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Old 10-02-13, 03:15 PM   #1
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Bikes with folding front forks

Hello All. Are there any bikes where the front forks fold? I am already aware of the Mezzo/Ori and Birdy but like to know if there are other makes and models where the forks fold. I am interested in the engineering and how different designs achieve a compact fold. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-02-13, 08:48 PM   #2
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Check out the "GoBike"! It has the same exact fold as a Birdy.

Website: http://www.gobikeonline.com/





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Old 10-03-13, 06:02 AM   #3
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Check out the "GoBike"! It has the same exact fold as a Birdy.

Website: http://www.gobikeonline.com/
That's pretty cool - I hadn't seen that bike before. Any idea what it costs (wasn't obvious from the website)?
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Old 10-03-13, 09:13 AM   #4
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That's pretty cool - I hadn't seen that bike before. Any idea what it costs (wasn't obvious from the website)?

That company hasn't been making that bike in ages, unless someone knows something that they are starting up production again? The entire design is pretty cool and only a handful of bike forumers here own one.
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Old 10-03-13, 09:47 AM   #5
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The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
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Old 10-03-13, 10:37 AM   #6
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The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
Yes, shares design features with Mezzo, front wheel pivots from top of fork instead of bottom.
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Old 10-03-13, 02:44 PM   #7
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I like the Gobike, nice piece of engineering.

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The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
Funny you should say that, part of reason for asking the question is because I had an idea for making a hinged fork crown so that the fork could fold making a bit more compact.
Has anyone seen a bike with a hinged fork crown? I am sure I have photos on the net but can not remember where.
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Old 10-03-13, 05:12 PM   #8
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The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
Woops! Typo! The forks do NOT fold on a mezzo
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Old 10-03-13, 05:38 PM   #9
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[video=youtube;DMILPrdtYVI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMILPrdtYVI[/video]
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Old 10-07-13, 09:01 PM   #10
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anemos zippy. i own one.

here's the tech explained. translation though: http://translate.google.com.hk/trans...%3Ftid%3D83112

[video=youtube;ydsusIFbC34]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydsusIFbC34[/video]
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Old 10-08-13, 01:06 AM   #11
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Got to love google translater!!!
"Wooden tilt folds like our students do"
"Some may prefer the look of the frame.................We prefer other hobbies....."

I need to get out more.

We need to see your zippy wooden bike frame as none of here have other hobbies!

Really we do, photos of bike, looks really good.


Cqp, get that lathe cranked up, I expect a folding fork by christmas!!
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Old 10-08-13, 06:33 AM   #12
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...I had an idea for making a hinged fork crown so that the fork could fold making a bit more compact.
Oh, like Bigfish.
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Old 10-08-13, 10:50 AM   #13
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Thanks for posting about the bigfish, anemos zippy and Tyrell, that's exactly the sort thing I was meaning.
Jongal - what do you think to your bike, how well does it ride and does the folding fork have any negative effects?

Bhkyte - Santa will only bring you a folding fork if you have been good. Have you been good? I think this is going to be one for milling machine as opposed to the lathe and probably wont cut metal until after Christmas. The idea is still in my head at the moment and I need to design it in CAD first, the devil is always in the detail. The fact that the Mezzo forks are a bolt together affair means that it should be possible and getting rid of the front wheel semi folding arrangement opens up the possibility for other upgrades such as disc brakes, suspension, electric motor hubs. I am sensing a career move, who wants to buy hand made Mezzo / Ori upgrade parts, Bhkyte and Jefmcg seem to be a front of the queue?
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i like my bike. it rides well on flats or inclines. i live at the foot of a mountain here in the philippines, just outside manila. my commute includes a few climbs. i also sometimes use it on trails. the ride is bumpy and when there's mud i get off and push a lot. but it is still all fun. the fork holds good (potholes or trails). no problem so far.

but the fold pushes parts of the frame together and while it doesn't do anything to damage the frame, it does chip off some paint in specific areas. i put on padded protectors (like those we put on chainstays) and they seem to do the job.

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Old 10-08-13, 08:16 PM   #15
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i like my bike.
welcome to the forum. please stay. make comments. post pics. teach us your ways.
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Old 10-08-13, 08:28 PM   #16
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thanks.

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Old 10-09-13, 02:34 PM   #17
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Thanks for your opinions and photos of your bike Jongal. It does look like a nice piece of engineering and its good to know that the folding forks work well and are capable of handling various different terrain.
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thanks.

Cool bike, jongal! ..and welcome to the forum.

I'm not really familiar with the Anemos. Very cool bike!
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Old 10-09-13, 02:55 PM   #19
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I found a YouTube video of the Anemos fold for those who might be interested....

[video=youtube;ydsusIFbC34]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydsusIFbC34[/video]
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Old 10-09-13, 03:05 PM   #20
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Bike seems to be 3k+ from the homepage. USD

Edit: woops guess I saw it wrong. Price I saw at anemos.com/cn showed 3.2k SPR, guess not. If its 550usd thats pretty good price, though folding the bike seems to take a bit longer unscrewing.

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Bike seems to be 3k+ from the homepage. USD
no. about 550usd...

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