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I selected Tilt 500 to mount my CVT motorized bike kit. Strong and low frame of Tilt 500 enables excellent power transfer whilst keeping the center of gravity to a minimum. Plenty of cable guides and accessory attachment points make it easy to install the kit. I wish Tilt 500 had the same double-walled rims as Tilt 500 Electric.
Bought the Tilt 500 to keep my fitness levels up and as i struggle to get on my full size road bike now , so i thought i would try a folding bike. Spent some time looking at second hand and other makes before settling for the B TWIN TILT 500 glad i did a superb bike for the money, well built, but i checked all bolts and fittings before riding, i found everything was spot on .
No problems with the seat post clamping, the lights leave alot to be desired, but its easy enough to upgrade them.
The ride i found to be a lot different to riding a full road race bike, but i expected this and just took my time to get used to the handling, considering the thicker tyres its quite fast and feels stable on down hill sections, up hill the range of gearing made it easier to ascend and was positive in operation the SIS never missed a gear ! but hills are hills after all ! and are good for your fitness. One thing i did change was the pedals, i took the LOOK pedals off my road bike and fitted them to the 500, i found this made it much better for peddling especially on the up hill sections .
Not a bike for long distance in my opinium, but more than adequate for local rides might even try it on the cycle tracks near me !
Overall for £299 i am more than happy with it and you have a 2 year guarantee (requires registration )so im looking forward to doing quite afew miles on my B Twin Tilt 500
One other thing, i had an issue with the carriers and didnt recieve my first order, after contacting customer service i was impressed by their efficient handling of the problem and received the bike within a few days, the carriers were very good second time around and i appreciated them getting the bike to me under difficult conditions so i thank them also !
Had to return previous fold up bike due to call back on that bike caused by main frame issue on return of bike I was advised to reselect any current foldup bike, I chose the BTwin 500 ,it felt a little more compact than the previous bike.In use the bike is a great little ride I use it of and on road and it copes well on most surfaces ,main use is keeping fit and this bike is great for those morning workouts.Had a few problems with seat sliding down and carried allen key with me to retighten when needed,although after the last time I retightned the seat have not had any more issues so maybe thats the answer ,again this is a cool machine but keep a check on service brakes etc to get the best out of it .
Amazing bike better than brompton for quality and price
I bought my B'Twin Tilt 500 for £270 about 9 months and 1500 miles ago. I have just replaced the chain as the old on has stretched 1% (normal wear and tear). A first for me as I have never used a bike so much. It is so practical and fun to ride. I can't help smiling as I pass Brompton riders on their bikes with little wheels and maybe 3 gears. Some have said "as good as a Brompton for a quarter of the price". I would say better. Yes, it is not perfect as others have pointed out. The rear light is pointing into the mud guard. But I have fitted my own lights so not a problem. Also, the seat does slide down it not sufficiently tightened. I have set my seat to the desired height and left it there. I have really tightened the clamp up and added my own additional clamp above it. Result, no more sliding problem. I appreciate that not every is mechanically minded so that is why I have given 4 stars not 5. One other issue that others have flagged up is the brakes. They are fine. You just need to adjust them correctly. Despite the problems, this is a good bike and well worth the money. Finally a message to Decathlon; you need to sort out the saddle post sliding problem. More clamps as I have done. Then I would give you 5 stars. PS Others in the office were so impressed that they bought their own.
We bought two of these bikes just before Christmas, and within a week the seats on both had collapsed while riding. We took them back for repair, and then they collapsed again. Then, we had the seat poles replaced - and guess what? Yep, they collapsed again. We finally took them back for a refund towards the end of January and bought a couple of Raleigh foldies from Halfords instead. There is obviously an inherent flaw in this model and I would suggest you avoid it.
Thank you for your feedback regarding this bike. Following other customer comments, the slipping seat post has been traced back to the painting process whereby some paint has made its way over the lip of the seat tube. The store teams and the production facility in Portugal now has this information and is now able to resolve the problem.
We are very sorry to read that this has caused you such an issue.
Peter, Cycling Manager, DECATHLON
The bike is fine when unfolded, although the front brakes are incredibly squeaky. However, the rear magnet that holds the two halves of the bike together has broken off after less than a year's worth of use, making it extremely difficult to manage when folded. The bike is still under warranty, but Decathlon have told me that I need to visit a store miles from my home to get this issue fixed despite the fact that I bought the product online. I have asked them if they can post the part to me or at least send it to my local store but my emails have gone unanswered. I'm very disappointed with the lack of help I've received Decathlon's labyrinthine customer service department.
Love the idea of foldable bike and like the look but after I have had my bike checked for safety by the decathlon’s ‘specialist’I did not expect, while cycling, the seat to unexpectedly collapse/slide down throwing me of the bike. It was my first outing on this bike and I was on a busy road. There was no warning signs! There also was no way I could keep the seat up so I had to walk all the way back. I am still bruised. I don’t want to tighten the screws myself so will need to bring the bike back. I love the idea of this bike but I have now realised that other customers experienced similar issues with this product. Do I exchange the bike/have the seat screws tightened, do I risk the same think happening again??? Do I buy more expensive Brompton bike? Any advise???
I am happy with my bike, it works fine but there are some problems too. It will not stand when folded, even with the bike stand, and when you don't use the stand that can put a lot of pressure on the gears so its dangerous for the bike. As for the mechanism that folds the bike, it is possible to either turn it on the left or the right when folding the bike, but only one way is right. I did not notice at first and when I turned it on the wrong side, the mechanism would just get off and hang in the air. It was quite dangerous to put it back in place, I was afraid of breaking it, so now I always have to be careful to turn it from the right side (so that the mechanism stays on the front part of the bike). On the good side the wheel mechanism feels realy secure, the magnets that hold the bike together when folded are doing an amazing job, and generally the bike is really easy to ride. It is not heavy and because it is small, it is really manageable(i.e. for turns in bridges and zig-zag between pedestrians). I hope the mechanism won't break as I read on other comments. I have the bike for 3 weeks and use it 3-4 times per week and so far I did not have any problems.
Heavy, bulky, brakes are pretty poor, seat post constantly drops down despite regular tightening and I really don’t like the handling with small wheels and narrow handlebars. Three stars for price being so much cheaper than main brand folding bikes so all previous points are relative. Good for a few miles at a time but not really suitable for 7+ miles I was using it for. Useful to fit in the car boot but can’t fit much else in.