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somnatash 09-16-08 12:08 PM

EZ UP Friendas
 
Hi guys,

look at this bike: designed to roll and carry suitcases for multimodal transport and supermarkets.
Any comments? makeinu??

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...ltrad_14-1.jpg
http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e.../faltrad-1.jpg

Lalato 09-16-08 12:10 PM

That's pretty nifty. What happens to the handlebar?

--sam

somnatash 09-16-08 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lalato (Post 7481124)
That's pretty nifty. What happens to the handlebar?

--sam

Seems that when half folded stem goes next to seatpost but I also cant figure out how do the bars then. Look, at the smallest folding size, the bars are folded - seems like with Carryme.

But are there 2 Chainwheels one on each side??

bromptonS8 09-16-08 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somnatash (Post 7481161)
But are there 2 Chainwheels one on each side??

Isn't that to keep the front chainrings small? You get two stages of reduction between the cranks and the rear hub instead of just one. I think the Mobiky Genius does the same thing.

BruceMetras 09-16-08 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somnatash (Post 7481111)
Hi guys,

look at this bike: designed to roll and carry suitcases for multimodal transport and supermarkets.
Any comments? makeinu??

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...ltrad_14-1.jpg

I'd like to see more of the 12" version.. do you have a link?

rhm 09-16-08 12:46 PM

Looks like a 16" folder with a long wheelbase and small but tall folded footprint. For shopping, getting on subways and buses, etc this might be a good fold.

Need more spec's, like the gearing, brakes, weight, etc. Promising, though.

joseff 09-16-08 12:55 PM

Am I seeing TWO frame hinges?

somnatash 09-16-08 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bromptonS8 (Post 7481321)
Isn't that to keep the front chainrings small? You get two stages of reduction between the cranks and the rear hub instead of just one. I think the Mobiky Genius does the same thing.

Ah yes, that's it.
Well I will have a closer look on it at the weekend on IFMA in Cologne. Where the bike first is shown to public, here the link (sorry, only german and no specs given:
http://www.frindas.de/index.php?opti...=60&Itemid=80:

Yes, 2 frame hinges, thats makes the "rack" out of the toptube when folded. Wondering how stable. (And yes a bike trade show again for me :o but this on near by and for free).

Also I want to see the Timor - not light, not a great fold but a super tight, elegant chain case :
http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...mor_111001.jpg
http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...mor_111002.jpg

makeinu 09-16-08 01:01 PM

I like it, but I bet it's heavy. Suspension, double hinged frame, two stage drivetrain, rear rack, high spoke count wheels; These things all add up.

Still I'd love to try one out. Looks like a mix of Strida and Carryme.

bykerouac 09-16-08 01:17 PM

Throw in some Brompton genes in there, with the wheeled rack and the ability to carry a pack while folded. Very interesting bike, I'd like to know more about it.

datako 09-16-08 03:37 PM

Looks like a very complex way to do what a Strida does simply.

somnatash 09-26-08 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bykerouac (Post 7481647)
...Very interesting bike, I'd like to know more about it.

I still owe you some info. (I took this info from a brochure): the bikes are called "the well-being Columbus Bicycle" by EZ-up and comes in different models. Folded size is 36x50x79. It folds 2-way ("horizontal and vertical") and when folded the bike can be used as a cart on its wheels and additional roller wheels. Weight depending on specs is between 12,8 kg and 13,8 kg. Gearing: Single speed or automatic internal 2 speed hub gear or 3Spd. Braking: V-brakes , on the 12inch model "band brake" in the rear.

look how the pedal folds and the strange curved cranks they had on one, here pics:

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma019.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...som/EUMF16.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma020.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma021.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma023.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma024.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma025.jpg

http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/e...om/ifma026.jpg


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