I bought a Forte in 2022 to carry in my small motorhome. It is a lot of bike for the money. It even handles some high desert single track. I changed the tires to 2.12" w/ heavy duty Slime tubes. It's in the shop getting upgraded to a nine speed w/ a 34T low gear. Note that this requires a new wheel, derailleur, and twist shifter. Changes to the 2023 Forte look like they may obviate the need to do the above.
Added the optional Zizzo metal pedals (great grip) and Zizzo cell phone holder.
Swapped out the saddle for a very soft ZHIQIU and added a BV Trunk Bag (external air pump attachment feature and water bottle pocket).
The Forte is the perfect bike to take with us on our RV adventures!
First foldable and bike in a few years . It’s a lot of fun to ride and real easy to transport . Plan on doing some touring on it in the future .
I am a 71 years old slim male, 6'.1", 155 Lbs. with lower back, neck, shoulder, and knee arthritis and other conditions.
I bought Forte to replace my very comfortable but also very old and worn-out Cannondale Comfort-3 26" inch XL size bike, which I used for all my shopping and for exercising.
To accommodate my chronic conditions, I made a lot of customizations to the Cannondale: the handlebar was at a height that almost did not require any bending, and the seat was in the most comfortable position for the back and the knees.
Unfortunately, this is not so with Forte. Although, per its description, it is for riders up to 6'3", I cannot fully unbend my knees when riding. This caused me to order a longer seat post (a suggestion: make a longer seat post optional). The handlebar post is too low for me, and it cannot be raised.
It would be great if ZIzzo could make a comfortable, heavy-duty model. I would gladly pay 50% more to get a portable but still comfortable bike.
I bought this for my husband after he wanted to ride my Via but I was afraid he was too close to the weight limit. He loves it! Set-up is super easy, just unfold, adjust the seat and handlebars, and you're ready to ride.
Great bike...very good for camping
I’m a truck driver been loosing weight finally down for a bike but only the forte will work for my size
I researched folding bikes, took a test ride then bought two Zizzo Forte folders. These are really nice, especially for the price. Naturally, the components are budget parts but they are working just fine. I waited to write this review until I rode a good dozen trips. We are using these bikes for riding dirt and gravel roads and trails while traveling with our teardrop trailer. Find my full review of the Forte here: https://teardropcampnews.wordpress.com/productreviews/
My hubby is 6’2” and 230 lbs. He is comfortable on the bike. It feels sturdy enough for him and it doesn’t look or feel too small. We are looking forward to traveling with them.
Purchased the Forte. Delivery was quick. Packaging good. And, really easy to to get started. The ride quality is better than expected for my first folder.
The bike is exactly what I was looking for. I’m a big guy and a captain of a research vessel. When we spend the night in ports away from home we are rarely close to restaurants or anything else. It’ll be nice to expand my range. Thank you!
High Quality. Ordering process and shipping were superb. Email follow-up was just right. Unpacked an awesome Forte for my wife's Christmas present. Set up the bike in minutes and we're off. Durable and smooth. Overall an enjoyable experience. (Even ordered a few accessories afterwards) Thank you.
Indoor and outdoor use, who could ask for more?1
Very well packed. Everything tight just add air in tires and go. It's a little twitchy but getting use to it. The design is top notch very well put together.
I had a dahon folder when I had a 35' sailboat and this one is better. However, I had to change the slick, too small pedals for aluminum wider with stainless pegs to get grip and the bike with its relatively short wheelbase is "twitchy" at low speeds to steer. I may yet after a few more tries go back to a 27.5" mountain bike for a more stable ride. In gears 3-7 it is fine.
The Forte has a robust frame and rides smooth. The variability of the seat and handldlebar has enabled me to achieve a more comfortable riding position than any previous bike I have ridden. Been riding daily since since I received the bike a couple of weeks ago, pushing the bike hard to to assess its capabilities. Once I fine tuned the brakes and the rear derailer the Forte has handled quite well on the rough pavement and light gravel roads I often ride. So far, so good. Look forward to some upcoming winter riding.
