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Old 09-28-06, 08:58 AM
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LOL, no, definitely not showing off Derrida. He and Levinas fall short, the other cannot be absolute unless it truly is absolute, otherwise we're just fooling ourselves. I find most phenomenologists to be vain, because if all we do is study appearances: 1) we've granted empiricism to be true and 2) we're no different than the anorexic always looking in the mirror and seeing things the way we want, not the way they are. I'm much more proud of the CS Lewis in the background, or the Plotinus, or the Plato and Kvanvig. But I digress :-)

In NYC Mauna, I've seen one other DT, and many other folders. I was intrigued by the high triangle folder I saw with a frame like this /\, not just because of the frame, but the 16" or smaller wheels looked like solid wagon wheel tires. But, yeah, I've definitely been asked what kind it is.
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Originally Posted by BigMacFU
I was intrigued by the high triangle folder I saw with a frame like this /\, not just because of the frame, but the 16" or smaller wheels looked like solid wagon wheel tires. But, yeah, I've definitely been asked what kind it is.
You probably spotted a Strida:


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seriously I would like to see a list of top ten upgrades for a 2006 dt too
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Strida, that was it, thanks 14R. And I think the list would be a great idea. I think thudbuster hack is number one.
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Got my FS, what are the best upgrades for weight?

Hey all,

Got my IXFS purchased on Ebay. It arrived in perfect condition, and rides great. It is a bit heavy though, since I want to carry it around in a suitcase. So, I am already thinking about upgrades to reduce weight. The problem is, without taking the whole thing apart and weighing each component, I'm not sure which replacements would be the most cost effective. Has anyone examined this?

I have an unused Cook Brothers bottom bracket lying around, and that should save a bit. Aside from that, I am considering some of the following:
- New cranks (Can get a reasonably light Sugino single speed for around $70)
- New rear wheel + cassette - not sure, but would be expensive
- New handlebars (I have Bontrager race lite handlebars I could cut down to this size)
- A new bottom stem? That thing looks kind of heavy
- New brake levers (already replaced the levers on my NS, and the Avids are lighter with a better feel)

Any thoughts from the long time DT owners would be appreciated!

TIA
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How to carry a Downtube?

I just got a Downtube IXNS yesterday - my first folder! I'm very excited! I was nervous about shipping damage but it arrived in perfect condition. It was very well packaged.

I was practicing folding and unfolding it and it was pretty easy. I am not sure about how to actually carry it around though... Is holding it by the seat tube the best way?
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Old 09-29-06, 08:06 AM
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I put mine in the bag, you could hold it by the "U" metal piece, upside down, at the base of the seat post. Or you could do as you said, keep the seatpost extended.

Just want to let you know, the 20" freddy fenders got their first test this morning in NYC and they worked great, no streaks, and the puddles couldn't be avoided today.
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I tend to hold it on the inside of the fold.
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Old 09-29-06, 08:22 AM
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Here's a picture to better illustrate the potential holding spots I was talking about... Are these good?
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HA HA HA HA! Wouldn't want to arm wrestle that girl... In public anyway
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Holy crap, is that you and the gf, Raf? Methinks I'll have to cycle to work for another couple of years, AND move further away just to increase the commute.

Putting some of us to shame....
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Holy crap, is that you and the gf, Raf?
No, Yan informed be about new images of the Mini available and I found these images browsing the DT web site (there are more, lots more...)

Not that I am not modeling material, after all if you login to www.downtube.com, you can see my Bronze Brazilian God body over the main images. I'm hiding my face so women don't go blind with such intense beauty... (LOL)
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FS on trails?

Ok,
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FS on trails?

So, hey, nobody answers any of my posts recently... hmmm. Please let me know if I'm doing something wrong...

Here goes another try:

I am the proud owner of a new IXFS in addition to my NS. As an avid mountain biker, I've already had it on short stretches of the trail by my house. It seemed surprisingly solid, even though those 20" wheels do like to sink into the dips more.

I'm wondering, has anyone used theirs much on trails/offroad?

