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    Mercedes Benz Folder...

    Any one have or tried one of these?


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    apparently it was launched sep 11 2007. this is the article. but can't find the cost of owning one.

    http://www.autospectator.com/cars/me...cessories-gmbh

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    ^ Probably in the overpriced side of things...

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    Kudos to MB for developping stuff like this.
    It is a "one touch folding" (I guess?).
    It is full suspended.
    Considering the size of an average MB car trunk that thing fold small enough to fit into the trunk easely.

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    Man does that look good.
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    To me the gearing looks low.

    And the phrase "discerning buyers" annoys me to bits. I suppose us who buy anything from Flying Pigeons to Moultons are just the local rabble who don't appreciate stuff that "discerning buyers" would carefully choose to waste their blooming executive payouts in the midst of the economic woe on.
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    Though not a strict rule, more often than not any bicycle with a car brand for a name is usually a dud.

    BTW, did you know that Ducati started out as a bicycle maker not motorcycles? At my LBS there is a nice shiny red Ducati roadie....with chrome bar tape, I wonder what it's like?

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    bikes with cars were born out of a necessity ...... at the time some 10/20 years ago the law in Germany and oyjer European countries were not allowing car dealers to give any discount more than 3 % of the value of the car( usually these discounts were mad e up in parts for the car) ...... In the 60 that worked out to be a pair of mats or maybe a free radio ...in the nineties every car had a radio and the mats overpriced as they can be never made it to that 3 % hurdle.....

    SO some car companies " invented" bikes to give away with a car to close the deal ..... Porsche Mercedes BMW and many others ....

    Usually these bikes are not worth the money they were supoosed to fetch on the open market , as they were in the 3 % range of the car compnies most sold vehicle , rather than what they were worth at a bike dealer .....

    The R D for these bikes was never done by Car company people ( even if they tell you so ) The RD was always done by a bike compmapany or somebody like Leitner ( ATK fame , Horst Link) who designed the first Merceds folders ( which were modified AMP bikes and rather nice)

    Today all the laws about discount are gone ( European union) and the bikes are just meandering along as being a huge pain in the butt for the car dealers.... who usually really hate them ..

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    still no price. anyone has an idea on how much this will cost ? i assume since it was built by mb, it will be in the vicinity of 2k.....

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    Unfortunately not that specific MB folding bike listed but instead some other German car make bicycles:
    http://www.radkom.de/shop/fahrraeder...f01a34a8cf0c16

    If the link above doesn't work browse this
    http://www.radkom.de/shop/
    and then "fahrräder" followed by "Mercedes Benz"

    As the mountain bike costs 2790€ and the racing bike 3990€ I'm afraid the folder is not cheap either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
    BTW, did you know that Ducati started out as a bicycle maker not motorcycles?
    I think that needs some clarification..... They started off making radio parts. After the second World War, they bought the rights to manufacture a small motor, designed to be bolted onto bicycles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesH View Post
    I think that needs some clarification..... They started off making radio parts. After the second World War, they bought the rights to manufacture a small motor, designed to be bolted onto bicycles...
    Ok thanks, I learnt something there

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    Quote Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
    bikes with cars were born out of a necessity ...... at the time some 10/20 years ago the law in Germany and oyjer European countries were not allowing car dealers to give any discount more than 3 % of the value of the car( usually these discounts were mad e up in parts for the car) ...... In the 60 that worked out to be a pair of mats or maybe a free radio ...in the nineties every car had a radio and the mats overpriced as they can be never made it to that 3 % hurdle.....

    SO some car companies " invented" bikes to give away with a car to close the deal ..... Porsche Mercedes BMW and many others ....

    Usually these bikes are not worth the money they were supoosed to fetch on the open market , as they were in the 3 % range of the car compnies most sold vehicle , rather than what they were worth at a bike dealer .....

    The R D for these bikes was never done by Car company people ( even if they tell you so ) The RD was always done by a bike compmapany or somebody like Leitner ( ATK fame , Horst Link) who designed the first Merceds folders ( which were modified AMP bikes and rather nice)

    Today all the laws about discount are gone ( European union) and the bikes are just meandering along as being a huge pain in the butt for the car dealers.... who usually really hate them ..

    lol

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    Now that makes perfect sense to me... and satisfies my curiosity as to why these big car name brands even bother with such things. And yes, most of them seem to be duds in terms of cyclist acceptance - but obviously if it serves as a deal maker and the deal has been made, then it has served its purpose - not so much a folding bike, but rather a marketing bike.

    So only available in Europe and only with the car?


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    Scroll down to "The Topeak Jango 'Multi-Mobility bike'"
    http://www.velovision.co.uk/cgi-bin/...l?storynum=997

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    This bike came free with a new Merc car during a promotion a few years ago. I don't know if its buyable otherwise. It is not the best folding shape I have ever seen. Form over function? if its got discs brakes it must be good sort of thinking?

    Looks like the sort of item one owns, rather than uses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    I don't know if its buyable otherwise.
    Errrm See the preceding two posts........

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    Yeah, looks like a bike made by Jango with a Merc badge... either that or a Merc instigated design project, produced by and licensed to Jango. I wonder what the inside story is? Or then again maybe there is none... could be just another one of those automotive-branded merchandise items.

    Good spotting MilesH

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    Pocko,

    I doubt that Mercedes had much to do with the design. They probably just commissioned it from ADP. I guess there was then a deal to allow Topeak/Jango to license the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesH View Post
    Errrm See the preceding two posts........
    NOt sure if the "MERC" badged bike is availalbe not the Jango. Sorry if I was not clear

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagan2009 View Post
    I never tried such kind of folding bikes but looks great and hopes to be a great utilitarian bike. I really wish to buy one if its not over priced.
    I would imagine depending on where you're from or if you know someone in Taiwan, that you should be able to buy the Jango version. It's the same bike without the Merc badge one would think... so it shouldn't be over priced. The Merc version was never over-priced in the first place because it is not for sale to the public, as bhkyte mentioned earlier. Apparently it came free with the car during the period when it was used as a promotional item.

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    LIke to see a review? and prices

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    I dont know if it was always given for free with the car. that was at the discretion of the dealer.... I think anyhow.. they were supposed to actively sell them as well..... albeit for horrendeous prices usually ...

    Another Mercedes Bike Story
    way back ..too long to count the years..... Bike Trade SHow in Philadelpia .. next door neighbor was selling Mercedes bikes ( the cheapest and most laugable MTB around,, hideous... I still cannot see that Mercedes ever allowed to use their name ..... )
    Anyhow after the first night ALL bikes were stolen from the MErceds booth .I mean ALL of them .... while right next door there were custom one off from Bilenky and a couple other real cool bikes still standing in their booths.....

    I can see the bikes on the streetcorner .. look man I got a Merzedeees Benz..... ...

    It was somewhat funny, except for the folks who were trying to sell them at the show.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocko View Post
    Yeah, looks like a bike made by Jango with a Merc badge...
    Bingo!

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