Columba 26″ Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed Review

First Impressions

The Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed is the perfect pick for people who enjoy a long ride on their bike, but don't have too much room to store one. This bicycle looks good, it feels even better, and the best part - it has all the qualities a classic mountain bike has. Shimano has worked hard to combine the best bits of cycling and create a bicycle that is able to tackle almost any type of terrain.

Bike Specifications

Looking at Shimano's Columba model, all you can see is that it's a nice looking mountain bicycle. That is exactly right. The 26-Inch wheels, which are the standard for off-road bikes, allow the rider to tackle all types of roads. The frame is made out of steel and it comes in four colors. To cope with steep terrain and dirt roads, Shimano has installed an 18 derailleur gear system. The cycle has both front and rear V-brakes.

Design and Build

Shimano took the folding mountain bike project seriously because they ended up with a great and incredibly simple design. 

The Columba is their best model so far and it is one of the most desired Shimano bicycles at the moment. Not only does this cycle look good, it functions perfectly.

This folding bicycle has such a wide range of usage that it fits all from campers who like to go off-road and explore, as well as city commuters, and even recreational riders. The design will have people turning heads and asking about the cycle because it's modern look and the fact that it's able to fold always interests people.

The 18 speed gear system enables the rider to take his bike down almost any road. When folded up, it is easy to fit in a car trunk and you can take it anywhere you want for a ride. It takes only half a minute to break it down.


Awesome Features

Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed

As you can see, this folding mountain bicycle is very well designed and produced for all kinds of purposes. This is a cycle that has many awesome features, and the most obvious one is the ability to fold up. You'd think that that is nothing big, but it is, if you enjoy riding bikes off-road. The dimensions of the folded up bike are 38″x14″x29″, which is small enough to carry, if you don't mind the 35 lbs weight. You can just fold it up and take it anywhere you want, including a vacation, a road trip, or even another continent.

This Shimano model comes with an 18 speed gear shifter which allows the rider to take almost any road. Fast bikes need good brakes and Columba has a pair of V-brakes on both wheels. They stop the bicycle on a dime. True cycling lovers can enjoy this bicycle on their way to work and during their free time. This is a cycle that combines the best parts into a great, high quality, well-made product. It looks good and works even better, what more could anyone ask for?

The Negatives

The Columba 26" Folding Bike is a nice and practical bicycle, but since it is made out of steel, it is pretty heavy. 35 lbs is too much for some to carry around, especially if they are commuters. It folds up to a manageable size, but carrying it for longer distances can be exhausting. 

As we mentioned before, the brakes are great, but the brake handles are not so. They feel cheep and will break easily if you take the cycle down a rough road. Also, when folded up, the frame doesn't have a lock system.

Conclusion

If you're a bicycle enthusiast and a commuter, the Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18 Speed might be the perfect choice for you. This is a good looking, cheap, and functional folding mountain bike that fits a wide range of uses and generally offers a really fun and dependable ride.

Pros:

- Looks great

- Cheap

- Great quality

- Easy and fast folding mechanism

- Fits in a car trunk

- Outstanding gear system

Cons:

- Heavy

- Brake handles are low quality

- No locking option when the bike is folded

Our rating: 

(4.3/5)