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Old 12-26-19, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by iBugz View Post
I was looking to get my first folding bike, and came across the same Costco sale. Got Zizzo Liberte without doing any research. The first one came in and was damaged during shipping with untied parts in the box. Costco was great exchanging it immediately. The second one also came in a box that was damaged, but the bike inside was packaged OK with no broken parts. Not Costco's fault, but I think the packaging could be a bit better, tighter. There is no protection in that box from side bumps, and I would think that cross-continent shipping would leave a lot these boxes, if not bikes, damaged.
If not for the great sale, I wasn't even considering Zizzo (was about to get Giant Expressway 2). But now I am a Zizzo owner, and saved a few hundred in the process. It looks great, folds easily, hope it works well in the long run. I'll probably take it to the shop to make sure all parts are aligned properly, as I have no experience with folders whatsoever.
I do have a couple of questions though: is it safe to store on a balcony during NYC winter?
I wouldn't recommend storing any bike on a NYC balcony, especially a folder. I know most NYC micro apt dwellers do it, but it will destroy the bike. The folding mechs will be constantly exposed to the elements, and this will cause premature corrosion, and the bike will be unsafe to ride IMO.
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Old 12-26-19, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by iBugz View Post
I was looking to get my first folding bike, and came across the same Costco sale. Got Zizzo Liberte without doing any research. The first one came in and was damaged during shipping with untied parts in the box. Costco was great exchanging it immediately. The second one also came in a box that was damaged, but the bike inside was packaged OK with no broken parts. Not Costco's fault, but I think the packaging could be a bit better, tighter. There is no protection in that box from side bumps, and I would think that cross-continent shipping would leave a lot these boxes, if not bikes, damaged.
If not for the great sale, I wasn't even considering Zizzo (was about to get Giant Expressway 2). But now I am a Zizzo owner, and saved a few hundred in the process. It looks great, folds easily, hope it works well in the long run. I'll probably take it to the shop to make sure all parts are aligned properly, as I have no experience with folders whatsoever.
I do have a couple of questions though: is it safe to store on a balcony during NYC winter?
Welcome to the Zizzo family! Sorry to hear that one was damaged. They are double-boxes but I guess problems still happen. Storing outside isn't ideal, but I'd imagine that some kind of bike cover would mitigate rust/corrosion issues.
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Old 12-26-19, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
I wouldn't recommend storing any bike on a NYC balcony, especially a folder. I know most NYC micro apt dwellers do it, but it will destroy the bike. The folding mechs will be constantly exposed to the elements, and this will cause premature corrosion, and the bike will be unsafe to ride IMO.
Thank you, that's good to know, that's what I thought.
And my other question was: in addition to instructions manual, there was a piece of paper with a diagram of Prowheel parts. Are those just FYI? It didn't look like I needed to do anything with the crankset out of the box.
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Old 12-26-19, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by iBugz View Post
Thank you, that's good to know, that's what I thought.
And my other question was: in addition to instructions manual, there was a piece of paper with a diagram of Prowheel parts. Are those just FYI? It didn't look like I needed to do anything with the crankset out of the box.
I have no idea,... Is there something wrong with any of the parts? Then there's really nothing to do.
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Old 12-27-19, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by iBugz View Post
Thank you, that's good to know, that's what I thought.
And my other question was: in addition to instructions manual, there was a piece of paper with a diagram of Prowheel parts. Are those just FYI? It didn't look like I needed to do anything with the crankset out of the box.
I haven't done anything with the crankset and have ridden around 20 miles so far.
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Old 08-14-20, 09:17 PM
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Any one of you guys with the Liberte tried to ride it with no hands? I tried on mine and it veers quite quickly to the right. I first had to shift my weight to the left side of the seat in order to do it, then I mounted my front wheel so that it tilts as much as it can in the direction of the veering and now I can ride straight. I was told by the mfg that this is normal.
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Old 08-27-20, 02:58 PM
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Looking to get my first folder too and curious to see if you're still happy with the Liberte. If you could do it again, would it still be your first or would you get something else?
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Looking to get my first folder too and curious to see if you're still happy with the Liberte. If you could do it again, would it still be your first or would you get something else?
Yes with an asterisk. It's been a lot of fun and very reliable. Did a 30 miler around DC and it was great. I like the light weight too.

The asterisk is that I've had to adjust the headset twice in 9 months. Simple procedure and they even sent instructions.
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Thanks. It's between the Liberte or Origami Gazelle for me and probably would've already pulled trigger on Liberte if Costco was still running the $300 deal. The joys of a tight budget and a watchful wife.
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Hi! I have a couple of questions.

Is the bike easily customizable ? Like can i buy tires, seats and rear racks from other sellers? i havenít gotten mine but Iím thinking of it.

