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Old 03-04-08, 11:59 AM   #1
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Stock Bike Friday sizing

I am looking at purchasing a new folding bike for my business trips, and I was interested in the Bike Friday Pocket Rocket. However, I wanted to keep my budget to $1K or less, and Bike Friday has stock bikes for sale at a significant discount over the custom sizes. I don't plan for this to be my primary bike, so I guess I do not need to have a totally dialed-in fit. The large stock size roughly equates to a 60cm frame, while a medium equates to a 56 cm frame. I ride around a 58 cm Trek frame, so does anyone know how adjustable the stock bikes are, and whether I should err on the side of a smaller frame or a larger frame?

I spoke with someone at BF and he was trying to steer me toward a custom frame.

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Old 03-04-08, 01:05 PM   #2
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I am looking at purchasing a new folding bike for my business trips, and I was interested in the Bike Friday Pocket Rocket. However, I wanted to keep my budget to $1K or less, and Bike Friday has stock bikes for sale at a significant discount over the custom sizes. I don't plan for this to be my primary bike, so I guess I do not need to have a totally dialed-in fit. The large stock size roughly equates to a 60cm frame, while a medium equates to a 56 cm frame. I ride around a 58 cm Trek frame, so does anyone know how adjustable the stock bikes are, and whether I should err on the side of a smaller frame or a larger frame?

I spoke with someone at BF and he was trying to steer me toward a custom frame.

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In general, folding bikes can fit a wider range of sizes than full size bikes. I don't know what type of stem comes with the stock bike: Is it the swan stem or a typical ahead-type stem? Assuming that there is an ahead-type stem, I would go smaller instead of larger since you can always put a longer stem on the bike.

If my memory is correct, there was a $100 difference and a longer wait for the custom sized bike.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:14 PM   #3
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I spoke with someone at BF and he was trying to steer me toward a custom frame.

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Green Gear Cycles is a for profit enterprise, but their customer service is very good. I doubt they would do that just to get you to buy a higher priced item. They actually were the opposite with me. I wanted a custom bike, and they insisted a stock bike would fit me as well and for less money. If I had to guess they either don't have any in stock and won't for a while because they're filling custom orders, you really won't fit one of their stock bikes, or it is possible someone is trying to make better numbers, but I'm pretty quick to doubt the last one.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:17 PM   #4
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I believe that it is the ahead-type stem with the stock model (here is the spec sheet: http://bikefriday.com/node/6858?styleId=0).

The price savings on the website is actually $230 ($999 vs. $1,230, which I thought could cover a hard case and a couple accessories.

I was hoping that I would not break the bank on my first folder, with the thought of trading up at some point if I liked them and I got as much use out of them as I hoped.
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I was on the phone with the rep, so I could have misconstrued what he was saying. It just seemed that when I was asking questions about the adjustability of the stock bike, he seemed to go back to the custom bike. It could have been that he was trying to be helpful in addressing my concerns about the sizing of the stock bikes.

I have read many positive reviews on the service, so I will chalk it up to misunderstanding.

I will probably fill out the sizing form and forward it to BF to see if they can get the sizing to approximate my road bikes.
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I believe that it is the ahead-type stem with the stock model (here is the spec sheet: http://bikefriday.com/node/6858?styleId=0).

The price savings on the website is actually $230 ($999 vs. $1,230, which I thought could cover a hard case and a couple accessories.

I was hoping that I would not break the bank on my first folder, with the thought of trading up at some point if I liked them and I got as much use out of them as I hoped.
Hmmm, are there other component differences? See the bottom of this link ...

http://bikefriday.com/node/6662

Stock bike that is ready to ship. Size is medium. Flag Red

Stock Bike Fridays are priced $100 lower than comparable models that are custom built-to-order. Custom orders can take up to 8-10 weeks for delivery. Stock Fridays can ship out on short notice (please call for schedule & availability, as neither is specifically guaranteed).
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Old 03-04-08, 03:46 PM   #7
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Hmmm, are there other component differences? See the bottom of this link ...

http://bikefriday.com/node/6662

Stock bike that is ready to ship. Size is medium. Flag Red

Stock Bike Fridays are priced $100 lower than comparable models that are custom built-to-order. Custom orders can take up to 8-10 weeks for delivery. Stock Fridays can ship out on short notice (please call for schedule & availability, as neither is specifically guaranteed).
It looks like other than the stem, the specs are the same, and the stock bikes apparently come with basic saddle and pedals (which I am sure I would replace). The only thing I can guess is that the stock bike prices stayed the same from 2007, while the custom model prices reflect the 2008 price inflation from what I read in other forums.

Here is the page with the prices and the links to specs: http://bikefriday.com/node/1590. The similar model to the stock Pocket Rocket is the 1 Pocket Rocket 16 (non-STI).
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