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Rare Titanium Birdy

Old 08-15-16, 12:28 PM
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Rare Titanium Birdy

I have a Titanium Birdy, one of only 200 ever made, that I bought as a collectable. Its a unique bike and a beautiful piece of engineering. After owning it and never using it I've decided to sell it and buy something that I will feel good about using (the Birdy is too nice, I'd feel guilty commuting with it).
I paid full price for it but am trying to determine what the current market value is. Here is a link to NYCEWheels who used to sell it but don't have any left. Limited Edition 2011 Titanium Birdy – NYCeWheels.com
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$1500-2000
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Old 08-15-16, 05:04 PM
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$1500-2000
How old is this thing?
Looks pretty recent to me for classic or vintage.
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1500-2000 seems a bit optimistic to me, and the companies asking price seems awfully optimistic to me as well. Not sure how huge the market is for a bike from pacific (by an un-named ti maker) ti folder with 105. I don't think it has any "OMG, I WANT THAT, ONLY 200 MADE!" value, the value it would have would be as a bike someone would want.

At the end of the day it's a weird, used ti folder with pretty mediocre parts in a strange niche...I'd guess it's going to be hard to sell and that it will probably disappoint on selling value. A specific number? Beats me...I know Brompton made a ti folder that they wanted big money for and which, if I recall, no one bought. I'd honestly be surprised if this went over $1000 in an open auction (definitely not how I'd sell it).

My advice...come up with a number you'd take, list it on ebay as a BIN. I don't think you'd do well with a standard auction.
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Old 08-16-16, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. I agree that this bike will appeal most to a niche buyer. Birdy has a big fanbase in Japan where this would be considered a rare/collectible item.
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Old 08-16-16, 01:02 PM
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Not sure I'd pay $500....then again I'm not a commuter.
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Well it's not a Moulton......
So I'd never price it close to those, coming from a C&Ver perspective, but with a little aging, it can appreciate in value, but never as much as a Moulton.
The engineering just isn't as eye opening as Moulton ' s space frame was and still is.....
JMOs.....
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Old 08-17-16, 12:20 AM
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Hey Mark,

You'll get a more accurate appraisal on the folding bike forum.
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Old 08-17-16, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by GTizzy View Post
Curious to see how you folks see it...to me (us?) it's a bit odd, and odd usually means deep discount.
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Old 08-18-16, 07:43 AM
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Hey Mark,

You'll get a more accurate appraisal on the folding bike forum.
Thanks! Good to know. I'm still feeling my way around here.
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Old 08-18-16, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Curious to see how you folks see it...to me (us?) it's a bit odd, and odd usually means deep discount.

I hear you. In this case, hopefully oddness translates to specialness. This one was positioned by Birdy to be collectible/rare from the start which is why they produced only 200 of them.

I liken it to a copy of the White Album from the original run of pressings.
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Originally Posted by Finallymark View Post
I hear you. In this case, hopefully oddness translates to specialness. This one was positioned by Birdy to be collectible/rare from the start which is why they produced only 200 of them.

I liken it to a copy of the White Album from the original run of pressings.
You obviously know a lot more about this segment than me, but all I see is an unnamed ti builder (and I'm very skeptical of unnamed ti builders) connected to Pacific selling a bike to a small niche and calling it collectible. 5 years after the small release, a company is still trying to sell them. Is birdy equatable to the Beatles among the folder set?

If it were a Moulton, or Brompton...I'd get it. A company owned by pacific? Not seeing it. I also have found that things made to be collectible rarely are.

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Originally Posted by Finallymark View Post
I have a Titanium Birdy, one of only 200 ever made, that I bought as a collectable. Its a unique bike and a beautiful piece of engineering. After owning it and never using it I've decided to sell it and buy something that I will feel good about using (the Birdy is too nice, I'd feel guilty commuting with it).
I paid full price for it but am trying to determine what the current market value is. Here is a link to NYCEWheels who used to sell it but don't have any left. Limited Edition 2011 Titanium Birdy NYCeWheels.com
still available ? how much you want to sell your ti birdy ? Norman from Taiwan。
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Old 01-24-17, 09:19 AM
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Please let me know if you have sold it? Or selling it still. PM me and we will work something out.
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Old 08-13-17, 12:30 AM
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Hi FinallyMArk, Is your Birdy Titanium sold already?
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Hi FinallyMArk, Is your Birdy Titanium sold already?
I still have it. Please PM me if you are interested, thanks.
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cannot PM you Finallymark as I am a Newbie
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I still have it. Please PM me if you are interested, thanks.
Cannot PM you as I am a Newbie , can you PM me instead ?
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