Monday, June 13, 2016

Columba 26″ Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed Review

There is only one term that can be used for this beautiful bike: eye candy. With its stylish, yet simple minimalist design, it will stand out among the rest of folding bikes. It has an efficient one gear system and reverse brakes, removing the additional weight off a front wheel braking system. Lightweight is after all the name of the game with this masterpiece out of Retrospec.

Engineered with the commuter in mind, its metal frame is sturdy and secure, yet light enough that you can easily carry it up a few flights of stairs. Its durability is not to be underestimated; Retrospec went out of its way to make sure this was a bike that can take exactly what you throw at it. It comes with 20” commuter wheels designed with smooth rounded tread and grooves to disperse water.

The price on this bike is on the higher end of the scale, and that pays for a few of the perks of it. The frame is made from an ultra-light aluminum that is made by hand. They also take comfort into consideration with ergonomic grips and the famous Retrospec saddle to make sure your ride is as smooth as the roads you take it on.

Design 85%
Durability 80%
Mobility 75%

So let’s take a moment to check over the pros and cons of this mechanical marvel.


  • Lightweight (28.8 lbs!)
  • 10 seconds to fold or unfold
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Customizable


  • Pricey
  • Requires assembly
  • Threadless steering
  • Not built for anyone 6’ or taller
  • No chain guard or mud guards

Even with the above mentioned cons, this is still a great bike for the commuter and occasional off-road excursion. Retrospec took their time to design this folder and it shows in the construction. The consideration put into the amount of space that it would be housed in is also apparent; this beauty can even fit in a smart car!

If you are a commuter looking for that perfect ride, or someone looking for a way to enjoy the local park, this is the collapsible bike for you, It is a smooth ride, quick folding and once you take it out for an adventure you will be convinced that there is no other bike for you. There is really no better bike for you than the Retrospec!

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