Allen Sports have been producing high quality folding bikes for many years now and the new Urban model is another one that adheres to these standards. It is a slightly less refind version of the Allen Sports Urban X, however it contains many of the same components – minus a few upgrades. This folding bike is designed around a 6061 Aluminium frame and the larger 451mm wheels that more closely emulate a full-sized model than the 20″ wheels typically found on folding bicycles. Allen Sports have produced a minimalistic bike in the new Urban, it is designed to provide rapid transportation through a range of different environments.
The 451mm wheels provide a truly comfortable ride that is also far quicker on both flats and hills than the 20″ wheels found on most models. I genuinely believe that this size of wheel is the future of folding bikes, while they clearly do not provide quite such a compact fold, they offer far more in the way of performance.
Allen Sports have done a fantastic job in enabling the Urban to be folded down rapidly and with such little effort too. They have clearly expended much effort in developing their new locking mechanism (which they have patented) as they really are a cut above anything else currently available on the market.
The Urban can be folded down in under 15 seconds and then rolled away like some of the other more premium folding bikes around. Now, the negatives, the Allen Sports Urban only possesses a single gear speed and so will never be the quickest bike on the road. To add to this, it also seems to struggle somewhat on steep hills, as is typical with all single speed bikes. The Allen Sports Urban is undoubtedly a well built and efficient folding bike, it is by no means one of Allen Sport’s best bikes, but this isn’t expected due to some of their premium bikes being the best on the market.
- Color – Blue & Burgundy
- Speed – Single speed
- Weight – 26.1 lbs (11.8 kg)
- Folded Dimensions – 13.7″ x 35.3″ x 27.5″ (34.9cm x 89.7cm x 69.7cm)
- Tires – 20″ x 1.5″
- Wheel Size – 451mm
- Handlebar Post – Single piece – Alloy
- Saddle – DDK – 3166
- Rims – GLEDE – Alloy
- Crank – Samox V2
- Front & Rear Brakes – WinZip
- Seat Post – Steel Hi-Ten
- Frame – 6061 – Aluminum
- Forks – 6061 – Aluminum
- Handlebar – 6061 – Aluminum
- Max Weight – 250lbs (113.4kg)
- Min & Max Height – 4’7″ (142cm) – 6’7″ (201cm)
Best Available Price: $304
I have always found that Allen Sports bikes are safe purchases that will do the job and do it exceptionally well. They are generally well priced and you do always get what you pay for with them, they are reliable too and you won’t be replacing components any time soon. I personally would choose to go for a geared bike, however as far as single speed bikes go, the Allen Sports Urban is certainly one of the best about!
Easily folded away in under 15 seconds
Capacity to be rolled away when folded down
Well built and sturdy frame
Single speed so struggles up steep hills
Expensive for a single gear speed bike