Downtube Nova Lightweight Folding Bike

Was: $650.00
Now: $359.00
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Pros:
Light aluminum frame, total weight a light 24.5lbs, Shimano 7sp drivetrain, replaceable chainring
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A Tribute to Avon, the heart of the OBX

There are hundreds of thousands of miles of paths in the U.S. to explore on a bicycle. One of my all time favorite places is the 150 miles stretch in North Carolina, especially in and around Avon, North Carolina, where you’ll find what we call the OBX, the Outer Banks. The OBX bike paths extending from Corolla to Ocracoke include picturesque trails through forests next to the water, shoreline routes, and protected corridors through town. Their motto is “Share the Road.” What’s not to like about that!


Paying homage to Avon, North Carolina, our designers have created the Nova bike. Nova spelled backward is ''Avon.'' So you could say that his lightweight foldable bike is our tribute to the great city of Avon.

Weighing in at only 24.5 pounds, the Nova is easy to carry around, which makes it a great commuter bike. Additionally, its compact folding size makes it easy to store in any vehicle. So, it has become the bicycle that is perfect for just about everyone.


When it comes to the components, our quality is top-notch - what you have come to expect from a Downtube bike. The Nova's 8 speed cassette with trigger shift drive train makes traversing through hilly regions an almost effortless process. This bike also features a frame protector, kickstand, water bottle interface, head tube bag system interface, and front derailleur braze on - to allow for either 16sp or 24sp. This makes the frame expandable, so it will grow with you.


You can ride the Nova on any kind of terrain - from the flats to the most challenging hills. We built the Nova to handle anything. This combining of the bike's ability to handle any terrain with extreme mobility makes owning a Nova a great experience. It is truly a bike that you can take anywhere and ride anytime.


As an example of its extreme flexibility, the Nova can be adjusted for use by kids as young as 9-year-olds up to adults 6' 1" tall. The Nova is the definition of a flexible bike - a one size fits all winner.

With its quality parts, unmatched flexibility, and affordable price, the Nova is a folding bike that will give you many years of awesome biking experiences.

New 2021 upgrade available with cold forged cranks, ISIS bottom bracket, and mid cage rear derailleur ( which provides more ground clearance ) for only $60 extra.

Features

  • Xtra light aluminum frame
  • Microsoft 8sp drivetrain
  • Trigger shifter 
  • Adjustable height stem
  • Kickstand
  • Folding pedals
  • Lightweight threadless headset system
  • Solid V brakes
  • Rise handlebars for additional adjustability
  • Headtube bag interface
  • Water bottle braze on
  • Front derailleur braze on
  • Hubs and seatpost have quick releases
  • Uses standard bike parts, so everything is easy to replace/upgrade
  • 11-34 cassette for a wide gear range. Noone else offers a 34T low gear.
  • 24-77 gear inches

Specifications

FRAME Downtube Aluminum frame
N/A HLT-400-1 850B *100L
FORK Chien sheng 20" steel unicrown type,TIG welded
HANDLEBAR HL Corp. MTB-AL-153PP alloy W:560mm R:30
HANDLEBAR STEM HL Corp FB-AL-196-8 alloy φ28.6*25.4 *400 L.
BAR ENDS N/A
GRIPS Jie Li JL-311/312 110/80mm
HEAD SET Chuh Chinn
SADDLE Yibotong 6502 w/C.P clamp & spring w/F & R black bumper
SEAT POST HL Corp. SP-213 alloy φ30.4*500mmL
SEAT PIN Chin haur
B.B. PARTS NECO
CHAINWHEEL Prowheel 1/2"*3/32"*46T
CRANK Prowheel 170mmL alloy
CHAIN GUARD Prowheel
PEDALS Chic sheng folding plastic
CHAIN Z80 1/2"*3/32"*112L
TIRES Kenda K177 20"* 1.2"
TUBES Kenda
RIMS Dino VP-20 alloy 20"*1.5" 14G*28H w/machined sidewall
SPOKES & NIPPLES Shun Lih 14G*56pcs, W/short brass nipples
FRONT HUB Joytech FH-A171DSE 14G*28H*M9" alloy w/QR
REAR HUB Joytech JY-752DSE 14G*28H*M10"*135 alloy w/QR
R/DERAILLEUR Microsoft 8sp
SHIFTER(S) Microsoft trigger shifters
FREEWHEEL 8sp 11-34 cassette
FRONT BRAKE Zhang Star 958DX alloy V-brake
REAR BRAKE (I) Zhang Star 958DX alloy V-brake
BRAKE LEVERS Zhang Star 322DG alloy

