Alessandro Belli Bike (a real folding bike)
Last edited by makeinu; 03-09-07 at 01:20 PM.
I remember a press release for this a couple(?) of years ago. Shame it does not seem to have progressed to the production phase.
It looks like the spawn of a Moulton and Strida.
2 million Euros investment?!?! That's a lot of money for a (new/unproven) line of folding bikes, I would think. I mean how many would he (or a company investing that much money) have to sell to break even?
Actually I just checked the email again and he didn't say 2M euros. He said 3M euros.
Originally Posted by Rincewind8
I have no idea how that compares to other bike startups. I wonder if Yan would know?
It reminds me of an odd marriage between a Sinclair A-bike and a Pedersen style.
Either he's unwilling to start out with a really small operation (which is probably the only way he could get his company started) or for some reason he can't get the different componants of his bike built inexpensively? 2-3 million euros is nothing to sneeze at and I would hazard a guess that it is quite a bit more than what Yan started with,
Maybe he can't start with a a really small operation due to the manufacturing of the thermoplastics? Maybe he's unwilling to compromise on the 75 euros per unit price and he can only achieve it with economies of scale?
Originally Posted by juan162
There are a lot of standard components on Yan's bikes. This bike looks like it has no standard components at all.
The Belli folder looks interesting, and I'd be willing to try it, though I can imagine many ways for it to have a catastrophic failure.
Putting all that aside... assuming it's The Perfect Folding Bike, the last word in this forum, etc. Where someone like Belli going to find that kind of money? The only think I could think of is: find a billionaire who thinks it's a good idea. Unfortunately billionaires are in short supply, and I have a suspicion the number of billionaires who would like this idea will be smaller still. But there's something about this bike that suggests to my mind the word "Ikea," a company owned by one of the world's richest men. Ikea makes a big show of being environmentally friendly, and their interest in folding bikes was recently demonstrated by their gift of blue Raleigh folders to european employees last Christmas.
So my suggestion to Mr. Belli would be: ride your bike into your local Ikea and ask to speak to the owner. Hmm, well, it's probably not quite that easy, but you get the idea.
Makeinu, did Belli indicate to you how many of these have been made?
Originally Posted by rhm
I want to see how this folds, and I want a clearer illustration of the driveline.