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Old 07-07-09, 02:28 PM   #1
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Jango Folder by Topeak

today, wifey just sent me this link to the new folder from Topeak that is exclusively for Giant to distribute in Asia region.

here's the linky poo: JANGO FLIK

click the blue arrow on the bottom to see various photos.

it seems it folds up bigger in size compared to dahon sports TT and other folders. what do you guys think?

we'll probably be making a trip to Taiwan later this year.. might go for a test ride.
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Very cool bike.Me likey. Are they 16" wheels?

It's a good thing for me and my relationship with Mrs. Autoworker that the bike is being sold only in Asia!
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yup.. these are all 16" wheels. they have two models.. one with V shape handle bar or T with cross bar type.
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Looks cute, and it may ride fine, because everyone here knows that a small-wheeled bike can be perfectly comfortable, but the fold doesn't look like much to me. The images that show the tote bag look pretty large, too me, and if you check out the front page, there's an animation of the bike folding. It's clever, and brings a lot of the parts that stick out, like the seat and handlebars, in to make a tighter package, but it doesn't seem like a very compact fold overall. But it does look like it might be very quick to get into and out of folded position.
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rob.. yup i agree. the fold seems to be much quicker, but it's certainly not that compact like dahon. heck.. when i saw the box of the jango from the airport pic.. that just seems too big to be traveling around with. but we'll see.. i haven't been able to find out the cost of it though.

i've been eyeing the dahon sport TT. looks like a hot little mango ride, but pretty pricey. couldn't find any discounts through bing.
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it looks big when folded but at least you can roll it. which is really handy for the multi modal commute. i am also guessing that you can fold the handle post and push/pull it by the frame.
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it looks big when folded but at least you can roll it. which is really handy for the multi modal commute. i am also guessing that you can fold the handle post and push/pull it by the frame.
Got any info of the bike's weight, and maximum rider weight limit? I can't read the chinese and couldn't find an english link in their website. It does look pretty robust.

Thanks.
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yeah this is pretty robust.
http://www.jangobikes.com.tw/v8.html
http://www.jangobikes.com.tw/T8.html

max. rider weight: 242.5 lbs
rider height: 4'11" ~ 5'10.8"
bike weight: 25.6" (too bad the size of the box doesn't qualify as carry on)
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I'll have to go down to the LBS here in Oki before I move in a couple weeks to see if they have one of these. Not too long ago they had a full size Jango so maybe they'll carry these as well. If they have them I'll take a picture or two.

My guess is they probably won't as they carry a decent line of folders now.

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Sweet!! I love its roll-ability. Why isn't there any mid-priced small rollable-by-design folder in the US?
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john.. lucky you to be in oki... it's a beautiful place. definitely snap some pics if you see them there.
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The fold makes it ideal for easily putting it in cars. How much does it cost?
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that's the thing i'm trying to find out as well. but the fold isn't that much compact compared to others with 16" wheels.
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even the headlight and rear light are integrated/included in the design. yes being able to roll it is a big factor to me. with its 16 inches wheel the fold looks small though. but even if it's not at a minimalist fold i still would want this.
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I just found a YouTube video of the Jango Flik. Seems like it says it's a 5 sec fold.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3-CU4XDZyw
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I just found a YouTube video of the Jango Flik. Seems like it says it's a 5 sec fold.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3-CU4XDZyw
that's so nice. fast and i like that you can roll it. i wonder why dahon, after all this years, doesn't even bother to update their folders so that it can be rolled.
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check this out. this is taipei cycle 2007 and on time .45 seconds you can see that there is a prototype of the new dahon folding pedal. it's been 2 years now since that introduction and yet they haven't integrated the new folding pedal in their bikes. why are they so slow ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5FHGUHNi2Q
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I like the max rider weight, but the 5'10" rider height is a little short. Overall, looks like a nice bike.
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"max. rider weight: 242.5 lbs"

One would've thought that it could've been rounded off to 240 lb limit. I can just imagine the legal complications if someone weighing 242.6 lbs rode the bike then something broke.

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well, i think the reason for the odd weight is because of the conversion factor from kg to lbs. and since this is mainly sold in asia... i think they care more about the kg weight than the lbs. but i know what you mean though.

perhaps if this bike was offered here in US it would be rounded off.

edit: just wanted to update you guys on the MSRP.
base model T8 version is $900
top of the line V9 with F/R suspension with disc brake w/ 9spd sora: $1500

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Ah, good point... 242.5lb is 110kg
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Isn't this exactly the same bike as the mercedes bike Pocko posted ..
Mercedes Benz Folder...

It folds as big as bikes with full sized wheels - so what's the point ?
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you're right. it's exactly the same as the one from mercedes, except you and i both know mercedes don't make bicycles.

my guess is that originally topeak, or some engineering lab, desigin this folder for mercedes; but probably didn't sell all that much. so now it's released to general public under a different name with a new market spin, but selling the same thing.

i've read reviews from taiwan site mentioning about this folder which took them 7 yrs to create. go figure... i guess it's eventually all about marketing.
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Some more pics

I can't remember which thread was talking about this bike but here are some pics that I took from the Taiwan trade show. Really caught my attention.





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