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Old 08-15-08, 07:31 PM   #1
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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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http://www.komda.com/en/prodct/prodcts.asp
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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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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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Did you get to see these bikes? Where? Which model/s?
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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....

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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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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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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.

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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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