Are Mezzos selling well in the States?
Reason I ask is that I am coming out to Florida in a few days to visit my wife who is working as a care-giver near Delray Beach. I have a Mezzo myself and thought I'd pick up one second-hand before leaving, stuff it in a big suitcase and take it across for her.
Typically me, I ended up buying two: a two-year old I4 (four gears, internal hub) and a brand new D9 (9 gear derailleur) where the owner had won it in a competition. I'm sure I could sell both at a small profit over here but my wife would have to disassemble the bike to bring it back home. I'm therefore minded to bring the I4 to the States and leave her to sell it at the end of her "tour of duty".
I suppose what I am wondering is whether this is a good idea, should I substitute the D9 for the I4 or should I get her to bring the bike back? Any of you guys have an idea of what the market for Mezzos is like Stateside?
As far as I know Mezzo bikes are only sold in the UK. Outside the UK, the brand is called Ori Bikes. It's a strange relationship between the designer (Mezzo) and the manufacturer (Ori).
At any rate, Mezzo is only sold in the UK and Ireland. Ori currently only has dealers in Europe and Asia. There are no dealers for either bike in the US. If you want one, you will have to order it online and have it shipped to the States. Or, just pick one up from a dealer in Europe/UK/Asia.
Hmmm... I think your chances of having a quick sell will be tough in Florida. I lived most of my life there and things are two spread out for typical multi-modal commuting with a Mezzo or any folding bike.
That said, if you post about it here... perhaps someone on this forum might be interested in buying it from you, if you're willing to ship it before you depart.
Basically, you will need to be prepared to take it back with you.
Wow! These look amazing. I am always bummed at how folders have been so slow to take off in the US.....although we are starting to see more of them in DC Metro area finally. Guess Europeans get to have all the fun.
I see the Mezzo frame has been updated along the lines of the Monocoque Birdy.
My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/
.. does it seems to be a good price as 400GBR for the Mezzo d9 model (gold color)?
here is the description:
Mezzo D-9 9-Speed Derailleur GOLD
Colour: Anodised sand (GOLD)
Frame and Fork: 6061 aluminium frameset
Headset: VP Threadless 1 1/8"
Rear Hub: Alloy anodised black,with sealed bearings, 28 hole
Front Hub: Alloy anodised black,with sealed bearings, 28 hole
Spokes: Stainless steel, silver, brass nipples
Rims: Alloy, double walled black
Tyres: Mezzo 16" x 1 3/8" with Kevlar puncture protection
Shifter: SRAM Attack
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crankset: Mezzo 54 tooth with chainguard - 170mm
Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge
Cassette: SRAM PG-950 PGII 11-26
Seatpost: Mezzo 31.6mm x 550mm hard anodised alloy
Saddle: Mezzo d9 Comfort
Handlebar: Alloy 2" rise
Grips: Dual density comfort
Brakes: Alloy dual pivot callipers
Brake Levers: Alloy 4 finger
Pedals: Alloy folding
Extras: Integrated rack and mudguards
they states for RRP £645.00
Last edited by otetz; 01-13-09 at 11:47 PM.
I looked at a green Mezzo D10 (£830) in the Cycle Surgery store the other evening while I waited to place my order for a B-Spoke Brompton. The Mezzo looks good until you get to the handle post stem... it looks like something a drunk plumber might cobble together
besides the stem (this is what doing it smaller than Birdy), how is the ride on it (for just 400GBR? )
Am I imagining it or is the wheelbase quite short?
I just think the handlebar stem looks odd, almost as if they designed the bike and thought “dam, the handlebars need to be further forward and we need to be able to fold it down... how about chopping here and a joint there...”
In fact if you compare the position of the handle bars in relation to the frame, they are not that much further forward. Check out the Birdy and you will see that you can have the bars canted forward without the stem from a circus clowns bike.
an example of JUr's birdy Birdy thread
So the wheelbase is shorter than a brompton and probably the same as a Dahon Curve. I'm kinda coming around to the looks.
I will bring this one to the top since there are some new Mezzo owners now.
Dawes Kingpin 2speed
How very timely Dynocoaster.
I picked up my Mod'd D9/D10 an hour ago, despite still having my arm in a plastic caste. The new gearing has still to settle down a little and the chain position itself so that it doesn't occasionally rub, but the 56 chain ring has made a difference I'm pleased to say. Could do with a D11 really I suspect
Coming from a Birdy I quickly discovered that you do feel the bumps; the arm is still throbbing in protest (don't tell the Doc!). I need to get used to the twitchyness/precise steering after 4 months recuperating, but so far I'm pleased with it. A good secondhand purchase, even though the silver wouldn't be my first choice of colour.
A question for other owners: how much rattle/movement do you have from the handlebar stem?
I realized that if I didn't tighten down the screws on the handlebar stem really tightly, the handlebars would move easily if I kept the wheel in place with my feet. After tightening the screws a bit, the handlebars now stay in place.
Anyone have experience with a good Mezzo bike bag?
Dawes Kingpin 2speed
I think there is a Mezzo bag made specifically for the bike. Bfold has then for about $40-$50 each.
Are you talking about a bag for the rack or the bag to cover the bike?