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    Anyone riding a SplitBikes?

    Does anyone have any reviews or comments on a brand SplitBikes? I'm looking for somehting that I can pop in my trunk (I have a Corolla) but not a folding bikes so looking at splitbikes, looks like you can take it apart down the frame. Can't find any reviews so love to hear your thoughts, thanks.

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    Sounds like a new version of a Sears Tote Cycle or Cycle Tote. Never sure of the name order. They looked like this and came as coaster brake or 3 speed bikes. Roger

    Just looked at the price and they are ridiculusly expensive. Roger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speeddown View Post
    Does anyone have any reviews or comments on a brand SplitBikes? I'm looking for somehting that I can pop in my trunk (I have a Corolla) but not a folding bikes so looking at splitbikes, looks like you can take it apart down the frame. Can't find any reviews so love to hear your thoughts, thanks.
    When our club has rides that start at remote locations I always carry my regular road bike (60cm Cannondale) in the trunk of my Corolla. It fits fine with no need to lower the rear car seats. The wheels come off/on in about 15 seconds - so I find it at least as quick and easy as folding my folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speeddown View Post
    Does anyone have any reviews or comments on a brand SplitBikes? I'm looking for somehting that I can pop in my trunk (I have a Corolla) but not a folding bikes so looking at splitbikes, looks like you can take it apart down the frame. Can't find any reviews so love to hear your thoughts, thanks.
    Interesting concept, here are my thoughts:

    1. To compete with S and S coupling and Ritchey's Breakaway system they either need to beat them on price or on effectiveness. They don't have S and S on price. The effectiveness is a tough sell as it's intuitively hard to believe that any quick release system will be as secure as the S and S coupling system is, which has been shown to be actually stronger than tubing without coupling. Effectiveness also includes convenience, and while the SplitBike system doesn't require you to carry a special wrench, that also would mean that a thief would not need a special tool either to take apart your bike. Too bad it's not a proprietary screw design like Fortified has for their seat and light locks, otherwise you could market the split frame as a built-in bicycle lock -- just split the frame and close it again around a metal object and the bike is locked -- IF you need a special tool or key to re-split it.

    2. With no way to test ride these and a base model entry price over 3 grand, can't see too many taking that plunge without hard data about strength and reliability.

    3. To address that, offer more options than single speed or Rohloff. Offer a Shimano Nexus 7 hub for example.

    4. Go down from 27.5" tires to 26" as those are rumored to be more widely available in areas where a travel bike might be taken on tour.

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    For that kind of cabbage, why not just go with a Moulton?

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    Dahon has the Lockjaw Hinge,...I'd go with that instead.

    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    OP was looking for a separable, not a folder, that would fit in a compact car trunk(boot). The Moultons also sport full suspension and are hand made functional works of art. Expensive yes, but they do show up on the used market occasionally, and strike a good balance of portability and performance.

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