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Old 10-02-10, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by prone View Post

One of the issues for me is that the 32 inch available with first gear is just not low enough for some of the hills I have needed to get up. So, I am thinking seriously about a hub gear and the Alfine seems to get a lot of good press. The new Alfine 11-speed looks like it might be perfect. Any thoughts on how this would work with the 56T chainring?
By the way, I read a lot of negative comments about the Mezzo luggage (more about a comparison with Brompton luggae later). My experience is that with the commuter bag (after removing the side panels) and a bar bag I have loads of space for everything I need for one week credit card touring. Also, with the panels back in, this is a very solid item. The fit via slots in the rear rack coupled to the seat post velcro fastener is very convenient and very secure. The bag itself is extremely robust-one day I forgot to tie the velcro fastener and the bag, containing my laptop, went bouncing down the road. Both survived in perfect nick!
I've followed your highly informative posts on Mezzo upgrading.............Thankyou!

and thought you might be interested in my own thoughts on the matter......Yes

I have also owned both bikes simultaneously and found that the Brompton was unstable and slow and therefore I felt unsafe and uncomfortable in town traffic. I do find the Brompton easier on the train but not to any great extent that it really difference. Interesting to here your perspective on ownership. I have made my Black Mezzo fold a bit larger but its in another world in speed and handling compaired to a standard Mezzo or Brompton.

The IHG you suggest should work really well but I have no experience of the Alfine.

Luggage on the mezzo I think works well, but it does lack the front bag of the Bromie,however I have seen a Mezzo with a black mezzo handle bar bag that does not appear on the web site, any information anyone?
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