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On the fence: FnHon Zephyr

Old 07-07-22, 06:19 PM
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On the fence: FnHon Zephyr

On the fence whether to get this FnHon Zephyr Alu-alloy frame set ($180) for 305|349 wheels...



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Old 07-08-22, 02:16 AM
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Get a Brompton.
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Unless you can explain why you're on the fence about it I'm not sure how to respond to this thread usefully. Can you expand?
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Originally Posted by willydstyle View Post
Unless you can explain why you're on the fence about it I'm not sure how to respond to this thread usefully. Can you expand?
No more fence sitting. I scored it at $159 (plus $6 shipping) so it's now on its way...

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Ron, I think you have a serious problem with folding bike. And, I hope you enjoy every minute of it.
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
Get a Brompton.

A lot of these small 16" wheeled bikes really have fantastic utility and add in the price, they punch high above what one might think of them; small wheeled; "small dahon copy"; etc

I have been considering using my son's bike for a light tour and been testing its riding and loadout and its so far been highly functional.
Bag with Drone
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1-2 days clothing, rain gear and tools
Tripod

Did a 60km the other day with my daughter and I really liked that it fell well into the type of cruising speed that most sight seeing touring will be with the ability to ramp up the speed a bit when needing to bridge boring parts of the route.
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Originally Posted by Ron Damon View Post
On the fence whether to get this FnHon Zephyr Alu-alloy frame set ($180) for 305|349 wheels...



Is frame aluminum? Did a quick search in Aliexpress and found only alloy frames for V brakes. How do these ride and how sturdy would aluminum frame be for the long ride? Also will it accept Big Apples and mudguards on 16í wheels? Thanks.
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Old 09-28-22, 05:22 AM
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Is frame aluminum? Did a quick search in Aliexpress and found only alloy frames for V brakes. How do these ride and how sturdy would aluminum frame be for the long ride? Also will it accept Big Apples and mudguards on 16í wheels? Thanks.
Yes, the frame material is Al-alloy. It is for ISO305 or 349 wheels with disc brake, or for 349 wheels with road brake calipers. I imagine that, yes, it can easily fit 50-305 Big Apples which are still smaller in diameter when mounted than a 37mm tire on 349 rims. In fact, here's an image of that exact comparison, 37-349 CST Sensamo Firenze tires on the left and 50-305 Big Apples on the right.


If you are looking for Chro-moly framesets for 305 wheels, I am afraid the FnHon Gust 16" is the only game in town. At least, that's how it is here in my locality.

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Old 09-28-22, 05:35 AM
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This is how 50-305 Big Apples fit on the 74mm OLD fork of the FnHon Gust 16".
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Because this Zephyr frame is for disc brake, the fork is wider with a 100mm OLD. To use it with rim brake wheels which are typically 74mm OLD you'll need an adapter on the hubs. Got those on hand too if you are interested in seeing them...
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Thanks for detailed reply. Itís a curiosity mainly. Very interesting concept with aluminum frame. Should be pretty light. No suspension could be an issue as roads where I live are pretty bumpy but big apples should smooth things oit to some extend.
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