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Old 12-11-13, 04:13 AM   #1
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Pininfarina City Design Folding bike (MTB)

Hi Everyone,
new here and as biker too
Need help please.

Doese anyone know anything about this Pininfarina foldig bike?
http://www.pininfarinacitybike.com/

Found an offer for £142 (RRP £699) but can't find any review. Feels like a scam to me.

Any experience?

Thanks all in advance
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Old 12-11-13, 04:21 AM   #2
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It looks a lot like a re-badged Dahon Jack or Espresso but could be a cheap copy. Unlikely it was ever a £699 bike. If it is a genuine Dahon then its a bargain at £142 but possibly too good to be true, be careful.
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Old 12-11-13, 04:26 AM   #3
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Boy, I hope that's not real, because for that firm to be putting their good name on a what looks like a cheap Dahon ripoff is a travesty, and that it's ugly as well is really the ultimate insult to the company.
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Old 12-11-13, 05:42 AM   #4
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Boy, I hope that's not real, because for that firm to be putting their good name on a what looks like a cheap Dahon ripoff is a travesty, and that it's ugly as well is really the ultimate insult to the company.
Sooooo True - well said
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Thanks guys, as I imagined. Too good to be true. Wondering those who bought it if they'll ever receive anything...
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They appear to be out of stock, which is very good or very bad whichever way you look at it.

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wow harsh crowd around here...
definitely a Dahon, looks like a modelyear or two older than the current ones. Like an Espresso. Obviously for 199 its a real good deal ... but sold out

teah some of those car guys make funny choices who they use as bike supplier. Pininfarina is known for desigening some beautuful cars and than some fugly ones. In this case one would expect a little more from the stylish Italians than a entry level Dahon.... Again nothing wrong with the bike ... but a Dahon Matrix oir Cadenza would have been a nicer choice ..

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wow harsh crowd around here...
it's called cynicism, dude. and as we all know, cynics are disappointed idealists. and who would'nt be cynical after reading this garbage ad copy?

"Everything the Italian design firm Pininfarina touches, becomes gold. The genius behind it all was responsible for countless mind-blowing designs for Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Founded in 1930 in Turin, they managed to guide industrial design and the automotive sector into the 21th century. Nowadays they are expanding their influence with a broader range of products, while still guarding their exclusive style and making sure they continue to inspire.

This strong, lightweight folding bike is the obvious proof of all of this. Its innovative and exclusive design will amaze anyone, but this didn’t had any consequences regarding its usability or comfort. The BioLogic Ergo grips of AirFlo design are a witness of this. The ProMax V aluminium brakes will guarantee your safety. And if this doesn’t make you safe, maybe the 24 months guarantee will.

What makes the Pininfarina folding bike so applicable, is the size of its wheels (26”) and the use of its 3x7 transmission. These are very rare on folding bikes, but it seems Pininfarina was able to see the use in this and has chosen radically to apply these techniques in favour of its drivers. This is very typical of Pininfarina: everything has been thought of, from the smallest bolt to the aluminium frame. And while doing this, they still knew how to think of a very lightweight bike (16 Kg), which can be folded in two within 20 seconds. If this isn’t Italian craftsmanship, nothing is!"


but, in reality, what actually happened was that pininfarina bought a batch of 500 or 1000 bike frames from a manufacturer who was more than happy to ***** themselves out for some extra bucks on the side and then call it "licensed technology". hey, it's just business.
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Thanks for posting that smallwheeler. I ate a questionable breakfast this morning which made me ill and that blurb about the bike saved me the trouble of purging it without having to resort to the old finger at the back of the throat trick.
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Saw a drop bar conversion of one recently, really made me want to get a hold of a used one and make the conversion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is on my local CL right now......

http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/4179075882.html
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Saw a drop bar conversion of one recently, really made me want to get a hold of a used one and make the conversion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is on my local CL right now......

http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/4179075882.html
not a bad deal actually ...
throw on a decent crankset , different stem and drop bar ) i like those bend outwards ... and it could be a sleeper ... I would go double cranks and top of the bar friction shifters to keep it somewhat affordable

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They designed the body of the 1953 Nash Ambassador , my father drove for 10 years..

odd they were not Proud of that one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pininfarina

but Wiki listed
further down the page .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Ambassador..

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I dont think the Pininfarina bike is ugly, I like the Jack, but I would say that as I own one, still a work in progress but hoping to go for a triple crank and flat bars. It does seem a strange thing for a design company to be selling and there is something about that web site that sets alarm bells ringing.
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Hey all,
The offer is not from that website, I only posted it as there are the full specs, the offer is actually on LivingSocial
https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/9...old-up-bicycle
but it's still smells scam to me.

there are no review about the bike, no review about the seller anywhere.

it looks like a great deal, especially for a beginner, but I am still a lot skeptical.

what do you think?
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Old 12-13-13, 03:40 PM   #15
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Do some internet searching for livingsocial to see if its a legitimate site. Can you pay with paypal? If so you can probably start a dispute and get a refund if the bike doesn't arrive, that could also apply to paying with a credit card using section 75. Dont take my word for it though, do your own research on the payment protection to be absolutely sure.
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I would think LivingSocial is legit,we have it here in the States. Whether you pay with a card or PayPal,you should have some buyer protection. I know Fab.com does deals on bikes;they've had Stridas.

If it's a legit Dahon just rebadged with meh parts,it could be worth it for the frame and just upgrade things as they wear out.
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