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Old 03-09-06, 09:52 AM   #1
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Brompton esque 2 hand for sale , Tempting!!

http://www.marktplaats.nl/index.php?.../25344311.html

It is like new, 400 Euros and in some ways superior to Brommy (lighter, 4 speeds, brakes) and in some not (folds a little bigger)... I like it though. Tempted...

What do you guys think/second opinion?
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Old 03-09-06, 11:04 AM   #2
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Until I looked at it, I was going to reply that for that price you could get a new basic Brompton..

But then I looked at it. I think it seems pretty good in some aspects: better brakes, more gears, racks & lighting that you don't get on the C3). As you say, folds bigger. If you have a chance to ride it it would be interesting to hear how it is. Batavus is a decent quality Dutch brand, isn't it? Their new 2006 folders start at only E449 though..
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Old 03-09-06, 11:42 AM   #3
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http://www.marktplaats.nl/index.php?.../25344311.html

It is like new, 400 Euros and in some ways superior to Brommy (lighter, 4 speeds, brakes) and in some not (folds a little bigger)... I like it though. Tempted...

What do you guys think/second opinion?
Belt drive!!!! Do you know how this holds up? I've seen it on the iXi breakaway but still don't know anything about it.
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Old 03-09-06, 12:02 PM   #4
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Until I looked at it, I was going to reply that for that price you could get a new basic Brompton.
Maybe so in Britain, not in Belgium, though. A Brompton will cost you 800 Euro minimum. That's why I don't like Brompton.
Batavus may be a quality-manufacturer when it concerns 26"bicycles. This folder did notreally convince me when I testdrove it last autumn: doesn't feel stiff enough. Batavus makes these folders with help from Dahon (if I'm not mistaking)

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Old 03-10-06, 01:29 AM   #5
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Ah nice to have some input from someone who has ridden it!

I don't think i'll go for it actually. Batavus is the best Dutch brand together with Gazelle and both have made decent to great folders for the last 30 years.

Here too a Brompton will set you back E 750 new minimum.
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Old 03-10-06, 10:39 AM   #6
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I've seen quite a few in the Netherlands, & even tried to buy one a few years back, I did hear that there was some drag on the belt which goes around the idler roller, also that early rollers were known to fail. But all heresay as I didn't actually buy one......
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