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. They were successful in accomplishing these goals with the Pocket Rocket and Pocket Rocket Pro (ultralight frame version).
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 20inch wheels, 451mm (it is weird but the bike industry has two 20inch wheel sizes!) and these take up to 1 3/8inch width tires.
A fun fact about smaller wheels that road riders love is the smaller wheels are incredible climbers and you can draft several inches closer to your buddy in the pack ahead of you (big grin here!)
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
- Rocket frame built for riders up to 220-lbs (100 kg)
- Heavy rider upgrade available up to 260-lbs (118 kg)
- Lighter frames available for Pocket Rocket Pro/Super Pro upgrade (option above) or smaller riders
- Packs into a standard airline check-able suitcase
- A nearly endless list of components or groupsets to customize is available. If you don’t see what you want on this page just contact us and we will give you the extra custom design support.
Choosing Your Pocket Rocket
Below are five Pocket Rocket design options you can order on the top of this page:
1. Pocket Rocket Day Rides Design:
A simple design that will carry you on your favorite route of flats and rolling hills for those day training rides.
- 16 Speed
- Drop Bars
- Bar End Shifters
- Caliper Brakes
- Tires 1 1/8 inch width
- Comes with rear rack frame braze-on if you want to add a rear rack and do some touring on this bike also.
- Has clearance for fenders
- Saddle and Pedals not included. As many people already have their favorite saddle and pedals, all industry-standard options will work on this bike
- Bike weight 22.5 lbs. (saddle and pedal not included)
2. Pocket Rocket Pro Upgraded:
The Pocket Rocket Pro has an ultra-light frame with double-butted tubing. This bike steps up to the serious rider with 20 gears for riding hard and fast on the flats and powering up the steep hills. This is where the rubber hits the road for our bikes and is the standard for all others.
- 20 Speed
- Drop Bars
- Integrated Shifters
- Caliper brakes
- Tires 1 1/8 inch width
- The frame is full Chromoly steel butted main and seat tube butted BB shell and butted steerer.
- Rider weight limit of 190lbs. for this light frame
- Saddle and Pedals not included. As many people already have their favorite saddle and pedals all industry-standard options will work on this bike.
- Bike weight 19.25 lbs. (not including saddle and pedals)
Note: Due to a world wide shortage of high end bike components that our parts vendors say is likely to continue into 2022 we are not able to promise bike builds for Shimano 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace, DI2 or other high end components in most cases.
Pick your frame color:
(Basic Color picker program – Not the Pocket Rocket but for design idea purpose only)
Pick your Cable Color:
Pocket Rockets pack into an optional Samsonite Airline Check-able Travel case
Order process information for ordering on this page:
- Phase 1: Follow all the steps in the drop-down menus above then “Add to cart” and follow steps in your cart. Once purchased phase two will start.
- Phase 2: A Bike Friday Expert will follow up with you to determine your pick-up /ship date (production takes 5-7 weeks on average) and confirm any needed details about your order.
Payments Plan and Paypal Credit Option:
Want to order your bike and pay for it later? Give PayPal Credit a try. Here is how you can apply.
- Add your new Bike Friday to the cart and proceed to the checkout process.
- On the payment step of the checkout process, select “PayPal” as your payment option.
- You’ll be redirected to the PayPal website where you will log in or create an account.
- On the next step, click “Apply Now” under PayPal Credit and follow the instructions.
- Complete the checkout to place your order.
If you have any questions, please email or call us at 1-800-777-0258 USA 1-541-687-0487 INTL, and we’ll be happy to assist.
We have a strong warranty on our frames against defects in material and/or workmanship for 10 years. The warranty is non-transferable. Bicycle components (excluding tires, chain, cables, etc.) generally have a 1-year limited warranty.
Are you not finding what you are looking for?
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.
Call a Bike Expert: 1-800-777-0258 USA 1-541-687-0487 INTL
You can also do more exploring on your own first by clicking on the “More Pocket Rocket Designs” link or the “Advanced Designer for bike geeks” button to find our bike configurator with the full range of Bike Friday bikes.
Read Pocket Rocket Bike Reviews Below
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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!
