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    Senior Member Winfried's Avatar
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    You'll have a very hard time finding one of those Brompton clones in Europe since they're only sold in Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by questionesse View Post
    But I have to say that the idea of starting with an orio or mezzo for better compatibility for standard parts sounds quite tempting as well - I have to digg into that. What's a realistic weight on those with some parts swapping?
    Sorry I don't know. Two things I tend to dislike about folders intended for the road are the straight handlebars and lack of gear options in the case of a brommie.
    I have 2 mezzo and they are both heavier than standard.
    However they both have full rolling racks, dual drive and bull bar sytle drop bars with brifters fitted. They steer better, have more space, wider range, and nice close gears also. Upgraded brakes and clippless peddles.
    So I have only added weight, expect for my carbon saddle and crank upgrades.

    If you are interested in weight an ori with out the rack or a D10 would be the way to go. 1/2 lighter hydroformed frame and rear v brake.
    Many of the people upgrade their mezzo mainly to get a higher top gear.
    Dual drive Mezzo (GOLD), Dual Drive Mezzo with bullbars (black), White Brompton thingy with Dahon Androes stem and bull bars. Birdie (old sytle) 7 speed. Downtube NS8. Birdie red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by questionesse View Post
    thx for clarifying bhkyte - I wasn't especially referring to you, the clone advocates tend to critisize the brommie users likewise and I just wanted to avoid having two camps fighting in this thread.
    One of the old really similar clones would be best - or even just a frame as I plan on swapping quite some parts anyways...
    although I haven't seen one for sale yet (plus no idea for how much they sale usually).


    But I have to say that the idea of starting with an orio or mezzo for better compatibility for standard parts sounds quite tempting as well - I have to digg into that. What's a realistic weight on those with some parts swapping?
    I'm not criticizing anyone - unless it's self-criticism because I own a Brompton as well, and am very happy with it.

    It's just necessary to point out that the MIT V8 has a decent market - for people who want an ultraportable bike without the Brompton price-tag.

    And by ultraportable I mean the tiny fold and ability to cart it around unobtrusively. No other bike looks as unassuming as a folded Brompton under a cover. There are smaller folding bikes but people will KNOW you're porting around a bike. With the Brompton, not so much IMO.

    The V8 should be able to do just that.

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    Yeah, a V8 would absolutely do the job for me - but I haven't found a single retailer in Europe - and importing cuts the price plus…
    Btw. any idea if the titanium front and back parts from a brommie are compatible?

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    since nobody says they have one.. then you ask if parts will fit ..

    maybe a Round trip to HK is in order , there's Several flights a week from LHR .
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-02-14 at 05:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by questionesse View Post
    Yeah, a V8 would absolutely do the job for me -
    here you go, mate.



    just make sure it's not a shanzhai version.. who knows what's could be in it?

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