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    Mercier Nano Mini Velo is BACK!!!

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    53 top tube rather short & thats the bigger size.. Ok if you are short, too..


    But They are an Asian thing and few are like Yao Ming.
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    I have the 53 and "short toptube" is slightly deceiving. The head and seat angles are such that the bars and saddle move away from each other as the stem and post are raised. I'm a short guy, and the reach to drops ended up being too far for me. Shop accordingly.

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    Puzzling that they have it so small. 55cm TT is medium, so 53cm is already size small and that's the biggest. Perhaps they are aiming at children.

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    Jur, I suspect the sizing is limited to what factories normally produce for the Japanese market, where mini velos are very popular. Also, keep in mind what I said about the virtual toptube lengths..the actual saddle-to-bar reach is deceptively longer than the listed tt number suggests. I normally ride a 53 dropbar road bike, and my Nano ended up fitting like a 55.

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    I like that it takes BMX tires, that's fun
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    I'll get one soon,...once I move to my new home. The price is right, and I'll always have someone who'll enjoy riding it.
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    I'd first get a shop in Singapore to sell and ship you a $500 Java CL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
    I'd first get a shop in Singapore to sell and ship you a $500 Java CL.
    Can this handle a 235lb rider? The Nano has a cromo frame,...quite strong. It will definitely hold me, and with nice, fat BMX bike tires. I already have a Lombardo Power 2000.
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    Probably not, though the Java website says the limit's 110kg.
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    Thanks for the offer.
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    Plus who knows what it would cost to import the Java to the US. It's a cool bike, but would end up pretty far out of BikesDirect price territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
    I'd first get a shop in Singapore to sell and ship you a $500 Java CL.
    What are the bosses on the head tube for?
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    Probably reinforced plugs for connecting a luggage truss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
    I'd first get a shop in Singapore to sell and ship you a $500 Java CL.
    +1


    Worth considering IMHO.

    More pricey of course, but better parts, 16sp, disc brakes for what's is worth, better wheelset.
    Very good finishing too.


    I would think that once one starts to upgrade the nano, he's just trying to get to this Java and most likely going end up spending more.

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    A complete Java Mini sells for SGD399 or USD275. At those prices I'd write off, or sell off the components, and use the frame and fork for a sweet personalized build. With luck one could talk the shop to sell you just the frame and fork for $150.

    This is a Java Mini:







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    abu and pinholecam,

    remember, most of these guys are in north america.
    the java mini velo framsets have been available on ebay for quite some time. however, when you consider the bule pricing, shipping fee, and waiting 30 days hoping the frame doesn't arrive damaged, it hardly seems worth it. in terms of shipping fees and potential for damage, the situation wouldn't be any better dealing with a bike shop in singapore, for example - if they would even agree to ship to north america.

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    the sad fact is that minis aren't accepted, respected, or appreciated here. even a guy who sells folding bikes couldn't understand why anyone would want a mini velo. Awesome deal on new Hooligan


    another poster thought it was "awkward" to have mini velos discussed in the folding bike sub-forum so he started a thread in the road bike forum. a significant portion of that thread was devoted to explaining to roadies why mini velos should even exist. The Mini-Velo Reference Thread: discussion about 20" wheeled road bikes

    in a nutshell, that's the state of mini velos here.

    currently, there is really only one production mini being offered in north america, the respect mini velo. they've had some success marketing to the youthful urban skater/fixie crowd. successful enough to now be offering an mk2 version that's full cromo frame and fork with a 970mm wheelbase and a 510mm toptube (540-560mm effective toptube). available as a single speed flipflop or with a sram duomatic hub. they are offering lifetime (25 years) warranty on the frame and fork. framesets were available but the website doesn't currently show that as an option.
    they are also prototyping a ti version...

    custom build:



    a three or eight speed IGH would be a nice build for this frame.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    I would think that once one starts to upgrade the nano, he's just trying to get to this Java and most likely going end up spending more.
    i made this same logical argument here when comparing this nano to the then available for 500usd soma mini. read at your own risk, but the basic take-away was that people are buying the nano for 300usd and then spending a few hundred more upgrading it just because they enjoy the process, not because it actually makes sense monetarily to do so. to each his own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
    A complete Java Mini sells for SGD399 or USD275. At those prices I'd write off, or sell off the components, and use the frame and fork for a sweet personalized build. With luck one could talk the shop to sell you just the frame and fork for $150.

