Having recently bought a Wisper 806 Torque folding bike, I thought I’d write a quick post on what this bike is like to fold and unfold.
Having previously owned a Brompton folding bike (a non-electric I might add) folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 Torque is so different than folding and unfolding the Brompton it’s laughable. The Brompton is super quick and easy whereas the Wisper is not.
I knew folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 wouldn’t be as quick and easy as the Brompton, I am not so naïve to think it would be, but I didn’t realise folding and unfolding the 806 Torque would be such a challenge.
The weight distribution of the 806 makes it unbalanced and feel heavy and cumbersome. The spring mechanism is super tight and you need to get everything in exactly the right position, apply the right amount of pressure to the right part of the bike and then carry momentum to finish the procedure. If any part of the process isn’t “perfect” folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 becomes very, very difficult and it is easier to return everything back to the starting position and do it all over again.
Finding a tutorial on how to fold and unfold the Wisper 806 Torque was a mission, and I didn’t actually find one. Yep, I couldn’t find one Youtube tutorial on how to fold the 806 Torque.
I thought there would be a tutorial on the Wisper website, but nope. There is a video review on the 806 Torque, discussing key features etc. but there is no demonstration on folding and unfolding the bike. I can only think Wisper are aware of how complicated, awkward and time consuming it is compared to other folding bikes and they don’t want to show potential customers this for fear of putting them off buying an 806 Torque. Wisper really need to address this issue and should have a video demonstration on how to correctly fold and unfold the 806 Torque for consumers. Even if the process is awkward, and trust me it is, a video demonstration is needed.
I have found some videos on Youtube, although not many, on folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 FE, and used these to get some ideas on the best way to do it. Even though the 806 FE and 806 Torque are both made by Wisper and similar, they are still different and the frame is noticeably so. That said, these videos have been useful.
I am sure that folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 Torque will get easier the more I do it, and I hope it will become second nature, but there is one heck of a learning curve and, at the moment, I don’t feel like I have made much progress.
If you are thinking of buying the Wisper 806 Torque folding bike I suggest you go and see one at a bike shop and get the dealer to give you a demonstration on how to fold and unfold it. I would also suggest you have a few tries yourself to see if you are comfortable with how everything works and also make sure you are happy before parting with your hard earned cash.
Despite the hassle involved in folding and unfolding the Wisper 806 Torque folding bike I have to say that I am very happy with the purchase, and even if I had known the ‘fun and games’ I would have to go through folding and unfolding it, I would still have purchased one.
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