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    Minivelo Feedback: Dioko Popcorn and Lexy

    Hello!

    I'm in the market for a minivelo bike in the US. They're hard to come by

    I've narrowed it down to-

    Dioko Popcorn:
    www.diokousa.com

    or the

    Dioko Lexy:
    www.diokousa.com

    They're available on ebay and run $258 and $310 respectively.

    I'd love some help in trying to choose between the two models, in the quality of the bikes, ride and component quality etc. I'd be buying they online without being able to test ride them.

    Why a minivelo? I'd be riding ~4 miles a day, am on the short side for a guy (5'7") and I love the look of them and the fun-factor.

    Your advice and feedback are appreciated. Thanks!

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    I'd say the Lexy is worth the extra. It has better (looking) componentry, especially replaceble chainring (good if you want higher gearing), aero rims, non-kid tyres, ahead-stem... It's a bit hard to see why it is a whopping 3kg heavier. I think that may be some sort of mistake. From what I see. it might even be lighter than the Popcorn. Frame size is small so that is good for you.

    If you like girly things well then the Popcorn is the go, perhaps... but quality, the Lexy, no question.
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    Thanks! That's very helpful. I couldn't understand about the weight difference either!

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    Another thing to consider is which brake style you prefer. The Popcorn has linear-pull brakes like mountain bikes use, the Lexy has road brakes. I personally prefer the Lexy, but the lime Popcorn is pretty cool, too. I don't agree that any of them look "girly", they're just neon-colored fun-bikes, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. I appreciate you bringing these bikes to my attention..I'm 5'-7" as well, and I'm gettin' a Lexy!

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    Have you heard of respect cycles- they've got a tight mini velo -I see them around DC all the time- they look super fun!

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    That's awesome! Curious to see how it will compare to your Nano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane1985 View Post
    Have you heard of respect cycles- they've got a tight mini velo -I see them around DC all the time- they look super fun!
    I'd go with respect -they use 4130 cromoly. Exactly what you want in a bike, small or not.



    I'm 5'7" and I ride a 48 cm Big Shot Mini Polo.
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    It also comes in affordable steel - high quality mini velo:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane1985 View Post
    Have you heard of respect cycles- they've got a tight mini velo -I see them around DC all the time- they look super fun!
    I luv how the wheels are triple walled. Excellent price for what they give you.
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    What is the pricing of the Mini in the various configs? Curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    I'd go with respect -they use 4130 cromoly. Exactly what you want in a bike, small or not.
    I took a look at Respect mini velos and was impressed. The size and weight seemed right and the prices were reasonable, including on the optional SRAM Automatix 2 speed hub. But then I realized I'd need more gearing options for the hills in my area so I had to pass. But for some riders a mini velo with folding pedals and QR handlebar might be an alternative to a more expensive folding bike for multi-modal transportation.

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    I called Seven, they are 20 minutes from my house. Unfortunately, their starting price for the Ti mini frames is US$2400.00.

    I ended up buying a Respect this weekend, with the promo code ended up being $325 shipped. If I enjoy it, I'll upgrade the crap out of that frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    I called Seven, they are 20 minutes from my house. Unfortunately, their starting price for the Ti mini frames is US$2400.00.

    I ended up buying a seven this weekend, with the promo code ended up being $325 shipped. If I enjoy it, I'll upgrade the crap out of that frame.
    This is the minivelo? Can it do disk brakes, fenders, and a rack? I'm hoping here,...
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    I called Seven, they are 20 minutes from my house. Unfortunately, their starting price for the Ti mini frames is US$2400.00.

    I ended up buying a seven this weekend, with the promo code ended up being $325 shipped. If I enjoy it, I'll upgrade the crap out of that frame.

    You bought a Seven mini velo steel frameset? It can be upgraded for around $700 to $1500 depending on your build options. You will love it!

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    Edited: got the Respect, not the Seven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    Edited: got the Respect, not the Seven.
    Its a good budget buy. Congratulations!

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    Edited: got the Respect, not the Seven.
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