The Allen Sports XWay is a premium folding bike by Allen Sports, a veteran within the folding bike community. They have released various models in the past, each with differing specification levels. Allen Sports are however, without a doubt, one of the finer brands around currently. This bicycle is one of the more expensive models in production, this review will thoroughly outline whether or not it is worth splashing the extra bit of cash on it. My initial impressions of the bike were extremely positive. Straight out of the box the Allen Sports XWay looks like a really exquisite folding bike. Both the high level build quality and exquisitely styled aesthetics were evident and very impressive. The bike looks particularly future proof, its timelessly styled design will certainly be one that turns heads on the road. It looks far more elegant than your typical folding bicycle.
Allen Sports have clearly put a considerable amount of thought into designing the bike. Not only is the XWay a very light folding bike, it also folds down to a very minimal size which makes carrying the bike almost effortless. However, despite all of this, the most striking feature (and Allen Sports’ selling point for this bike) is the increased wheel size. The typical wheel size for the majority of folding bikes is 20″ or 405mm. The Allen Sports XWay has 450mm wheels and the benefits of this are quite profound.
While they are marginally more bulky and therefore slightly less convenient to carry. This folding bike now provides a quicker and considerably more comfortable ride on the road. It also aids the bikes capacity to traverse more challenging terrain. When I tested the bike out on the road the increase in speed was significant, I really did notice the extra wheel size, it also felt far more stable too.
Another fantastic feature that the XWay boasts is the 20 gear speeds. This, as with all geared bikes, makes traversing hills far easier. The bike is both extremely quick on flats, but tackles hills with ease. I can honestly say that you will notice the difference with this bike over cheaper models with fewer gears. Another nice touch that Allen Sports have added to the XWay is the low resistance tires that this folding bike comes with as stock. They are slightly narrower than a standard folding bicycle tire and therefore far less energy is lost on the road, ultimately meaning you expend less energy on the bike. One thing I would note is that if you are living and planning to utilise this bike solely on flats in an urban environment (city), then I believe that many of the XWay’s features may be wasted and not used to their full potential.
The Allen Sports XWay folds down in less than 15 seconds, which outperforms the majority of the other models on the market. One slight issue I found with the bike however was that it wasn’t completely stable once folded up. Consequently the bike may fall over if nudged slightly, leading to damage. However, this seems to be a common issue with many folding bikes around so it is not something that should put you off this bike entirely. The bikes brakes perform exceptionally well, as expected from a premium bike, they are very sharp and will take some getting used to.
- Frame: 6061 Aluminum
- Forks: 6061 Aluminum
- Front Derailleur: Shimano
- Back Derailleur: Sram X9 10 Speed
- Rims: Shinning Alloy
- Crank Set: Lasco
- Speeds: 20
- Tires: 20″ x 1-1/8″
- Wheel Size: 450MM
- Shifters: Sram X9 Trigger
- Weight: 24.4lb (11kg)
- Folded Dimensions: 84.8cm x 34.8cm x 70.1cm
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Overall I believe that the Allen Sports XWay is a brilliant addition to the folding bike market. While it costs a fair amount, I believe that it truly is worth spending that little extra on. Check out the rest of our Allen Sports folding bike reviews.
Extremely well built – sturdy and durbale
Very sharp brakes
Larger wheels – faster and more comfortable
Lightweight so easy to carry
Rapidly folded away
Thinner tires – faster
Can fall over when on its stand
A more expensive model