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Old 02-11-07, 06:00 AM   #1
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Saw a Downtube in Newcastle outside Sainsburys

Saw my first Downtube in the 'flesh' today. I'm not sure how many there are in the UK, but there it was, standing next to my Merc and chained to the bike stand outside Sainsbury's in Newcastle this Sunday morning. It was a nice black cycle with Shimano gears. Looking at the Downtube site now in retrospect, it could have been the 2007 IX with a rack. It looked great. I wonder if the owner reads this forum. He /she probably lives within a mile of me. I wonder if Dr Yan has an importer here now. I'd be quite interested in one, but for the cost of the importing across the ocean.

If the Newcastle upon Tyne owner of a black Downtube that was parked outside Sainsbuy's next to my Merc does read this forum, I'd like to have a chat about how he feels about the bike and how he got it...

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Old 02-11-07, 05:11 PM   #2
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Saw my first Downtube in the 'flesh' today. I'm not sure how many there are in the UK, but there it was, standing next to my Merc and chained to the bike stand outside Sainsbury's in Newcastle this Sunday morning. It was a nice black cycle with Shimano gears. Looking at the Downtube site now in retrospect, it could have been the 2007 IX with a rack. It looked great. I wonder if the owner reads this forum. He /she probably lives within a mile of me. I wonder if Dr Yan has an importer here now. I'd be quite interested in one, but for the cost of the importing across the ocean.

If the Newcastle upon Tyne owner of a black Downtube that was parked outside Sainsbuy's next to my Merc does read this forum, I'd like to have a chat about how he feels about the bike and how he got it...
We import them in the UK. Our costs are much higher in the UK....taxes, shipping, storage. Therefore, we charge a $190 shipping and handling fee to the UK. All UK bikes ship from Felixstowe, hence no customs problems/charges.

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Old 02-12-07, 04:43 AM   #3
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i saw a downtube outside budgens in crouch end, north london. it was mine. i know it was mine because it winked at me. if there were any other bikes outside budgens that day i didn't notice them.

I'd say get one. i have had problems, the BB wore out around 200 miles and the suspension forks stopped working and the shops i've taken them to don't seem to know what to do with them including a specialised folding bike shop, a UK thing i believe. yan mention he might be selling parts as of march so i'm going to hang on until then.

but all in all i'm very happy with it. its certainly works well as a commuter. i'm planning to do london to brighton (in my own time, not on the same day as the event) and took it on the train the other day in its bag, then cycled to my parents house. i think its well worth the money.
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Old 02-12-07, 05:40 AM   #4
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If you need to swap out the suspension fork and don't want to spend much, just got a nice 20" RST fork for one for my R20s which seems just as cheap and cheerful as the one on my DT) from AEBike in the States for very little cash.

I've seen a few DT IXFSs around London recently - all off them black. They are certainly striking looking bikes, though I prefer them in white. Makes me feel a bit guilty about leaving my (white) IXFS in the garage in favour of my Mezzo.
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If you need to swap out the suspension fork and don't want to spend much, just got a nice 20" RST fork for one for my R20s which seems just as cheap and cheerful as the one on my DT) from AEBike in the States for very little cash.

I've seen a few DT IXFSs around London recently - all off them black. They are certainly striking looking bikes, though I prefer them in white. Makes me feel a bit guilty about leaving my (white) IXFS in the garage in favour of my Mezzo.
How do you like the RST fork & what's it like weight wise? I've been looking for a fork for my specialized/dahon to stop me getting juddered around quite so much off-road...
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If you need to swap out the suspension fork and don't want to spend much, just got a nice 20" RST fork for one for my R20s which seems just as cheap and cheerful as the one on my DT) from AEBike in the States for very little cash.
Matt:

I looked at the Web site. Do you mean the $50 fork with no steerer tube? How do you add steerer tube to it?
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Buy the matching steerer tube and hammer/clamp the thing into place! http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=FK7852
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If you need to swap out the suspension fork and don't want to spend much, just got a nice 20" RST fork for one for my R20s which seems just as cheap and cheerful as the one on my DT) from AEBike in the States for very little cash.

I've seen a few DT IXFSs around London recently - all off them black. They are certainly striking looking bikes, though I prefer them in white. Makes me feel a bit guilty about leaving my (white) IXFS in the garage in favour of my Mezzo.
Hi Matt52

I note you have both a Downtube IXFS and a Mezzo. These are the two bikes I am considering at the moment. Could you offer me some advice as to which one you would rate please? My priorities are comfort, stability, quality and price. I won't need to fold it every day although when I do it would help not to need 10 mins to do it. Finally I'll be doing mostly commuting including coming off the occasional curbstone and sometimes a longer road ride up to 25miles. Any advice from other members who have experience of these models greatly received. Cheers.
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Hi there i have the rst 200k fork on my downtube and its great. looks really nice. asthetically nicer than the one that came with the bike in my opinion. I tried to hold out for the replacement zoom forks on yans website but couldn't wait so ordered the rst forks from jensons. got stung for import tax so it wasn't really that cheap. i'd recommend it though. order the steerer at the same time and hand both to a bike shop, worked well for me.
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