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Old 01-03-09, 11:40 PM   #1
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Interesting new KHS folder

Not sure who has seen this. I like the semi crank forward set-up which should reduce the need to have a 3' seat post. Price is right, but folding appears to be just the stem and lowering the seat.

I have my 'dumpster' Workman folder set up with 20/16 and like it. If I can ever find the donate button, I would even post a pic.

enjoy, rod

http://www.khsbicycles.com/09_iped_09.htm
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Old 01-04-09, 10:41 AM   #2
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I've always believed that the "crank forward" geometry would work well on folders to minimize the need for an extra long seatpost. It also makes for a more relaxed riding experience, unless of course you prefer the more aggressive position.

There is one thing I did notice in regards to the six speed drivetrain. The specifications say that the freewheel is a Shimano 6 speed 11-28. There used to be a 7 speed 11-28 freewheel that was discontinued by Shimano, and I don't ever recall there being a 6 speed version. It there is, I would love to get my hands on one, to install in my Flying Pigeon folder, to give it a higher top gear, while maintaining the low gear as it is.

Well I didn't mean to "hi jack" the thread. The only thing I would personally change on the KHS i-Ped would have been to design it to use the same size wheels, whether 16", or 20".

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Not sure who has seen this. I like the semi crank forward set-up which should reduce the need to have a 3' seat post. Price is right, but folding appears to be just the stem and lowering the seat.

I have my 'dumpster' Workman folder set up with 20/16 and like it. If I can ever find the donate button, I would even post a pic.

enjoy, rod

http://www.khsbicycles.com/09_iped_09.htm
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Old 01-08-09, 09:15 PM   #3
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I have been searching on-line to no avail. No LBS is a dealer, and there is little to no information outside of the KHS website. I would like to get my grubby hands on one - for what ever reason this little bike is calling to me.
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Not sure who has seen this. I like the semi crank forward set-up which should reduce the need to have a 3' seat post. Price is right, but folding appears to be just the stem and lowering the seat.

I have my 'dumpster' Workman folder set up with 20/16 and like it. If I can ever find the donate button, I would even post a pic.

enjoy, rod

http://www.khsbicycles.com/09_iped_09.htm
I like this folder

I was going to post this but I'm not sure there's a distributor in the U.S. There was a bike very similar to this selling on Ebay for under $100.00 dollars not too long ago!

I don't know if you can locate a front tire or inner tubes that's 12' inches. You really need parts for this bike and it's going to be difficult locating them when the time comes.

On a positive note, the frame does not fold and it's one piece. I hope it does reach the U.S.
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I like this folder

I was going to post this but I'm not sure there's a distributor in the U.S. There was a bike very similar to this selling on Ebay for under $100.00 dollars not too long ago!
By any chance was this the folder you were referring to?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Razor-Squeeze-Fo...3%3A1|294%3A50

The seat post slides down just like any other bike, and the stem apparently folds, but the frame itself doesn't. Just like the KHS. It's more of a small "mini velo" than a folding bicycle.

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By any chance was this the folder you were referring to?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Razor-Squeeze-Fo...3%3A1|294%3A50

The seat post slides down just like any other bike, and the stem apparently folds, but the frame itself doesn't. Just like the KHS. It's more of a small "mini velo" than a folding bicycle.

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That doesn't look too bad.

The bike that I saw had a 16' and 12' inch wheels. It was very low end but you found a much better one.
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I think that Razor "Squeeze" is not a bad alternative for someone looking for a simple, compact bike for short distance trips, and who doesn't need something that folds completely.

Interestingly enough, there is another small bike by Razor also called the "Squeeze".

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Razor-Squeez...3%3A1|294%3A50

Like the other Razor, it's frame doesn't fold, and everything on top of the bike can be collapsed. The tires are about the same size as the ones on the Pacific Carryme's.

I wonder if the i-Ped is already on sale.

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That doesn't look too bad.

The bike that I saw had a 16' and 12' inch wheels. It was very low end but you found a much better one.
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I like this folder

I don't know if you can locate a front tire or inner tubes that's 12' inches. You really need parts for this bike and it's going to be difficult locating them when the time comes.
Wally Mart, K-Mart and others have 12 inch tires and tubes, 12 inch is a common kiddies bike size.
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That eBay bike looks a lot like a non-folding Breezer Itzy. Same size wheels too.


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As I posted in another thread, I test-rode the khs i-ped this past weekend and really loved how comfortable it felt. I believe the size differential between the front and rear wheels facilitates the pedal-forward position. The upright riding position is super-comfortable, and after a metric century on my road bike yesterday (and the resultant oreness/numbness in my upper body, shoulders, arms, and wrists) it's about the only position on a bicycle (other than off) that appeals to me right now.

I didn't get to see the bike folded, but it is correct that the downtube does not fold; only the pedals and handlebar stem fold (and the seat post, as usual, can be retracted).

If anyone actually is riding this bike on a regular basis, I'd love to see a review.
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I for one don't like the crank forward design. There are hills where I live. Get 4" of your femurs removed and once you heal you can drive a Yaris with any folder you want in the trunk!
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I for one don't like the crank forward design. There are hills where I live. Get 4" of your femurs removed and once you heal you can drive a Yaris with any folder you want in the trunk!
I have a crank forward design cruiser (specifically, an Electra Cruiser 1). The cockpit is a bit longer than a normal cruiser and makes it doable for my 6'3" frame and 36" inseam - there is no danger of my knees hitting the pedals. However, while sofa comfortable, it is heavy and only meant for FLAT terrain. It's very difficult to get any power into the pedals do to one's body position.

Also, as a very happy Yaris LB owner, let me say that I can easily get our two BFs and all our luggage into that larger than it looks little car. In fact, I could get three people and all three of our folders into it at one time, if I had to.

As for the KHS that is the main subject of this thread, it just doesn't look all that comfortable, efficient or practical for daily riding.
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