stowabike 26 review

Stowabike 26″ MTB V2 Folding Dual Suspension Mountain Bike Review

     The Stowabike 26” Folding Dual Suspension Mountain Bike, with components by Shimano, is built to last and looks great. It folds up to fit in a closet, hatchback, or trunk, so you can have the fun of a mountain bike without the bulk. You can even take it onto a bus!

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • 26” steel folding frame
  • zoom steel suspension 26” fork
  • easy storage
  • alloy body spring shock, 750lbs/in
  • 18 speeds
  • made and serviced in the USA
  • KMC Z33 chain
  • folded dimensions: 39”long x 35” high x 23”wide
  • weighs 36 lbs
  • color: silver

POSITIVES:

     The greatest thing about this bike is its portability. In only a few seconds, you can fold it up. Just loosen the fastener forward of the seat; fold the handlebars, forks, and front wheel back (using the included allen wrench); fold sideways; and loosen the seat clamp to remove it or allow it to lower. It’s easy to do, and you can quickly fold it up to take it on the go. Take it along in your camper, in a hatchback, or on a plane.

     The Stowabike Dual Suspension Mountain Bike is not strictly a men’s bike: it doesn’t have a high bar like a men’s bike, but rather a low bar. The handlebars can be adjusted up or down about 3 inches; the seat is also adjustable.  It works for a 6-foot man up to about 245 pounds, but also for a smaller person who is only 5’4” tall.

     With full-sized wheels, rear shocks, and brakes that can be upgraded to disc brakes, this model will give you a decent ride. It handles potholes and hills with no problem. You’ll forget that the frame is in two pieces. It does well for daily commutes, even in the rain, as long as you dry it off afterward and store it indoors. If you’re looking for more of a rough terrain mountain bike, you may want to look at the Schwinn S29 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike.

NEGATIVES:

     The Stowabike Folding Mountain Bike is not great on rugged trails. Some of the parts, like the brake arms and rear derailleur, are plastic, and may need replacing after 50 miles. The front fork has no shocks, and the gears and pedals fall apart easily. This model isn’t built for the rough stuff! In addition, when you turn, your foot may hit the front wheel, which can be annoying.

     The assembly instructions are minimal. If you’re handy with a wrench, you’ll probably want to adjust the rear derailleur and the V-brakes.

     There is no place to mount a water bottle holder on this bike. Although there are reflectors on the pedals, there is no front lamp. When the bike is folded, you have to lift it up, because it can’t be pushed.

Stowabike 26" MTB V2 Folding Dual Suspension Mountain Bike Review
3.5

Summary

The Stowabike 26” Folding Dual Suspension Mountain Bike is not fancy, and not the fastest bike around, but it’s adequate for the rider wanting casual exercise and leisurely coasting through an urban neighborhood. Serious mountain bikers will want to go with something sturdier and stronger.