THE CONVENIENT CYCLIST

The Flatbike Century road bike is now orderable.

Well, THAT took a while.

We first posted about the Flatbike Century–the fold-away road bike designed for comfortable 100-mile rides–in May of 2019. I even rode an early prototype in the NY Five Boro Tour. But still, nobody could order it for the next nine months.

This recent announcement changes all that:

Flatbike Century introduction

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for this moment, the Century is orderable right now.

If you’re still thinking about it, or maybe just came across the fold-away road bike concept, here are some great resources:

We’ll also have a Flatbike booth by the demo track at the 2020 Seattle Bike & Outdoor Show.

So … what took so long?

1. Form Factor.

We knew up front that delivering drop bars on something that folds but isn’t floppy or bendy–e.g., won’t flex uncontrollably on climbs and steep downhills–is really hard to do. It’s more than just doing this:

Airnimal folding road bike
Looks fast. But how much of the gearing is to get up to cruising speed? And how much do those vertical posts flex when climbing or braking?

Even with the flex issue removed, the frame needs to be reliable enough to withstand any hard riding stress.

Spazzo folding road bike
How about a weld-hinge-latch-weld combo? Any failure results in a frame separation.

So we found a way to overcome the folding problems that everyone else had run into, by combining a ruggedness-certified Changebike fold-away frame with a THINstem folding stem.

Flatbike Century folding road bike
Not only does it look and perform like a real road bike…
Flatbike Century folded against a wall
…but it folds flat against any wall between rides…
Flatbike Century folded small
…and also folds small enough to fit in a car trunk or elevator.

2. Component Quality.

It’s easy to get any cheap carbon fork supplier off the Internet. But we needed someone that was serious about reliability–someone offering ISO-4210 certified rugged forks that had been through impressive testing like this…

 

We also were strong advocates of Shimano 105 gearing, and needed to take the time to evaluate other Shimano components and quality to become a Shimano manufacturer.

Shimano components
8 Flatbike Centuries, before they’re introduced to their frames.

 

3. Listening.

Over a two-month period, our Flatbike Century early adopters gave us super-valuable feedback about the fine-tuned aspects of this bike, from shipping configuration to cable and brake shoe selection.

Listening

Put it all together, and you’re really got something–a bicycle that looks and feels like a sporty road bike, yet folds two different ways, for convenient storage or transport.

Wow
Definitely worth checking out!

How can we make your road biking experience better? Do you have thoughts about the Flatbike Century? Critical feedback welcomed. (We’re still listening).

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Bob Forgrave

President, Flatbike.com

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