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Originally Posted by commander_taco
These bikes look impressive. They have full size wheels, and fold without any hinge on the main tube! Can you comment on its weight, and weight distribution between front and rear (ex. does it feel rear heavy?). Also, do they have a US distributor?
The Pacy 26 has a chromoly steel frame and, when lifting it, my overall impression was that the bike weighs a bit more than each of the three Dahon 26 inch folders that I have tried - all of which have lighter-weight 7005 aluminium frames. The Pacy Web site gives the weight of the Pacy 26 as being "from 14.5 kg (31.9 lbs) upwards - depending on gears and equipment". For comparison, my own Espresso weighs 13.3 kg (29.3 lbs) while, according to the Dahon Web site, the Jack weighs 12.2 kg (26.8 lbs) and the Matrix weighs 13.9 kg (30.6 lbs). The Pacy 26 that I tried out at Kinetics has Shimano Deore (3 x 9) derailleur gears front and back (i.e. no hub) and front suspension forks - so it probably weighs around 15 kg (33 lbs). With a hub, it will weigh a little more.
With regard to the weight distribution, when equipped with the derailleur gears, the Pacy 26 seemed to me to be quite well balanced. When equipped with the Rohloff hub, I imagine that it will then feel rear heavy.
Regarding retailers, if you visit the following page - http://www.pacy.net/haendler/index_haendler.html
- you will get a map of the shops selling the Pacy range. As you will see, they are all in Germany and Austria, except for a single shop in Brussels, Belgium. As far as I know, Kinetics became the U.K. sellers of Pacy's bikes after Ben Cooper (the owner of Kinetics) participated in the IFMA show in 2004. See the announcement on the Kinetics Bulletin Board - http://www.kinetics-online.co.uk/bbs...opic.php?t=127
I am sorry that I don't know anything about the distribution of the Pacy bikes in the U.S.A.