This is my seccond zizzo bike after gifting the urbano and it is just as great. Comfortable seats, easy to fold, and it can go pretty fast. People also notice and compliment on the design everytime I use it.
Nice little bike. The folding design makes it easy to put in the car and take with! Right out of the box I was able to get it running and ride it around town. That was perfect as there was a number of summer events happening and the bike took me everywhere I wanted to go. First day I put about 10 miles on it with little effort. Recently, I just returned from a photo camping trip. I was able to load my camera equipment on the rack and ride it to an early dawn shoot with no problems. The lower gearing on this model makes it easy to haul the heavy equipment (including me) without too much hard peddling. The flip side of that means you won't win any land speed races - LOL. That's fine with me, at 60+ years I'm long past the need for speed. My only complaint with this bike is the derailleur - I just can't seem to get it adjusted to keep the middle gears from slipping, it's been that way pretty much since I got it out of the box. I'm not a bike mechanic so I may need to take it to the shop to get it adjusted or replaced if the Youtube videos don't help. All in all - I would recommend this bike.
Purchased two of these to travel with us on RV trips! Great ride quality!
I am so glad I purchased the Zizzo Forte'!!! I own three other bikes, one of which is an ebike, and the Forte' is by far the most fun and my favorite. It's just a blast riding something so light and nimble, yet so sturdy. Thank you for offering such an affordable, fun and rugged product! Keep up the good work.
Our new Campo and Forte out here n the maiden voyage!
Mary Beth M.
Amazing bike! Just what I needed.
I only got this far so I could let you know how irritating your survey program is. If you want a review you should just ask for it nicely.
I really like my new Zizzo Forte!! I was inspired to order one after watching “I bike unfolded” on YouTube. I knew what to expect mostly, but I do have to point out there is some flex in the pedals (probably due my heavy weight at 240lbs) and some phantom shifting around gear 3. Other than that, I love the bike & can’t wait to ride it again (soon hopefully)! I would recommend all Zizzo model bikes to everyone because it’s a very solid performing bike that’s fun to ride. The fact that you can fold it is an extreme bonus coupled with it’s light weight. I can’t say it enough, it’s a great bike and it would be perfect if it had stronger pedals and a better drivetrain.
I love my new folding bike and the color turned out perfect! People ask about it, the ride is very comfortable even for my lower back issues, and it’s compact size allows me to ride to nearby appointments. When I feel like exploring bike trails, I just fold it up, place it in the trunk and go. Way more convenient than a bike rack!
Great street bike
Love the bikes. I thought they would be better on gravel trails. But I took my bike out last weekend and it was struggling on the gravel. Not a big problem, I will have to stick paved paths.
Great bike! Easy to unpack and assemble. Rides perfect!
Everything is great with the bike and you guys. My second Forte purchase.
Huge problem with FedEx!, they are the worst delivery service in my neighborhood. Everything is FUBAR with them. Huge anxiety enduring their ineptitude. Best Gary
The quality is not as expected due to my seat. The cover began to separate from the base after 30 or so miles of riding. I’m not asking for a refund because I’ve replaced it with one of higher quality. Other than that it’s been a great bike :-)
Solid bike. I really like the geometry, it feels like a larger bike.
Very nice bike - easy to fold and unfold. Some in-ride adjustments were necessary the first time out (as expected), but easy to do. One gear (4 or 5) still clacks when shifted into but all other gears shift smoothly and noiselessly. Very happy with this bike!
After trying out multiple racks to carry our regular bikes with our travel trailer, we finally discovered the Zizzo bikes. So much easier to fold them up and put them in the trailer. No more taking racks off and on and hauling the bikes back in forth at the beginning and end of trips.
Absolutely love my black Forte! Great quality and lightweight. The luggage rack is sleek and fits perfectly. Super simple to fold up. Telling everyone about Zizzo!!
Bikes are awesome. More than I expected. Design, quality, Top. All process service great. Really happy.
Glad I bought this bike. I really like it.
Love It THANK YOU
The weight and the ability to stow the flat bikes in the basement is great. Riding the 20" bikes takes a bit of getting used too, with the tall seat post and high rise handle bars it takes practice, practice and more practice to feel adept with them. After unpacking (the well protected) bikes there were no flaws or boo boos to be found, all systems worked well and the quality appears to be first class. Looking forward to many more fun rides...
