9S: Front Suspension 9sp Commuter Folding Bike

Was: $1,099.00
Now: $589.00
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Pros:
Light Aluminum frame, suspension fork, disc hubs, cold forged cranks, 9sp cassettes drivetrain ( expandable ), bag & pump interface, rack, kickstand, fenders

Our top folding commuting bike

The 9S is our top commuter folding bike. When it comes to commuter folding bicycles, we do it better than anyone. The 9S has a rear rack that give you plenty of room to carry all of your stuff. With frame geometry similar to the high-end 9FS , the 9S is a rock-solid bike. We use standard bike parts, hence  swapping parts is easy. Other folding manufacturers use proprietary parts, which are sometimes impossible to replace.

To make the 9S comfortable, we have added an adjustable front suspension fork. The suspension will soak up the rough roads. The saddle has a love channel to keep stress away from your private parts. Plush tires also help smooth out the ride.

Once you try using the brakes of the 9S, you'll notice how powerful they are. The 9S comes fitted with high-end two finger Tektro levers (with a comfort rubber grip) Tektro V brakes are matched with machined sidewall rims. The textured rim surface is an essential for ultimate braking performance. Other manufacturers still use slick rims which allow the brakes to slide on the rims surface, our setup is simply superior. The 9S is also disc brake ready with 6-bolt interfaces on both front and rear hubs, and cable stops for discs.

For easy customization of the bike’s fit, we've added min-bar ends and high-rise handlebars. These allow an adjustable fit without hindering the super compact fold. The rise handlebar can be rotated to get 1.5" of adjust-ability in any direction. Additionally, the bar end adjustment allows the rider the ultimate custom fit.

Our low-cost, high-value customer direct business model means that our bikes are not only of the highest quality, but are also a unique value. If you are looking for a top-tier commuter bike at a bargain price, the 9S is ideal.

Features

  • Folded size: approx. 13" x 24" x 35"
  • Weight: 27.5 lbs (w/o rack pedals, saddle )
  • Folding time: 10 sec
  • Rider Height: 4'9"-6'4"
  • Gear inches: 23.1-71.3
  • Rider Weight: 255 lbs max.
  • Front suspension fork by Zoom with transarch and preload adjustment
  • 9sp Sunrace M90 drivetrain (including trigger shifter) with 11-34 cassette & 42T chainring
  • Aluminum rack & kickstand included
  • Front and rear plastic fenders
  • Front derailleur braze-on will allow one to turn it into a 27sp bike.
  • Tektro brakes, and levers
  • 24/28H Disc hubs (front and rear) with disc mounts on the frame
  • Machined sidewall rims
  • Integrated threadless headset
  • Head tube and seat tube interface for bags, pumps, or battery packs
  • Lighter stem which folds thinner and includes an aluminum dial
  • Powder coat paint with clear coat on top.
  • Upgraded Tektro brake levers with textured grip
  • Frame interface for pump on the rear of seat tube
  • Upgraded kickstand mount
  • Cold forged cranks ( it will accept two chainrings )
  • Sealed cartridge bottom bracket
  • Preload adjustable transarch suspension fork
  • Rear disc tabs
  • Lightweight and easy to fold alloy pedals
  • Alloy and stainless frame and stem quick releases
  • Lowest price 9 speed folder brand in the world, all others cost over $1000!
  • 1.5" front tire for low rolling resistance with 1.75" rear for traction
  • Stainless steel spokes
  • Mini bar-ends (Many folding bikes are difficult to steer, and barends solve this problem.)
  • Folding left and right pedals for compactness
  • Plastic chain ring cover to keep dirt off your chain (It also keeps the chain from falling off.)
  • Extra-wide rise handlebars allow the rider to stretch out and feel comfortable. Rotating the rise bars can push the rider towards the saddle (for upright comfort riding) or away from the saddle (for more aggressive riding).
  • Super soft comfortable grips
  • Adjustable height stem allows bike to be used by kids and adults
  • Front and rear Quick Release skewers to quickly remove either wheel
  • Braze-ons to allow a water bottle cage or pump

