Downtube Nova Lightweight Folding Bike

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Nova yellow at the beach

Our bike designers paid homage to the city of Avon in North Carolina, in naming the bike 'Nova' which, when spelled backward is "Avon". The Downtube Nova folding bike is light in weight, easy to carry and easy to fold. With a frame weighing only 24 pounds, the Nova model is great for commuting. With its ease in folding, this is one of the bikes that you can keep in the trunk of your car for as long as you want. The bike can reach fast racing speeds, so it is great for the rider who wants to embark on bike tours.


Equipped with seven speed gripshift drivetrain, riders have the ability to traverse through hilly regions effortlessly. It features braze-ons, which are attached to the rack and bottle case. The bottle case and rack are not included in the purchase. However, you can buy these separately.

Riding Your Folding Bike

It can be so much fun to ride on a folding bike down winding trails, flat surfaces, patterned textures and just about any kind of surface. However, you must have the appropriate folding bikes because no two bikes are alike. Each comes with its own unique features. The Nova folding bike fits the bill. It has a distinct character of its own and is perfect for mountainous terrain. Experience the thrill of riding by owning your personal Nova folding bicycle. Soon you can take it for a spin and be the envy of your friends and family. You won't want to put it down.

In fact, the Nova folding bike by Downtube has become quite a favorite among riders. To some people, it has an surprising benefit of being able to be used by even a seven year old as well as an adult. You won't complain about its versatility.

Buy Yours Today!

It has an affordably priced folder with excellent parts that are real. This is the ideal option when you are looking for a bike that you can travel with. It only takes approximately twenty seconds to set it up, before you are off and riding. It has a comfortable frame and will last for years to come. You will certainly have this one for a very long time. Check out the Downtube Nova folding bike today. 
FORK: 20" steel threadless unicrown type, TIG welded
HANDLEBAR: Aluminum 560 mm
HANDLEBAR STEM: Height adjustable aluminum 29.4 mm (OD) 400 mm.
HEADSET: Integrated SEAT POST 30.4 mm (OD) 550 mm
CRANK: Prowheel 170 mm with 3/32" 46T chainring
CHAIN GUARD: Prowheel plastic double guard
PEDALS: foldable alloy 9/16" axle
CHAIN: KMC Z50 1/2" x 3/32", 112L
TIRES: KENDA K177 20" x 1.5"
RIMS: Dino VP-20 alloy 20" x 1.5", 14G x 28H
SPOKES & NIPPLES: 14G x 56pcs stainless steel spokes, w/short brass nipples
FRONT HUB: JOYTECH 28H with quick release
REAR HUB: JOYTECH 28H 135 mm rear quick release
SHIFTER(S): Shimano gripshift
FRONT BRAKE: C Star 958DX aluminum V-brake
REAR BRAKE: C Star 958DX aluminum V-brake

Nova Features


Nova Folding and Unfolding



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  • 5
    Downtube Nova

    Posted by Michael Murphy on Jun 9th 2017

    Great ride. Quality bike at a low price.

  • 5

    Posted by Ann Preston on Jun 3rd 2017

    Love it. Light, steers like a dream. Pretty looking.

  • 4

    Posted by Ron Mah on Apr 25th 2017

    Love my Downtube folding bike. Only 4 stars because brakes and shifter were not not properly set as promised before shipment.

  • 5
    Downtube Nova

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 12th 2017

    I've had my nova bike for about 6 years now and have put many, many miles on it. We live part time on our sailboat, and I bought the bike for the boat so we could store it easily. It has been perfect and has stayed in wonderful shape even thought it is constantly exposed to salt air. When my family visits and rents bikes, I can keep up with them easily on my cute little nova even when they are on much bigger bikes. I'm a huge fan!

  • 5
    Great lightweight bike for my girlfriend

    Posted by Alex Korolev on Feb 28th 2017

    Just have bought 8FS. It is my second bike from Downtube. Riding on bumpy surface I can feel a difference. It's worth it for me to have a full suspension bike. Although for my girlfriend Nova is better because of a lighter weight to carry.

  • 5
    Lightweight Folder Fun

    Posted by Harry S on Feb 21st 2017

    I might never own a 24 pound road bike, but I now own a 24 pound Nova Folder, It shifts nice. Brakes as well as any other bike I own. Looks pretty cool in yellow.

    I had to take a few minutes to understand the side latch, a little different from my Downtube 8FS..It has a hard rubber C shaped gasket that spreads, rather than be squeezed. Once I understood that, it was easy. On the other hand, the steerer tube hinge is easy to use and holds tight.

    The 14T top gear gives me about 14-15 mph at my fastest pedal rate. I'd like a little more speed so I'm going to try a 11-28T (free wheel) gear.

    One thing is true, This bike wants to be on smooth pavement. I have the tires up to the max and you feel every bump going faster. It will be much nicer when I ride with my wife. She gets the 8FS with full suspension, but she rides slow, so I'll be fine.,

  • 5
    Great Bike and an even better deal

    Posted by Lenny Harris on Jan 11th 2017

    I can't understand how these guys do it. This is much nicer than the bikes at my local bike shop and it is less than half the price.

  • 5
    Great Lightweight Bike

    Posted by Barnypok on Dec 28th 2016

    This bike is small, light, and cheap....awesome in every way.

  • 4
    So far seems good for the price.

    Posted by Chris M on Oct 22nd 2016

    Seems okay, bought it for going to and from the train station and my office. It arrived well packed and survived the cross county trip. I had it tuned up at a local bike shop after it arrived, it needed a lot of adjustments. The only frustration so far is that when trying to put fenders on it the threads I the front fork are not the standard size and I had to buy additional (bigger) hex screws than those that fit every other hole on the bike. Over all for the price I think this is a Good deal. I will review again when I have had it longer. Also communication with the owner was quick and helpful.

  • 5
    Great Value

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 6th 2016

    We needed a folder for my wife when traveling in our RV. She is not the bike enthusiast I am so the Nova seemed like a good value. It arrived in 2 days. After unboxing, I aired up tires and off I went. After a few minor adjustments to brakes and derailuer all was good. Folding was very very tight and I contacted Yan to see if some WD 40 would do the trick. He got right back to me and after a few squirts the hinge freed nicely and the fold is on the money. This is a great value bike with outstanding customer service. We hope for many miles of smiles.

  • 5
    Excellent bike!

    Posted by Alexandra Soltow on Jul 31st 2016

    I love my Downtube Nova! It has worked perfectly from the get-go and has been 100% trouble free. I've been riding it every day for the past month. I had originally bought it to take on a sailboat (which I did), but I realized that it fits really neatly in the front seat of my car, so I've used it when I was too lazy to put my bike rack on.

  • 5
    My Favorite Bike

    Posted by Peter Frischknecht on Jul 31st 2016

    I will make it short...
    It is a great bike.
    I have a road bike, a mountain bike, an A-Bike, and the Downtube.
    The downtube has quickly become my favorite. It lives in the trunk of my car, and has the unforeseen advantage of being useable by my 7 year old, as well as me.
    It feels like a bike, not a toy. I have jumped ramps, done wheelies, rode backwards sitting on the handlebar... yeah... it is a bike.
    If I was to complain, this is my list:
    - It is small and light enough...but not enough to easily fit in a suitcase
    - The gearing is too close together... top speed is not really fast.

    Otherwise, this bike is super... I love it.