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Old 10-23-12, 06:17 PM   #1
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b'Twin Tilt: Belt drive, quick fold, funky styling

http://www.velotaf.com/information/4...rte…-2-awards-
http://bicicletasdecathlon.wordpress...-de-decathlon/

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Old 10-23-12, 07:23 PM   #2
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Good that innovative are still trying to enter the market, creating healthy competition.
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I agree this is v interesting, and I like the various belt drive, internal hub combos.

However, the folded package seems big/heavy. The main use of a quick fold, for me, is the multi-mode commute. But if it is to big to stow on the train, or take up/down crowded staircases and escalators then it doesn't do the job for me.

But hey, the more the merrier.
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Very nice,...me likey!!!
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I'm with Gringo_Gus, the bike looks heavy for styling reasons.
I do love the quick fold of the main frame but it would be nicer in a smaller/lighter frame.
Hopefully this one sells well enough to develop a smaller 16" version.
I roll on a skytrain so I sometimes have to carry my bike up 50-75 feet to get to the actual train platform.
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For those outside of Europe,

Decathlon is a large sporting store, somewhat similar to REI in the states. They have their own brands, BTwin is one of them for cycling.

They do a pretty good job of bringing pretty decent quality products for very reasonable prices. Their warranties are some of the better in European brands, which often never have similar lifetime warranties as with many US based manufacturers.

They've played with a few folding bike designs over the past 8 years or so. While often not cutting edge, they back their products well and have a presence in most larger cities in France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, think NOT in Germany, etc.
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Wow, that's a nice design. I'm really loving how the belt drive is completed protected by the rear frame stays! Very clever.

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I love this bike,...
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Looks great! Very snappy fold.
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They've played with a few folding bike designs over the past 8 years or so. While often not cutting edge, they back their products well and have a presence in most larger cities in France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, think NOT in Germany, etc.
Maybe I'm not parsing this correctly, but Decathlon are in Germany: I bought a pair of exercise pants from the branch in Essen two weeks ago.
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I like this more than I thought I would; the decathlon brand initially put me off.

Actually it looks great, the folded footprint is probably a shade smaller than a Dahon or the same as a Tern. But if it's around the 13Kg mark then it's too heavy.
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Any place to get this in the USA?
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Maybe I'm not parsing this correctly, but Decathlon are in Germany: I bought a pair of exercise pants from the branch in Essen two weeks ago.
Never seen one in germany, good to hear, as they do help some of the basic market needs and can't think of another store there that does this reasonably with a wide product list, please correct me others familiar there. Globetrotter is nice in DE, but pricy for some. Decathlon's house brand products are much lower priced than REI's in the states.
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I was in the decathlon near me yesterday. They have the new-ish folders they have been doing for a year or so, and they look great value for money. Not this one though, yet. Am looking out for it...
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I like this bike, looks wery simple to fold, no der to worry about.

About weight: I went to the site a few days ago. Used the translation option and found they have three different models, and I got the impression each model was in its own colour. Think I remember a 7 or 8 Nexus hub with rack and generator hub as the top model, maybe a three (or two) and one speed for city. They would all have a different weight (and price) so maybe find out price specs and weight for each model before comparing to get it right.

Edit: Looks like the blue is chain only, the two others have belt in the pictures. Nexus7 hub on the copper one. I signed up for newsletters by e-mail.

Edit2: More info here, especially the user manual is cool! Found a black and a white coloured bike in there also. There are special guides to keep the cables away from the hinges when folding.
http://www.btwin.com/en/home

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