The one good thing I can say about Citizen is that they have excellent online marketing tools. Their reputation for quality products doesn’t quite follow suit. In fact, in the bicycle industry, Citizen folding bikes are not considered of good enough quality even at their lowest price. Their older rear suspension model had fundamentally flawed suspension designs that made the rider feel as if he/she were on a pogo stick. You’ll have test the newer models yourself to see if they have made any improvement. The Citizen Tokyo has gear ranges suited for children, not adults. Assembly issues have plagued these bikes for years. If you choose to buy one be prepare for some assembly problems.

That’s not the case with any Downtube model. We only used high quality parts to produce a satisfying ride for you for years to come. Check out the chart below to see how Downtube bikes compare to Citizen bikes. We think you’ll make the right choice.

 

Model Old Citizen w/Suspension Citizen Alloy Downtube 9 ($499) Downtube Nova ($299) Downtube 9FS ( $549 )
Frame Material Steel Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Drivetrain 6sp freewheel 6sp freewheel 9sp cassette 7sp freewheel 9sp cassette
Suspension pogo stick design rear suspesnion none Zoom fork none Zoom fork and rear shock
Cranks non-replaceable chainring non-replaceable chainring replaceable chainring non-replaceable chainring replaceable chainring
Fork Steel aluminium all aluminium lowers suspension fork Steel all aluminium lowers suspension fork
Pedals Plastic Plastic Aluminium Plastic Aluminium
Stem/handlebar Steel Steel Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Replaceable rear derailleur hanger No No Yes Yes Yes
Crank Steel Steel Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Frame protector (bar from below to protect frame) No No Yes Yes Yes
Use Standard Bike parts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weight 35 30 26.5 24.5 27.5