Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-21-07, 04:50 PM   #1
bookishboy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Any experience with those Puma/Biomega bikes?

I see these occasionally pop up on ebay or the local Craigslists.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/bik/294966644.html

The downtube on them seems to have been replaced with a tensioned cable, which doubles as a locking device. If the cable is cut, the bike's "back" is broken.... the idea is that to minimize the theft desirability.

Anyone ridden on these? Know someone who has? Any issues with quality/sturdiness?
bookishboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-07, 06:19 PM   #2
Bacciagalupe
Professional Fuss-Budget
 
Bacciagalupe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 6,438
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They crop up in here every few months. Basically, they're heavy, very little advantage to the fold.

The owner must have a reason to ditch it after 3 rides, that can't be a good sign....
Bacciagalupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-07, 04:22 PM   #3
LittlePixel
Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc
 
LittlePixel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: London UK
Bikes: 1982 Raleigh Twenty Hotrod Fixie; 1984 Peugeot Premier Fixie, 2007 Merc Lightweight folder
Posts: 1,990
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I happen to know the designers of those bikes are a big R20 fans.
Shame they didn't just get licensing from Raleigh and make a neue '06 Twenty in xtra lite Pumatanium

Last edited by LittlePixel; 03-23-07 at 04:29 PM.
LittlePixel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-07, 03:34 PM   #4
Shaymo
Dr Kickstand
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes: Montague Hummer 2006
Posts: 62
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have put together an article on this bike on www.bikesthatfold.com

The main advantage or innovation is the locking devise which is build as part of the frame
Shaymo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-07, 04:17 PM   #5
downtube
Senior Member
 
downtube's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Many Downtube Folders :)
Posts: 1,000
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
They have changed their bikes in 2007 in 2 ways:

#1 All models will be 8sp.
#2 Price will jump to $1445 from the current $750.

I thought they were joking with this information at the Taipei show.....it was no joke.

Yan
downtube is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-07, 05:58 PM   #6
bookishboy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yikes; even at $700 they seemed to be a stretch.

I've seen a bunch of them recently on Craigslist in different cities, all priced at or near $700. I wonder if they're dumping the previous models before teh 2007 ones come out, or if the first batch of owners are just coming up on the "several months later, I'm not as happy as I thought I'd be" date from when they purchased the things.
bookishboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:50 PM.