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Old 06-20-16, 09:04 PM   #1
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Dahon Qix has an interesting fold

Anyone have experience with this bike? Very cool looking bike with a unique fold I've never seen before.
Also cool is the little third wheel that allows it to stand up by itself and rolled in the folded position.



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Old 06-20-16, 09:23 PM   #2
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Old 06-21-16, 04:56 AM   #3
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Yes, very interesting, just saw the vid last night. It certainly looks quick & easy.

It's nice to see the industry leader continue to develop new product. Keep moving things forward.
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Interestingly, the Helix bike developer makes the claim that he developed this type of fold more than 10 years ago and embarked on a program with a Taiwanese producer to bring it to a product. After 2 years, deep into the project he abandoned the design due to not really liking the concept any longer, and after a hiatus went on to develop the Helix.
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Neat. Reminds me of the Birdy/Brompton fold, but with the hinge in front of the seatpost, rather than behind it. Also seems an inherently more safe, lasting, and stable hinge than a vertical one, with the bike swinging sideways.
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now if it only be available, that would be a good start :-)
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Size wise it is the same, vertical or horizontal fold. So just a change, not an improvement.
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Seems a smart design putting the hinge like that since the weight of the rider compresses the frame together.
It should be quute strong.
Maybe all the side folding frame breaks Tern has had bad luck with prompted this alternate design direction.
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now if it only be available, that would be a good start :-)
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That is actually a nice fold and it doesn't look like it requires any welding at all for the joints and it is machined into the individual parts leaving a very smooth finish on the main frame without a bulky joint. That alone saves easily a pound or so not needing those giant folding plates to weld onto the ends of the frames also less room for welding errors too. This is a different fold from the birdy or brompton I wouldn't even call it similar just because the wheel folds in vertically instead of sideways (bromptons still have a sideways fold at the front while the birdy mainframe doesn't fold at all). There's only soo many ways to fold a bike. The beauty of this fold is if you forget to put the safety latch the bike would still be very stable because your weight alone is actually keeping it together. But yeah good to see the big manufacturers moving forwards with new designs.

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Since it looks like it has to be both a downward and a somewhat sideway fold, how can the hinge be as strong as with a really straight fold? "26 pds." - according to Dahon (!) - doesn't seem to save much weight.

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Since it looks like it has to be both a downward and a somewhat sideway fold, how can the hinge be as strong as with a really straight fold? "26 pds." - according to Dahon (!) - doesn't seem to save much weight.
Thats a pretty good weight for a 20-inch folding bike. Twenty-inch folding bikes seem to average somewhere in the high twenties to low thirties, so 26 lbs is a little less than the average weight. Also consider most folding bikes don't come with any fenders or rear racks.

Dahon and others have high-end folding bikes that weigh in the low twenties or less but those cost two to three times the price.
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now if it only be available, that would be a good start :-)
Seems to be available for sale:

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Interestingly, the Helix bike developer makes the claim that he developed this type of fold more than 10 years ago and embarked on a program with a Taiwanese producer to bring it to a product. After 2 years, deep into the project he abandoned the design due to not really liking the concept any longer, and after a hiatus went on to develop the Helix.
I like the way this bike rolls. However, I suspect once the folding plates between the welds gets dirty or expanded though use, expect the frame to begin developing a flex. At $1000 dollars, I would hold off until next years' model.

The Helix is a dream bike. I believe his design was spot on!
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Thats a pretty good weight for a 20-inch folding bike. Twenty-inch folding bikes seem to average somewhere in the high twenties to low thirties, so 26 lbs is a little less than the average weight. Also consider most folding bikes don't come with any fenders or rear racks.

Dahon and others have high-end folding bikes that weigh in the low twenties or less but those cost two to three times the price.
Dahon's weight specs don't tend to pan out in the real world. The weight they give might not include rack and fenders, for example. And I'm a Dahon fan.

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I like the way this bike rolls. However, I suspect once the folding plates between the welds gets dirty or expanded though use, expect the frame to begin developing a flex. At $1000 dollars, I would hold off until next years' model.

The Helix is a dream bike. I believe his design was spot on!
The Helix may be a dream bike, but the wait seems to be more of a nightmare. At least this is (finally) coming to the market for purchase.
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now if it only be available, that would be a good start :-)
I just called Nycewheels of New York about that and they should have it in two or three weeks. But kind of odd they would post a video about the bike well before they had it in stock. As if now it seems to be available only in Europe and Asia.


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Dahon's weight specs don't tend to pan out in the real world. The weight they give might not include rack and fenders, for example. And I'm a Dahon fan.
Its probably closer to 30 lbs like you said, which is what I would expect for the price.

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They also used to supply super light, but unusable saddles to get the listed weight down. The newer saddles are better.
Other bike manufacturers sometimes list total weight without saddle and pedals. I think the only way to know for sure might be if someone went to a store with a luggage scale and told us.

I like the design idea, and can't wait for close-up pics of that hinge.
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I usually swap the pedals & saddle anyways. But, for me, weight isn't really an issue. As long as the bike is strong, stable, and rides well, I'll gladly take a few extra lbs.
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