Three weeks ago I received my Bike Friday "Pocket Rocket Pro". What a great bike. I ordered this bike to use for travel since it fits in a suitcase and can be checked as luggage on a plane. However, after riding this bike, I have stored my carbon fiber, electric shifting road bike and now ride only the Bike Friday. I ride with our local club and found this bike to be very comfortable and very responsive on the road. I am not a bike racer, but have no problems staying up with our club members... Looking forward to our bike trips this year in Texas and Vermont. What a great Bike !!!
I ordered from Bike Friday a bike that would perfectly match the fit of my most comfortable bike for long distance riding. I ordered a Pocket Rocket Pro, as I wanted the bike to be something that, if I needed to, I could ride in races and other events. I wanted the controls to be familiar, and as much as possible the set up to be identical to that of my most pleasant race bike, a titanium Serotta built to fit me in 2006. So, when I ordered the bike from Bike Friday, I measured everything exactly to the nearest 0.5mm, confirmed this against my fit measurements on file and provided them with all of the information they requested.
90 days later, a box arrived, and though I was anxious to get it all together, I very carefully clipped each zip tie and went through all of the parts one by one, before beginning assembly. I have a default approach to putting things together. I figure things out, try a few things, if something doesn’t work, I try something else, but it took only a moment to realize what care had been put into building this bike and I felt it deserved more respect. So instead of my “when all else fails read the instructions” technique, I sat down and read the very clear paperwork that came with the bike and laid out each piece with great care. Then I began to put the bike together. Having done the necessary reading, everything was easy. The bike had been well packed and each piece was well protected. Of course, Bike Friday makes bikes for many purposes and that includes bikes that come together and break down in seconds, but this was not that. The Pocket Rocket Pro is designed to be the best possible combination of a fully functional race bike and a bike that packs easily and efficiently. And what a combination it is.
As the bike came together I continued to be amazed. The fit and finish was impeccable. There was one detail I did not think was a masterpiece, and that is the little plate with my name on it that they added at no cost to me. The adhesive had peeled off a bit and so it was a bit loose. Nothing necessary or even useful, it was just a cute add-on, done in my opinion too cheaply. I would rather not have it. Again, the overall fit and finish is excellent. Rather than providing me with a fixed and ultra light stem, they included an adjustable one, so that I could dial in the precise fit and then send it back for them to use as a template for the final. Frankly, for me I do not think this was necessary as I have all of my fit numbers precisely logged and ready to go. I assume that this is not the case for most people, and as such, the adjustable stem process is a good step. It was a non-issue for me, however, as they make the process so easy. There is a next day air box, label, and packing material included, and once I had confirmed my fit, I had the new stem in hand in less than a week. Well done!
So, I got the bike all set up, did some local riding and packed the bike up in a rather spacious suitcase (provided) with all of my riding gear including helmet, shoes, pump, etc., as well as my garment bag, and hopped on a plane for Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. …
“Each day for the next week, after I had done what I was there to do, I got on the Bike Friday and took off. As I rode off the property of the ashram, I rode into a world to which I have limited exposure, a world that I would never have seen without the bike.
I rode the bike hard at times: standing sprints up hills (trying to keep up with 3 young people on one Honda Rebel Motorcycle, yelling, “Come, come we race!”) and braking hard (on a descent a water buffalo, easily 1000 pounds, burst forth from the bushes on the side of the road). I also rode the bike on familiar roads here in the Catskills, climbing Meads Mountain and descending McDaniel, roads I have ridden many, many times on bikes I know well. There is nothing this bike does not do well. It would not be the first bike I would reach for if the only factor were the ride. I own beautiful bikes built for me by Spectrum and Serotta. For most days I would reach for one of them. But the fact that I can consider this bike, which weighs under 20 pounds and fits in a suitcase, against them at all, the fact that I give up so little in handling, braking, climbing, and descending, as compared to bikes that are arguably the best in the world, is an astonishing testament to the abilities of Bike Friday.
I would recommend a Bike Friday to anyone who is looking for a folder and would urge them to do as I did, contact Bike Friday, tell them what you are looking for, listen well and then make choices. The people at Bike Friday know what they are doing, and the engineering work behind their designs, much of which was done by legendary bicycle builder Rob English, simply works.