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    Komda Folding Bikes - seeing one tomorrow!

    Hi, I'm going to see a Komda folding bike tomorrow. I did a quick google but couldnt turn up much info.

    Anyone know anything about these bikes? Would appreciate any info

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    Never heard of it. Take some pictures so we can see what it looks like.

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    Hmm, some of them look strangely familiar. Here's their version of a Downtube Mini.

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    Wow, cool stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chagzuki View Post
    Wow, cool stuff.
    You think? Hhm, I am not so impressed from the pics. Besides the "strangely familiar" look - have you seen the weights of the bikes?

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    deburn:
    Did you get to see these bikes? Where? Which model/s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by porschetoyz View Post
    deburn:
    Did you get to see these bikes? Where? Which model/s?
    sorry for the delayed response. I didnt get any replies for a couple of days and stopped checking. Unfortunately the bikes (she was selling two of them for 100.00) were sold before I could get there....
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    - db,

    No prob, I just saw that you bought the Bickerton. Enjoy the ride! Only your first folder of course....
    Last edited by porschetoyz; 08-18-08 at 09:20 PM. Reason: better answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by porschetoyz View Post
    - db,

    No prob, I just saw that you bought the Bickerton. Enjoy the ride! Only your first folder of course....
    no kidding! I was just looking at another one on CL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
    Hmm, some of them look strangely familiar. Here's their version of a Downtube Mini.
    Is that a CLONE !!! Do Dr Yan & Sammyboy know about this ?

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    This is odd

    honestly I think something isn't right here.... have not heard anything about this company and never heard that Downtube share a platform with another company.... the fact this frame is exactly the same as the DT's frame is really interesting. A couple of Downtube people are members hear and it will be nice to see their comments on this.... I really hope it doesn't end up you can get the same bike/ frame from a bike catalog in China just under a different name because Downtube always proud to mention they design their own products.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy C View Post
    honestly I think something isn't right here.... have not heard anything about this company and never heard that Downtube share a platform with another company.... the fact this frame is exactly the same as the DT's frame is really interesting. A couple of Downtube people are members hear and it will be nice to see their comments on this.... I really hope it doesn't end up you can get the same bike/ frame from a bike catalog in China just under a different name because Downtube always proud to mention they design their own products.....
    I figure Downtube has contracted with a factory in China to build their bikes, and that company is also selling the same bikes --or nearly the same bikes-- outside the contract. Isn't that what the Merc / Flamingo is?

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    I am not sure...

    I am fairly new to folding bikes but i am pretty familiar to the "out of the contract" term and honestly i am not a huge fan of it.... I know Dahon sold a few models to other companies but it is known to all while with Downtube the whole thing seems like a mystery to me.
    I know it's out of topic but when i was looking for a folder i wasn't really to impressed with DT's website.... i am sorry but it looks very very basic and the pics are ghettoish.... my beef is that a well known company should invest in a good website that sells. now when i see the Komada bikes which is generally the same bike with different components.... i don't know.... to me it doesn't look good.....
    Imagine you have bought a brand new Giant Yukon (mountain bike) for x amount of $$$ and a month after you see an unknown company sells the same frame under a different name... how would you feel about that?
    my first reaction would probably be WTF ..... !!!!
    Don't get me wrong here, i am not talking about quality here and Downtube might be more comfortable than Dahon... but to me.... and i am sorry to say that but Downtube as a brand should sell themselves better.
    I have not tried their bikes but when you compare DT's website to Dahon's, Brompton's etc..... it look far behind.... and again i am not saying the product is poor or something but it is all about marketing.
    Last edited by Tommy C; 08-19-08 at 04:49 PM.

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    The seller said the bikes were Italian btw. I couldnt find anything that confirmed the bikes were Italian, but she was the original owner
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    havne not heard about this brand

    mind you i am quite new to folding bikes but have done a lot of research..... what's your budget?

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