This bike is amazing. Very nice ride light weight. I'm 6'4 and I'm comfortable on it.
Love it. This bike is awesome. Be riding all summer !!
Awesome bike!!! I love it
We bought the Forte in both colors and we love them!
We love the quality of these bikes. The Forte is sturdy, nice looking, and fun to ride!
Light enough and sturdy enough for me.
Best purchase I made when covid19 started last year. Aside from the few squeaks, I have no complaints about this bike! Been riding it for 1 year and still looks new! I can even fold and unfold in less than 30 secs. Beat that! Hahaha
Omg! All I can say is you must get this bike! It’s very fast sleek and compact. It performs GREAT! I road the bike uphill, downhill, in the sand mud etc this bike is a TANK! I’m very impressed with Zizzo.
After checking recommended capacities on a lot of folders, i was concerned that i would always be riding at or near capacity. I wondered whether there was a bike that was a bit more sturdy.. and there is. The Forte allows me to ride confidently within its load capacity, even when carrying gear with me. It was promptly shipped and delivered. Easy to setup and there are great videos (now even more!) to help you get the hang of it. Highly recommended ! thanks Zizzo.
Unbelievable bike. Well made. It’s going back and forth from NY and Florida and it’s great.
I’m in love with this beauty! All eyes in my when I’m on the road. I’m 6’0 over 230 lbs and I’m beyond comfortable on this bike. I feel secure. The coral color is sooooo pretty! Much more vibrant in person. I love in a small duplex in NYC and I’m able to have it folded by my door close to my coat rack. It’s taking up no extra space!!
Nice bike, no adjustments were needed.
Nice bike, only small issue is that the alignment between the bar handle and the front wheel needs to be slightly adjusted. Should be easy to adjust but will need to contact service support for validation.
A number of years ago I had read about folding bikes and dismissed it as novelty thinking nobody could ever get the design right and it would be bad. I was wrong. Zizzo has made an incredible bike. I have gotten numerous compliments on it. I have ridden it already basically for the past 2 weeks straight and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The design is great and intuitive and I’m literally so in love with it. You will not find a better bike for the price. Period. I know that this bike will be with me forever and I’m going to love every second of riding it around. Thanks Zizzo.
I have only ridden my black Forte a few times but so far it is wonderful! I was very impressed with the build quality and how well it was packed for shipping. Arrived in perfect condition. I am looking forward to doing some bike camping with it, as the weather warms up!
I absolutely love my new bike! :-) My wife now has a tricycle and we are off to the races every night and I just love my black forte!
In all honesty this is hands-down one of the, if not the, most smoothest riding bicycles I've ever rode!! It's very light in weight, comfortable and is worthy of all the bragging rights! It is also a head turner! Well worth every penny in design and quality.
Ok, i am very happy with my purchase. The bike is easy to folded, the ride is amazing. Four of my family member just purchased this bike ...
Great bicycle! Well made and very smooth. Easy to fold and unfold.
To begin I searched for the folding bike that would meet my needs for 9 years! There were so many variables I was looking for in a folding bike. This is the bike I have been waiting to purchase. Thank you for 10% discount, it was of great help. Now I will share my thoughts on my purchase. It took me a while on learning how to fold and unfold the bike (thanks to you tube I was able to learn after many tries.) The front tire brake pads are a little to tight around the base of the metal where the brake pads are. Going up hills I have to put extra effort into getting the bike to move. The wheel moves very slowly. For me this is the only problem I have with my bike. I like my FORTE! This great bike is worth the purchase. I have been receiving complements on the style of the bike and what company makes it. I hope to be riding my bike for many years to come. I hope this review will be of help to your company. Thank you for helping me to choose the best bike for a resemble price and excellent quality.
