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Old 07-04-17, 06:22 PM
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still on my DTmini, trip back to Malang from short visit to Denpasar - Bali, little problem with SA XRF 8, difficult to shift....need a good TLC.

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still on my DTmini, trip back to Malang from short visit to Denpasar - Bali, little problem with SA XRF 8, difficult to shift....need a good TLC.

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sorry, but you don't miss a lot in fact, just dtmini sat quietly inside bus compartment !!! hope click below works this time ..

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sorry, but you don't miss a lot in fact, just dtmini sat quietly inside bus compartment !!! hope click below works this time ..

[IMG]https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasa_rider/34915544043/[/IMG]
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Old 08-31-17, 06:23 PM
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I've been wanting a folding bike for a couple years but hadn't looked much further than Brompton, Bike Friday, and Dahon, none of which I really liked for the price. I finally found Downtube a few weeks ago thanks to this thread and mentions in a few others, and since then had been trying to decide between the 8H and 8C. I'd just about settled on the 8H, but then I found the Kickstarter that's going on now and saw the rewards included the 11H and 8H for even less than normal. I ended up picking the 11H because the backer price is the same as a retail 8H. I'm surprised it hasn't been posted here yet 3 weeks into the campaign, so I'm posting about it now for anyone who might not have seen it (and in the hopes it will get funded so I can get mine!)

I can't post links since I don't have enough posts, but the campaign is called Best Kids Mountain Bikes & Folding Bikes for Parents.
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my DTmini is taking another direction, 8speed SA has been replaced by simpler and cheaper 3speed nexus coaster brake, and sure with coaster brake then the rear brake and its cable are gone too.
I combine this 3speed hub with brompton sized rim, and 16T cog.
other than that everything else is stock.
shifting and braking are more "positive" now, I do need time to adapt to coaster brake, but after few weeks I am confident now.
I feel that the old SA 8 rolls better, anyway I need to loose few kgs from my belly so it is acceptable.
one problem with 3speed nexus hub is the shifting mechanism protruding out of the hub axle on the left side. it is not interfering with bike folds, but it is not as "clean" as SA8.
I just hope this bike is going to hold at least for few holidays before I have to buy another folder...

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Old 03-18-18, 11:39 AM
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Hello,

Sorry for the faux pas(?) but already posted this question on a previous thread before I found this thread. Again, apologies.

Looking at 16", airline suitcase compatible/limitation folding bike.

Wife and I did a vacay to Florida for a week, flew Southwest, between us we could have checked four bags for free. She suggested I take a bike, but unless I performed intensive surgery, none of my folders could get under the 62inch bag limitation.

So, been seriously looking at Bromptons, but put off by price(initial/repair/upgrade) and would prefer ubiquitous in a common resource (like a bicycle) over "hand made".

Then stumbled on the chain drive DownTube Mini. I already have a FS9 that has stood up well over extensive abuse (I'm 6' and 230lbs) for 10 years.

Any user input here? Unfortunately, it isn't like it's in a showroom anywhere close by.

Note: before I bought the FS9, I bought a Kent 16" Magnesium folder, that was an absolute "clown" bike. Besides which the gear inches ranged from 4 to 12, or so it seemed. I (or any family member who tried) would get exhausted trying to get to walking speed. Don't want to get burned again.
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Old 03-22-18, 10:23 AM
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Yan,

Any plans for a single speed NOVA?
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I have plans for a few new models:

1. Single speed Nova
2. 24" folder ( named Dyan )
3. 16" wheel folder that is smaller than a Brompton.
4. 451mm wheel STI drop bar folder ( named Speed Race )

However I launched several new bikes in the past couple years ( 8C, mini w/chain , mini 11, 11H, 8S, 8FS, Race, Race 24 ). Sales have increased, but not enough to justify bringing in more new models. I will wait until demand catches up before I launch any more bikes. It maybe a year or two....maybe longer.

I am glad we can offer 50%+ less than our competitors on similarly spec'd bikes, but it is not easy. My family designs, imports, distributes, and warehouses everything we sell. It is clear now is not the time to expand.

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I have plans for a few new models:

1. Single speed Nova
2. 24" folder ( named Dyan )
3. 16" wheel folder that is smaller than a Brompton.
4. 451mm wheel STI drop bar folder ( named Speed Race )

However I launched several new bikes in the past couple years ( 8C, mini w/chain , mini 11, 11H, 8S, 8FS, Race, Race 24 ). Sales have increased, but not enough to justify bringing in more new models. I will wait until demand catches up before I launch any more bikes. It maybe a year or two....maybe longer.

I am glad we can offer 50%+ less than our competitors on similarly spec'd bikes, but it is not easy. My family designs, imports, distributes, and warehouses everything we sell. It is clear now is not the time to expand.

Thanks,
Yan
The 24" Dyan with an igh would be a dream bike for me,...or the Downtube Mini. Lol!!!
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Yan,

Thank you for the insight.
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Old 03-26-18, 06:06 PM
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Iíve got the Mini. It is pure fun. Iíd love both the Dyan and the 16Ē folder (folding tighter than a Brompton). I canít wait for either.
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Originally Posted by jogya03 View Post
my DTmini is taking another direction, 8speed SA has been replaced by simpler and cheaper 3speed nexus coaster brake, and sure with coaster brake then the rear brake and its cable are gone too.
I combine this 3speed hub with brompton sized rim, and 16T cog.
other than that everything else is stock.
Did you have any issues attaching the coaster brake arm? Do you have a photo? I've been considering replacing my Nexus 8 hub with a coaster brake version on my Downtube.
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Old 03-31-18, 10:12 PM
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Did you have any issues attaching the coaster brake arm? Do you have a photo? I've been considering replacing my Nexus 8 hub with a coaster brake version on my Downtube.
Hi Rob, no problem to attach coaster brake arm, but sure enough it is not rolls as "free" as original SA hubs, and the shifter is protruding out too...

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" https://www.flickr.com/photos/aandhy2001/40437652294/in/dateposted-public/"
"https://www.flickr.com/photos/aandhy2001/41106239842/in/dateposted-public/"

not too much success for photos....however, just hope you can see them thru my flickr.

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" https://www.flickr.com/photos/aandhy2001/40437652294/in/dateposted-public/"
"https://www.flickr.com/photos/aandhy2001/41106239842/in/dateposted-public/"

not too much success for photos....however, just hope you can see them thru my flickr.

thanks
Thank you for that. I was able to see the photos on Flickr. Unfortunately for me, I could also see that you have very different dropouts from me, so I still don't know if I can use a coaster brake.
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Can the DT mini be pushed in the folded position? Partially folded??
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Can the DT mini be pushed in the folded position? Partially folded??
possible but not at ease, it is not easy to control, mine in particular with coaster brake sometimes rear wheel felt "locked", so I would wiggled the bike back and forth before going again. the rear wheel nut also more protruding, so the width of the bike after folded is more than original one. and also because I changed the rear wheel to 349 while the front one still stock 306.....then it is not easier

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