Big-wheeled Kansi – just in
By Warren Rossiter | Monday, August 19, 2013 2.00pm
Aside from making some of the best small-wheeled folders available, Kansi have now branched out into big-wheeled folding bikes, which BikeRadar first spotted at the Fisher Expo back in February 2013. We’ve just taken delivery of a 700c prototype with a flat bar, slick tyres and disc brakes. The commuting bicycle will retail for under £1,000.
The Kansi looks and rides like a fast, flat bar urban model. The subtle difference lies in the clever frame – a folding mechanism around the seat tube and an under-BB lock system mean it can be folded over on itself, halving in size. There’s also a frame mount, so you can remove and clamp the front wheel, further reducing size. The packed-down bike has been designed to fit into the boot of a small hatchback. We tried it out in a VW Polo and it went in with space to spare.
Ergo style lock-on grips with integrated bar ends
With a SRAM Rival drivetrain and Avid Elixir 7 hydraulic brakes, the bike is well specced for the money. The production model will feature a quick-release seat clamp and a wider flat bar up front. Our prototype tips the scales at 11.2kg including the flat pedals.
Our first spin on the bike left us impressed, with the mountain bike-like geometry making for fun handling and rapid acceleration. If we didn’t know it was a folder, we’d never have guessed from the ride feel, with no telltale flex or noises emanating from the frame.
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The 700c Kansi folded, with the front wheel mounted onto the rear seatstay
The big-wheel Kansi won’t be launching until next spring, but we’ll be giving our test prototype a thorough hammering to see whether it stands up to the rigours of commuting.
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