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    What is the best groupset for folding bikes ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gat3keeper View Post
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    Sram's wireless groupset makes a lot of sense here. I didn't much like the first generation stuff i used; it was slow, it had a lot of batteries, and it was sram quality. Small potatoes when you can unbolt the bits without any cables to worry about.
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    One that doesn't dangle down in the way of harm.

    Derailleurs are a ridiculous idea on a folding bike because it's so easy to bend the hanger unless you take great care - which most experienced folder owners do automatically.

    So I reckon hub gears are the best for folders.
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    My folder has the nine speed cassette and derailleur it came with. I had to replace the shifter with a Sram. Drove me nuts because it twists in the opposite direction.
    I also swapped the crankset to a Shimano CX set and a Wolftooth narrow wide 50. That was a huge upgrade because I ride my folder in NYC and it would drop the chain from time to time. Not cool when you're weaving through a sea of taxis.
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    there are parts of groups which work better on folders, but usually its better to look for individual parts rather than a full blown group. Money no option look for Gravel Bike Groups and change the gearing to your likes
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    yes my opinion is at least somewhat biased as I work for Dahon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    So I reckon hub gears are the best for folders.
    This ^^.
    Also, the chain isn't hanging down near the road where (on a bike with 20" wheels, anyway) it's exposed to dirt kicked up bu the front wheel. Also, you can shift gears while stopped. The small amount of energy lost in the gears is insignificant... I've done century rides on mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    One that doesn't dangle down in the way of harm.

    Derailleurs are a ridiculous idea on a folding bike because it's so easy to bend the hanger unless you take great care - which most experienced folder owners do automatically.

    So I reckon hub gears are the best for folders.
    Derailers are pretty robust in my experience. Not as robust as IGHs but cheaper, easier to fix/replace, and a moderately clean one will still result in quick crisp shifts.

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    You are all right pluses and minuses for both systems
    The key is that you love to ride your folding bike no matter what system ( or brand that is )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    One that doesn't dangle down in the way of harm.

    Derailleurs are a ridiculous idea on a folding bike because it's so easy to bend the hanger unless you take great care - which most experienced folder owners do automatically.

    So I reckon hub gears are the best for folders.
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