Excellent bike, very happy with purchase
After not being on a bike for about 29 years I wanted to get a bike to further my weight loss goals. After many weeks of looking at foldable bikes I decided on the Zizzo brand and couldn't be happier. Ordering the bike was a snap and was riding it in less than a week. The packaging they do on these bikes is amazing and very much appreciated. The only thing I needed to do was add air to the tires and I was off and riding. Thank you Zizzo!
Love our new folding bikes! Now we can throw them in our car and take trails we have wanted to explore and ride for years. Super easy to fold up and assemble!
Love our new folding bikes! Now we can throw them in our car and take trails we have wanted to explore and ride for years. Super easy to fold up and assemble!
Awesome bike. Fun, fun, fun!!!
Just want to let you know my wife and I are very happy with the purchase of the Forte bikes. The build and ride quality is really exceptional! I have friends that have folding bikes costing more than both our bikes combined who are impressed with the Fortes.
For anyone concerned with purchasing folding bikes from you and having them shipped should not worry as they were better packaged than my kitchen cabinets were, and arrived in mint condition.
Thanks again for a great folding bike that rides as well as bikes costing much more!
All the best,
So far so good, I have used it twice so far. I was concerned about the seat shaft touching the ground when folded. If it were to get banged up, the seat would not be able to fully rise. I bought a rubber furniture foot protector to put on the end when folded and it has worked out great. My next project is to make a canvas 'bag' to protect the hinges from debris when folded since that also seems like a weak point. I love the adjustability aspect. I had the seat fairly high, got to a steep hill, lowered the seat, rode down, raised the seat back up, all very quickly.
I did a lot of research online before opting for a Zizzo, and when I finally got close to choosing a Forte I received very helpful information from the company. I haven't owned a bike for quite some time, so I'm delighted to find what an excellent choice I made. The bike is so sturdy, it's actually easy to forget that it folds, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
the bike is fun after after twenty years not riding fun good exercise always safe in the park or low roads luv it.
Arrived quickly and it was carefully packed. Watching videos before it arrived was helpful. Easy to use and do the safety checks. First ride on a bike trail today and all went well. I bought this foldable so I could haul it in my Rav4 with a friends 3 wheeler. Fits perfectly. It is also easy for this senior citizen to pick up. I admit it is a bit of a different ride than my full size bike, but I am adjusting to it. Very sturdy.
This is everything I’ve ever ever wanted in a bike. When folded, it fits in my VW Golf just fine. I’m very impressed with the max payload of 300lbs as myself alone is around 215lbs and that’s before you start adding more weight to the bike like FDP bags and other accessories.
I can ride to work on nice days and simply fold it up (which takes me 20-40 seconds) and store it in the building. Expensive and heavy bike locks/general worries of theft are practically nonexistent as wherever you go, your bike goes too!
As for build quality, the ZIZZO FORTE is top notch! When I unpacked it, the chain was off and the derailleur was a tad out of adjustment (common shipping issues), but that was it!
Set up was a breeze and I only needed wire cutters to get through all of the zip ties.
It was very nice of ZIZZO to include a multipurpose tool for making sure that every bolt is snug. It even functions as a tire lever should the occasional flat arise!
It stops on a dime. Seven gears are a good enough range for your average city or bike trail commutes consisting of steep climbs and rapid descends!
The Shimano grip shift offers a comfortable and seamless way to transition between gears without ever letting your fingers off of the brake lever.
The installed tire type can handle both dirt and cement bike trails with ease!
All in all, this bike performs leagues above its MSRP and provides the quality of craftsmanship one might expect from Brompton at a fraction of the price!
Opening and folding the bike very fast and simple. It's a rigid design.
Considering reduce the weight a little bit more in the future design it would be better.
Will have fun in this summer at the beach and outdoor activities with the bike.
Great all around bike , got out of bike store for a check up
New comfort seat installed, bottle rack, I’m set. I think my girl may want one, Well I treat her.
Kenneth Roane R.
