There is a pretty new company to the folder line up, Abio. This company is based out of New York City and has produced two different folder models since 2007.. Back in December we previewed their shaft drive, Penza. I have a soft spot in my heart for this bike due to the purple color. We will soon be previewing their belt drive, Verdion.
These unique bikes are one of a kind in the United States and I hope will catch much attention as I’m riding it around or posting photos online. The thought of a chainless, folder with no derailleurs to bother with or maybe twist up and no chains to grease up, well it feels very free to me. As a bike mechanic I’m always worrying about my commuter bike especially while transporting it in cars, buses or flying.
A few things that really stuck out to me on the design of both their models so far:
- Internally routed cables for less wear and tear.
- Snappy full size folding pedals
- Quiet. The internal hub and belt drive provide a very quiet ride
I’ll be commuting on this bike for the next couple weeks and will be documenting the experience!
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