The Pocket Rocket was designed by Bike Friday co-founders Alan and Hanz Scholz out of a love for road racing and a desire to easily take their high performance, custom fit bikes with them on adventures around the world.
This bike has a surprisingly light and nimble road bike performance feel, even though it also folds in seconds to pack into the trunk of a car or can pack into an airline check-able suitcase. It has the larger sized 20″ wheels, 451mm (it is weird but the bike industry has two 20″ wheel sizes!) for the best selection of road rims and tires.
Fun facts about smaller wheels that road riders love: the smaller wheels are incredible climbers and you can draft several inches closer to the rider ahead of you.
Valuable Features of the Pocket Rocket:
- High performance, nimble ride, built for long miles, great on hills with 20 inches (451mm) wheels.
- When folded it fits into a space 34x33x12” (varies by frame size) (86x83x31 cm) easily fits in a car trunk in minutes
- Built to fit you from top tube lengths ranging 48cm to 62cm
- Pocket Rocket frame built for riders up to 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Pocket Rocket Pro frame saves 2 lbs, built for riders up to 190 lbs (86 kg)
- Save 2+ pounds with the Pocket Rocket Pro frame upgrade for riders up to 187 lbs (85 kg)
- Packs into a standard airline check-able suitcase
Note: Due to a world wide shortage of high end bike components that our parts vendors say is likely to continue through 2022 we are not able to promise bike builds for Shimano 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace, DI2 or other high end components in most cases.
Select Options for Your Bike:
Pocket Rocket Pro Frame Upgrade:
An ultralight frame with extensive butting for a lively ride and a stiffer rear end for power transfer. If you’re looking to shave off 2 pounds of frame weight without losing performance, this is the bike for you. Rider weight limit is 190 lbs (86kg).
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.
Upgrade and Accessory Options:
Electric Assist Option:
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 check-able LIGO battery available, but not currently)
More details on the 250W front hub motor:
- No motor resistance, unlike a Shimano or Bosch Mid-drive
- Very light! The whole system adds only ~ 8 lbs to your bike
- Very Quiet!
Made-In-House Chromoly Rack Options:
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.
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. The Pocket Rocket Pro fork does not have the mid-fork mounts for this front rack, but the Pocket Rocket fork does.
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.
Soft Travel Bag:
The Bike Friday 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:
- Follow all the steps in the drop-down menus above then “Add to cart” and follow steps in your cart to purchase.
- 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.
- 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.
Read Pocket Rocket Customer Bike Reviews Below
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Christine and I got our custom steeds back in 2010. We are recovering(that’s me) former bike racers. Christine actually raced for the US in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and I raced as a domestic professional for a few years as well. All that to say that we know an excellent handling bike and that is how our Bike Fridays ride. We’ve done very technical descents and climbs - no problem. The wheel size seems to make the handling a bit quicker but completely predictable and the bikes feel completely at home at 45+mph on descents. I’ve done plenty of fast group rides on mine and the laughs stop when they find themselves dropped by “funny bike.” But what’s the best way to truly see if your Bike Friday can keep up? Basically it climbs well, accelerates quickly, but because of its smaller wheels, doesn’t seem to hold top speeds as well as regular size wheeled bikes. I hope this helps anyone thinking of getting one.
I picked up my Pocket Rocket Super Pro in June 2019 in Oregon and have since been riding regularly in Singapore (where I live), San Francisco Bay Area (my second home), Seoul, and most recently Taiwan.
I have recently completed a 5-day 900km+ (almost 600 miles) around the Island of Taiwan alone and I am super impressed by how the bike was able to hold up and perform so well! I put in more than 200km a day 5 days straight with lots of climbing in the mountain.
Thanks for making such a great bike!
Riding my Bike Friday brings a new meaning to Dancing on the Pedals. I love it and it loves me! We have formed a perfect partnership on the undulations of Hertfordshire where I live when not on a bicycle race.
-Phil Liggett, Voice of the Tour de France 7/13/17 (pocket rocket owner)