    This is a Java Mini:
    -

    I think they just source from a manufacturer in China and asks the maker to paint/spec them specifications.

    This bike is also available as a Raleigh Mini8
    https://www.facebook.com/RaleighSing...type=3&theater

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    abu and pinholecam,

    remember, most of these guys are in north america.
    the java mini velo framsets have been available on ebay for quite some time. however, when you consider the bule pricing, shipping fee, and waiting 30 days hoping the frame doesn't arrive damaged, it hardly seems worth it. in terms of shipping fees and potential for damage, the situation wouldn't be any better dealing with a bike shop in singapore, for example - if they would even agree to ship to north america.


    i made this same logical argument here when comparing this nano to the then available for 500usd soma mini. read at your own risk, but the basic take-away was that people are buying the nano for 300usd and then spending a few hundred more upgrading it just because they enjoy the process, not because it actually makes sense monetarily to do so. to each his own...

    Indeed and I went thru the same thing, though at that time, mini velos were not as common here too in Singapore.

    I got a Raleigh MV8 (stock bike, white color), sort of like a low end part, cheap bike like the Bikes Direct one discussed here.



    and over time I redid it to this :

    20151112-DSC07937 by jenkwang, on Flickr

    I spent about once over for the bike, but I've been really happy with it and it rides really well.
    Here, I got a bike, with a custom paint scheme, costs not much but can go really fast such that its able to cling on to the faster peleton during the regular weekly rides (not that I'd like to do it every week though )
    And it still costs less than what some more branded mini velos cost here.


    There will be those who like to spend once and be happy with a full ready bike and the Java type options will be something worth considering (though the problems with shipping, taxes, etc will be a problem)
    For the tinkering bike lover, the Mercier Nano will be a good starting point, I'm sure.

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    Shucks, looks like no improvements or upgrades to the '16 Nanoł.
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    I will confirm that these bikes fit bigger than the measurements would lead you to believe. Can I tell you why? No not really but they do.

    There may not be any significant or any changes to the way these are speced but there COULD be changes. If you follow what BD sells from model to model sometimes they have some slight changes and so MAYBE you will get something a little different better than what they offered last time. the pictures and likely the specs are just leftover from when they started selling them years ago. if you are considering buying one of these it really depends on how picky you are about what hangs off your frame. my 1 off has a number of the same stuff these had (but some of it was better) and some of it has held up just fine. It wouldn't' take much to upgrade a number of things pretty cheaply by getting a donor road bike and switch some things over. $300 is a pretty reasonable price for this and the parts on these mini Velo's look better than some of the stuff I've seen that is about he same price that is sold from somewhere in Asia shipped to you by ebay etc. I am not suggesting these are great no-brainer bikes right out of the box, but they have their merits and for the right person who has some idea what they are getting and not getting its a nifty option where there are limited options here in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    +1


    Worth considering IMHO.

    More pricey of course, but better parts, 16sp, disc brakes for what's is worth, better wheelset.
    Very good finishing too.


    I would think that once one starts to upgrade the nano, he's just trying to get to this Java and most likely going end up spending more.
    Something like this that would fit both wider tires (at least 2') and fenders I would be very interested at that $500 range shipped to me. Basically a minivelo monstercross bike would be a dream bike right now. I suppose I could build up one froma frame, but I wouldn't get around to that for quite a while too many other projects to get to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
    A complete Java Mini sells for SGD399 or USD275. At those prices I'd write off, or sell off the components, and use the frame and fork for a sweet personalized build. With luck one could talk the shop to sell you just the frame and fork for $150.

    This is a Java Mini:
    Damn. Those are sweet bikes.

    Can you point to a source which would be willing to ship to the USA? Any idea on what estimated shipping cost might be?
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Try Scootz on their FB page. Or you can put me on retainer as your purchasing agent. I'll be in Singapore next month once again. Maybe a Tyrell frame or a double-suspension Speedone mini velo are more your poison. I can get you those too.

    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    Damn. Those are sweet bikes.

    Can you point to a source which would be willing to ship to the USA? Any idea on what estimated shipping cost might be?
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    Apparently no one can stay on topic about the Nano. I ordered a 53cm in orange, so now it's just a long wait until June. I already have some upgrades planned with some of my parts bin pieces, including a threadless stem adapter so I can use a 31.8 drop bar, Tioga Powerblock 1.6 tires and a 60T chainring. I wish they just stocked these year-round because the wait is going to kill me.

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