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edwong3 02-15-14 08:23 PM

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Mr. Ritchie.
 
They just keep popping up everywhere don't they? But the photo looks to be the original.

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detai...154435415.html

Ed

Ed in Toronto 02-15-14 09:30 PM

Too funny. Wonder how much they're asking for them?

fietsbob 02-16-14 11:10 AM

I saw(online) been done, Flamingo has already been made .. aluminum , main portion .
( subject to fatigue cracks.)


(some one sent money to the AliBaba site wanting a Specialized thru dealer only policy
bypass to get a Carbon CX bike online,

as Ali Baba Was the leader of a gang of thieves , in the 1001 nights tales of Persian folklore ,

I was not surprised when he said, his Western Union payment was just cashed and nothing delivered)

ro-monster 02-16-14 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by fietsbob (Post 16500395)
...Ali Baba Was the leader of a gang of thieves , in the 1001 nights tales of Persian folklore...

I think you need to read Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves again. In fact, he was a poor man who became rich by defeating a gang of thieves with the help of his slave girl (who he later freed as a token of gratitude) and keeping their stolen treasure.

fietsbob 02-16-14 01:53 PM

Any how someone posted about a bike deal gone bad thru that company .. Pyrrhic bargain.

Pinigis 02-16-14 04:28 PM

The description doors not match the photo (disc brakes). And it is a Romanian supplier.

Ed in Toronto 02-16-14 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinigis (Post 16500968)
The description doors not match the photo (disc brakes). And it is a Romanian supplier.

They can make up anything they want, because they don't ship anything, they don't even have a shipping department. :roflmao2::roflmao:

edwong3 02-16-14 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ed in Toronto (Post 16501038)
They can make up anything they want, because they don't ship anything, they don't even have a shipping department. :roflmao2::roflmao:

Alibaba is not a supplier so they obviously don't have a shipping department. It is a website that matches manufacturers and wholesalers together with potential buyers from all over the world. I can't vouch how safe it is to buy from the suppliers listed there though but I'm certain some people have gotten "burned".

Another poster made an observation that I had also detected right after I started this thread and that is the fact that the description of the bike doesn't match the photo. For this particular listing, the old cliche, "buyer beware" applies very well.

"Ed in Orlando"

LittlePixel 02-18-14 11:08 AM

The photo is of a proper steel Brompton - you can tell by the junction on the seat post where the suspension block hits the tube - it's a lot more elaborate on a real B - if Alu that part would be too fragile and so on a Flamingobike / Nikishi Oxford / Merc / whatever they are called at the moment it's more of a simple thick collar. It also means the modern frame catch that stops the rear triangle hinging if you pick up the bike doesn't work. (Unless like me you design and get 3d printed some special parts to convert ;)

Also - the rear mudguard has that characteristic delve where it doesn't really fit properly to the brake bridge which IS ON EVERY SINGLE Brompton - something they really should have sorted out by now ;)


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