I purchase the Forte as a bike to take camping. Although Covid cancelled all camping plans in 2020, I typically drive north away from the Phoenix heat for 2-1/2 months each summer. I'm retired (74 years young), pull a teardrop camper with my Tacoma, stow a kayak on top of the camper rack, but my mountain bike picks up road grim, infiltrating the mechanical parts just being transported. I needed a bike to accommodate my size (270 pounds). transport clean and dry, and for short trips in and out of RV Parks. The Zizzo Forte was delivered 4 days after ordering (25 Feb 2021). I went to the Colorado River on the Arizona side at I-10 for 6 nights last week (Mar 1-7), and the bike was handled nicely around the RV park and short trips to the Food Mart. The RV Park didn't have any paved lanes, but the bike performed solidly as expected. During travel, the bike fits on the back seat of the Tacoma (kept inside the shipping box, so the back seat doesn't get soiled). I'm happy with my purchase.
Much better than old Scwinn folding bike. Lightweight and faster
When gyms first closed in March, I decided biking would be the best exercise. But I had not biked in over 25 years. I wanted something strong and light weight that folds. After much reach, I came across Zizzo. And I couldn't be happier.
The Forte bike is top quality . Customer Service is second to none. I sent an email with a question, and they immediately made a custom video just for me. What's there not to love. I am about to buy a second Forte as a gift!
Candace L W.
Easy to ride, fun.
Purchased the Zizzo Forte after doing weeks of research. I was looking for a fun well-built comfortable bike that is easy to ride, easy to load in either car without needing a rack, does not look like a clown bike, and has good product support. I give Zizzo high marks for each. I am now looking forward to buying another Zizzo for my wife.
All is good with the bike, except that the 7th gear keeps slipping intermittingly, which is frustrating. The ride becomes uneven because the chain slips off the gear peg to the next. Maybe the chain needs to be tightened. Please advise. Thank you.
I came to Zizzo when I needed a small-form bike for my tiny apartment after some online searching. I didn't expect much for this little pal until I had the first ride on it. To summarize, this Zizzo Forte has exceeded my expectation by: 1) its lightness when ridding on road because 29-30 lbs feel really light on road; 2) its sturdiness, esp. when I rode fast with ups and downs, I didn't feel any loosing parts and the whole bike feels like a single piece; 3) its convenience for folding and unfolding so that I totally grasped all the steps/skills to fold/unfold it smoothly after a few times of practice. From my research and actual experience with it, I feel that this is probably the best value of money bike that can be found on market for the purpose of urban riding/commute and daily workout at this price range. (and of course, for other purposes like commuting at complex road conditions or road racing, big bucks are definitely needed for obvious reasons). Overall, I feel quite happy with this Zizzo bike and I think it's a good investment in health and daily life quality. As a result, I already placed an order for the second Forte!
My bike was delivered in perfect condition. Removing all the protective covering was easy enough. Putting the bike together for the first time was also relatively easy. The bike looks great. It's solid and well put together. It was pretty much ready to go.
I've put a good few miles on it already. It is much faster than I thought it would be and I find myself passing out many cyclists on full size bikes. I was initially concerned that 7 gears wouldn't be enough. I live in an area with some steep hills. I very rarely have to use the lowest gears. The highest gear seems good enough for my needs too. There's nothing squeaky or shaky when the bike is put under pressure.
A few points I'd like to make.
1. 29lb isn't very heavy, but it's not light either. This isn't a bike that you could carry around for too long.
2. The owner's manual is sparse enough. You could add a lot more information about adjusting brakes, gears, and general maintenance. Looks like the chain comes with a wax coating. I like that, but I believe this should be mentioned in the manual, as well as instructions on how to maintain a waxed chain.
3. The brakes were too tight when I got it. There is a good Zizzo YouTube video on how to tighten the brakes, but not one for loosening the brakes. The manual also has instructions in tightening, but not loosening the brakes. There is only so much you can loosen those screws before they fall off. Anyway, I managed to get it done.
Looking forward to some warmer weather so I can test it out more.
Great bike! I am kind of a football player so this bike was made for me! but still light and great quality.
Super fast delivery, very happy with my new purchase.
I order this bike after researching folding bikes for some time. We have an RV and space is limited. After receiving the bike and doing the safety inspection I pumped up the tires and was ready to roll. The bike is made well and I am not a small person. It is comfortable to ride and just plain fun. My wife liked mine so much I ordered her one too. Shipping was fast and it was packed extremely well. Looking forward to warmer weather and riding in the campgrounds and bike trails while on our adventures.
