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Old 10-10-17, 09:50 PM   #51
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Hi, no, it's not finished yet. It is still a work-in-progress as it appears in post #47.

I got my FSIR 5.0 in Bangkok where I paid--if memory serves--THB17,800, or $510. Inner City Rythm marks them up about about $140 higher.

Steel/Aluminum? Incessant debate. Both can be good, folding or otherwise, if the design and manufacturing are good.

The 406 wheels will smooth out irregularities better than smaller wheels, but Singapore's cement and bitumen are quite good. Lived there a year plus so I have a decent sense of the place. Space is at a premium if you don't live on landed property, and are in an HDB flat. If so, you may want to think about a FSIR Spin 3.1. Sweet little rig.




On paper FSIRs look good. Ingenious fold, decent components, decent price, not heavy. Beyond that I cannot say.
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Old 10-11-17, 04:43 AM   #52
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Do you by any chance remember the name of the bike shop in Bangkok?
I have friends there, so maybe they can help.
But then again language may be a barrier, in which case I may be better off with Inner City Rhythm, at least they can speak English and has a 1 year warranty.

I am located in HK, where space is at a premium.
But am not sure about the tiny 16 inch wheels on the Spin 3.
So you purchased the Spin 5 after trying out Spin 3 I guess.

Did you live in NYC?
I did too.

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Old 10-11-17, 11:32 AM   #53
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If you're interested in the Spin 3, search for a thread by poster who bought a Solorock Spin 3 this summer. Apparently the Solorock Spin 3/5 are almost the same as the FSIRs. Solorock is a Canadian company that also sells in the US.

What do you mean about reports of FSIRs no longer folding? As in the latches no longer holding the bike folded?
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Old 10-11-17, 01:45 PM   #54
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This looks like a great design, strong and reliable. I was wondering about the pivot point,s construction...is there some sort of steel bushing or bearing that joins the two parts together?
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Old 10-11-17, 03:24 PM   #55
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I bought it at Hyper Bike. The owner/manager is a really nice, patient guy, and he speaks good English. He also responds quickly on Messenger. His shop is near the 'subway' (elevated like the 7-train in NYC), Ekamai stop. This wall art is right across the street.


Check out my thread, 'the Bikes of Bangkok' for more info on options in the City of Angels.

Yes. I grew up in NYC many years ago.



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Do you by any chance remember the name of the bike shop in Bangkok?
I have friends there, so maybe they can help.
But then again language may be a barrier, in which case I may be better off with Inner City Rhythm, at least they can speak English and has a 1 year warranty.

I am located in HK, where space is at a premium.
But am not sure about the tiny 16 inch wheels on the Spin 3.
So you purchased the Spin 5 after trying out Spin 3 I guess.

Did you live in NYC?
I did too.

Gene

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Old 10-12-17, 11:50 PM   #56
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tdonline:

The person's weight exceeded the bike's capacity, and I think that's why the bike stopped folding.

Abu Mahendra:

Thanks for the info, I already touched based with Hyper Bike.

Cheers guys!!
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Old 12-05-17, 05:58 AM   #57
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Does anyone know who the manufacturer is?
I'm looking at how to get the Spin 3 in Europe.

The FnHon website says they created the FSIR brand. I tried calling with my few words of Mandarin, but couldn't communicate with the guy on the telephone.

I saw on another forum that someone bought a Spin frame from Alibaba from Banian / typhoon bike. The bikes are labeled Banian.
Spin 3.0 | banian folding bicycle

I asked Solorock but they don't think they can ship to Europe.

I asked the Dutch distributor for FSIR but they only import the Spin 5, won't import the Spin 3.

The main things I would change out would be:
11-34 or 11-36T 10-speed with Zee RD, shifter, chain
58T narrow-wide chanring from LitePro
Needs 130mm BCD crank (stock is 144mm)
Tern Cargo Rack
Schwalbe Marathon (Marathon Plus doesn't come in 305mm)
MKS quick release pedals
Ergon grips
Brooks saddle

I might possibly change:
Thudbuster seatpost
Handlebar stem to a Radius/Litepro/Dahon T for Tern Andros stem

The other things could remain stock but I don't know about the quality:
brakes / levers
wheel and hubs
headset bearings (seems difficult to change)
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Old 12-05-17, 10:20 AM   #58
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Hello,
the manufacturer is Typhoon Shenzhen Bicycles. I bought a frame there also, directly. The Spin 3 frames still show up on Taobao. I think the whole Spin line is phasing out, you have to be quick..
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Old 12-05-17, 12:34 PM   #59
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Hello,
the manufacturer is Typhoon Shenzhen Bicycles. I bought a frame there also, directly. The Spin 3 frames still show up on Taobao. I think the whole Spin line is phasing out, you have to be quick..
Thanks for the info. Any idea why it might be being phased out?

Anyone also know who the manufacturer of LitePro is?
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Old 12-06-17, 02:38 AM   #60
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I got a reply from Banian / Typhoon Bike and they don't have the frame in stock.
I could only find the frame online here on Taobao but haven't contacted them yet.
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=539974274307
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Old 12-07-17, 06:46 AM   #61
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I found another brand, OTD, which advertises the Spin 2, 5 frames.
Spin ? OTD Bikes

They're all located near the same 5km road. Although Banian appears to be in an industrialized area, while the other 2 (OTD, FnHon) appear to be in high rise buildings, according to Google Maps.

Banian says they have fully assembled Spin 5 bikes available, but not the Spin 3.
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