Bike Friday Bantam Folding Bike


The Bantam is specially designed to fit little people with inseams down to 16 inches – custom built to fit perfectly and give the best quality ride. It also folds to fit in a car trunk or an airline check-able suitcase for international adventures. Hand made in Oregon, USA.. Base model weight starts at 22lbs.

Three ways to order your bike:

1. Choose bike menu options below and “Add to Cart”

2. Contact us for Free Consultation with a Bike Expert – Full Custom

3. Choose “Advanced Bike Builder” for bike geeks who love research





The Bantam is designed to give people of shorter stature, with inseams from 16 to 23 in, the option to own a high performance bike that fit their bodies. There are very few bike options for people with shorter inseams so often adults must resort to riding children’s bikes. At Bike Friday we believe everyone deserves to ride a high performance bike that fits them.
The Bantam’s ability to fold in 30 seconds allows you to put it into a car trunk, train seat, small ship cabin, or, with a little disassembly, pack it into an airline check-able suitcase for travel. Zero proprietary parts make it easy to maintain.
We offer you many custom options, then hand build your bike to fit your size and particular riding plans. All Bantams feature 9 speed drivetrains, V-brakes, shorter cranks, smaller 16″ wheels and lower stand-over than our other Pocket Bikes.

As Featured on the TLC tv series Little People, Big World

Select Options for Your Bike:

Choose your frame color:



There are many more colors available if you order your bike ‘Full Custom’ when working with a Bike Friday Expert. The ‘Color Viewer’ below shows our whole color palette, regular and full custom, together.



Sizing Your Bike To Fit Perfectly
We build your bike from raw tubing and cut all parts to your sizing. Once you place your order online a Bike Friday expert will contact you for custom sizing. The sizing form we will go over with you is HERE

Upgrade and Accessory Options:


Electric Assist Option:

Electric Assist on a New World Tourist
New World Tourist with Electric Assist installed. The Bantam has a rear rack to carry the battery to permit lower seat heights. E-assist kit adds only 11 lbs!

You can add an electric assist to this bike. It is a front hub motor pedal assist style and comes with a 36V battery with ~60km (37mile) range. This front hub motor system replaces the front hub in the front wheel. (In 2023 there may be an airline checkable LIGO battery available, but not currently)


More details on the 350W front hub motor:

  • No motor resistance, unlike a Shimano or Bosch Mid-drive
  • Very light! The whole system adds only ~ 11 lbs to your bike
  • Very Quiet!



Rack Options: Made-In-House with Chromoly Steel


Rear Rack:

Our rear rack takes standard panniers, has a 55-pound weight limit, and has plenty of clearance under the rack for use with the Bike Friday Under-bag. And it packs flat to easily fit in a suitcase with the bike.
Front Rack:

Fits standard panniers. Rated for 25lbs each side. A must for a properly weighted touring bike for best front/rear weight balance and ride control. And it packs flat to easily fit in a suitcase with the bike.


Travel System Options:


Travel Case with Trailer:

The Bike Friday Travel Trailer includes everything you need to make your Travelcase into a tow-ready trailer. The system includes the aluminum trailer frame, two (12″) wheels, protective socks for packaging and one reflective flag and thumb nuts to connect your travel suitcase.

The trailer package also comes with a rear hub axle mounted hitch. This hitch can be used in place of a bike-specific hitch, or as a connection method on another bike so you can swap your trailer system quickly to another bike. There is a male air nipple included as well (integrated into the axle hitch).

The gross weight limit for the trailer is 75 pounds. This includes the weight of the trailer (6.7lbs/2.95 kg) and the average case weight is 13lbs, so the total capacity for your gear is 55lbs.

All felt packing bags and blankets are made from Eco-Fi fleece, a product made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, which aligns with our mission.


