Thursday, March 03, 2011

New Xootr Swift Folder in the shop!

We just got in and assembled the first Xootr Swift folding bike to show up here.  It's a sharp looking and very nice riding bike. Available in five sizes, with further fine tuning of the fit made possible by the design, it's worth a look and a test ride.  It comes in blue and silver, and sells for $749.  The fold is quick and easy, but not the most compact by any means, and it doesn't stand by itself when folded.  On the plus side, it takes seconds to fold... release the two seat post releases, slide the post up, fold, slide the post back in to trap the back wheel.

Take the wheels off and take a few other steps, and it goes into a standard sized suitcase:

So who should consider this bike?  Folks who want something smaller for their apartment, or to tuck into the trunk or back seat of your car, perhaps.  Or someone who is considering one of the 26" wheel Dahons... this bike rides as well, but folds a bit smaller.  It can work on Metro also, but it might not be my first choice for that, given how tiny a Brompton gets when folded.  However, it's half the price of a typical Brompton.  Price-wise, it competes with some of Dahon's models, and in some aspects compares very favorably.  Like all folding bikes... and all bikes, honestly, it's a set of compromises.  Xootr's slogan is "A great bike... which happens to fold" and I think that sums it up pretty well. 

 Come in and take a look and test ride, and see if it works for  you!

 Reviews can be seen here:

And thanks to Xootr, you can download the recent Bicycle Times magazine review, which also reviews bikes from Brompton and Dahon as well.

1 comment:

Invisible Hand said...

They are excellent bikes. The fold is narrow but tall ... so the footprint is not terribly large. I noticed someone commuting on one to the Treasury the other day.

The other place to get good information on the bike is at the folding bikes subforum.