I received a puzzling e-mail today on the Merc. Here it is in it's present unaltered form:
Subject: Re: [BromptonTalk] New Merc
> There is one selling on the Ebay at £330 new - are they as good as a
> Brompton? I thought Brompton had a patent on the design of the bike?
AtoB's review of them says "A bit scary this. The Merc is an attractive
Chinese pirated clone of the Brompton, correct in most respects, and
apparently upgraded from the classic British bike, thanks to a light
alloy frame. The reality is a bike that weighs 13.2kg (heavier than the
steel Brompton!), on which almost nothing works properly - the saddle
slips down, the brakes barely function, the front carrier block is a bit
dodgy, and the cables get in a tangle when you fold it up. If offered
one at the ludicrous price of £499 - or any other price - just say no."
Care to comment new and potentual Merc owners?