Does anybody knows of a bike shop in NYC that do welding/braze-ons? The rear triangle was setup for drum and caliper brakes only. Or, has anyone tried running caliper brakes with 406 tires? Thanks.
We had a couple of hours of dry weather this morning (the first in ages) so I took the chance to get out for a short ride and take some photo's of how my Swift looks now. If you follow this Swift thread you will know that I, along with many other owners, am constantly tweaking my bike to get the perfect set up. Well, I've been at it again!
My Xootr Swift is three years old and is pretty much a standard bike. Any changes I've made have been to saddle, handlebars and luggage carrying, everything else (brakes, wheels, drive chain, chainwheel and bottom bracket) are as fitted by the factory. I did replace the stock cassette with a SRAM PG850 eight speed set with 11 - 32 sprockets to take account of the local hills and my 58 year old knees.
I bought the Swift so that I could put it in my car and travel to locations away from home to cycle fresh roads. I did not want to carry my conventional bikes on a roof rack or hanging on the back of my small hatchback so a folder seemed to be the answer. I wanted a good bike that happened to fold rather than a folder that was a reasonable ride. Folded size was not important so long as it would go into my car - the Swift scored on all points. If you scroll back through this forum you will see many photo's of by blue Swift sporting various bags, pedals, handlebars and saddles - I think I've finally cracked it!
I have fitted a rack and I think it will stay! It's a Tortek lightweight model that provides a platform for my AGU Yamaska bag. When I first fitted the rack I attached the "arms" to the lower seat tube q/r. It worked and looked neat but it did mean that the q/r skewer would not screw far into its retaining nut. Knowing how important the seat post q/rs are I decided to re-locate the arms to the rear triangle via 22mm 'P' clips. If you look at the photo of the bike minus the bag you will notice that the rack platform is level with the top of the Swift's main frame tube. This, to my eyes, is a nice touch as it looks to be part of the package. I think that carrying luggage low on a small wheeler is a good idea as it keeps the centre of gravity low and stops the bike looking "top heavy". The rear bag also sits in line with the front bag which is located on a Rixen/Kaul Klickfix Caddy bracket. This new bracket bolts around the steering tube and keeps the bag close to the bike.
I don't need to carry a lot of things when I ride as I only have time for day rides but, living in the UK (England - 8 miles from Scotland) and on the fringe of the English Lake District, wet weather gear is required on every ride. We have lots of lakes and need to fill them with something and that something falls from the sky at regular intervals! This means that mudguards (fenders) are not an optional extra they are essential. I prefer the look of the Swift without 'guards but needs must. The ones I've fitted are Zefal Junior 20" MGZ 2050B ones. Aren't you glad you were not a member of the committee that came up with that name?
Bike spec is as follows;
Handlebars - Easton EA70 with Specialized Body Geometry grips and ski 'bar ends.
Stem - Simca adjustable. This is the best adjustable stem I have found. It doesn't look like an adjustable model and is very quick and easy to change position.
Computer - PRO Scio W.3.5 which has a thermometer and altimeter built in!
Seat - Specialized BG2 Sport.
Pedals - run of the mill flat platform fitted with power grips. I can ride in any footwear and they are so easy to use.
Bag - AGU Yamaska which has small side panniers hidden in the side pockets.
Front bag is Rixen/Kaul 'bar bag.
Bottle holder - Rixen/Kaul - neater than the Minoura model.
Front light - Smart, which has its own bracket that bolts to the fork crown - very handy.
Rear light - 4D Toplight which bolts to the carrier's rear plate.
Stand - unbranded from Taiwan
Tyres - Schwalbe Marathon Racers. I have tried the Marathon Plus tyres but found that they caused too much drag. Our roads are impregnated with thousands of small stone chippings which give good grip but riding with the Marathon Plus tyres was like ripping Velcro appart. Not much freewheeling I'm afraid.
So there it is - for the moment. Still the best bike I have owned and it gets the most use.
Last edited by Paul Braithwait; 09-01-09 at 01:21 PM.
Isn't the Swift the versatilest EVAH?
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Is there any news from Peter Reich regarding the new, improved, smaller folding, steel, model of the Swift which I believed was to be called the Swallow. The last message I received from Peter, (July 2008), was that it was in the works. Does anybody on this forum have news, updates, or rumors to share?
I have been waiting for this, as have a lot of others.
Hi all, I recently purchased a lovely Swift -- as my wife puts it, I have a crush on it -- it's nice to meet other people who seem to feel similarly about theirs.
I have several novice questions (I haven't actually owned a bike in 30+ years) but first: how do you maintain your seat post? Do you lube it at all?
Thanks in advance, -Scott
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FYI, the Australian Xootr website has reduced their Xootr Swifts from a ridiculous AUD1290 to AUD1000:
Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch
This is an alternative to ordering just the frame from the USA for USD490 ≈ AUD 590 including shipping to Sydney (January 2009 price inquiry + September 2009 exchange rate).
Last edited by havm66z; 09-03-09 at 04:45 PM.
Another question -- my understanding is that one of the nice things about the Swift is that it takes standard-sized parts -- but are the front stem and seat post standard-sized?
ie, apart from Xootr, where can one get replacements for those?
The seatpost is same as Dahon's and you can get light and good quality seatposts for Dahons. You actually need a post/seat combo for the lightest setup as they use the I-beam fitting, like this one http://www.fudgescyclestore.com/inde...=66785&o=85052
Note the standard quick-releases that come with the swift are not that great and don't have great leverage. This is important as the standard Xootr swift is a slightly thicker 34mm than the Dahon ones.
Definately worth sourcing some better seatpost QRs IMO
Peter has been distracted on another, and IMO more fruitful project (for me anyway as I race on the swift). It's a carbon project with a custom carbon fork (long steerer so no riser needed) and carbon wheels. Not so practical for the daily commute as tyres are tubular but the bike as pictured weights 14.5 lbs. That's if I'm managed to attach the 2 pictures.
Post is a thinwall Dahon one.
Fork is a special order and once Peter has finished testing it he'll be ordering a batch. I'm first on the list BTW.
Any Swift powermeter tire results yet?
The frame looks like a regular aluminum one. No wonder why Peter is mostly away.
Is this the evolution of the "Swifter" project? (Go fast build with 451 rims)
I don't know how "fruitful" this would be as any carbon-aero wheelset would most likely be excessively expensive.
I'm not sure you need to go to the expense of Mag wheels to loose weight. The Mu EX wheels I borrowed weighed less than 1kg for the pair (and are also quite aero), compared the the standard wheels that weigh more like 3kg.
I'm still trying to find a pantoured Rolf front wheel as used to come with the top-end Dahons.
And so it's ok to use the narrower Dahon seatposts in place of the official Swift seatposts (I've seen some conflicting opinions on that).
Thanks again to everybody here -- I've been reading through ALL the earlier posts in this thread, and I'm now up to page 51 of 83, phew!
As for the new improved steel Swift, Peter Reich promised me that he would exchange my aluminum Swift for the new one when it comes out "soon". This was by way of compensating me for the defective Swift I received and then had to ship back, AZ to NY, at my own expense. That was over a year and a half ago. I did inquire about it almost one year ago at which time he told me that "I'm lagging on the steel frames- can't give you a firm delivery date at the moment." And that's the last I've heard.
[QUOTE=werewolf;9622200]What does that mean?
"I've cracked it" is an English expression meaning I've solved a problem or finally come up with the right answer. Nothing to do with defective frames! England and America two countries seperated by a common language! I see you're in Arizona - if you're ever in Sedona call and say hi to my old friend Mike at Eagle Rider motorcycle rentals.