Soft Travel Bag:

The updated Bike Friday Travel Bag is now 10 inches wider to fit larger frames and tire sizes, features side cinch straps and stuffs into its own pocket. The Travel Bag allows you to easily carry or store your Bike Friday. Quick-fold your bike, fit it into its durable bag, and zip up! Black nylon coated pack fabric. Two sturdy woven handles and an adjustable shoulder strap allow you to carry your bike onto the bus, train or elevator with ease. A good way to keep it protected in the trunk of your vehicle too. Fits all single Bike Fridays. Wt: 672 grams. Rolls up to 4 1/2″ diameter, 14″ long. Proudly made here in Eugene, Oregon.


How to order your bike on this page:

  1. Follow all the steps in the drop-down menus above then “Add to cart” and follow steps in your cart to purchase.
  2. A Bike Friday Expert will follow up with you to determine your sizing, pick-up /ship date (production takes 5-7 weeks on average) and confirm any other needed details about your order.
  3. Then you get your bike!



Additional Ways to Order with More Options:

We offer many more options than we can post here without overwhelming people. We can likely build what you are looking for. Just contact us and tell a friendly Bike Expert what you are looking for. You can also do more exploring on your own first by clicking on the “Advanced Designer for bike geeks” button to find our bike configurator.

Bike Friday 10 Year Warranty
We have a strong warranty on our frames against defects in material and/or workmanship for 10 years. Warranty is non-transferable. Bicycle components (excluding tires, chain, cables, etc.) generally have a 1-year limited warranty. CLICK HERE for full warranty information.

Read Bantam Customer Bike Reviews Below


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 3 reviews
 by Linda N.

I had been looking for a modified bike for some time and was very pleased when I came upon Bike Friday’s website a few years ago.  After the first few initial conversations regarding modifying a Bantam bike, I knew I had found the most appropriate company to fit my biking needs.  The staff were very knowledgeable of the adjustments needed in the design for my particular biking needs and were very flexible while I was pondering various choices.

The most impressive experience with Bike Friday was when some months later I discovered I needed one part of the bike to be replaced to suit my comfort while riding.   Bike Friday not only quickly supplied this adjusted custom part but also shipped it to me at no cost.  My most recent purchase from Bike Friday has been a suitcase to transport my folding bike.  Everything needed to pack the bike was provided including detailed instructions.  I have been very grateful for Bike Friday's online instructional support in taking care of my bike and learning how to pack and unpack the bike during my travels.

Thank you.

 by Brad K

Perfect bike for any LP/Achon who needs to either get around, stay active or exercise.  This bike is super light and convenient to use around town.  I love the 8 speed option along with the ability to adjust the other bike components to fit your physical needs.  I cannot imagine my life in California without this bike and recommend this bike to anyone who is in the market.  People actually stop me all the time to comment on the "awesomeness" of the bike and look.  

Great job Bike Friday!!

 by Dr. Judy Badner

Last weekend, I participated in the 2006 Chicago Bike the Drive 30-mile ride. It was a very enjoyable ride and I was able to complete it in the allotted time, something I would not have thought possible a few years ago. So, I can enthusiastically recommend a Bike Friday to other people with dwarfism and any one else!

Additional information

Makes Travel Easy

Quick folds to fit into a car trunk or small space. Will also disassemble to fit into a standard airline check-able Samsonite suitcase. 31 x 21 x 12” (varies slightly with frame size and component selections)

Bike weight for base model

22lbs for this 9spd flat bar base design.

Component brands

We use quality components from reputable brands like FSA, Tektro, KMC, Uno/Kalloy, Microshift, Schwalbe, as well as other OEM partners. Due to supply chain disruptions, we must sometimes make substitutions of similar or greater quality and function. Please speak to our Bike Experts for specific component requests.


Wide 24mm+ 406mm rims, hand laced 3-cross to 36 hole hubs

Miscellaneous Components

1-1/8" headset, 28.6mm seat post, comfort saddle, platform pedals

Rear Rack Braze-ons

This frame comes with braze-ons for standard rear racks.


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