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Old 08-23-17, 08:29 AM   #1
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Mark Sanders announced new folding bike!

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Eurobike Show in a week's time 'lifts the lid' on about 18 months of intensive design and engineering ... Ariane on an early prototype: ..


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Old 08-23-17, 09:58 AM   #2
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All it needs is a "stick" person riding it. It may be an engineering marvel but it looks like crap imo. Nothing graceful or elegant about it.
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Old 08-23-17, 10:21 AM   #3
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Lol!!! I thought, at first, that THIS WAS ACTUALLY WHAT THE BIKE LOOKED LIKE!!! Can you imagine that? 1 slight breeze and you'd be blown right over.
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Old 08-23-17, 11:30 AM   #4
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Innovation is not easy.
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Ditto. My first thought was, "Well, that's interesting..."

Then I looked a little closer.
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But... but... I see the shadows of the spokes.

It will be interesting to see the bike unmasked. My first folding bike was a Strida 2, and even though the wheel bearings turned out to be the weak link I thought it was a very clever design.
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Is it just me or does it look to be a very compact fold?
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It definitely looks "tote-able",...
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Old 08-23-17, 01:57 PM   #9
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Is it made of cardboard? Ah, no...

Is it a Dahon Curl?
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it's this. maybe with a "tern" or "bickerton" label stuck on it.



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Old 08-23-17, 02:27 PM   #11
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Looks very electric and does not fit the shadow.
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The qicycle fold doesn't quite look like what's in the twitter photos.
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He suggests that it's an electric bike too. Looking at the proto-type I wonder how it will fit taller folks.
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It's here--new brand name of Southpoint bike. Smallwheeler, you were right, seems to be a connection with Qicycle.

South Point - Introducing the MK1
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It's here--new brand name of Southpoint bike. Smallwheeler, you were right, seems to be a connection with Qicycle.

South Point - Introducing the MK1
Cool! Thanks for sharing the link.

I can't tell about the connection between the firms, but the fold is different than Qicycle. The Southpoint bike has a fold in the of the monotube and folds like a brompton.
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Fold is excellent. Weight is pretty reasonable as well. Could not find a price....? Imo kind of ugly but if it rides well powered and unpowered and is priced right, one can live with a bit of ugly. NO brake cables....???
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Hahaha, another Brompton clone! This is great news as far as I'm concerned.
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It's here--new brand name of Southpoint bike. Smallwheeler, you were right, seems to be a connection with Qicycle.

South Point - Introducing the MK1
Looks nice indeed... source : 装配透明轮组 骑记SOUTH POINT电助力车刷新观感|折叠车|小轮车|城市车|Eurobike欧洲自行车展 - 美骑网|Biketo.com

~1500 Euro, transparent wheels, 45-50km battery life, 4 speed internal Gear hub, 15.X kg ...












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Hahaha, another Brompton clone! This is great news as far as I'm concerned.
Or perhaps more accurately, another folder adopting the brilliant Andrew Ritchie concept (with Dr. Hon's 45deg side folding handle post).

Love the IGH with the show special transparent hubshell.
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Why do I get the feeling that roadside tube changes might suck?
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Hmmm...torn between lightweight and having e-assist.

Have no idea what transparent wheels are or do...guess I'll be hearing more about them.

Love the Brompton like fold but with an adjustable handlebar.

The connection with Qicycle is that they are owner company and Southpoint is a subsidiary? That's how I understand it.
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Why do I get the feeling that roadside tube changes might suck?
Exactly. But with, say, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires... not so much of a problem perhaps!
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Have no idea what transparent wheels are or do...guess I'll be hearing more about them.
I suppose this is about replacing spokes with plastic. The transparency is there for the lightweight look.

Overall not my cup of tea - I do not ride no bicycle to then turn to a motor. Creativity in the design is very obvious but I tend to be scared when the designer wants to stand out in multitude of aspects of a product all at once. Statistically you fail in one idea or another - when you put many of them all at once you get a bloody nose here and there hampering the product.
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I don't like the plastic transparent wheels. That alone makes me not interested. If they had a traditional build I'd be on board,...everything else is quite nice looking. The Qicycle is more to my liking,...if it were only available in North America.
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I don't like the plastic transparent wheels...
Agreed. The pictures appear to have been taken at a bike show yet the wheels look absolutely horrible... scratched up and dirty. Can't imagine what they'd look like after a year's worth of riding.
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