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Old 06-19-12, 06:51 PM   #1
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BF Tikit with 20" wheels on the bay

Ex worker at Bike Friday built this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Friday-...item27c831fa19
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Old 06-19-12, 08:26 PM   #2
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wow, this is what alot of bike forumers are wanting! but there is only ONE in the world! good luck with the bidding!
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Old 06-20-12, 01:58 AM   #3
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text below for when item disappears, maybe add photos someone? Quite nice images.

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Custom Bike Friday Tikit with 20" (406) wheels, Avid BB7 Disc brakes. Size Medium (should fit most riders in the 5'7 - 6' range, depending on seatpost and stem)

Like the idea of a quick folding bike like the Tikit, but want disc brakes and larger 20" wheels? Than this is the bike for you!

I built this bike while at Bike Friday as a prototype for a new hinge mechanism I was developing (ultimately, it was adopted as the standard mechanism), but decided to also add provisions for larger wheels and disc brakes. This is not an easy thing to do, so Bike Friday typically will not perform this level of customization for their bikes.

Some nice features that many might not notice are the fillet brazed bowed chainstay bridge, the extra large fork securing binders, and the overall fine quality welding. Having worked on the Tikit production line for several years (I no longer work there however), I can tell you that this is one of the finest and most uniquely fabricated frames (as far as welding and brazing are concerned) that has come off of the Tikit line.

Frame: Bike Friday Tikit custom
Wheels: Velocity Fusion rims, laced to Shimano SLX hubs
Brakes: Avid BB7, Avid SD levers
Drivetrain: Shimano SLX rear derailleur and shifter (1x9), with Sram PG970 DH cassette
Crankset: FSA Gossamer Compact (50T)
Stem: Thomson
Seatpost/Saddle: Kalloy Uno seatpost, WTB Devo saddle (virtually unused)
Bar: Azonic CF-1 riser bar

The bike rides very smooth, and folds quickly. Note: The bike must be in the lowest gear in order to fold easily.

Because this bike was built as a prototype it is not serialized, other than with a "P3" stamp I added. It was built partially on Bike Friday equipment, and partially with my own personal equipment. As such this is a rare, very cool one-off.

*I will charge actual shipping cost to buyer*

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Old 06-20-12, 02:20 AM   #4
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previous comment deleted, after actual auction link shown..

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I got a bridge in Brooklyn too, for sale..
No, this has the ring of authenticity to it, and the pics certainly reveal a non-standard tikit frame.
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Thank you for adding the text, I would have done it if I knew how to. I posted this because there has been talk here what if BF built a Tikit with 20" rims? I wonder how much it will go for?
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nice ....
If I would be interested, which I am not out of obvious reasons, I would just call BF and ask them, if this bike/seller is legit ...

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Old 06-20-12, 09:53 AM   #8
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Could be my dream bike, but then I have to remind myself how I ended up with my current pair of folders:

1) No folder will ever fold small enough to guarantee building entry...buildings with fickle security have even denied entry of my quick release pedals claiming they're "a weapon" (and called the police on me when I protested otherwise).

2) Therefore one must always be prepared to lock up which creates the opportunity for theft which necessitates a bike that's not too expensive and I think 20" designs like Xootr or Downtube (or Dahon if you can accept the nonstandard parts) do a better job of filling this niche than a more expensive jack-of-all-trades.

3) For last 5-10 mile multimodal transit connections it's better to compromise ride/features for smallness of fold...and I think the Carryme also does a better job of filling this niche than a more expensive jack-of-all-trades.

So although in an ideal world I'd want this bike, I can't justify it in light of real world constraints which render it sub-ideal for pretty much anything I'd want to use it for: too expensive to lock up and still inconveniently large for transit.
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well Acknowlege, there is a better IGH setup with 'Season Tikit' rear section
chain tensioner,Adjustable dropout,BB, all in same part
... too bad it's not..

fold still rather wide, it seems.. 135 + 100 wide axle hubs do that.

My Heavy rider Llama does have a 2 tube front triangle to make locking convenient

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