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Old 01-21-16, 03:48 AM
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Project Folding 451 Road Mini Velo

This thread is dedicated to documenting the custom build of a folding 451-wheel road mini velo bicycle.

Let's get started. A new, year-2015 Dahon Dash Altena frame, fork, headset and stem:
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Bi Fri Pocket Rocket .. just single main tube rather than 2 ..

Oh. this is about you and your bike ? what component group you want?
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
BFPR? No, my taste, my poison are classic mini velos, that is, those with traditional geometry consisting of rear triangle and front parallelograms conjoined by the seat-tube.

As for the custom build project, I am looking at mostly Shimano 105 with a tall (58T or above) chainring. I've already sourced a 58T TA Specialites ring, but I am holding out for the possibility of getting my hands on a 62T. The wheelset, also already sourced, is a Wheelsport Super 451, white. Tires, already sourced, are Panaracer Minits Lite PT 7/8" and/or 1 1/8".
selamat pagi mas abu. good luck with that build. sounds like it's going to be nice. speaking of wheelsport, i'm not a fan of aluminum bicycles, but this one is quite lovely...

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Hmmm. I wasn't aware you could buy just the bare frames. Do you mind PMing me with a link? I like the full triangle look as well.
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Starts to looks very fancy. Thanks for the pictures.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
One can't generally buy just the frame. I asked the bike store, in Singapore, to sell me just the frame, fork, headset and stem, and they agreed. For that, I paid 45% of the complete bike. It worked for me because I would have stripped the complete bike anyway.
Abu, can PM me the shop? I live in Singapore and looking to get just the frame as well. Actually I wanted to get the P18 but it's like no longer sold anymore.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
My Bike Shop SG
Faber Drive branch
Many Thanks! I usually visit their other branch in West Coast. Will go check it out.
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So, does it have a motor?
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So, when do you think the build will be completed? I can't WAIT to see the end result,...
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
funny you should ask, bro. i am in denpasar right now to pick up the rig from the bengkel. once i get home in an hour our so, I'll post pix. cheers...
Nice! I'm anxious to see what you've done.

PS: sorry I was messing with you the other day. My apologies,...
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nice build, senpai.

yeah, the saddle is wrong. it seems anachronistic and bulky as well. aesthetically, something like a fizik arione or similar would be more appropriate (and no doubt kinder to your booty).



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Coming along strong! I'd certainly like to get a Dahon triangle framed bike eventually, but it won't be half as nice as yours.
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Saddle should be level (as in 24 its Not)
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The thread says, "folding," I don't see the fold.
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Originally Posted by Robert C
The thread says, "folding," I don't see the fold.
It's a "lockjaw" folder, so it requires an Allen key to fold.
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Originally Posted by Robert C
The thread says, "folding," I don't see the fold.
The Dahon Dash Altena, among other Dahons, uses a Lockjaw hinge on the top and down tubes to fold. It's not the quickest or smallest of folds, but it does allow for a classic, triangulate frame geometry which aids in rigidity, and if you're into that kind of thing, the aesthetics of the bike. This is what a folded Dash Altena looks like:
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It does look good. Too bad it is so hard to get the frames.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
For my august tastes, those are too slick, too Ultraman, bang. You know me, i have my own aesthetic predilections...
hmm. your august (ahem) tastes were appropriate for the bannard. the saddle, the bags and straps; all perfectly suited to pay homage to the classic steel bikes of old.

the dahon, however, with it's aluminum frame and CNC'd this and that, the ice-blue silver powder coat and shimano 105... this bike is ultraman, cintaku. in fact, the saddle you need for this bike is right here. the tioga spyder with carbon rails. mmm yes. imagine the imprint this saddle will leave on your butt after riding to Ubud and back. when she sees your bare booty, your wife will think you've been hanging out in kuta again...

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Oh no,...I see your point. It definitely doesn't go.
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ready for road trials

...tires pumped, pedals installed. ready for road trials...




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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
...tires pumped, pedals installed. ready for road trials...
looks great. which bar tape will you use?
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It's a shame the Dahon Dash isn't available in North America anymore. It was sold for a while but discontinued.
There are very few options for minivelo style bikes here. I only know one company (bikesdirect) that sells a minivelo in the US and they only have one model.



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These guys: Products | Respect Cycles, Innovative bikes, for The Urban Environment. You can buy the frameset separately or their build.
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These guys: Products | Respect Cycles, Innovative bikes, for The Urban Environment. You can buy the frameset separately or their build.
Ooh, perfect. Frameset is exactly what I'm looking for.

Amazing the full build is only 19 lbs according to the specs.
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Originally Posted by northernlights
Ooh, perfect. Frameset is exactly what I'm looking for.

Amazing the full build is only 19 lbs according to the specs.
I just built up one of these framesets and I really like it got mine down to 18lbs. I have a thread in the forum detailing my build.

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1066475-my-new-project-mini-velo-single-speed.html

Also this dash altena is really nice, sweet.

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