Though not a replacement for my serious mountain bike (Fisher Sugar 2), it would be great if I can do at least moderate trails with it when traveling with bike in suitcase via airlines. I'd like to know if there are any issues to look out for, aside from the low rear derailur and the little stand that sticks down from the bottom bracket (I already took a hit on that with my NS when going off a curb, and am now being more careful about this extra appendage).

I'd love to hear about any experiences people have had!

Thanks in advance!
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Yes, those pics are hilarious. Kind of like the Downtube itself...simultaneously polished and ghetto.

Regarding upgrades, I bought a 200g seat for $20, a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Racers for $70, and a new pair of pedals for $20. I also pulled everything off the bike that I didn't think was necessary. The NS still weighs a ton (but I'm used to my Mu SL, which comes in under 20 pounds), but I've managed to shave off about 3.5 pounds (about 1.7 kilos), which makes it a bit more luggable. Rides like a dream, though.

Has anyone figured out how to keep the thing together when folded? Birdy, Brompton, and Dahon are all easy to carry, but this guy as protruding parts and flys open. I use the attached bungee, but that takes time. I'm thinking about Velcro on the QR for the front and back, but that requires vigillance since it might loosen the QR mechanism.

BigMacFu, I live in the EV, and have seen at least one other DownTube. It's my g-friend's bike, but I'll say hello. Also a phenominology fan, and a Machead.

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Nice spot to be, don't know how anyone can still afford rent down there. I think the bungy is pretty quick, just as quick as velcro at least. I actually don't care much for phenomenology, as I wrote earlier, too vain for me, but plenty of my co-workers specialize in it, so I definitely have to know what's going on in that world. For being in NYC, I really recommend getting the trekking handlebars from Harris Cyclery (grab their sale 4 pack of grips at the same time). Way more comfortable for city riding because I can utilize so many different hand positions. Right now we're saving up for my wife's bike, not sure if she'll get a DT, though I'd prefer it (trips to the catskills or the guyland), just because we can store the bike at our apt. fine, it's that I can't bring a "bike" into the university (Fordham, hence FU) bldg. But, I can bring a folder. As for loving Macs, I actually am a Mac, and I love Macs. Also saving for a 24" iMac.

And no, I didn't thread jack, I talked about bikes for about 1/8th of this post. :-)
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no downtubes on ebay any more.
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Originally Posted by gringo_gus
no downtubes on ebay any more.
Yan probably got tired of all the complaints about how he chose to run his auctions. I think it's the buyers that are going to lose out on this one.

I can't say that I blame him. If people want to second guess him, they can pay full retail on the web site.
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Originally Posted by gringo_gus
no downtubes on ebay any more.
FYI... there's a used 9FS on ebay now (local pickup only in East Brunswick, NJ) with a Buy-it-now price of $173.00. See listing here.

I don't know the seller and have nothing to do with this. I'd buy it except for the added cost of plane ticket to NJ I only mention it now, because of the fact that DT has stopped auctioning its bikes on Ebay. If someone thinks this post is inappropropriate, PM me.
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FWIW, Yan may have been too busy to put up new auctions, due to a recent industry trade event.

Also, he may have decided that his bikes have reached a "critical mass" of notoriety and no longer need to be sold at variable prices on ebay. I always assumed that his ebay presence was a brand-building move, in order to eventually drive sales and word-of-mouth to his own website. If you look at the oldest mentions of the Downtube brand on this forum, it was from having them noticed in ebay auctions. I think people are beginning to hear about DT's on their own now.
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Interbike is my guess.
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Hey everyone-

My first post but I've been viewing this forum for a long time. I decided on a Downtube IX Front Suspension and I just got it today! It's beautiful and the locking mechanism seems really secure. Thanks to everyone on this forum who posts towards constructive discussion (and to Yan for being so straightforward and accessible). I'll be posting more as I fix it up.
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Old 10-04-06, 07:33 AM
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me too on the IX Front Suspension., arrived today Any experience of upgrading that model in particular? Recommendations? I'm in the UK. Am having it looked over by the mobile LBS tomorrow. My inexperienced eye says the whole thing was thoroughly packed to avoid damage.
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