Kansi 9twenty folding bike
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 4:12pm 16 December 2013
- Posted in: Bikes
- Tagged with: town, commuting, city, kansi, bike, folding
Wheels/tyres: 20in /CST Zeppelin
The Kansi is a sophisticated folder, strong enough for daily commuting use, and our test machine came with added mudguards (£25) and pannier rack (£40). The large, non-folding pedals in clear plastic look a bit out of place on an otherwise stylish grey/white colour scheme.
Both mudguards and rack are colour-matched, adding to the classy appearance. With these fitted the weight was a shade under 12kg, which is a good kilo lighter than the Dahon, and helpful when carrying’s required. The rack will take full-sized panniers if needed but the supplied elastic cord was too flimsy for our use. Saying that it is easily replaced with something stronger.
Again, the 20in wheels don’t make a very small package; with the bars hanging outside the front wheel this one sits at over 50cm wide and 84cm long, not a comfortable size to carry around, but it’s possible to roll it along if tilted onto the front wheel. With the larger folded size, make sure you’ve space for storage and are aware of public transport restrictions.
We enjoyed riding this folder in London traffic; the wheels come with fast-rolling tyres. The wide-section aluminium frame is well supported and perfectly rigid and the reliable nine-speed SRAM X5 gears are ideal about town.
However, the best feature of the Kansi is the quick and easy fold/unfold. Two well-engineered hinges with locking latches open easily and flip back in place when putting it back together. There appears to be adjustment in case of wear; if that’s ever needed it’s a job for the workshop at annual service time.
A warning sticker states it is intended for roads, not mountain tracks, and that the maximum weight of rider and luggage should not exceed 101kg (16 stone). This might exclude some larger riders, so check before buying. Overall, like other Kansis we’ve tested, the 9twenty is a competitive package.