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Not sure if 1999 is vintage, but what is a MBcycle by Mercedes?

Old 03-25-20, 03:56 AM
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Not sure if 1999 is vintage, but what is a MBcycle by Mercedes?

I picked this up on TradeMe, the NZ auction site and it arrived five hours before the country shuts down for at least four weeks. It is a Mercedes brand bicycle called the MBcycle, with a sales printout date of 28 march 1999, 21 years ago. It is surprisingly good condition, although I suppose that is typical with bikes like this... bought as a bauble and sat in the garage for the next two decades. Very little wear on anything, although it does appear they hit a curb with the rear tyre and dented the aluminium rim. I bought it to upgrade with a Bafang BBSHD motor. I have been using a Bella Ciao steel frame but the salt spray on the ferry is beginning to take its toll. I also want to try out a motor with a Gates belt drive, which this one has. I will have to do a bit of parts swapping. The fenders (guards) are half length, and I happen to have the same brand in full. I immediately removed the Sella sport seat and replaced it with a Brooks saddle that does not fit the sleek Mercedes style but does fit me. The frame design means changing the rear wheel does not produce any belt drive gymnastics.

The quality is high. Shimano Nexus 7 speed, roller brakes, dynamo that rubs on the tyre with a handlebar tensioner. It has a luggage rack that does double duty as a bike lock, except that it is attached to the removable seat stem unless I have not figured out how to work it.

Does anyone know about it? Who made it? How many out there?







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Old 03-25-20, 07:09 AM
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Interesting.
Porsche branded a bike in the USA - 10? 15? Years ago. It was an AMP engineering mtb below the graphics.

wild crank. The width of the bottom bracket spindle would bug me.

looks of decent quality
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The best clue for the source may be the serial number.
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These are a later model
https://www.autoblog.com/2007/02/28/...e-of-bicycles/

And they made an electric model based on that one in around 2000

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I dig that crankset
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The elevated stays make sense with a belt drive, no iffy gated "chain"stay. Curious about the "roller" brakes. Is that what the cable on the NDS of the rear wheel is for? Is that something like an internal drum brake? What brake is on the front? Hard to tell from the pics.

As for how many, I would guess very few. But it's important to know that "rare" does not often translate to "valuable" with C&V bikes.

+1 on the crankset; coolest three-pointer I've ever seen. (So, would the British call it a "beltset"? )
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My commuting bike is a Benz!



Thinking of upgrading to a Rolls though. 3d printed spirit of ecstasy would look spot-on, screwed to my milk crate.
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The elevated stays make sense with a belt drive, no iffy gated "chain"stay. Curious about the "roller" brakes. Is that what the cable on the NDS of the rear wheel is for? Is that something like an internal drum brake? What brake is on the front? Hard to tell from the pics.
Rollerbrakes are a Shimano invention, basically a cam-actuated drum brake that operates in grease like a coaster brake does. Operated by cables and levers and modular to the hub, they attach to the frame with clips or brackets and bolts, and to the hub with a spline. They have a finned external disc (different rollerbrake models have different sized discs) to dissipate the heat, which you can sorta see in the photo of the rear hub. Workcycles uses them on their utility bikes and in my experience they work quite well, and handle disuse and weather extremely well, but once the grease gets fouled up they drag a little, so they require the grease to be replaced every year or so if in daily use.
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It was a thing... most car manufacturers had a bicycle in their portfolio a few decades back. Ive spotted bikes branded as Audi, BMW, Mercedes and one as Subaru (with a 2 wheel drive!) Usually the quality was mediocre but the price was quite high.
That hideous crank is a Thun Revolution, btw.
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Aluminum frame, belt drive, internally geared hub, drum brakes, decent sized tires, fenders, I like it!!! I'm sure its a great townie :-)
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I had a BMW branded folding mountain bike about 20 years ago.
I think they gave them away with cars. Not a bad bike, Taiwanese.
I've seen a fair number of Cadillac branded bikes lately - junk.
Yes I had one of those as well. Adequate bikes, nothing special but as folding bikes go this was a comfortable one


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Aluminum frame, belt drive, internally geared hub, drum brakes, decent sized tires, fenders, I like it!!! I'm sure its a great townie :-)
Yeah, that's why I bought it. I've ordered a em3ev.com ebike kit from Paul Lynch in Shanghai and a BCD130 adapter for the Gates belt from California e-bike. Should make for an interesting ride.
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Yeah, that's why I bought it. I've ordered a em3ev.com ebike kit from Paul Lynch in Shanghai and a BCD130 adapter for the Gates belt from California e-bike. Should make for an interesting ride.
Nice! This is one of the few times I think an Ebike conversion is really appropriate. This bike is such a technocrat already that adding a motor really goes with the spirit of it. I think you can easily adapt the lights to run off the Ebike battery as well, if you need to clear up the area around the BB to mount the motor and end up removing the dynamo. Or, Busch/Muller has a nice lineup of "Ebike-ready" modern LED lights as well, that will outshine that halogen and are quite affordable.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
The elevated stays make sense with a belt drive, no iffy gated "chain"stay. Curious about the "roller" brakes. Is that what the cable on the NDS of the rear wheel is for? Is that something like an internal drum brake? What brake is on the front? Hard to tell from the pics.

As for how many, I would guess very few. But it's important to know that "rare" does not often translate to "valuable" with C&V bikes.

+1 on the crankset; coolest three-pointer I've ever seen. (So, would the British call it a "beltset"? )
crankset calls to the 3 point Mercedes symbol-- , so some points for the design team there.
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crankset calls to the 3 point Mercedes symbol-- , so some points for the design team there.
True for the central ring. But with the pedal at 12 o'clock, that long triangle for the arm resembles a compass; sorta hints at the Acura logo (either that or it's a freemason symbol ).
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