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Old 08-25-06, 07:18 AM   #1
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Reach

A glowing review of the new Reach - make of it what you will...

http://www.pacific-cycles.com/review...1&cat0=5&cat=6

Should be available (if they are not already) in the US in a few months. If they make it over to the UK, I am getting the Race model...

The Carry-Me is another ultra small-wheeled stick folder...

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Old 08-25-06, 08:04 AM   #2
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What sort of price are those ... looks sweet.

What about the carry-me though? 8" wheels do not sound good (better than a sinclair though).
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Old 08-25-06, 11:56 AM   #3
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What is the price of such toy?
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Old 08-29-06, 01:19 AM   #4
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The MSRP of Reach Road model is US$ 1,499, Trail model 1,299, City model 999.

They are currently looking for a UK distributor...
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Old 08-29-06, 09:45 AM   #5
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Relatively speaking, $1500 is not that bad compared to a similar Bike Friday. Off the top of my head, one would probably have to pay something like $1700-1800 for Tiagra components with Capreo hubs.
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It does look like it is aimed at the Bike Friday and Airnimal market. Pricing is reasonably competitive and most components could be upgraded...

Not good for multi-modal use, but I assume it will pack down into a travel case.

If it makes it over to the UK, I suspect the $ will correlate to £...
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The MSRP of Reach Road model is US$ 1,499, Trail model 1,299, City model 999.

They are currently looking for a UK distributor...
My pockets started hurting after seeing these figures !
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I've ridden the Carry Me and it's much better than you might expect. Well made, with tons of clever touches, as one would expect from Pacific Cycles (Builder of Birdies, as opposed to Pacific Cycle, no "S" importer of K-Mart Krap) it uses 1/4" pitch chain and a tiny fixed cog. The chainring, with about 80 half sized teeth, has the freewheel.

One downside is that IMHO you will need to air the small volume tires often, to avoid pinch flats or dented rims.

A friend is the US distributor and will tryto get me the parts to build an FWD recumbent based on the micro drivetrain. Last I heard, he was still waiting for the Reach, but I haven't seen him for over a month.
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Ooh yeah....nice!
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Take a look at the distributor list - the UK agent is Airnimal . . .

Very very wierd. The frame has so much in common with the Airnimal Chameleon, the front forks look like those on a Birdy.

This bike will compete directly with the Airnimal Chameleon - so why would Airnimal be the UK distributor? I wonder if Airnimal are going to stop making the Chameleon and replace it with this?
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This bike will compete directly with the Airnimal Chameleon - so why would Airnimal be the UK distributor? I wonder if Airnimal are going to stop making the Chameleon and replace it with this?

When I contacted Airnimal last month, they said they were bringing in the City model first (£599). This will not compete with the Chameleon (more Joey territory), but if and when they import the Road model, it will. The trail model looks like it will be in competition with the Rhino...

I very much doubt the Chameleon will be discontinued.
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Old 11-14-06, 08:57 AM   #13
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From Mr Airnimal

" when we first produced the Chameleon, Pacific very much liked the look of it and developed the Reach utilising some of our ideas."

They are not discontinuing any of the airnimal line
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Available now in the PNW
http://www.electricvehiclesnw.com/fbw/reach.htm
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I've ridden the Carry Me and it's much better than you might expect. Well made, with tons of clever touches, as one would expect from Pacific Cycles (Builder of Birdies, as opposed to Pacific Cycle, no "S" importer of K-Mart Krap) it uses 1/4" pitch chain and a tiny fixed cog. The chainring, with about 80 half sized teeth, has the freewheel.

One downside is that IMHO you will need to air the small volume tires often, to avoid pinch flats or dented rims.
Can you give comparison opinions for Strida and Mobiky?
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Can you give comparison opinions for Strida and Mobiky?
Sorry, no.
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Sorry, no.
How about the A-Bike, Handybike, or other small wheeled folders.

How much of a disadvantage do you think the 8" wheel on the Carryme is compared to say a 12" or 16" wheel?
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Can you give comparison opinions for Strida and Mobiky?
I think AtoB did reviews of both these, from memory they liked the Strida best. Later, in a surprise test ride, the Mobiky beat many of the oft quoted heros of the folding world eg 'downtube' etc. over the test route - go figure !!
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