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Old 01-13-09, 05:10 PM   #1
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New Pacific iF Mode Swivel Collapsing Bike

Have you seen this new beauty yet? The Pacific iF mode.
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Old 01-13-09, 05:38 PM   #2
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No one in the west has seen one in shops or on the road, AFAIK. They are taking a frustratingly long time to market.
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I've been admiring that design for some time now. Getting close to what I would consider to be the ultimate folder (subjective opinion of course).

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I received this prompt e-mail reply from the U.S. distributor:
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It's too expensive, I think.
http://www.foldingforum.com/forum/vi....php?f=15&t=34
http://www.marunaka-net.com/pacific/img/omote.pdf
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^ Yeah, that quote in the reply is in US dollars too! I actually expected the price to be around that ball park figure. High tech MTBs with new proprietary innovations usually go far beyond that price mark.

It's up there alright... BMW quality... BMW price tag!

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Old 01-14-09, 12:32 AM   #7
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Well, it's the price they want for innovation, I guess, but then the Speed Drive is not an item for a low cost bike anyway, whether it folded or not. The market will be the final judge.

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^ It's the "market" factor that would make the outcome of this particular bike unpredictable.

Strictly speaking a folding bike is a "people's" bike, a bike for commuters, a bike for the masses - so logically, the Pacific IF price tag just doesn't make any sense for the market it is supposedly meant for.

It reminds me of the volkwagen beetle and the mini cooper. Both cars were initially designed and intended for the masses... cheap, practical, economical, affordable. Fifty or so years down the evolutionary path, top designers step-in and reinvent these vehicles into shiek and fashionable cars, that the masses can no longer afford... commercially successful nevertheless.

I can't help but think that the Pacific IF could follow a similar path into a realm reserved for vehicular oxymorons. Like you said, the market will be the judge... probably some other market, where it could very well succeed!

Too much for me anyways... I fold.

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