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Old 04-23-21, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by john m flores View Post
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Hey! I'm looking into getting one of these, and was wondering if you would still recommend it.
I'm particularly curious about the tires. I plan to ride on some light trails (flat but gravel-y) as well as asphalt. I've been cautioned about tire width, and would like to know if the 1.5" stock tires would be sufficient, or if you can fit wider tires on the wheels.
Thanks!!
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I can still recommend this bike - mine is still working great. I think it would be fine on light gravel - I'd be more concerned about the 20" wheels falling into potholes than the width of the tires.
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Old 04-26-21, 04:23 PM
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There is a comparison between the Liberty and Urbano at

That guy says the frames are identical, but that Liberte has a few upgrades. He said he found the saddle on the Liberte uncomfortable, so he replaced it with one he had lying around. He preferred the wider tires of the Urbano. Of course you cou,led replace the tires. For example, thorusa.com sells the 2” wide Schwalbe Big Apples for $32 each plus shipping, so $74 total.

Had I known about the Costco deal a year ago, I might have purchased one. Instead I purchased a downtube.com Nova. It has a Microshift drivetrain with a trigger shifter, while the Zizzo bikes have a Shimano Altus. I had a 2013 Dahon Speed D7 and the grip shifter went bad after about a year. I replaced it with a trigger shifter, which I prefer. I like the fact that the Zizzo has the magnet to hold the wheels together when it is folded, something Downtube bikes don’t have.


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I bought a Liberte from Costco in January. I'm satisfied with my purchase. It is my first folder and I've enjoyed the riding I've done on it - about 500 miles so far. I've made several modifications to mainly achieve the ergos and gearing that I wanted. As received, the front and rear hub bearing cones were a little over-tightened. I inspected them to make sure there was adequate grease (there was) and adjusted the cones to give a smoother rotation. They probably would have loosened up a bit with use. Once I'm allowed, I'll post pics and list the mods I've made. I think the Zizzo is a good buy and I'd make the same decision again.
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Here’s another review. The only things he doesn’t like are having quick release hubs and not having disk brakes. In another of his videos, he shows him riding on icy roads with 2.1” wide tires he bought for that.
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Any long term issues with the bike? I got a Liberte last july which did not track straight, then eventually got one that tracked perfectly in Aug. The wife rode around 20-30 miles a day until around Nov, and this year, I rode around 1500 miles on it.


One issue I always had was the chain jumping over the plastic chain guide, no matter how little gap I gave between the guide and chainring cover, i think the chain forces its way through the small gap, deforming the plastic guide on its way. It required me to always have a screwdriver on hand. I also recently started to have some creaking going on with the folding part of the stem, I tighten here and there until the creaking is gone, at the cost of extremely high locking effort.


I've been riding almost exclusively on the 11 and 13 cog, and now the 11 cog seems to 'slip' when I stand on the pedals, either on a hill or sprinting. I adjust the derailleur along with its b-screw without much success. The probably usually goes away the 1st 10 or 15 miles after I wax my chain, but comes back soon after that. Although my last more thorough adjustment of the derailleur seem to have made a difference, but I recently started riding another bike so I haven't really put my adjustments to a long term test. Anyway, one solution is to go with a bigger chainring, which would allow me to use the 13 and 15 more. Anyone tried doing that? Would I have to lengthen the chain?
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I've had my Liberte since January. I changed the gearing to a 54 tooth chainring with narrow/wide teeth, the derailleur to an old Ultegra 9 speed I had in my spares, Ultegra 12-27 9 speed cassette, KMC 9 speed chain and Altus 9 speed trigger shifter. The narrow/wide chainring eliminated the need for the plastic chain guide and guard - I've had no problem with the chain jumping the chainring. Going to a larger chainring doesn't let you use the smaller chainring cover anyway. Shifting has been smooth and I like the range of gearing I have - I ride mostly in my middle cassette cog (17 teeth, I think). I have experienced some creaking in the stem as well, but it's not too bad.

I bought the chainring on AliExpress - delivery took about 3 weeks to the US. This is the description (I can't post a link yet): VXM Road Bicycle Narrow Wide Chainring 130BCD 54T 7075 Aluminum Alloy Ultralight Chainwheel. Current price is about $17.

The stock chain should work with up to a 54t chainring.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks, that 54t chainring looks interesting. It pretty much pushes every existing gear one gear higher. I probably will still have to pull the chain tighter on the chainring to see if I can get a slack of 6 links. Although I rarely ride this bike now and the wife hasn't touched it since the gym re-opened, it might become a lower priority. I use the folder mostly to pick up takeout dinner since with my body position on the road bike, much of the food will leak out while in my backpack (it might be the case for the position I ride the folder too, but I can always raise the handlebar on the fly).
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