Downtube miniB belt drive Folding Bike

Was: $1,399.00
Now: $739.00
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Pros:
Super compact, Light aluminum frame, Shimano Nexus 8 internal hub, Gates CDX belt system, rack, kickstand, and rear fender

The Ultimate Travel Bike

The 16 inch miniB is our smallest and lightest bike, which makes it the perfect to take along when you travel. Thanks to its super-compact folding size, the miniB can easily fit into any size vehicle or even a standard sized suitcase. The lightweight aluminum components of the miniB make it super light so it can be carried around with ease.

Despite its small size, the miniB has the same high-quality parts that you'd expect on a Downtube folding bike. The miniB's Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub is paired with a Gates CDX belt drive system and has a gear range of 307%, which is the equivalent of a traditional derailleur system.

Replacing the traditional derailleur system with the internal hub/belt system eliminates one of the weakest points of traditional bikes, which is the derailleur system. In addition to making the entire system stronger and more vibrant, the internal hub system is clean and grease-free. This means no more black streaks on your legs or pants. Storage is much more convenient as you won't have to worry about the grease smearing everything that you store the bike with.

Shimano's high-end internal hub system results in a super-smooth shifting that makes riding the MiniB so smooth and enjoyable.

To take convenient even further, the super-lightweight aluminum frame of the MiniB has an integrated headset and bag interface on the headtube (custom bags coming soon!). The rack, kickstand, and rear fender are included as free accessories with the MiniB. You can carry your belongings around with the MiniB's rack while the rear fender will help you stay clean even on the dirtiest terrains.

The top-tier Tektro V brakes and the machined-sidewall rims on the MiniB provide a flawless braking experience even in the most difficult conditions.

If you are looking for a quality portable bike to accompany you on your travels, the MiniB is what you're looking for. Whether you're headed for the airport, railway station or going on your next boating or RV adventure, the MiniB is a travel partner that you'll never get bored of.

Features

  • Folded size: approx 13" x 22" x 31.5"
  • Weight: 25.5 lbs (w/o rack, fender, kickstand, saddle, pedals). Please note all these are included
  • Folding time: 15 sec
  • Rider Height: 4'9" - 6'1" & 235 lbs max rider weight
  • Shimano Nexus 8sp hub ( 307% gear range ) and Shimano grip shift
  • Gates CDX Carbon belt drive with 70T front ring and 22T cog
  • Frame: Xtra-Light Aluminum frame
  • Sub 15 second folding time
  • Gear Inches: 8sp 22.6 ( 1st ) - 69.2 ( 8th )
  • Tektro V-brakes and Levers
  • Folding left and right pedals for compactness
  • High rise handlebars to allow the rider to stretch out and feel comfortable
  • Quality comfort foam grips
  • Front Quick Release skewer (Internal hubs can not have QRs.)
  • Comfortable soft gel saddle
  • Stem has a screw in dial to minimize flex.
  • Adjustable height stem
  • Cold forged crank with replaceable chain ring
  • Stronger V shaped rims with machined sidewall rims to improve braking performance
  • Water bottle braze-ons
  • Oversized 1 1/8in integrated headset, for increased durability and performance
  • Double wall machined sidewall 16in alloy rims
  • Quality front and rear 1.5" Kenda tires
  • Pedals: Folding right and left

Specifications

FRAME Downtube Aluminum frame
Shock N/A
FORK Chien sheng  CS-910A    alloy  unicrown
HANDLEBAR HL Corp. MTB-AL-153PP  W:580mm alloy
HANDLEBAR STEM HL Corp FB-AL-196-8  alloy 25.4x25.4  x400 L. 
BAR ENDS Kalloy BE-21 alloy  L:80mm
GRIPS Jie Li JL-311/312 110/80mm
HEAD SET Neco
SADDLE Velo VL-3037 3-04  B39  PU foam type, vinyl top
SEAT POST HL Corp. SP-233   alloy 30.4x550mmL
SEAT PIN Yen Yue
B.B. PARTS VP BC73  steel 5pcs-set w/nut type axle B3P
CHAINWHEEL Gates CDX 70T CT11705AA (78980190)
CRANK Prowheel cold forged alloy 170mm 
PEDALS VP FLD50 foldable Hi-impact P.P body 9/16"
BELT Gates CDX Belt 11M-115T-12CT Blue (92550840) 115L
TIRES Kenda F:16"x 1.5" R:16"x1.5"
TUBES Kenda
RIMS HJC P6N alloy  F:16"x1.5" x14Gx24H  R:16"x1.5x 32H CNC
SPOKES & NIPPLES 14G*56  pcs,45 stainless  braze nipples
FRONT HUB KT AP5F  alloy 14Gx24HxM9"   QR 
REAR HUB Shimano Nexus 8 INTERNAL HUB GEAR 8sp 135mm 
R/DERAILLEUR N/A
SHIFTER(S) Shimano Nexus 8sp grip shifter
FREEWHEEL Gates CDX 22T CT1122NMN (78980117)
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