 

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  • 5
    Downtube Nova

    Posted by Jay Terry on Jan 11th 2021

    We love this bike! It’s light and smooth I really like the trigger style shifters opposed to the revo style makes it more enjoyable to ride, and going up hills are a breeze. It’s also very comfortable geometry in that your sitting more up right instead of hunched over. I purchased this as a gift for my wife but after riding it I’m considering getting one for myself.

  • 4
    Cute and compact

    Posted by Andria on Jun 30th 2020

    I've only used this bike once so far. I like that it's small and can fit easily in the trunk of my car. It's also easy to fold and unfold. I got the white and black which looks great also. My only problem is that the wheels don't seem to stay fully inflated once I get on, and I can't seem to pump more air into them so it rides a little wobbly not sure if this would damage the tube or anything. Any advice?

  • 5
    A question

    Posted by Nova on Jun 20th 2020

    I want to talk about the buyer..can I buy from rupiah Indonesia?

  • 5
    nova lightweight

    Posted by Sunny on Jun 10th 2020

    My busband and I bought this bike for some exercise during COVID. After some practice, we like it very much and are having fun. This bike is very lightweight and good value. Dr. Yan is also very personable and customer oriented. Happy to buy from his company rather than a soulless corp.

  • 5
    Love the bike

    Posted by lisa marie on Aug 13th 2019

    Love the bike, lightweight easy very comfortable. Everyone compliments me on it

  • 5
    Excellent Bikes!

    Posted by Craig Dabler on Dec 3rd 2018

    Both excellent bikes! We're very happy with our purchase.

  • 4
    Nova

    Posted by Josh on Jun 10th 2018

    The bike works great. Was packaged well. Still had a couple minor Knicks on it due to shipping but overall in very good shape. The gears happy be adjusted but otherwise worked great out of the box. Everyone who has seen it thinks it's really cool. I use it to commute to work from parking garage located far away. Easy to throw into the back of my car and I can put it underneath my desk when it is folded up. Only odd thing is that I chose an orange bike since yellow and orange were the only two colors and in fact I received a red bike. I like red. Just would have been nice to know what colors are actually available and what color I will receive.

  • 5
    Downtube nova

    Posted by Gary on May 25th 2018

    This is my second one. I ride it in nyc and it takes quite a beating and keeps on going. Great bike and great price. And Yan’s support is amazing. You actually get to talk to a person. Thanks much.

  • 4
    Good bike but pieces break off?

    Posted by Katherine on Apr 16th 2018

    I have enjoyed riding this bike so far--it handles much better than I expected, and has a nice range of gearing. However, some plastic pieces have started falling out/off of the main folding hinge on the body. It still seems to work just fine, but the latch is more of a pain now. It's not a make or break, but it's annoying and frustrating, since I haven't done anything rough to the bike and yet, within 3 rides parts of it are falling off.

  • 5
    Best affordable folding bike

    Posted by Andri on Nov 26th 2017

    Really love how Nova give me great-great features with a really affordable range of price. The build quality is excell, the bike design itself very good.

  • 5
    Shipping to Hawaii

    Posted by Sally on Nov 26th 2017

    I bought a Nova and although it took ages to arrive it wasn't Downtube's fault. I live in Hawaii and UPS dumps boxes in Honolulu to have them barged over to the other islands. What I want to say, besides I love my cute little bike, is that I was very impressed with the materials it was shipped in: all except a handful of plastic were put into the recycle bin. Thank you Yan for thinking of the environment.

  • 5
    Reasonably priced folder with real parts

    Posted by Scott T on Sep 4th 2017

    I have had my Nova for a few months now. It is fantastic. I wanted a reasonably priced folder, but something with real parts. This was the perfect option. I travel a lot and it can come with me anywhere. It takes about 20 seconds to set up and I am off and running. When I first got it, I had a question on how to pull the latch out. Yan was able to help me immediately and all was well. The frame is nice and comfortable. It will be with me for a long, long time. One mistake I made was not to buy the travel bag. Do this. It's not a big deal but I have scratched up my fork and I can't help but thi ...Read More

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