The market of budget folding bikes has never been so crowded with a lot of new bikes released in the last year. I saw the Durban Bay 6 the other day at Sports Authority and I decided to give it a try.
Specifications & Features
- Colors: Black, White, Blue and Red
- Weight: 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
- Folded dimensions: 33″ x 25″ x 14″ (84 x 63.5 x 35.5 cm)
- Frame: High-Tensile Steel Frame with Durban B-Type Latch
- Fork: High-Tensile Steel Fork
- Speeds: 6
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano TZ-50 (6 Speed)
- Shifter: Shimano RS-35
- Freewheel: Shimano 14-28T
- Wheels: 20″x1.5″, Alloy Rims, UCP Spokes
- Handlepost: Durban B-Type Steel, adjustable
- Saddle: Durban Comfort
- Seatpost: Steel, 550mm
- Chain: KMC
- Crankset: 52T Steel
- Brakes: Alloy V-Brake
- Brake levers: Alloy
- Pedals: folding
- Mudguards: Steel
- Kickstand: Steel
- Rear rack: optional
- Bike bag: optional
- Maximum rider weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
- Suggested rider height: 4’8″ – 6’3″ (140 – 190 cm)
- Shipping carton dimensions: 32.3″ x 13″ x 25.6″
- Shipping weight: 37.6 lbs
My Durban Bay 6 is the red version and I’m quite impressed with the gorgeous look. It reminds me of the Dahon Speed P8, moreover, it comes with a kickstand, folding pedals, fenders and a rear rack. Besides, the Durban B-Type latch is something you might appreciate because it makes the bike cleaner. Unfortunately, folding the bike is not as smooth as on Dahon bikes, and there is nothing holding the latch, so the latch is prone to damages and the frame hinge becomes less reliable.
You should also think twice before buying this bike for daily commute because it is very heavy. This is one of the heaviest folding bikes on the market, it has the same weight of 32 lbs as the Schwinn Loop and I really hate carrying it around. Besides, you will always need to bring the included strap to secure the 2 wheels after folding the bike.
The Durban bike obviously has many disadvantages as compared to other bikes at the same price range. I expected the Shimano 6-speed derailleur can deliver a great experience on the road. Unfortunately, I’m not really satisfied with its performance. The bike is slow, heavy and I have to walk the bike occasionally on some moderate hills.
- Fenders and rear rack are included
- Slow folding/unfolding process
- Heavy and bulky
I don’t really like the Durban Bay 6 because it is too heavy to carry on transportation. However, it still might be a good choice if you don’t mind the weight and want a multi-geared folding bike.