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Old 03-31-09, 01:35 PM   #1
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RE: Mt new folder A-Bike (a wannabe)

hi all,

just like to show you my new folder addition. it is an A-Bike ( i guess it is a wannabe). i friend of mine was on a business trip to asia and he willingly carried it home for me. he said he paid a total $52 for the bike. he gave it to me and haven't paid him back yet (i intend to). for this price this could be my ticket to bus- bart train - bus commute. i hope to try how it works this weekend though. pls don't flame me for getting a wannabe. it's just that the cost is so hard to resist. i think i am getting this 'not enough folders in my garage sickness'.

on a side note i missed an opportunity to buy a used Dahon Vittese D5 last weekend for a messly price of $175. seller was so nice that he accomodated the first person he talked to inspite of waiting for 2 days for the buyer to show up. hmm maybe someone from this forum got that bike. it was on sf craiglist.......i am still looking for a nice used folder...........

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Old 03-31-09, 02:51 PM   #2
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hi all,

just like to show you my new folder addition. it is an A-Bike ( i guess it is a wannabe). i friend of mine was on a business trip to asia and he willingly carried it home for me. he said he paid a total $52 for the bike. he gave it to me and haven't paid him back yet (i intend to). for this price this could be my ticket to bus- bart train - bus commute. i hope to try how it works this weekend though. pls don't flame me for getting a wannabe. it's just that the cost is so hard to resist. i think i am getting this 'not enough folders in my garage sickness'.


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That's cool.. looks like a CarryMe but at 1/10th the price .. are those 8" wheels? will be curious to hear how well or not it rides..
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Old 03-31-09, 03:46 PM   #3
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yes. it is an 8" wheel. in fact i also checked the frame just to make sure and it is all aluminum (high grade aluminum - that's what they said). and you're definitely right about the price - how can i resist that. i saw at amazon that they are selling this one for $139.00 (plus shipping and tax). i let you know how the ride is. i actually can't wait to try it. my friend in asia mentioned to me that it may take me awhile to get used to it due to its frame geometry.

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Old 04-09-09, 07:08 PM   #4
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Well, how the ride? I was wondering what the weight limit on the Wannabe is? I think I spotted a similar one on ebay and wanted to see if you was pleased the the performance of your bike.
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Old 04-09-09, 09:32 PM   #5
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Big e,

honestly - ride is wobbly and weird and the frustrating part is the plastic that holds the front wheel cracked already. i don't know if it was due to shipment or just plain quality issue. not worth the $52 i paid for. rode it for only about 1 mile and now it's sitting in my garage. don't waste your money on this A-bike clone. a strida clone might be better as i heard people on this forum have good experience with it. oh well one of those things....so to sum it up:

1) ride is not normal
2) ride is wobbly
3) total waste of money on my part (maybe because i got the raw deal and maybe out of the 1000 units they built there will be 1 or 2 crappy one and i got the crappy one).

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Thanks for the update.
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