Recently , we received our new stocks of Btwin bikes. The stocks included a few first timers in TBA. But none is more interesting than the Btwin Hoptown 20 - a 7 speed folding bike with 20 inch wheel. Interesting , because of the promise it brings as a affordable no nonsense folding bike. The time of launch is interesting too , with Dahon set to launch in a month. Accessories like side stand, fenders,chain guard, rear racks, ergo grips, rear LED light(not a blinkie though) comes as standard along with the bike. Some innovative design means there are 2 small wheels on the rack, which are supposed to aid you roll the bike along while still folded. It is too early for me write a review of the bike based on a 2 min ride that I have taken, so just some pics for now.
The Hoptown20, folded and unfolded
Folds at the centre of the frame.
Pretty compact once folded
The pedal uses a press fold mechanism. Basically, you press the pedal in certain direction to release the lever, and fold it
The rear rack , the luggage strap, the LED non blinkie, fenders - all part of the package
The ergo grips are very comfortable, and looks much better than what you see in this pic. The 7 speed shifter feels different, but shifts smooth.
Plush saddle with nice graphics
The 20 x 1.75 Kenda Quest