The second in our two part Article on the latest 18"wheel folders - Face Off between the Tyrell IVE and the Chedech 5
Recap: Everyone is familiar with the benefits of small wheels for commuting and city riding.
The 16 inch category was very much a foldable domain that started it all. Bickerton, Brompton and Dahon were the early starters in this field and modern day challengers came in the likes of Bike Friday Tikit. But this is not a review of 16 inch wheeled foldables. It’s a focus on two brands who took the challenge of attempting to give you a better small wheeled commuter and who chose to use the ERTRO 355 wheel size - - the 18" category (and only marginally larger diameter than 16")
Commuter Bike MUST haves
Folds small and is light weight
Can be pushed and stays stable when folded
Sufficient gear range for long straight runs within the city
Decent low gears for some small climbs
Fits pannier racks
Designed by both a foldable bike rider and Brompton enthusiast. This story runs similar to Bike Friday when the founders felt that they could build a better touring foldable bike after they purchased two Dahons, used them and found room for improvement.
Chedech is 3 years worth of passion and personal cost where a passion for everything you wanted in a foldable bike was pursued. Frame material, locking mechanisms, wheels size, ride performance.
Chedech works with a high quality carbon fiber manufacturing facility that combines the right levels of carbon fiber weaving, special resin, minimum pre-preg used and the layup to produce a carbon fiber frame that is super strong and light.
The first ride off the block and immediately feel it. The Chedech could go well below the 9kg level if you put in a single speed hub but it’s a waste.
The locking mechanisms is an innovation itself. Using spring loaded catches, no more twist knobs and folding latches.
A simple push and turn is ALL it takes, your latches are unlocked.
First look of the bike, compact in fold and can be pushed around after being folded, 8.9kg, 5 speed Sturmey Archer with a 46T chainring. 18 inch wheels with Kenda tyres. I wished they used Schwalbe Kojak so that the bike can go faster. Chedech decided to go for 5 speeds rather than 3 speeds Sturmey archer to offer wider range and smoother gear shifts.
Innovation: Not a standard Carbon fiber frame but reinforced to prevent twisting and improved torsional rigidity. Put simply, this means less flex and all power transferred from pedal to the transmission with little loss.
USP#1: Carbon fiber frame – makes it light yet strong
USP#2: Locking mechanisms that is easy when you fold and unfold.
USP#3: Pedal to the metal! You press, it goes, you pressed harder it goes faster
I know many will want to compare it to older brands with the same style of folding, but do not just do that.
You HAVE to ride the Chedech to appreciate what it stands for: new frame material – carbon fiber, innovations in folding mechanisms, pursuit of improvements, innovation that is now for you to own.
It is a design from South Korea, the same country that produces high quality Hyundai cars and Samsung smartphones that we see everywhere.
Reviewer: In his 40s with 2 young kids. When not doing his 9 - 5 job, finds time to cycle and explore Singapore. Walks and jogs too. Has owned foldies and also now a really fast Roadbike.
CHEDECH is available in any BRU or My BIke Shop outlet rrp S$2,990.00