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Old 09-22-22, 01:28 PM
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New folder from Decathlon

Looks like France's Decathlon is working on a folder that could be nice competition for Brompton

Too bad it folds the usual way and leaves the chain exposed. It might be possible to replace the derailleur with a gear hub + belt (Edit: Not possible, see the rear axle.)




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Old 09-22-22, 01:30 PM
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At what point does a fork stop being a fork?? It's more of a "stick with a wiggle" than a fork in this case.

I think this is a super interesting design FWIW. I'm very curious if it feels "noodly" when riding due to decreased frame stiffness, but that might be an acceptable compromise for people who want a very small fold without all of the downsides to a brompton (price, non-standard components, etc).
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They did it to get a more compact fold while still folding the usual way (front wheel on the left).

Side effect: The derailleur can't be replaced with a gear hub.
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Originally Posted by willydstyle View Post
At what point does a fork stop being a fork?? It's more of a "stick with a wiggle" than a fork in this case.
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That question was answered by Cannondale in 2000 when it introduced the Lefty fork.😉
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Interesting design. Assuming such fork design is done to make fold more compact, I donít see how much space would the front fork design save. The right side still goes in about 25-30% of the way to accommodate break calipers. Sincere itís below the rims, I guess they couldnít have gone all the way and make a front fork standard.
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Interesting design. Assuming such fork design is done to make fold more compact, I donít see how much space would the front fork design save. The right side still goes in about 25-30% of the way to accommodate break calipers. Sincere itís below the rims, I guess they couldnít have gone all the way and make a front fork standard.
If you look at the picture of the bike folded I think that's your answer. That is impressively narrow for a hinge-in-the-middle folding bike.
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Originally Posted by willydstyle View Post
If you look at the picture of the bike folded I think that's your answer. That is impressively narrow for a hinge-in-the-middle folding bike.
I look at the picture and see short part of the front fork going full thickness between the wheels preventing them from folding any closer to each other.

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I look at the picture and see short part of the front fork going full thickness between the wheels preventing them from folding any closer to each other.
On closer view, the short sections for the vee brakes do not align with each other when folding front and back wheels together. That means that the extra bulk doesnít limit the fold very much.
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Don't forget about the outside-folding handle post. The depth of the fold is not just the depth of the two wheels side by side. Some mid-hinge folders put the handle post between the two wheels. Is this bike significantly narrower in depth than existing mid-hinge folders? I have my doubts.
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Originally Posted by Reddleman View Post
On closer view, the short sections for the vee brakes do not align with each other when folding front and back wheels together. That means that the extra bulk doesnít limit the fold very much.
Thatís my point, if front fork section still goes between the wheels they probably could have made it a standard fork and increase rigidity.
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Giant Halfway has similar projections for brakes.

Disc brakes, as in IF bikes, would've eliminated the projections at the front and rear.

Probably too expensive.

Knowing Decathlon, this folder will be significantly less expensive than IF series.

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