I think these were showcased last year in one of the far east cycle shows. Its a Mezzo with a hydroformed frame. You can see on the site they are still selling the original Mezzo as the C8, with the M8 and M9 having the snazzier new frame style. I'd guess they'll make their way cross to the UK in a year or two through ATB (the UK Mezzo agents).
I figured why not... I went ahead and e-mailed them to see when they would be available in the US.
And the inevitable reply...
So, if anyone knows of a possible distributor... they need one.Dear Sirs,
So far we don't have any distributor in US,and I am sorry for that.
However, if you can introduce some good folding bike distributor to us, and
we could try to contact with them soon. Thanks
Visiting Leuven, Belgium for a few weeks and stopped in at the LBS (or whatever the Dutch acronym might be...) for some lights to ride my rented trashy bike at night. For fun, I asked if they had any folding bikes in stock... The clerk gently pointed to my right. They had an Ori M9 on the floor - I completely missed it as it was folded up and quite tiny. I didn't get to give it a test ride, as he had just gotten it in and it wasn't road-ready (brakes tight, etc) but I did push it around a bit after it was unfolded. Very sturdy feeling, quite light. The frame has a satiny patina, and a distinctly dull hollow sound when tapping it - almost looks like carbon composite at first glance.
I ride a Downtube FSIX (didn't bring it on this trip) which is a virtual elephant compared to the Ori. Don't get me wrong; I'm happy with the DT at < $300 - the Ori M9 is 995 euro, with a 5% 'intro' discount offered in the shop.
If anyone is interested I might be able to get back to the shop and take a few pictures but the website is pretty informative.