Brompton M3L
Brompton M3L

Best overall folding bike

If you want the best foldable bike on the market -- and are willing to pay for it -- reviewers say Brompton folding bikes simply outclass the competition. The Brompton M3L has one of the most compact folds on the market (22.2 inches by 21.5 inches by 10.6 inches), and its rear-wheel suspension provides a more comfortable ride than most folding bikes. Reviewers say the folding process is quick and easy to master. The 25-pound Brompton M3L stays locked once folded, and the chain is tucked away in the middle to keep grease away from your clothes. Fenders and reflectors also make the Brompton M3L very commuter-friendly. According to reviews, the biggest downside of the Brompton M3L is the gearing -- with only three gears, this folding bike isn't the best choice for hilly areas. Still, the Brompton's portability makes it ideal for riders who hop on public transportation as a legs of their commute.
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MSRP: $1,280 Estimated Price
Dahon Speed D7
Dahon Speed D7

Budget folding bike

When it comes to value, experts say the Dahon Speed D7 is a clear winner. The Dahon folding bike has a stable and smooth ride that belies its budget price tag, and seven speeds give it decent gearing options for moderate hills. The foldable bike comes with a good number of commuting accessories for the price, including fenders, a kickstand, chain protector and a rear rack. The folding mechanism is quick and easy to use, and the bike only takes about 15 seconds to fold, according to Dahon. The Dahon Speed D7 is also remarkably stable for a bike in this price range, and most reviewers are impressed with the ride quality. Like most budget folding bikes, the Dahon Speed D7 is pretty heavy at 28 pounds. It's also not as compact when folded as some other foldable bikes, measuring 11.7 inches by 30 inches by 25 inches. Even so, reviewers say the Dahon Speed D7 is a great option for budget shoppers.
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Montague Boston
Montague Boston

Full-size folding bike

For long commutes, a full-size folding bike like the Montague Boston makes a lot of sense. The 26-inch wheels are faster and more comfortable than the smaller wheels found on most folding bikes, and they can hold up to potholes and rough roads. Even though it has a full-size frame and folds in less than a minute, the Montague Boston weighs in at a mere 24 pounds. The folded size (35 inches by 12 inches by 28 inches) is also relatively compact for a full-size bike. Reviewers are impressed with the quick fold, and most say that you would never know the Montague Boston was a folding bike based on its ride quality, which is sturdy and stable. However, the Montague Boston is a single-speed bike, so those with hilly commutes may want to look elsewhere. In addition, the Boston folding bike doesn't come with popular commuting accessories like fenders or a storage rack.
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