Before the Vilano Urbana was introduced, there’d been just a couple of single-speed folding bikes with coaster brake, like the Dahon Speed Uno or Retrospec Bicycles Speck. Now the Vilano Urbana becomes the cheapest and lightest bike of them all.
Specifications & Specs
- Colors: Grey and White
- Folded dimensions: 32″ x 25″ x 12″
- Weight: 21.5 lbs
- Wheels: 20″
- Frame: Aluminum
- Speeds: 1
- Rear brake: coaster brake
- Handlepost: adjustable
Similar to the Dahon Speed Uno, the Vilano Urbana features a minimalist design with no shifters, no cables and no V-brakes. The two bikes share a lot of design elements but the Urbana doesn’t look like a premium product because of the cheaper materials. It uses an aluminum frame, so there might be some drawbacks as compared to 4130 chromoly. However, you will have a lighter bike instead. Specifically, the bike weighs just 21.5 lbs and folded size is as compact as the other single-speed folding bikes.
When I received the bike, the handlebar was very loose and I had to fasten the bolt tightly to prevent it from wobbling. As it is equipped with a coaster brake, you can stop the bike by backpedaling instead of pressing brake levers. You will get used to it in just a couple of days and I really love that the design makes the bike less bulky when carrying around.
In terms of performance, it delivers what you can expect from a single speed. There is no difference as compared to Speed Uno or Retrospec Speck SS. I find it quite comfortable riding on paved road in the city. However, this bike is not designed for climbing hills and you might need to get off the bike on some moderate slopes.
- Lightweight and compact
- Low price
- Some cheap components
The Vilano Urbana is a good alternative when you can’t afford more expensive single-speed bikes. I recommend the bike.