miniB Features

miniB Folding & Unfolding

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  • 5
    Great service

    Posted by G Geof Gee on Sep 4th 2017

    I just received the Mini and did a few modifications to it. While I have ridden too few miles to give a quality review of the bike, I will write that Yan has been more than helpful responding to e-mails and providing good customer service. In our case, the handlebar base never arrived. I e-mailed Yan and in less than 24 hours, a new handlebar base was mailed to us.

  • 5
    Thanks for the mini

    Posted by Tori V. on Sep 4th 2017

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making your "mini" available to me. I am short, and really didn't mind paying more for a bike that would fit me better. I continue to be impressed with this fun bike, and am SO GLAD that I bought it when I did! Thank you! This bike is now 6 years old and going strong, and I still like this little package! It keeps up fine with the larger frame downtube, or other touring type bikes, and I'm glad to say that its still exactly what I need!

  • 5
    World Tourer

    Posted by J John Haines on Sep 4th 2017

    The Mini will become my new world touring bike. i've taken different bikes on the plane with me for a number of years. I commute 12 mo of the year. The mini is solid, a wonderful ride, fantastic gearing ratio for large loads. I am outfitting it to take my large panniers and pull my collapsible aluminum trailer. Excellent service from Yan on my second bike from him.

  • 5
    DOWNTUBE MINI 8, A SMALL GIANT

    Posted by SHOICHIRO TOYAMA on Sep 4th 2017

    I ALREADY OWN AN ELECTRO-KINETIC 24' UNFOLDABLE BIKE AND THIS LED ME TO POSSESS ANOTHER ONE, A FOLDABLE SMALL BIKE TO CARRY IN MY CAR. THERE ARE REALLY TONS OF BIKES BUT FOLDABLE+INNERSHIFTER+BELTDRIVEN ONE IS QUITE RARE! DOWNTUBE MINI IS ALMOST THE ONLY ANSWER TO MY REQUEST. BEFORE THE FIRST RIDE, I'M ENJOYING THE INITIATION TO BE THE OWNER OF DOWNTUBE MINI "8": A HARD LUMP UNDER DUST COVER LIP OF SHIMANO NEXUS 8 AFTER TECHNICAL BULLETIN MENTIONED ABOVE. WELCOME, MY NEW BIKE!

  • 5
    Petite & Sweet

    Posted by Anonymous on Sep 4th 2017

    I moved not too far from a transit hub, so I got the 8 sp Mini for commuting. I can hop the train and then bike to my destination. It does this wonderfully. I like the belt drive, because I don't worry about mucking someone's dress clothes for work when I am in a packed car. Plus, it is like riding in stealth mode. Well, this gem of a bike is fast and fun. Now I am riding it everywhere. I am not to far from the beach, so I load up the backpack, ride to the beach and not worry about parking. Instead of driving to the store to pick up a forgotten whatever, I ride the bike, fold it, put it in the cart, get what I want, and head home. I did a couple of mods. I added fenders to keep the mud and water off me for the beach rides. And, I added a removable rack for when I have more than my backpack can carry comfortably. By the way, the Mean Green Machine (my wife's nickname for my mint green Mini) is an ice breaker. My teenage boy loves it. He did the mods. I get asked about this bike all the time. I have ridden a Dahon Curve The Mini has it beat on style points alone in my opinion. When you add the ride, the belt drive and the 8sp IGH, well it truly is no contest.

  • 5
    Stylish

    Posted by Hirofumi Nagai on Sep 4th 2017

    Stylish, clean, and best fit for commute.