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Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

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My new Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro. Great for travelling. Been tried to make it as light as possible at a reasonable expense. (now at 7.8kg)

**There is no "Folding" option in the general bike tags so I choose "Road Bike".

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Road Bike Indeed

Awesome Folder!

Fun Project!

How does it compare to the Colnago Master X-Light? Hah! I'm mostly kidding but what a dubbed-out folding bike. Do you travel a lot and that's why you have it or is a commuter or -- I'm curious. Thanks for sharing

Comparing to Master X-Light

Good question! Since both are steel frames, I give Pocket Rocket Pro about 80% of Master X-Light. I did hope for 90% when I ordered the frame, but can't say I'm disappointed. The bike rides well enough for the travelling purpose. Two main problems are at faster than 35km/h, you need to keep spinning hard to maintain the speed. Also, going down hill fast is a bit tricky with small wheels. They don't give you as much stability as 700c wheels.

Since the middle of last year, I have to travel back and fourth between Thailand and Australia for work. Taking Master X-Light around is not and option since the beautiful frame would definitely be damaged and it is not convenient to do so. That's why I ordered this folding beauty.

Sweet little bike. It would

Sweet little bike. It would be awesome to take thing around europe while traveling amongst the countries.... I'll have to keep something like this in mind for the next time I'm there.

What kinda gearing you using

What kinda gearing you using to compensate for that wheel size?

Gearing

I moved this whole groupset from my other road bike (53/39 + 11-28). Therefore the gearing is a bit unusual and I don't actually have those high gears to sprint. Nevertheless, the current set up suits my need well. When travelling to new places, I usually ride with moderate pace (28-35km/h) and its very low gears make climbing big hills much easier.

To compensate for gearing, you have two options. One is to change to bigger chainrings, like 60/46, or you can change the rear hub to Shimano Capreo that allow you to run a cassette as small as 9-26.



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