasionally.
This was the first folding bike that I had ever ridden. At the time, I was amazed at the fact that it folded up and could see the advantages of that for anyone living in the city.
Now that I have tested the more expensive models (courtesy of friends and family members who own them), I can understand why some buyers said that this one is very cheaply made. The question is, should someone who has owned an expensive folding bike expect a very low-priced folding bike to be of the same quality with the same features? I don’t think that’s really fair to either bike.
On its own, the Best Choice folding bike is not very sturdy compared to a regular 6-speed bike in the same price bracket.
It shimmies when going over rough pavement and doesn’t like to go over curbs. No matter how fast I pedaled and what gear I was in, it seemed to go slower than I wanted. That was frustrating.
Even though the maker states that “no assembly required” that’s not exactly true according to my neighbor who had to put several things together including the front wheel, the pedals, the handlebars and the seat. Other things needed a minor tweak - brake pads and securing cables in place.
But, as he said, he bought a cheap bike and expected that some things would need to be done when delivered.
What Actual Buyers Say
People that bought the Best Choice Products folding bike are split on the quality and reliability of this bike. The happy group will tell you that this is a terrific bike, they ride it daily and that they have had no problems at all.
The unhappy group (which is usually more vocal anyway) will provide with a list of every screw, protective cap and pedal problem in fine detail. It’s important to give appropriate weight to both sides as you decide which group to believe.
Several happy campers say that customer support was great to work with but most of those who needed help for one reason or another were ready to burn them in effigy! The most common problem was broken handlebars at the hinge.
One girl was seriously hurt when the handlebars broke in the middle of the street ; she was thrown into a lane of traffic. Another buyer who bought it for their special needs child said it arrived with a broken axle which the buyer replaced and on the first ride, it broke. Customer service refused to help in any way with replacing the axle or the handlebars.
Those who were happy stated that they received the bike fully assembled and ready to ride with a few minor tweaks – seat and handlebar adjustments. They have had no issues with the quality of the product that was delivered to them and they received it within a week of ordering.
They also make a point of wondering what the unhappy group is talking about and if they are even commenting about the right bike. I suspect that the vastly different experiences are due to lack of quality control at the manufacturing plant rather than the materials used or the design.
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