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    B'twin TILT - fastest folding bike?

    Hi,

    We released the new B'twin TILT folding bike in the UK yesterday. It was reviewed in Cycling Active last month.

    This is the link to our blog if you fancy having a look at it.

    http://www.btwin.com/blog/blog-and-n...ur-btwin-tilt/

    Have a look and let us know what you think....

    Thanks

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    Hi,

    That's a pretty quick fold; I like it!

    This Bike Friday might still give you a run for your money...

    And, welcome to the folding forum!

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    That bike looks pretty innovative. The frame around the chain for example, that's a feature I haven't seen yet, did they come up with it? Also the fact that they mirrored it so you have a grip on the other side is pretty cool, although perhaps it's a bit heavier than it should be.

    I'm still waiting for a bike that will remember your seat post position though, and that will always keep it pointing straight forward. Surely someone could make a rail or slotted tube design with numbered indentations? This is the one thing that takes too much time when I unfold my bike: spotting the marker I filed into the tube and making sure the saddle sits straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlDooM View Post
    I'm still waiting for a bike that will remember your seat post position though, and that will always keep it pointing straight forward. Surely someone could make a rail or slotted tube design with numbered indentations? This is the one thing that takes too much time when I unfold my bike: spotting the marker I filed into the tube and making sure the saddle sits straight.
    Sounds like a sharpie could be your new best friend. Mark the seatpost height with some obnoxious color as well as mark the center (either front or back) when the seat is on straight so you can just set it up using the marks.

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    Very cool bike, I'm definitely interested.

    I noticed there weren't any magnets on the on the wheel nuts. How does it stay unfolded? What's to prevent the bike from unfolding and opening up?

    And how much does it weigh? There weren't any listed weights for any of the bikes on the website.
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    Hi xlDooM,

    The seatpost is profiled and your seat will point in the correct direction. The seatpost can not be removed by opportunist thieves and is held in place with a patented quick release to hold the seat post in place (with a build in rear light I may add). The seat post is also very clearly numbered so you can remember your ideal ride height.

    nifty eh.....

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    Any plans for this to be released in the USA any time soon???
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!
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    erm....sorry not yet. We don't distribute as yet in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Btwin View Post
    Hi xlDooM,

    The seatpost is profiled and your seat will point in the correct direction. The seatpost can not be removed by opportunist thieves and is held in place with a patented quick release to hold the seat post in place (with a build in rear light I may add). The seat post is also very clearly numbered so you can remember your ideal ride height.

    nifty eh.....
    Very nice, I really like the way you guys are rocking the market with your offerings. I wish my Dahon had those features. After producing 10 iterations of basically the same bike they haven't taken the concept ahead very far.

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    Diblasi fold is probably as fast for this stage,as the seatpost unfolds automatically but then the bars need unfolding.

    This fold is a bit of atrick as the seatpost is already set to correct height, this is usually the longest aspect in unfolding a folder.
    So probably as fast all in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Btwin View Post
    erm....sorry not yet. We don't distribute as yet in the US.
    That's funny, because this marketing shot shows the Tilt in a New York City subway


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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoteriX View Post
    That's funny, because this marketing shot shows the Tilt in a New York City subway

    Didn't I see a video of someone riding it in NYC traffic as well??? False advertisement,...
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!
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    We already had a look and we already like it! It is different and a bit like the Brompton you did not just copy what others have done but started from scratch (at least that is what it looks like).

    I am really struggeling to understand why not more peopel have foldingbikes. If I could have only one bike (living where I live now and do the sort of riding I do) it would be a 20" folder with hubgears and racks.

    Is there some solution to frontloading the bike? Is there going to be a luggage block and or a great sturdy frontrack?
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    It is different and a bit like the Brompton you did not just copy what others have done but started from scratch
    I thought Bromptons were inspired from birkertons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    I thought Bromptons were inspired from birkertons?
    That may well be but it is certainly not a copy!
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    Bike Fridays Tikit Hyperfold releases the handle bar clip by folding down the seat mast,
    and slackening a Cable between the two, in one motion.. seat post height stays up,
    so wont need re adjustment when Unfolded

    Maybe you need to create a Fold-off competition , between Makes..

    We shall Be entertained..
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    I'm a big fan of the UK magazine A to B. There have been folding competitions covered - don't remember what issue, but I seem to recall the winner was a "stick" folder - Strida, Sinclair A-bike, etc. - and the time was 3 sec.

    Don

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    I like the profiled seat tube and belt drive. That swing hinge is interesting, I'd like to inspect it up close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    I'm a big fan of the UK magazine A to B. There have been folding competitions covered - don't remember what issue, but I seem to recall the winner was a "stick" folder - Strida, Sinclair A-bike, etc. - and the time was 3 sec.

    Don
    Don't know if they timed a Diblasi R4 then as I timed mine at under 3 secounds. I would up load the video if I could.
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    Pacific-Cycles' iF Mode (sub 1 second to rolling mode ) > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaaPT...08438AEBFA8BF7
    Bicycle - the perfect 'Human Amplifier' For the same energy as walking, goes 4x distance and 4x speed, no sweat ... the new 4x4 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Btwin View Post
    We released the new B'twin TILT folding bike in the UK yesterday. It was reviewed in Cycling Active last month.
    Will have standard Decathlon 5 year frame guarantee that covers the fancy frame related bits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Human_Amplifier View Post
    Pacific-Cycles' iF Mode (sub 1 second to rolling mode ) > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaaPT...08438AEBFA8BF7
    Again a bit of a cheat as does not fold bars or insert seatpost. But impressive..

    I raced my Mezzo bike against a member of staff unfolding a bed in "The Futon company" shop.
    She won..

    I need to take my Diblasi next time..............revenge is best served up my way
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    headin to decathlon asap.... will take my portable scales.
    it aint the size of your wheels, its the rhythm of you cadence. And I got powergrips too.

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    Ok,dumb question time. Why do you call the 2sp auto model the '7' and the 3sp model the '5'? Shouldn't they be the '2' and '3'?

    Also,what do they weigh?

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    Went over to decathlon last weekend, had a look at the folders. They look very nice. Not very compact though. There are a few different models for different budgets and tastes, but surely the tilt 7 with the belt drive is the one your heart wants

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