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    Anyone know anything about a Fuji Origami 1.3 folding bike?

    Trying to find any stores with folding bikes for me to try. Saw this listed at Performance Bikes which is nearby - but have never heard of it. Anyone here know anything about this model?
    Thanks
    Last edited by bikerwannabe; 08-04-15 at 11:44 AM.

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    Cool looking folder.. looks like it might be on 451 wheels .. on sale at Performance at $499 .. if you have a Performance card, another 10% off .. I've got a Performance near me, should see if they have one and what it looks like..

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    I can't seem to find its folded dimensions anywhere, but it looks like it would not have a very compact fold due to the high seat post tube and high headset. Does anyone out there know the folded dimensions?

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    Hey,

    I also couldn`t find any folding dimensions. I found lot`s of other specifications, but no specs about the folding dimensions.

    Btw this bike looks really cool and is the brand new model of Fuji. In my opinion the price is a little bit high compared to a Dahon bike, but I guess in the end it is a matter of taste, which brand you like more.

    Anyway, I really like the orange design of this bike!

    UPDATE I also looked at the 1.1 model and also cannot find any folding dimension specs.

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    I thought Fuji used to be a pretty good bike manufacturer - so I was surprised that I cannot find info on this model. The fact that no one on this site has one or knows of it makes me suspicious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerwannabe View Post
    I thought Fuji used to be a pretty good bike manufacturer - so I was surprised that I cannot find info on this model. The fact that no one on this site has one or knows of it makes me suspicious!
    Fuji USED to be a pretty good bike manufacturer. So was Nishiki.

    But both name brands were bought out by corporate giants years ago and are not the companies they once were.

    Fuji is now just a brand name owned by a conglomerate named Advanced Sports International, which also owns the brand names Kestrel, SE, Breezer, Oval and Terry.

    https://www.advancedsports.com/aboutus.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShortLegCyclist View Post
    Fuji USED to be a pretty good bike manufacturer. So was Nishiki.

    But both name brands were bought out by corporate giants years ago and are not the companies they once were.

    Fuji is now just a brand name owned by a conglomerate named Advanced Sports International, which also owns the brand names Kestrel, SE, Breezer, Oval and Terry.

    https://www.advancedsports.com/aboutus.html
    which is, in turn, owned by "Jadeland Pacific" - a chinese "investment group" which is another way of saying bankers playing majong/monopoly with portfolio pieces. the little toy pieces being moved around the board are all in the shape of corporate logos and brand identities.



    New Scientist article:

    "From Orbis 2007, a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide, they [the analysts] pulled out all 43,060 TNCs [transnational corporations] and the share ownerships linking them. Then they constructed a model of which companies controlled others through shareholding networks, coupled with each company’s operating revenues, to map the structure of economic power.

    The work, to be published in PLoS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships (see image). Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms – the “real” economy – representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.
    When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group."


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    One parks next to our staff canteen and looks very nice indeed! It has a Claris groupset. The wheels seem pretty skinny (28mm?), unusual for a folder in Europe.

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    My LBS has this bike and it looks very nice. I am planning on test riding it soon and I'll post after that. However, while I have been interested in folding bikes for a long time, I don't own one so I will have nothing to compare it with. There is a shop not far from me that specializes in folders and they have Tern, Dahon, Moulton and others. I am planning on visiting them as well, but the price point on the Fuji is pretty good. I have also been researching Tern Verge and they are lighter, but more expensive.

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    I was able to ride this bike around the parking lot at my LBS. It was a blast. I am probably going to buy it and use it for commuting to work by train. I have wanted a folder for a long time and while this is not my first choice, the price is certainly right and it looks like a very well made bike. I picked it up and it will not be a problem to carry up train steps if I need to and it has a very easy fold. I will also look into the Tern large airporter suitcase for taking it to the west coast to visit my family, all of whom are avid cyclists. So excited!!!

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