Any one have or tried one of these?
Any one have or tried one of these?
^ Probably in the overpriced side of things...
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.
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.
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?
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 ..
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.....
Unfortunately not that specific MB folding bike listed but instead some other German car make bicycles:
If the link above doesn't work browse this
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.
So only available in Europe and only with the car?
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.
Last edited by bhkyte; 03-28-09 at 09:10 AM.
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
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.
LIke to see a review? and prices
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.....