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Old 04-09-08, 05:38 AM   #1476
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I don't have a slipping problem, but I've noticed that when I undo the top quick release on my 2007, the bottom one does _not_ hold the post hardly at all.

To others: Should the bottom hold the seat tube as one might expect?

I don't know what should happen, but I have a 2007 I got (very quickly and with no problem) as a replacement for an earlier model that broke and have noticed the same thing. It doesn't seem to affect the stiffness of the frame.
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Old 04-09-08, 05:44 AM   #1477
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I recall reading in the booklet that both QRs must be able to hold the seatpost very firmly, since the seatpost is actually a integral part of the structural integrity of the frame.

JonathanG: How did yours break?
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Old 04-09-08, 06:24 PM   #1478
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JonathanG: How did yours break?
My frame broke at the seat stays, just below the pivot. There's a picture of it here. The people at Xootr were great and very fast about replacing the frame -- actually they sent a whole new bike -- and I've had no problems at all with the new one. But I do notice that the lower seat post qr goes a little slack whens the upper one is tightened.
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Old 04-09-08, 06:34 PM   #1479
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Ah yes I recall that pic.

I am now a bit paranoid about mine, I check that spot from time to time for any signs of cracking. Luckily my seatpost fits tightly. It's that pic which made me realise the crucial part that the seatpost plays.
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Old 04-09-08, 08:32 PM   #1480
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My box from Xootr showed up today. I stayed up past my bedtime putting it all together and test driving it in the parking lot next to my pad. It's a much more impressive piece of equipment in person - photos don't do it justice. The thing feels almost angelic compared to my big old Kona Smoke beastie. Can't wait to get out and pound some miles in the hood!

Thanks to all you guys for all the insight and information. This thread has been invaluable to me.
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Old 04-09-08, 08:38 PM   #1481
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ride it for 1-2 weeks straight, and then get back on your regular sized bike

you will really appreciate the swift (or any folder)

they are just plain fun
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Old 04-10-08, 01:22 AM   #1482
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My frame broke at the seat stays, just below the pivot. There's a picture of it here. The people at Xootr were great and very fast about replacing the frame -- actually they sent a whole new bike -- and I've had no problems at all with the new one. But I do notice that the lower seat post qr goes a little slack whens the upper one is tightened.


Yikes. have they done anything to strengthen that since then, or is it still built the same?
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Old 04-10-08, 06:16 AM   #1483
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Yikes. have they done anything to strengthen that since then, or is it still built the same?
I think the newer ones are made with thicker-walled tubing. Again, I've had no trouble with the new frame.
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Old 04-11-08, 07:40 AM   #1484
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Look what's on the front page of Calhoun Cycle.
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Looks like there's a price tag still hanging off the front, she must have been test-riding it. From the huge smile one would deduce she bought it on the spot.
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Question for setting up a swift for fixed or ss. Will the stock Swift (xootr) wheel with a fixed cog or freewheel give good chain alignment or do you have to have a wheel built?
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Question for setting up a swift for fixed or ss. Will the stock Swift (xootr) wheel with a fixed cog or freewheel give good chain alignment or do you have to have a wheel built?
I have mine built up fixed same hub, I used a used Sugino RD crank, 103mm bb, and I built up the rear wheel with an IRO(Formula rebrand) fixed/fixed 120mm rear track hub...with (2) 3mm spacers on each side for 132 mm rear spacing

perfect chainline

for ss I just used the rear hub the the rear wheelset that came with the swift with spacers and a 14 (15) tooth cog, you just move the spacers and cog to get the chainline

and I will be getting an internal 135mm 8 speed rear for travel, no chailine problems with that setup

the chainline depends on what size crank/bb combo and the rear hub spacing
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Old 04-14-08, 06:52 AM   #1488
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fixed/fixed phil wood hub, spaced, sugino 75 cranks, sugino 75 bb, 14 & 15 tooth phil cogs, 60 tooth sugino grand mighty chainring.

No problems, ever.
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fixed/fixed phil wood hub, spaced, sugino 75 cranks, sugino 75 bb, 14 & 15 tooth phil cogs, 60 tooth sugino grand mighty chainring.

No problems, ever.

sweet, have you posted pics yet? if you can would like to see your folder. I was thinking of stripping my phil's off my 700c wheelset and rebuilding with velocity rims for my swift...I can see another project coming, I love my phil's
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Old 04-21-08, 06:05 AM   #1490
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check post #1327 on this thread to see the bike porn....
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Old 04-21-08, 11:49 AM   #1491
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check post #1327 on this thread to see the bike porn....

Now I remember your Swift, that IS bike porn

thanks for the link
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Old 04-29-08, 01:38 AM   #1492
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Old 04-29-08, 06:35 AM   #1493
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We have a new Swift champion! Ace page! Ace bike! Ace description! I like the polished rear triangle idea

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who is now eyeing his own Swift's rear triangle, paint stripper and polish in hand...
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Old 04-29-08, 10:40 PM   #1494
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Burning question: what do you do for a bottle cage?
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Old 04-30-08, 12:37 AM   #1495
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Can you still get a custom built Swift? I'm interested in getting one with a Nexus Red.
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Old 04-30-08, 10:23 AM   #1496
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Riding again!





No particular reason for this posting other than flu, bad weather, work and domestic duties have conspired to keep me out of the saddle for months! Took a 10 mile ride along a local river bank just to get the legs working again - oh what joy! I think I have found some SPD type pedals that dont cripple my feet. I've tried all sorts but my new Crank Brothers "clipless" pedals seem to do the trick.

If nothing else, this posting will keep the Swift section of the board high up the list!
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Old 04-30-08, 02:55 PM   #1497
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Can you still get a custom built Swift? I'm interested in getting one with a Nexus Red.
Yes you can. Email what you want the bike to have as far as components to Peter Reich. Design Mobility Inc. at swiftfolders@earthlink.net He would be happy to give you a quote and build up whatever you want.
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How much is a Swift frameset? Are they also available in both steel and alu?
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Old 05-01-08, 05:01 AM   #1499
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No particular reason for this posting other than flu, bad weather, work and domestic duties have conspired to keep me out of the saddle for months! Took a 10 mile ride along a local river bank just to get the legs working again - oh what joy! I think I have found some SPD type pedals that dont cripple my feet. I've tried all sorts but my new Crank Brothers "clipless" pedals seem to do the trick.

If nothing else, this posting will keep the Swift section of the board high up the list!
Great pictures! I really like the set-up.
What's the attachment to the front stem onto which you've put a bar and handlebar bag? That's a really great way of getting the bar bag lower without resorting to a front rack, and I'd like to try it.
Also, Could you tell us what the thing that looks like a mudflap is doing in the middle of the rear fender? I'm interested
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Hi Jonathan,

The attachment on the front stem is a 'T' bar that is available from www.sjscycles.co.uk you can find it under "Lights Accessories Fitting Brackets". It fits standard 1 1/8" stems.

The "mudflap" is actually the end of a clip-on mudguard (fender) and is there to prevent the seat post from marking the rear mudguard when the bike is folded. I have tried to convince some people that it is to keep the bike stable at 70mph but no-one believes me!
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