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Old 04-10-08, 02:28 AM   #1
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New Flamingo Ultimate folding bike!!

Have you seen this new model??
http://www.flamingobike.com/products...d=60&cid=3#pro
Anyone knows where could I get a quote??
This really looks like the ultimate folding bike!!
18 speeds and similar to brompton!!
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Old 04-10-08, 05:04 AM   #2
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Here are some pictures and specs as shown in flamingo site:

HSF2.jpg

HS-F2-b11.jpg

HS-F2-f.jpg

* BRAND: FLAMINGO Handy FOLDING SERIAL
* MODEL: HS-F2 16" 18-SPEED FOLDING BIKE (EXTERNAL SHIFTING SYSTEM)
* FRAME: FULL ALLOY HYDRAULIC FORMING RIGID FRAME
* FORK: CR-MOLY RIGID FORK
* TIRE: 16"x 1- 3/8" ANTI-PUNCTURE TYPE, W/REFLECTIVE LINE
* GEAR SYSTEM: F/D MICROSHIFT FDR-439; R/D SHIMANO DEORE LX 9-SPD
* FEATURE: TELESCOPIC FOLDING STEM,
OVERSIZE STEM POST,
DOUBLE CHAINRINGS TO ENHANCE RIDING POWER
EXTREMELY COMPACT INNOVATION
* WEIGHT: 11.93 KGS
* LxWxH: 660x350x510mm = 4.16'
* COLOR AVAILABLE: RED, BLACK, WHITE
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Old 04-10-08, 07:41 AM   #3
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Wow I want one what is the price?
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Question when will we ever see them in the mainstream?
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Looks like a height adjustable stem.
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Am I old fashion to prefer to have 7 or 8 gears in hub to have them outside in a casette?
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I don't think you can turn left on that bike if you are riding 10mph or faster...

Nice looks though.
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Info from GraceGallant

Hi:
I wrote to gracegallant and got the following answer:

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your interests in buying FLAMINGO folding bikes. HS-F2 is an all new external innovation folding bike which is still not available in the market, as we will start the production until this September ~October. Please take reference to see if you would consider inter 3-speed or inter 7-speed type folding bikes FL-BP01-3 or FL-BP01-7.

The product photos of FL-BP01-7
FL-BP01-07.jpg
and the photos of FL-BP01-3
FL-BP01-03.jpg

So, we will have to wait till next Christmas, as for the other two models, one is almost the same as the merc and the
FL-BP01-7 one is has a Nexus 7 , these are already available here in Spain ( I already phoned for a quote and told me 800 EURO, almost like a Brompton!!) so I guess they wil be everywhere, just write to gracellant for a retailer, I hope cheaper than the spanish one!!!

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Am I old fashion to prefer to have 7 or 8 gears in hub to have them outside in a casette?
You may be old, but you're right! With 16" wheels, it's very difficult to get a decent gearing with a derailleur. What's the highest gear ratio this bike offers? What are the chainring sizes? What's the cassette?
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I don't think you can turn left on that bike if you are riding 10mph or faster...

Nice looks though.
I saw this

Terrific 18-speed brompton MOD
in an archived thread, is just the same concept but home made, they say it works very well!!
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Hi:
I wrote to gracegallant and got the following answer:

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your interests in buying FLAMINGO folding bikes. HS-F2 is an all new external innovation folding bike which is still not available in the market, as we will start the production until this September ~October. Please take reference to see if you would consider inter 3-speed or inter 7-speed type folding bikes FL-BP01-3 or FL-BP01-7.

The product photos of FL-BP01-7
Attachment 69249
and the photos of FL-BP01-3
Attachment 69250

So, we will have to wait till next Christmas, as for the other two models, one is almost the same as the merc and the
FL-BP01-7 one is has a Nexus 7 , these are already available here in Spain ( I already phoned for a quote and told me 800 EURO, almost like a Brompton!!) so I guess they wil be everywhere, just write to gracellant for a retailer, I hope cheaper than the spanish one!!!

800 Euro is $1259 USD. Why not just get a brompton? Am I missing something?
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800 Euro is $1259 USD. Why not just get a brompton? Am I missing something?
Because the Flamingo -- just from memory -- has a 7 speed internal hub, v-brakes, and some other stuff that escapes me at the moment.
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Not folders, but I love these bikes in their catalogue:


7-sp Shimano hub! Track ends! Lugged steel! Coaster brake?!?




Mini-velo!
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