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Old 02-07-16, 09:43 AM
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Pacific IF Move, experiences?

Hi,

Im thinking about buying a Pacific IF Move folding bike.

Since this is not a very common bike in terms of frame design - can I expect it to ride like every other street folding bike and be as rugged?

Im afraid of spending the money, just to find out it wont last long or so...

Are there any owners here who can share their expeiences?

Thanks a lot,
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Old 02-08-16, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by plsdont View Post
Im thinking about buying a Pacific IF Move folding bike.
A couple of articles:
https://turbobobbicycleblog.wordpres...ng-the-future/
Tech Talk: Pacific IFmove folding bike - Telegraph

Interesting:
Five years ago, together with British designer Mark Sanders*, Pacific unveiled the futuristic IFmode, a foldie which looked like something on which Sir Chris Hoy might commute to the Glasgow Velodrome, and which won almost as many prizes as the Scotsman.
* of Strida fame
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Old 02-08-16, 03:02 PM
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thanks!

im still thinking about it. public transport is crowded here and I just cant get used to the looks of conventional folding bikes. on the other hand, there is the price. I just dont know.
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im still thinking about it. public transport is crowded here and I just cant get used to the looks of conventional folding bikes. on the other hand, there is the price. I just dont know.
For crowded public transport, even a bike that folds as slick as the IF Mode will be a handful with 26" wheels/tires and substantial weight .. the other thing is, if you will be happy with the Schlumpf type 2 speed bottom bracket.. the 165% difference from low to high might put you off.. I would really try to ride the one you're interested in first (assuming you haven't) to see if you are going to like the gearing for you're riding application.. I like the Schlumpf drive, but usually it is coupled with some additional gearing at the rear.. a typical hub two speed is roughly 136% difference .. Moulton offered a Schlumpf/Duomatic 4 speed set up for a short period of time.. Pacific's Carryme also has the option of the same 2speed crank setup as the IF Mode.. I bought a new Carryme Duo when they came out and got rid of it very quickly..
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if move, not mode.

to add to my previous post:

I trust any bike with the conventional frame design, which seem to be proven eg in terms of being rugged, but im not sure about the if move.

anyone can tell me something about that?
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Old 02-08-16, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by plsdont View Post
if move, not mode.

to add to my previous post:

I trust any bike with the conventional frame design, which seem to be proven eg in terms of being rugged, but im not sure about the if move.

anyone can tell me something about that?
Ooops, my mistake.. the good news.. most any of Pacific Cycles designs that I know of are rugged, strong performers.. I have personal experience with Pacific's Airnimal, Pacific Reach Road (Trail and Racer also), Birdy, and Carry Me... I've never heard about any problems with the frames.. I'll wager they did their homework with the Move also... should be a very cool bike...
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Hi,
I am also planing to buy a IF Move and have the similar concerns as @plsdont .
I think I have watched all the videos and read all the reviews and think that this bike would be very useful for me in Istanbul's traffic.
Main problem for me is where to buy it. I live in Istanbul and the nearest city to Istanbul to buy an IF Move is Vienna.
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I think whoever interested to buy IFmove has to investigate how the customer service will work for you in your location. Except that entire bike built out of custom parts and I assume whatever needs to be replaced won't be cheap even if there is a possibility to buy them. Also, if you are 200lb or over you might be too heavy for those single side mount hubs to last years. Regular racks are out of the question too.
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im still thinking about it. public transport is crowded here and I just cant get used to the looks of conventional folding bikes. on the other hand, there is the price. I just dont know.
In this case, I wouldn't recommend that bike. Like most folders, it's just too big to take into crowded trains during rush hour. For that purpose, I would recommend either the Brompton or the Strida. Or maybe the Dahon EEZZ D3 if you can find it (but no infos on its reliability).

Besides, Pacific Cycles is a very small producer (they do make the Birdy, but, unless you live in Asia, their own bikes are very hard to find, so after-sale service is likely to be an issue.)
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If you search fudges cycles online it sells these bikes in London. If move, reach, and more.

http://fudgescyclesonline.com/catego..._bikes_pacific

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Originally Posted by plsdont View Post
Hi,

Im thinking about buying a Pacific IF Move folding bike.

Since this is not a very common bike in terms of frame design - can I expect it to ride like every other street folding bike and be as rugged?

Im afraid of spending the money, just to find out it wont last long or so...

Are there any owners here who can share their expeiences?

Thanks a lot,
plsdont

I've fancied the IF Move, but the price and proprietary parts turn me off. Why do you want an IF Move? Do you need a bike that folds?
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I think you need to specify you needs/requirements first.
That will determine what type of folding bike is better suited for your needs.

Eg.
'Last mile' purpose only and very portable - Jifo, Brompton, Fsir Spin 3, other smaller wheel foldie (since speed is not a concern)
'Last mile' for workdays, long rides for weekends - Something more rounded like Tyrell IVE, Brompton, Birdy, Ori, Dahon/Tern
Good speed, just need folding for storage - perhaps a foldie like the Dahon Dash

The Pacific IF Move isn't common at all (even here in Singapore), and honestly, I don't see much advantage of it over a smaller bike like Jifo, EEzz, Tyrell IVE, Ori for the price.
Add to that the non common parts.

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Personally I would buy a BF Tikit...wherever you are in the world their after sales service is second to none..
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Hi.
If you feel a folder is a good option for you, then you need to get over the small wheel and beam frame concerns. The most compact useful folders have design because they work. 20" wheels handle great. A folding full sized bike is a bit niche. They only work in certian situations or in a car boot.
See what's available locally before considering a very expensive folder that might not work for you.
Ps it's a great bike, but I don't want one.
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IF Move: Wheel Maintenance/ detach wheel from axle

Can anyone tell me how to do maintenance on the front wheel of the IF Move? there is a little play and it may need a fix on the bearings. I got this from another biker and he did not have the documentation anymore. Basically, how to detach the rim from the axle. Thanks guys
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I wonder if it's possible to mount a rear rack, but it would not be symmetrically loaded as there are no left side stays.
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I wonder if it's possible to mount a rear rack, but it would not be symmetrically loaded as there are no left side stays.
Seatpost rack would be the way to go
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