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1nterceptor 10-14-13 07:22 PM

£989 For a titanium folder, maybe.
 
"FUBi is the world’s most compact, full-sized foldable bicycle that at the same time retains all the functionality and styling of standard full-sized bicycles! Our patented collapsible frame is the smallest in the world."

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...=facebook+Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHtWbV2l9Dk

bhkyte 10-15-13 01:20 AM

Seen this on another thread. Seems to make a lot of sense. If taking 4 bikes in the car this looks easy compaired to, say, 4 birdies,or airamals.
You can't really put it in a sports locker as shown, as you would proberly want to use the wheels in addition to the frame!!.

Same restrictive problem with sticking with 700c sized wheels. A 20" version could be really interesting imo.

bhkyte 10-15-13 01:39 AM

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I am not sure if this is really about bikes anyway.

The video froze here first time I watched it.
Looks suspicious like a espionage cold war movie scene................

cplager 10-15-13 06:01 AM

Very interesting. I agree that having a version with 20" wheels would make sense, too

kamtsa 10-15-13 09:36 AM

Do they wheels fold? How do they go into the bag?

smallwheeler 10-15-13 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by kamtsa (Post 16162497)
Do they wheels fold? How do they go into the bag?

hehe.. i think what happens with the 700c wheels is the white elephant in the room..

dynaryder 10-15-13 04:18 PM

Srsly,how can they say it's "the world’s most compact, full-sized foldable bicycle" and pretend like the wheels just vanish.

Although maybe they're using Transformers technology. Didn't Optimus Prime's trailer magically disappear in the cartoon when he transformed?

cplager 10-15-13 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by dynaryder (Post 16163588)
Srsly,how can they say it's "the world’s most compact, full-sized foldable bicycle" and pretend like the wheels just vanish.

That bike folds pretty small. You can't do much to make wheels smaller (although they did make them narrower), so I think it's impressive to what size they got that frame folded down.

20" wheels would be a nice option for exactly that reason.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

smallwheeler 10-15-13 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by cplager (Post 16163662)
That bike folds pretty small. You can't do much to make wheels smaller (although they did make them narrower), so I think it's impressive to what size they got that frame folded down.

20" wheels would be a nice option for exactly that reason.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

no small wheels coming for it. that's pretty clear as he says "have you ever felt embarrassed on a small wheeler?" ppppffffft.

BruceMetras 10-15-13 05:29 PM

Could be the platform for folding bike wheels..



http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...psc9a8a089.jpg

14R 10-15-13 07:26 PM

Unless they manage to include the mentioned folding wheel, they good ask me to trade my Brompton for 2 of those that I would say no. Not good for traveling, it seems that the assembling/disassembling is not a "few seconds" procedure and, lastly, 700c are quite big as key rings or any other acceptable accessory.

bhkyte 10-16-13 12:12 AM

One technical aspect about the bike is the finish. The wheel set are pure glossed over finish!!

mconlonx 10-16-13 07:39 AM

From another site, the wheels are interchangeable, front to back, and made so that they can lay flat together, with little hub protruding from the center. Note the pic of the folded bikes, where the cassette is still attached to the rest of the bike where the wheels have been made invisible.

It would make a great full-size travel bike... except it doesn't look like total packed dimension would be much different than a conventional separable bike. That design as a mini-velo w/ 20" wheels would more pique my interest...

cplager 10-16-13 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by smallwheeler (Post 16163721)
no small wheels coming for it. that's pretty clear as he says "have you ever felt embarrassed on a small wheeler?" ppppffffft.

If/when he actually gets to production and he sees a demand, maybe that will change. Certainly at this stage, it would be a distraction to try and offer too many options when getting to the market.

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Originally Posted by 14R (Post 16164049)
Unless they manage to include the mentioned folding wheel, they good ask me to trade my Brompton for 2 of those that I would say no. Not good for traveling, it seems that the assembling/disassembling is not a "few seconds" procedure and, lastly, 700c are quite big as key rings or any other acceptable accessory.


I'm not disagreeing with you, but it's something of an apples to oranges comparison. Brompton bikes are very good folding bikes; this one is a packable bike.

Regardless of whether or not it makes sense, there is a largely held belief that 20" wheels (or smaller) don't work well. While in most cases, it isn't true, it doesn't change the fact that I think a lot of people who dismiss a Brompton out of hand as a touring bike might find this option a lot more interesting.

Dave1899 10-21-13 12:57 PM

I'd love to try a FUBI. It looks promising. Wonder when they will be across the pond?

kraftwerk 10-22-13 09:35 PM

Who knew that bike theft was such a problem in Stockholm?
The separate-able frame looks pretty good actually, but to get people on board he will have to re-invent the wheel.

Boudicca 10-24-13 06:40 AM

It looks interesting, but am not sure what advantage this has over something like a Bike Friday, which is also a packable bike, but one you can customize in any way you want. To travel with this, you end up with two pieces of luggage -- a frame and your wheels, which definitely won't fit into the overhead bin on an airplane. When I travel with the Friday it's a single (heavy) piece of luggage, and it's pretty well protected against the vagaries of airport baggage handlers.

And of course the Friday is standard parts, more or less. If my derailleur breaks, I swap it out, same with the brakes etc etc. I suspect that's not the case here.

As for the idea of being embarrassed to ride with small wheels? Pfut.


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