This Bike Was Made for SF

Slim, light, and ready to roll

By The Editors
March 19, 2015 9:00 am

Your correspondent never saw a man smoke crack — until I rode the 22 bus.

Never saw a fender-bender end in a fistfight — until commuting on Mission Street.

So when a superior way to commute shows up on the market, color me curious.

And it doesn’t get much better than the super-light Ultra X from Allen Sports.


Now, let it be said: This is the Rolls Royce of folding bikes.

Carbon-fiber everything, frame to forks.

Patented folding mechanisms designed to make opening and closing the bike as quick as possible — useful if your trip involves a spell on, say, CalTrain.

Best of all, the Ultra X clocks in at just 18.75 pounds. Your lady’s work bag weighs more.

Allen’s next model, the Ultra 1, will save you about half the price but goose your load by around 30 percent.

Until we’re all telecommuting from Thailand, the Ultra X might be the best way to turn twice-a-day drudgery into spectacular fun.

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