MINI Cooper bikes are available through MINI dealers and are styled to match their cars. If you are confused about where the MINI Cooper folding bike comes from, that is, who makes them, you have good reason. Everyone seems to have a slightly different idea.
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Cooper has put out a bike of its own inspiration, the Cooper Casablanca. With the MINI Cooper bike, the MINI is more important than the Cooper. As far as I can tell, the hardware for the Mini folding bike is a little bit Dahon and a little bit Tern. Dahon and Tern specialize in folding bikes, and produce some excellent hardware of their own, as well as using good quality third-party parts, depending on the particular configuration in question.
Regardless, this is a decent bike, with a catchy look and some nice extras, like the carry bag stowed under the seat (usually included), the Kickflix front bag/rack clip and the nice front bag with its MINI logo, which I think is usually an extra. Overall, the package seems to be well priced, compared to equivalent Dahon or Tern models. The lime green version includes some extras such as the Kickflix clip on the front over the front wheel, the built-in bike pump inside the seat stem 20-inch wheels instead of 18-inch. All versions are eight-speed, and have SKS fenders/mudguards (a good quality German brand).
Like any folding bikes, the main point here is that you can stow it away in the back of your (in this case) MINI or in a corner of your house. The frame is of aluminum and lightweight, which is important for any folding bike. One important point about all folding bikes is that, because they need to be light and have extra moving parts, they are not as durable as standard format bikes.
Anyone over 220 lbs. should think twice about a folding bike. However, this bike, like all Dahon based designs, is comfortable for those up to and over 6 ft tall, which is noteworthy. Not all folding bikes can make this claim.
- ColorsÂ –Â Black and Lime
- Standover Height -Â 22″
- Wheel Size -Â 20″
- SpeedsÂ –Â 8
- Maximum rider weightÂ – 100 kg (220 lbs)
Best Available Price: $535
All in all, this is a nice blend of style and features. All the parts and accessories are of good design and quality. It is a very usable folding bike with a little extra style. Itâ€™s possible you might be able to pick one up as part of a deal, if youâ€™re shopping for a new MINI. If so, I would definitely consider it. You will find this bike quite capable of traversing any inner city hop, or outof-town recreational ride. This is a bike which, at first sight might appear to be a little bit of a branding gimmick, but is, in fact, a quite usable piece of equipment that may serve you very well.
Exceptional build quality
Â Sturdy frame
Â Affordable quality
8Â easy shiftÂ gears
Â SKS fenders
Â Slow acceleration
Â MINI branding