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BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

  • SKY407 Folding
  • Silver color
  • Steel frame
  • Shimano 6-speed
  • Folds in three steps
  • No Assembly Required

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Brand
BestChoiceProducts
Model
SKY407

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Type
Folding

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Size
20"

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Color
Silver
Color Mapping
Silver
Age
Adult
Frame Material
Steel
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  • Russell W.
  • 9/13/2015 1:44:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

This review is from: BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

Pros: The built-in rear bike rack. This is, well, a nice rack -- stable, strongly-constructed, and one of the few things I had no issues with. If the rest of the bike worked as well as the rear rack did then I would have been a happy customer.

Cons: - Right out of the box the bike had a number of structural problems, some of which might be expected maintenance for a new bike, some which could have been damage experienced in transit, and some which are likely design issues.
The folding hinge in the middle of the bike was poorly built, requiring tremendous force to open/close/unlock the bike due to a too-tight fit in the assembly. This was fixed after enough effort with a metal file, shaving off a few mm of metal inside the hinge to stop catching/rubbing and to allow it to actually open and close.

- The front and back fenders were terribly bent out of alignment. The front fender had to be bent back into shape enough to keep it from digging into the rubber of the front wheel. The back fender had to be bent back into shape enough to stop it from digging into the rear brakes.
Handlebar alignment was terrible, about 20 degrees out of alignment with the front wheel, which was eventually corrected by (undocumented) Allen key adjustment in the middle of the steering column.

- The rear reflector fell off and was lost in the first five minutes of riding. Built-in pedal reflectors fell out and got lost during the first day.

- The brakes were very poorly aligned, with the back brake scraping against the back wheel and causing considerable drag while riding. This was fixed with a visit to a bike shop for a brake tune-up.
The handlebars are adjustable up and down, but they are very weakly linked to the bike, resulting a lot of 'give', creaking audibly and wobbling fractionally each time I pedaled and exerted counter-force against the bars. Not much could be done about this as a design issue due to how the handlebar connection to the frame was implemented. On the street, bystanders probably heard a constant Doppler creaking as I passed them on the street. The wobbly feel while riding made me feel anxious about the solidity and longevity of the handlebars themselves.

- Most critically, the seat post experienced chronic slow slippage, no matter how tight the seatpost clamp was. After 15-30 minutes of riding the seat would slowly slip down enough to make pedalling difficult or painful. I kept readjusting the seat and tightening the seatpost locking mechanism a bit more each time. (Carbon grip compound added into the post mechanism did not improve things, given how loose the mating was between the seatpost and seatpost receptacle in the frame.) After 5 weeks of use I had eventually tightened the seat post so firmly that the low-grade seatpost metal itself started to buckle and distort, making the seat likely to suddenly bend and shear off while in motion -- making the entire bike unsafe to use. Instead of trying to find a replacement for the obscure diameter and length of the seatpost, I finally just gave up and just started looking for a new bike.

Other Thoughts: In this folding bike price range, I suspect you pretty much get what you pay for. My Best Choice 20" bike initially seemed solid enough but in order to get to the $140 retail price target, a lot of corners were cut. Over the course of about 4-5 weeks the bike degraded enough to cause me to look for a different vendor with a better build quality. Depending on the quality of the specific bike you receive you might do better than I did, but it may be a gamble.

Aside from the seatpost issue, I could have probably gotten past all of the other design flaws or issues that arose from shipping. The bike is built strongly, perhaps to a fault -- it is very much on the heavy side and is difficult to carry, but the frame itself does seem very solid, with most of the bike deficiencies being basically everything which has been bolted onto the frame and not the frame itself (the little things like seat, handlebars, brakes). Tall individuals (say, 5'10" or taller, or those with long legs) may have difficulty with the overall bike design/size and the allowed leeway for leg position. I am 6'0" (34" pants length) and had to set the seat post right up to its safety limit (in between when the seat was constantly slipping).

So you might choose to gamble, given the price: if your legs are not overly long for the design, if you happen to get a good fitting on your particular bike for the seat post, and if you are willing to go over the bike carefully on arrival and tighten/adjust all of its components (handlebar alignment, seat, brake alignment, fender alignment), then you might get an adequate ride. If you do not want to take a gamble, I would suggest considering a different manufacturer at a higher price tier.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/2/2015 4:21:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFun Bike, Needs a lot of adjustements

This review is from: BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

Pros: Bike came fairly well shipped for me. No apparent damage which means I was one of the lucky ones. Unusable out of the box. Brakes were a disaster. The statements by the other reviewers is correct. This is a WAY heavy bike. Carrying this up apartment building stairs would not be fun (although it would be a good work out). Once I adjusted the brakes and gears, it was fine. I do like that the seat and handlebars are very adjustable. Truly a kid or adult can use this.

Cons: Too heavy

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  • Victor N.
  • 7/16/2015 8:39:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs20" 6 Speed Folding Bicycle

This review is from: BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

Pros: Compact, folds very easily, attractive look and nice color.

Cons: Somewhat heavy.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am happy with the product. The unit arrived on time, it was carefully packed and it is performing as it is supposed to. The other reviewers were complaining that the manual was not included. The generic manual was in the box but the tools that were supposed to be included were missing.

I would recommend to buy this bike only if you really need folding bike.

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  • Martin W.
  • 7/15/2015 6:48:23 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReassembly Required

This review is from: BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

Pros: Inexpensive, seems sturdy and solid. Basic portable transport.

Cons: Heavy (30+ pounds), unusable out of the box. Wheels and brakes need to be balanced. Kickstand is unusable (too long) and cannot be adjusted to hold the bike up. Arrived dented, bent with some critical parts missing (I was able to jury-rig something to make it safe). The "No Assembly Required" is a totally inaccurate statement in the features - should read significant reassembly required - you will need a large adjustable wrench and an allen-key set.

Other Thoughts: I guess you get what you pay for but I had hoped for something a little better than this.

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  • Ms. l.
  • 8/4/2014 6:09:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCool bike

This review is from: BestChoiceProducts SKY407 20" Shimano 6 Speed Folding Storage Bicycle - Silver

Pros: Of course can be stored compact (thus folding bike), can be shared between middle school kid and adult. Has gears. 6 speed and it is Shimano. 90-95% assembled (Did not come with an instruction but my husband knew something about bike which came handy).

Cons: Still somewhat heavy. Came with a dent on the front mudguard/fender and couple of obvious scratches on the body. No literature or instruction or receipt found in the box.

Other Thoughts: Bec. the bike came with minor damage, I contacted the store and the supplier was prompt in replacing the damaged piece. Overall I am a satisfied customer because customer service was prompt and straight forward. I didn't hear excuses about the goods they shipped.

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