Bike Friday pakiT compact folding bike

The pakiT

The lightest, smallest folding bike is the pakiT and it fits in a backpack! The sporty ride makes a great multi-modal commuter bike that quick folds for the train, bus, car trunk…Hand built in Oregon, USA

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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

Please note: pakitTs are now painted with one color only for the entire frame (including seat mast and stem riser)




About the pakiT

The lightest, smallest folding bike in our line is the pakiT and its so small it fits in a backpack! This remarkably compact bike is 22.5 lbs before upgrades. We were careful to maintain a high quality ride to insure you could still ride this bike for hours around town with ease while making it fold quickly and compactly to fit unobtrusively in all the situations in your daily city life.

More Details on the pakiT:
  • 6-10 lbs lighter than other compact folding bikes. Weights ranging from 16 lbs for a custom Mk2 to 29lbs for Mk1 Electric Assist 9 speed
  • High quality ride from a sporty geometry compromised by the fold
  • Quick compact locking fold in under 20 seconds to 38″ x 24″ x 10″ (96 cm x 61 cm x 25 cm)
  • Fits into small spaces –  28″ x 17″ x 8″ (71 cm x 43 cm x 20 cm) when folded and packed into the backpack.
  • For riders up to 190 lbs (86 kg) on Mk2 models and 220 lbs (100 kg) on the standard Mk1 models.
  • Compact wheel size – The pakIT comes with a 16″ wheel which means it can easily fit into small spaces while still offering a great ride.
  • Belt Driven Custom Option – Gates Carbon Belt Drive is available. Grease free, maintenance free, lasts longer than a chain. Internally Geared Hub is a custom option. If you are interested contact a bike expert at
This 45-second video shows how the pakiT folds and unfolds:

Options to Customize Your Bike:


Choose your frame color: 

There are many more colors available if you order your bike as ‘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:


pakiT with Electric Assist kit installed. It only adds 8lbs!

You can add Electric Assist to this bike. It is a front hub motor pedal-assist style and comes with a 36V battery with ~50km (31mile) range. This hub motor system replaces the front hub in the front wheel. (*Airline checkable LiGo 10X will be released soon. Read more HERE*)

More details on the system:

  • 250 Watt Q85 hub motor
  • Ultra light! Adds only ~ 8 lbs to your bike, so total bike can be less than 25lbs.
  • Battery can remain attached when bike is folded – or removed for security.

Learn more about the Electric Pedal Assist kit we offer for Bike Fridays HERE

The pakiT fits in a back pack in just a few minutes of disassembly

Travel System Options:

pakiT Backpack:

The pakiT can be easily packed into a backpack you can wear for easy navigation through trains stations, subways and other situations you want to have your hands free for other things. Check out this video HERE.

Like most of our accessories, the pakiT Backpack is made right here in Eugene, Oregon.

Travel System Options:

Travel Case plus packing materials: to protect your bike while traveling

Travel Trailer added to Travel Case:

The Bike Friday Travel Trailer frame can be added as a choice to the Travel Case to make a full travel system. The Travel Trailer includes everything you need to make a  Travel Case 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.

Un-Boxing your new pakiT: (Video made by a Bike Friday Customer)

Packing your new pakiT for travel: (Video made by a Bike Friday Customer)


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 and pick-up /ship date (production takes 5-7 weeks on average) and confirm any 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.

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 7 reviews
 by Lin B.

Once I got my pakiT, I sold my car! I spent a year driving it as little as possible, testing out the idea, and just needed the perfect bike to make it possible. With my pakiT so light I can easily take it up stairs to our public transit or carry it inside wherever I go, life without a car became a reality. I also have a Burley Travoy which is use with my single speed dahon (a bike I don't mind locking on the street in theft-prone Bay Area) to handle shopping and Costco runs. The car was sold in February - and I have not missed it at all. I love being able to bike to meet people and then just quickly fold the pakiT into their trunk, it fits in any car. I also can ride it to a car share vehicle and fold it inside if needed, so I don't have to stress if I do find I need a car. BF made going car free possible for me. Car Free – 5+ Bike Fridays

 by Newton
The PakiT Packs Power

Acquired the Pakit this summer and it has been a match made in heaven ever since. Of the bikes I already own, the Pakit feels great and rides smooth. I enjoy cruising the streets of New York City, and exploring all the things it has to offer. Recently I put the Pakit to the test on European Bike Tour down the Danube covering Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest over 8 days. The bike performed well in city riding, open country road, motorways, bike paths, and even crashed gravel and rocky road. Climbing was comfortable. This bike gets a lot of looks and becomes a conversation piece. The Pakit with 11 speed alfine and carbon belt drive is a winner

 by jay robinow
Love my Pakit bike

Over several years I have acquired several folding bikes. I have a Brompton and a Tikit and now an 11 speed Pakit Elite. The Pakit is by far the lightest and most elegant design. The 11 speed Shimano Alfine hub works flawlessly and has 11 useful evenly spaced gears. It has a titanium seat tube mast which has the unexpected benefit of some flexibility and shock absorption. It weighs just under 20 pounds
which is several pounds less than either the Brompton or TIkit. It rides beautifully.
It is a pleasure to carry due to its light weight and clean greaseless Gates belt drive.

