While you may not typically associate ‘giant’ with something you want to carry on and off busses easily. The range of Giant folding bikes may well attract you with a good reputation and attractive pricing in a category that can often be pretty steep.
Below, we look at their top-selling folding bike options, and how they stand up to each other and the competition.
Who are Giant folding bikes?
Giant has been around the bicycle industry since the early seventies, with the goal of making cycling easy and accessible. They aim to affordable prices combined with innovative engineering, and for the most part manage to achieve this through their product range.
They are actually responsible for the first carbon fibre bike on the general market, and in the mountain biking category they’re pretty well known for an innovative and much-loved suspension system.
While they’re not market dominators on the folding bike market like Dahon are, they’re a solid and reliable name with the weight of long experience to put behind their products, and if you’re looking for reliable mid-range collapsible bikes these are the people for you.
So what do they offer in the folding bike category? While the Giant Halfway folding bike dominates their other offerings, they actually have several perfectly solid collapsible bike offerings. Below, we look at the most popular.
The Giant Halfway 2 folding bike
It’s a silly name. We admit it. If you’re in the market of collapsible bikes, the last thing it’s clever to do is imply your product doesn’t actually fold up.
Fortunately, the bike is considerably better than the job the Giant folding bikes division did on the name. It’s affordable, practical and simple to use. It does have a 7 speed gearbox, and while no folding bike has an exactly comfortable seat configuration, most users find this one more adequate.
Add in a rear rack, and you’re ready to go. This model also ships with a fairly discreet bag to make carrying the giant halfway folding bike a cinch. Consumers find it sturdy, and you can actually stand on this collapsible bike if that’s part of your riding style. It comes with standard 20” wheels, has a surprisingly decent acceleration and handles well through traffic.
Of course, with folding bikes it’s the fold mechanism you’ll want to know most about. The Giant halfway folding bike is a decently speedy fold and includes extra strapping to ensure it stays folded during transport.
The Giant Express-way 1
A later model then the classic Giant Halfway folding bike, the marketing department apparently woke up to the world of exciting names with this one. No one can deny that the Express-way 1 has an immensely appealing price tag either.
Handlebars are fully adjustable, and mudguards on both wheels provide a nice finishing touch as does the kickstand. However, the fold mechanism doesn’t live up to its big brother, and users found it slightly unstable. The rack and bottle cage don’t come standard as on the Halfway, but can be added as an after-market extra.
It’s an 8 speed bike with an attractive price tag that sacrifices a little of the outstanding durability of the Giant folding bikes to bring this one into a lower price category. It shares a 20” wheel size with the Halfway.
The Giant Express-way 2
Nope, we certainly can’t award any stars to the marketing minds at Giant. This unsurprisingly named successor to the Express-way 1 is specifically designed with the urban commuter in mind.
It’s still a very basic bike that suffers slightly in comparison to the Giant Halfway folding bike, but does improve on some of the elements of its early predecessor.
As with any good collapsible bike,there’s a range of easy adjustments you can make to the frame for rider comfort.
While the newer model claims not to take carriers, only bottle racks, user experience is that it certainly can. It has improved on the less durable elements of the Express-way 1, and most users found it a comfortable urban ride. Folded, it weighs just under 12kg.
The Giant CLIP folding bicycle series
If you want a stylish folding option, the CLIP series is for you. It’s a standard 8 speed, kickstand inclusive design [it’s integrated into the seat post] that comes with 20” wheels and a range of fairly snazzy colours to choose from.
It’s minimally branded, sleek to look at and offers a telescopic seat post. It’s not the lightest collapsible bike on the market, and the handling and handlebar size is more favourable to smaller rider builds.
The fold mechanism works well, however, and it can be disassembled in under 30 seconds. The innovative kickstand arrangement makes the bike solid and stable when folded.
It’s attempts at a carrying handle, however, fall incredibly short- most consumers report it as being far too small for anything but a child’s hands, and you’re not really meant to be giving your children 12.5kg bikes to carry on your behalf, are you? It’s not the easiest fold up bicycle to handle, but it’s sleek, stylish and a good handler.
From the city-chic CLIP to the industry favourite Halfway, Giant produce a respectable range of folding bikes for the city commuter that combine solid construction with attractive pricing.
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