S&S Fixings from Kinetics.org.uk
If I told you it was a folding bike, you’d laugh. Folding bikes have hinges and shopping baskets and are pink and girls ride them until they start smoking and snogging boys. That’s not a folding bike. That’s an old Kona. And you’d be half right, but mostly wrong.
Ben from Kinetics let slip that he had a folding mountainbike. But it rode like a normal one. And he’s right… This bike rides exactly like an old Kona should. An old Kona with a 50mm travel fork (how did we ever ride those) and a Kona with huge big “Joes Clips” which reminds you why SPDs were invented. But we shouldn’t really be looking at the bike. We should be looking at the S&S things…
But yeah, they work. Incredibly well. A small spanner is all you need to take them apart and they make the bike ride like they’re not there. Which is a compliment if ever there was one. Cables come apart with similarly neat little cable splitters which are protected with rubber O rings to stop them scratching or chinkling on the tubing.
You can either spec them when you have a frame built, or have them added to a steel frame. They’re not cheap, adding around £250 to the price of the frame, but it’s certainly no-hassle if you travel a lot. We like.