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    Panasonic Traincle

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    i enjoyed the hunt for this folding bike and the parts needed for the build. now it is done and i would like to share it with you.

    cheers! :-)

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    Nice! What's it weigh?

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    in current configuration (capreo front hub, capreo rear hub and gears, dura ace RD and crankset, brooks saddle, tektro calipers, sturmey shifter, gran compe brake levers), the weight is 8.8 kilos (19.4 pounds).

    the panasonic traincle, they say, was (maybe still is) the lightest folding bike in the world.

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    As far as production bike weights, quite a few recent Dahons have weighed less than the Traincle - I believe the Helios XX weighed at 7.8 kg w/o pedals. Custom, you can always get a Bike Friday Super Pro which probably dangles around the 15 lb. level depending on size. But this Triancle is an awesome bike, and I'd imagine the ride with ti is pretty nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    As far as production bike weights, quite a few recent Dahons have weighed less than the Traincle - I believe the Helios XX weighed at 7.8 kg w/o pedals. Custom, you can always get a Bike Friday Super Pro which probably dangles around the 15 lb. level depending on size. But this Triancle is an awesome bike, and I'd imagine the ride with ti is pretty nice.
    you are correct. with new technology, there are lighter bikes in the market.

    i rode the bike after the build and small as it was, the ride was solid. it was also pretty quick because of the combination capreo gear and 53t crank. :-) i am happy with the result.

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    i will probably bring the weight down some more if i change the saddle and the wheelset (the original ones were distorted so i had to replace with a new 14 inch wheelset). i also read that the tires and inner tubes (panasonic brand) were made specifically for the traincle that it was lighter than any 14inch ones during its time. maybe i should search harder for those tires and inner tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marxmini View Post
    the panasonic traincle, they say, was (maybe still is) the lightest folding bike in the world.
    The lightest as far as I know is the FSIR Spin (I bought one recently, see here). Frame is 1,3kg. Standard config is 6.9kg. There is this weight weenie build at 4.9kg. Single speed. There is a 3 speed option which would ad 500g approx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pibach View Post
    The lightest as far as I know is the FSIR Spin (I bought one recently, see here). Frame is 1,3kg. Standard config is 6.9kg. There is this weight weenie build at 4.9kg. Single speed. There is a 3 speed option which would ad 500g approx.
    hands down, the newer 14inch folding bikes with single speed will be lighter :-) but nothing beats the allure of a titanium folding bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marxmini View Post
    hands down, the newer 14inch folding bikes with single speed will be lighter :-) but nothing beats the allure of a titanium folding bike.
    Thank you for sharing.

    You've done very well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Thank you for sharing.

    You've done very well!
    thank you. had i not seen the photo of the triancle here in bike forums, i probably won't have this folding bike now.

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    this is very cool. i wouldn't change anything on it except the saddle (selle italia ti rails maybe) and the tires. apparently, the original tires sacrificed durability for weight savings. akamatsu had a self-branded run of these made by panaracer with improved durability. they sell them and so does wadacycle.






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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    this is very cool. i wouldn't change anything on it except the saddle (selle italia ti rails maybe) and the tires. apparently, the original tires sacrificed durability for weight savings. akamatsu had a self-branded run of these made by panaracer with improved durability. they sell them and so does wadacycle.





    thanks for the appreciation and the information. i will try to order the tires from akamatsu. :-) i have been searching for the proper selle italia or selle san marco saddle and all i have seen are black with white letters. i prefer an all black saddle like the selle italia flite 1990 but unfortunately there are none in the local bike stores. i may have to order online. :-)

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