Forte is a perfect ride for an eBike kit. Mine has a BBS01B Bafang mid drive.
First off, love, love, LOVE my Forte! Was thinking that in the future I would splurge for a Brompton but no more! Now if you guys could think of a hack to make the rack like the Brompton's so that it can be wheeled like a cart when indoors-boom! Winner! packing was impeccable! Unboxed and on the road in less than 20 minutes WITH the safety check done.
The Forte is a well built, comfortable and convenient bike, I love it.
Packaging and delivery from Zizzo - excellent, Thank you, Jill F.
The folding function is very intuitive. The seat is very comfortable. Love the included bike rack and kick stand.
When we downsized from a huge home into a much smaller condo, it was time to look for another bike to replace my 15 year old mountain bike. I began researching the folding bikes and I found Zizzo. I was very impressed with the reviews and how everyone raved about the bikes and I can see why. I ended up going with the Green Forte as I use my bike for extra hauling of groceries and store items. I received the bike within the week and it was packed very nicely and arrived safely to my home in the Midwest. Had no issue whatsoever in adapting to the bike even after riding a mountain bike for years. The bike is extremely sturdy, well made and rides very smoothly. As a Michigan State University alumni, I appreciate the Spartan Green color as well. It took us longer to unpack the bike then doing the safety check before riding it for the first time. I ride all year round and I am thoroughly enjoying the ride!!! Thank you Zizzo.
Want to order another one - in coral color!
Awesome bike and color is really a fantastic color in person.
After not riding a bicycle for 20 years, the ease of getting back was fun and reassuring. The folding design and flexibility of the adjusting to comfort is a great aspect to this bike. The only con, for me, is that it isn't available in purple
Everything so far is fantastic
I am more than satisfied with the purchase of my Zizzo Forte Bike. It is a complete bike in a small compact size with all the details and workmanship you would find only in bikes which are extremely expensive. Easy to fold and unfold. The riding is fast, safe and smooth and the most important feature that I couldn't find in other bikes is the seat hight adjustment so my wife who is just 4' 11" can ride this bike in a very comfortable position after adjusting the seat. Other holding bike manufacturers they alert you that their bikes are only for people who are 5' and taller.
Thanks a lot Zizzo for making a wonderful bike for a moderate price.
Well built high quality bike. I'm 76 years old and couldn't swing my leg over the seat of a regular size bike. Now I just lower the seat, slide the bike under me, raise the seat and I'm on my way. I'm Happy. John
First off. WOW! My expectation was this would be a quality product but when I opened mine up today along with the trainer and a few other accessories, my expectations were set low. This is truly a well built bike. I absolutely love the paint finish. Everything came in box pre assembled. I did my own check on the brakes, tires, connectors, latch points, true wheel spin and all the bolts and literally nothing was out of tolerance. Added a little air to the tires and was ready to roll. If I have a complaint however, it would be the magnet and metal disc. One of them is slightly bent and so it doesn't make a solid connect when folded and thus doesn't do a great job keeping the bike closed however, it is a very minor fault and nothing I can't fix myself. In the mean time, the included strap works perfectly in place of said fault for now, so I am happy that was included. It's been a long time since I've ridden a bike and it took me all of two seconds to feel like a little kid again. Gears shift amazingly smooth and 4th gear feels absolutely perfect for level roads without cause for any strain I do have to get used to the 20 inch wheels though. It definitely steers fast and has a tight turn radius if you're not careful. In conclusion, if you are on the fence about getting one, just get one. You will be so happy you did. Thank you Zizzo.
I love riding my bike. When I first rode on it I found it difficult as I am use to riding a mountain bike. I had to find the proper height of the handle bar and seat in order for me to feel comfortable. Once I figured it out it was a smooth ride.
Before ordering that I tried to order a similar bag on amazone that was better it just clip on the back of the bicycle, easy to put and remove... but it does not fit the forte.. your looks better about isolation and this fold pocket, but I will miss the clip. The bicycle looks perfect.