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Old 03-05-11, 10:13 AM   #1
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Mini Velo: Soma Fabrication Came Out With One!

Yes, THAT mini velo! The rigid, non-folder, small wheel bike. Built of double butted Tange cro-mo steel, available in three sizes: 48, 53 and 55 cm.

Light and quick. $1200 street price.



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Old 03-05-11, 03:10 PM   #2
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I am in the market for a cro-mo steel minivelo for about 2 years. This one is pricey for the componentry though. Wish they were selling the frame only.
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This one is nice http://brunobike.jp/
http://www.sillgey.com/ Frame only
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Old 03-05-11, 04:08 PM   #4
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yeah, Japan is ahead of the game. I wish I had access to a Masi frame:

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this shop ships http://en.item.rakuten.com/hideas/10000138/
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Old 03-05-11, 04:19 PM   #6
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Nah, no good experiences with that kind of service. I am not in a hurry to get a new bike though. I will wait for someone in the Military or Federal L.E.O. to go to Japan and bring me one.
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FWIW, the Masi Name was sold off long ago.. Now it's just Paint.
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Bikes Direct is coming out with a Mini Velo. There is a thread where some of the bikes have already been purchased pre production.
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Windsor Shetland is name I found for one that is sold in the states.
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Bikes Direct is coming out with a Mini Velo. There is a thread where some of the bikes have already been purchased pre production.
Hmm....that should settle once and for all whether the folding frame really does make folding bikes cost more.
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...direct+mercier

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The Soma Mini Velo is available for purchase from their website.

The Bikes Direct mini velos to come out in May should be cheaper.

So the good news is one no longer needs to import one from Japan to own a mini velo!
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This site http://minivelo.wordpress.com/author/minivelo/ mentions a couple of place in New York that have had Mini Velos.
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Yes, THAT mini velo! The rigid, non-folder, small wheel bike. Built of double butted Tange cro-mo steel, available in three sizes: 48, 53 and 55 cm.

Light and quick. $1200 street price.



On the road:



Yup, its here now!

See that stuff on the riders back ? In the end thats why my dahon hammerhead had to go, no racks or ways to fit them....... minivelo makers please note: we still need racks.

thank you .
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In jakarta, indonesia, the bianchi minivelo was just heavily discounted.
From 1000 dollars to 500 dollars..
Cheap huh?
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I do think mini-velos can be useful for dense urban environments, so hopefully this will take off.

Aesthetically I don't find it that pleasing, unfortunately. It might look a little neater if the top tube sloped towards the front (like the old-school TT bikes), although I have no idea how well that would work from a functional perspective. Or at least a few different paint options in the near future.
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Old 03-15-11, 11:45 AM   #17
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I agree (with your first statement). I live in what must be one of the densest, most bike-unfriendly cities on the planet: Bangkok. I chose a mini velo because of its maneuverability (to dart between cars, motorcycles, vendors, people, dogs, drainage grates, etc.), its small wheels (accelerate very quickly), and size (easier to store or get onto Skytrain) with more simplicity and the ability to use standard parts than most folders (yes, I have them too). The streets are terrible here, and fat tires are a must if you value your life at all; so I am going to convert my 451's to 406's and use Big Apples.

As for forward-sloping top tubes - they really should be rear-sloping to give more clearance (important for climbing onto curbs when there is no room to hop them), to give more height at the head tube, and to create a stiffer frame (the front triangle on many mini velos is not really a triangle). I know many think this isn't as pretty, but I'll go with function first.
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Aesthetically I don't find it that pleasing, unfortunately. It might look a little neater if the top tube sloped towards the front (like the old-school TT bikes), although I have no idea how well that would work from a functional perspective. Or at least a few different paint options in the near future.
Kinda like this?

With all the minivelos from big brand manufacturers, mine feel less special...
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I have a Dahon Hammerhead 7.0 mini velo.








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