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Broke the hinge on my Nova

Old 09-21-21, 05:42 AM
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Broke the hinge on my Nova

Rode 20 miles or so with the latch not quite secure. Beat the tapered hole that secures the assembly out of round. As far as I can tell the frame is toast.

I'm open to suggestions on replacing the frame. The drivetrain/wheels have been upgraded. I might just buy another Nova but it seems a terrible waste as I'll be tossing all the parts that come on the stock bike.

I store my bike in the passenger foot well of my big rig. So a similar aluminum frame will be a good idea. It will get knocked around quite a bit as I unfold daily for my ride.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-21-21, 07:34 PM
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Old 09-21-21, 09:39 PM
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Fnhon makes a good chromoly frame called the Storm aka "kc2018". Unfortunately most of the places selling it don't do Paypal or English. A purchasing agent working with Taobao, that does offer Paypal is ParcelUp. For instance, here you can get this frame from a Taobao seller via ParcelUp. I am not affiliated with Taobao (the company nor sellers on it), nor ParcelUp, nor Fnhon, nor Paypal. I just like to recommend dependable bicycle frames.

Edit: If your front hub is 100mm then you won't be able to use the Fnhon fork. The Fnhon fork uses the same lame 74mm standard that Dahon and Brompton keep trying to push on everyone. If you could use your Nova fork with the Fnhon frame, though, you'd be up and running again.
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Old 09-22-21, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by RosedaleForge View Post
Rode 20 miles or so with the latch not quite secure. Beat the tapered hole that secures the assembly out of round. As far as I can tell the frame is toast.

I'm open to suggestions on replacing the frame. The drivetrain/wheels have been upgraded. I might just buy another Nova but it seems a terrible waste as I'll be tossing all the parts that come on the stock bike.

I store my bike in the passenger foot well of my big rig. So a similar aluminum frame will be a good idea. It will get knocked around quite a bit as I unfold daily for my ride.

Thoughts?
Looking at a picture of the Downtube Nova the bike looks like a very generic Chinese folding bike, nothing proprietary. You probably could replace it very easily with any similar 20" folding bike frame and forks. In fact there is a good chance you wouldn't even have to change the forks it really depends if the steerer is threaded or threadless. I'd probably look for something cheap with very low spec components. I've seen such bikes locally here in the UK go for as low as 15 as spares or repair. In my experience steel folding bike frames aren't much different in weight. Seems like aluminium has to be more overbuilt for folding use so I personally wouldn't care if it was steel or aluminium. In fact I might have a slight preference for steel. Also aluminium typically has a shorter working life and is more effected by fatigue so if it was an older folding bike again steel would be my preference.
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Old 09-22-21, 03:54 AM
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I'd buy a cheap unloved 2nd hand bike that needs to be refurbished and transfer the good bit from the broken bike to the one in need of refurbishment...
you could always get a dahon frame too. or a vintage folder and restomod it using the bits from the broken bike...
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If the Nova fork steerer is 1 & 1/8" threadless, it should work with frames by Fnhon, Dahon, Crius and many others that aren't using a threaded steering system.

If your front wheel has a 100mm hub width, you will probably have to use your existing Nova fork with it, unless your new frameset is by KHS or Downtube, which both use the 100mm standard for their forks.

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Don't have any suggestions as far as your bike goes. I love that you take it with you and your truck and get some exercise out there on the road.

Used to drive a freightliner oil tanker local. I've been thinking about heading back to driving as I'm about to lose my job to the vaccine mandates.
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Old 09-22-21, 03:14 PM
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The responses are more or less what I gathered from years of lurking. Thankfully I'm on an extended leave if absence so I don't have to rush into anything.
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The responses are more or less what I gathered from years of lurking. Thankfully I'm on an extended leave of absence so I don't have to rush into anything.
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I'd probably buy a Zizzo if I bent up my Nova, but the prices are so high because of supply issues. that I'd wait and ride something else. .

I came across this folder. Taken by the disk brakes and rear suspension. I know in my heart the suspension will wobble wobble wobble, but it is steel.
https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Folda...2&sr=8-15&th=1




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I'd probably buy a Zizzo if I bent up my Nova, but the prices are so high because of supply issues. that I'd wait and ride something else. .

I came across this folder. Taken by the disk brakes and rear suspension. I know in my heart the suspension will wobble wobble wobble, but it is steel.
https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Folda...2&sr=8-15&th=1




Very interesting frame design but I would never go for rear suspension on such cheap folding bikes. I think when you are buying a cheap bike keep it simple. So much to go wrong with suspension, not just the rear suspension unit but the pivot points.
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