One of the biggest hurdles for any folding bike’s design is the main hinge which enables the bike to substantially reduce its overall size, and it is this very hinge and part of the bike that makes it the weakest link. So every year, folding bike manufacturers come up with newer, stronger and more innovative methods to fold their bikes, it’s also for this very reason why some folding bikes can end up costing more than some carbon fibre road bikes! Some bike brands can end up spending quite a huge portion of their manufacturing costs just on the research and development of these folding technologies. Consumers are now not only concerned about the foldability of the bike, but are also concerned about the stiffness of the frame, the overall weight of the bike, or the type and configuration of the parts and components that go into a particular model.
Being an avid cyclist himself as well as an entrepreneur, Charles Baey set out to start a business that would enable him to combine both his love for cycling as well as his passion for exploring greener alternatives to transport for Singapore, and thus Innner City Rhythm was born, to distribute a curated selection of bicycles for the local market, and part of that selection are folding bikes that are not only comfortable to ride, but also with a simple but yet cutting edge foldability design. One of their flagship labels is China made folding bike brand FSIR, although being a relatively new comer to the folding bike market, they had actually spent more than a decade on the research and development of their folding frames, focusing on ways to make folding bike lighter, better and safer as current folding bike frame hinges are unable to last after continuous usage. It is because of this main problem that they decided to stay away from the conventional folding design to come up with their own unique patented folding design which is about 60% stronger without any weak points along the frame.
Below is the interview video with MR He- Managing Director of Typhoon Shenzen and designer of Fsir that Togoparts Editorial team did during the Taiwan Bike Show 2015 :
This bike has 8 speeds with shifting componentry by Microshift with an 8 speed cassette, which gives you more than sufficient gearing ratios for any normal commute. The ride is surprisingly very comfortable which is aided by a plush saddle that is able to effectively absorb road bumps, while the V-brakes provide excellent braking even in wet conditions, probably due to the size of the smaller wheels. Overall, given the superb folding design and light weight of this bike and with a very affordable price to go along with it, this is surely one foldie that is not only compact, but will also provide many years of sturdy and strong folding features.
Here are some of the other Fsir Spins models (with different colours and patterns) that might entice you:
Fsir Spin 2 – 14 inch (Retailing at: SGD $689.00)
Click here for the details and specs : http://www.innercityrhythm.com/productitem/fsir-spin-2/
Inner City Rhythm
57 Joo Chiat Place
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