Overall it is a winner. It is a great evolution from the Brompton and Tikit.

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Additional information

Folded Size

Quick folds in under 20 seconds to 38″ x 24″ x 10″ (96 cm x 61 cm x 25 cm) (varies slightly with frame size and component selections)

Easy to travel with

Fits into small spaces: 28″ x 17″ x 8″ when folded and packed into the backpack or a standard airline check-able Samsonite suitcase. (varies slightly with frame size and component selections)

Rider Size

For riders up to 190 lbs (86 kg) on Mk2 models and 220 lbs (100 kg) on the standard Mk1 models. Bike is hand built to fit your body measurements of height, weight, inseam and riding style. Effective Top Tube choices of 50,55,60cm.

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.


Singlespeed, 12t cog, 53t chainring w/integrated chainguard, 170mm crankset, sealed bearing BB
Microshift 1×9 speed, cassette 11-34, 53t chainring w/integrated chainguard, 170mm crankset, sealed bearing BB
Gates CarbonDrive 1spd, 20t cog, 70t beltring, 170mm crankset, sealed bearing BB
Internally Geared Hubs available as custom options


Front and Rear dual pivot caliper


Schwalbe Kojak 16" x 1-3/8" tires, 16"/349mm rims, 24 spokes, 100mm front/130mm rear QR hubs


19"/48cm flat bars -or- 46cm Bike Friday H-bars
Microshift trigger shifters, Avid Single-Digit 7 two-finger brake levers, ergonomic grips

Miscellaneous Components

1-1/8" FSA headset, 27.2mm seatpost, comfort saddle, folding platform pedals

3 reviews for Bike Friday pakiT compact folding bike

  1. Sean Davis

    Wonderful PakiT. Thank you, Walter, for allowing me to change the color from orange to the new sparkle green. Absolutely beautiful in the sun.. Single gear belt drive works wonderfully; it is the right choice for me. I live in a coastal city with a few rolling hills, light rail and Amtrak.
    I am a mechanical engineer…the first thing I chose to do was to remove the rear wheel and examine the frame, welds and powder coat. Beautiful craftsmanship. I am over the moon pleased with the look of the bike.
    I have had the bike for one day…maybe a little early for a review. l rode the bike to work and grocery shopping. About 20 miles (first day). It is an awesome commuter, especially for a backpacker. The smile has not left my face since I started riding the bike. However, it is 28 degrees today; my face might be frozen.

  2. Roman S. Stanley

    Hello BikeFriday Gang:
    It was heat index 117 deg here. Will Bafang front hub motor work on my 2014 Packit at that temp? I don’t.
    One, no-fly battery. Will it operate in the rain? Do you have any pre-owned Pakit electric set-ups? And of course cost?

    ‘Had a fun Google Maps tour of Hokkaido some months ago.

    • Walter

      Roman, our home in the Pacific Northwest, luckily, has much milder ambient temperatures. However, Arizona does not and we’ve sold plenty of e-assists there. Batteries tend to like hotter temperatures, unless you’re putting them under heavy load. If you’re running in the lower assist levels and not trying to go as fast as you can up the tallest hills with the heaviest stuff, you’ll be fine. The Pacific Northwest also gets a lot of rain being a subtropical rain forest. That said, the bikes get lots of testing in the rain. And they work fine. We don’t have any pre-owned e-pakiTs in your size, but we can easily convert your bike over for about $1100 (given current prices and the specific needs you have, for anyone else that might be reading this in the future and/or with different needs). Get in touch and we’ll get you scheduled to get the work done. Thanks!

      • Roman Stanley

        Thank you, Walter, for the Pakit e-drive environmental limits and its availability for my Pakit.

        Since I bought my Pakit in 2014, I’ve gotten old ! — and shorter! But my Pakit with its perfect dimensions,
        8-speeds, and French bars, rolls me around just fine.

        Later on the motor,

  3. Luc

    Hi, I have some ideas for light gravel and dirt riding I would like to do with this bike after work day. I was wondering if you can recommend a nubby offroad tire that fits 16” wheel?

    • Walter

      Luc, the widest and most aggressive tire that will fit is a 1.375″ Schwalbe Marathon. For what it’s worth, I’ve ridden mine on plenty of gravel. It’s not what the bike was designed to do but it can do it!

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