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Old 03-07-17, 07:05 AM
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Orbea Katu

Encountered a new-to-me minivelo today, the Orbea Katu. The weight is not given, but the components sound at least decent. Comes in IGH and derailleur versions with disk brakes, front basket mounted to head tube and fenders. Looks like a Origin 8 Bully. Available in the US at Denver Bike Cafe.
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Old 03-07-17, 07:43 AM
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The Orbea Katu is a beautiful bike. I really do like the 8 speed IGH model,...
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Old 03-07-17, 10:05 AM
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My memory is fuzzy but I think I test rode the e-bike version at a tour/show last fall. I essentially use my Dahon D7 as a mini-velo so the Katu would be a lovely upgrade. Just wish there was a dealer close by.
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Old 03-10-17, 12:37 AM
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It appears to have an aluminum frame. Is the forl Al as well?
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Old 03-10-17, 05:05 AM
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Saw one on the road the other day. Nice, practical little bike for rides in the city.


https://www.orbea.com/int-fr/velos/katu-20
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Old 07-01-17, 11:41 AM
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Orbea Katu 50.

I have ordered the Katu 50.

I am glad you all think it is a good bike, I agree.

Because of its size I will be able to store it indoors which was a big plus for me.

I do like the ebike version, but need to wait till I have more funds.

Look forward to riding it, I should get it next week.
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Old 07-01-17, 04:57 PM
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Nice, it looks very strong and functional. Please post detail pics of it later.
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Old 07-02-17, 02:01 AM
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Clean looking bike. Reminds me of the i:sy that has been around for a couple of years. Not a folding bike but a compact bike, initially designed as possible rental bike - very robust, very (and very quickly) adaptable to different riders, easy and very comfy to ride and to store (folds flat and takes only little space).

Models | i:SY
https://www.isy.jetzt/



It is available in various versions with different gearings and including ebike-versions and even a cargo-version.



You can even have a custom build:



I test-rode the i:sy a couple of months ago and really liked it. Too bad that I don't need another bike.
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Old 07-02-17, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by berlinonaut View Post
Clean looking bike. Reminds me of the i:sy that has been around for a couple of years. Not a folding bike but a compact bike, initially designed as possible rental bike - very robust, very (and very quickly) adaptable to different riders, easy and very comfy to ride and to store (folds flat and takes only little space).


I test-rode the i:sy a couple of months ago and really liked it. Too bad that I don't need another bike.
I had the same thoughts. I think the compact category is quite practical for urban dwellers. The Orbea looks like a nice entry.
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Old 07-26-17, 09:47 PM
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Just picked up mine today, I opted for the Katu 40. Given that they made a point not to list the weight of the bike I was pleasantly surprised at how light it is.

It won't win any races but its a quick little bike, it should make for some fun little trips around town. I will say the basket not moving while steering is initially jarring but easy to adjust to. Very practical and well designed bike.
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Originally Posted by supermack View Post
I have ordered the Katu 50.

I am glad you all think it is a good bike, I agree.

Because of its size I will be able to store it indoors which was a big plus for me.

I do like the ebike version, but need to wait till I have more funds.

Look forward to riding it, I should get it next week.
I am currently looking into buying it myself. I would like to know your thoughts on it and how the daily use or it is.
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Old 07-16-18, 11:18 PM
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does it fold?
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does it fold?
No, it's a MiniVelo,...a small wheeled adult bicycle. I own a MiniVelo,...a Lombardo Power2000. This is my bike,...

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Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
No, it's a MiniVelo,...a small wheeled adult bicycle. I own a MiniVelo,...a Lombardo Power2000. This is my bike,...

Minivelos have been welcomed and made their home on this channel for several years. They share many characteristics and parts with folding bikes, and it makes sense for them to reside here. Anyone who thinks otherwise is out of touch. Good to see another minivelo and minivelo owner here.
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Old 07-17-18, 07:48 PM
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Well, mini velos that actually still exist and the average Joe can buy are nice.
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Old 07-17-18, 08:38 PM
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Well, mini velos that actually still exist and the average Joe can buy are nice.
Sour grapes. Parochialism.

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Orbea is currently blowing out the Katu 50 model, with two colors left, for $199, shipped (plus tax).

https://www.orbea.com/us-en/bicycles...cat/katu-50-18
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Originally Posted by Chester View Post
Orbea is currently blowing out the Katu 50 model, with two colors left, for $199, shipped (plus tax).

https://www.orbea.com/us-en/bicycles...cat/katu-50-18

Wow! Merry Christmas to me, I guess. Thanks,
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Want this so much, but with limited space, that means ditching one of the three bikes I have. They are already taking up space in my apartment building's foyer. Don't think management would appreciate a 4th bike out there.

Ugh...decisions...
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Pulled the trigger...Don't think this is a bike buying season on Craigslist? Maybe I can find a friend who will lend me some garage space.
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Wow! Merry Christmas to me, I guess. Thanks,
Probably should have checked this before buying it but this model comes with the front basket?

Nevermind, it does indeed come with the front basket. I was confused by the site recommending the basket as an accessory.
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Congrats on the new bike john m flores and tdonline. For that price you can't really go wrong. What a deal.
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Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
No, it's a MiniVelo,...a small wheeled adult bicycle. I own a MiniVelo,...a Lombardo Power2000. This is my bike,...



Hey What fenders do you have on this?
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Anyone put a rear rack on their Katu? If so, please share what works. Would like to make mine a grocery workhorse so I need more cargo space than the front basket (which is great by the way). Would like a rack that is 20 inch wheel specific but that limits options so I'm open to racks for larger wheels. I tried transferring my Dahon rack over but the arms were way too short. There's quite a bit of real estate back there on the Katu.
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I put a basic Topeak Explorer on the back of mine, and it works great. I carry one or two Ortlieb Sport Rollers on it for grocery runs.

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