Specifications

FRAME Downtube Aluminum frame
Shock N/A
FORK HL Corp CH-190AMS  20" alloy  suspension fork
HANDLEBAR HL Corp. MTB-AL-153PP  W:580 alloy
HANDLEBAR STEM ZHD W9+ZHD-S01,lower stem 28.6x38.1x265L
BAR ENDS Kalloy BE-21 alloy  L:80mm
GRIPS Jie Li JL-311/312 110/80mm
HEAD SET Neco
SADDLE Velo VL-5006
SEAT POST HL Corp. SP-233   alloy 30.4x500mmL
SEAT PIN Yen Yue
B.B. PARTS VP Comp.
CHAINWHEEL SOLID-242PP-F steel single 1/2"x3/32"*42T
CRANK Prowheel 170mmL alloy
CHAIN GUARD Plastic double guard
PEDALS Wellgo FP-7 alloy hi-impact body, foldable, 9/16" axle
CHAIN KMC Z9000, 1/2"x11/128"x116 links
TIRES Kenda F:20"x 1.5" R:20"x1.75"
TUBES Kenda
RIMS HJC DA-17 alloy Double F:20"x1.50" 14Gx24H   R:20"x1.50 32H CNC
SPOKES & NIPPLES 14G*56  pcs,45#stainless  braze nipples
FRONT HUB Quando KT-MD7F ( disc front hub )
REAR HUB Quando KT-TR8R ( rear disc hub )
R/DERAILLEUR Sun Race RDM97-LD ( Long cage )
SHIFTER(S) Sun Race DLM93-9R ( trigger shifters )
Cassette Sun Race 11-34
FRONT BRAKE Tektro MINI-10  V-Brake 55MM shoes
REAR BRAKE (I) Tektro MINI-10 V-Brake 55MM shoes
BRAKE LEVERS Tektro RS392A, alloy levers w/alloy black clamp

9S Features Video

9S Folding and Unfolding Video

 

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  • 5
    A really excellent folding bike

    Posted by David Zweifler on Jun 20th 2018

    I spent an embarrassingly long time shopping for a folding bike - nearly a year - after I started a new job in a building that didn't welcome bike commuters. During that process I compared every bike available under $700, and I learned the difference between frame metals, freewheels versus cassettes, optimal number of gears given my rides, folding mechanism... everything. The 9s is a bike that punches far above its weight on price - it's several hundred dollars less than other name-brand bikes with comparable specifications, and it's way, WAY more functional than anything anywhere near the same price range. This was an excellent purchase, and I highly recommend this bike.

  • 5
    Produto muito bom! Parabéns!

    Posted by JR on Sep 4th 2017

    Produto muito bom! Parabéns!

  • 5
    Thank you for postin

    Posted by Sondi on Sep 4th 2017

    Great bike, folds down small. It carries all my gear, and the rear fender, rack, and kickstand are perfect.

  • 5
    Bravo

    Posted by Roger Sarasin on Sep 4th 2017

    After many searches to find the best affordable folder, I found it here. 9 speeds, front shock and many other well designed features for commuting and touring in one single model is very impressive ! Bravo Downtube !

  • 5
    Better than a Brompton

    Posted by Kevin Wilson on Jul 31st 2016

    After hours and hours of researching folding bikes, I bought a 2008 Downtube 9sp front suspension. It's 2014 and haven't had one issue with the bike outside the normal wear and tear in six years.
    I'm 200+ lbs and jump curbs with no hesitation...still not one issue. The only other folder I would buy is the Brompton, but at $1400...that isn't happening. Downtube still stands out amongst it's competitors six years later. Better design, better build, and the best value folder on the market.

  • 5
    Chic Magnet

    Posted by David Whitten on Jul 31st 2016

    I bought a 2011 Dahon Speed D7. For a Good price. The bike was hardly used. Not too many Folders in Memphis,Tn.USA.Then I purchased a 2013 Downtube Silver 9 from Downtube online. Yan had the bike shipped in two business days.The difference between the two bikes is like Day & Night! The Dahon rides stiff,makes noises,uncomfortable under geared with 7 speed. and throws chains with it's low end components.The Silver 9 right out the box(very minor adjustments)rode like a Dream. This is a wonderfully designed Bike. I love everything about it. All it needs is a matching front fender.I am going to use my Dahon when I travel on the road.I am going to keep my Downtube at home to be ridden in Class & Style.( It's a Chick Bike) The Ladies go Crazy over this Gem.I want to thank Yan Lyansky.For creating this masterpiece of a wonderful Bike.Thank You Yan! David Whitten. Memphis, Tennessee. USA.