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Old 04-26-11, 06:05 PM
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Mini Velo Nano Pre Order now available. $269.95 Shipped

I just received an email that the Nano can be preordered and delivery starts around may 20th. https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/nano.htm I ordered an orange Nano.
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Old 04-26-11, 08:51 PM
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$269.95 SHIPPED. I might get one. Let me just check if the components that I have here would give it a nice upgrade!
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Old 04-27-11, 01:25 AM
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Its a good job I don't live in the USA, as for that money I would be adding another bike to my stock

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Damn it's not available in the uk!
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I thought hard about ordering one, but the reviews in the commuting forum put the weight of it at close to 30lbs. I thought it would be a lot less.
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Old 04-27-11, 08:56 AM
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The Soma MV weighs 23.5 pounds.
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Old 04-27-11, 03:17 PM
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At that price, I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one to tinker with. Pity you can't just get the frame.

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Old 04-27-11, 04:28 PM
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I received confirmation and it shows the shipping weight at 30 pounds. I emailed Bike Direct to see what they weigh.
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I love the looks of the mini velos.
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still on the short side , 49 and 51 top tube, Oh well maybe the 4'11" female will be watching this..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
still on the short side , 49 and 51 top tube, Oh well maybe the 4'11" female will be watching this..
I think they said it was U.S. frame measuring system (seat tube), but it does seem like it is on the smaller side. Interesting "introductory" pricing, though.

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Originally Posted by ShinyBiker View Post
I thought hard about ordering one, but the reviews in the commuting forum put the weight of it at close to 30lbs. I thought it would be a lot less.
My Windsor Shetland with the aluminimun frame was 25lbs I doubt the steel Merciers were much heavier. I doubt mine weight in at 30 lbs with added rack, painiers and lights on it. I know what a 30lb bike feels like . =) I had a hard not not pre-ordering one of those just because I like my Stetland pony so much.
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Old 04-29-11, 11:58 AM
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Shipping weight and bike weight are two different things. You think heavy cardboard packaging and protective padding weighs nothing?!? Fools!

Mercier Nano S/M in steel weighs 25 lbs 6 oz.

Here's my soon to be former Nano. Has upgraded bar end shifting, not the stock stem shifters, a stem riser, and real bullhorn bars, not the chopped and flopped job that the prototype shipped with.

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Nice looking bike. As I said, I am glad I live in the UK or I would probably end up adding one of these to my collection lol.

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Old 04-29-11, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Shipping weight and bike weight are two different things. You think heavy cardboard packaging and protective padding weighs nothing?!? Fools!

Mercier Nano S/M in steel weighs 25 lbs 6 oz.

I'd be willing to part with mine for $250, shipped... Has upgraded bar end shifting, not the stock stem shifters, a stem riser, and real bullhorn bars, not the chopped and flopped job that the prototype shipped with.

Seriously $240 shipped to me? I am so tempted. I'll PM you to confirm that price.
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I'd like to use this style bike for times when I need to mix biking with cars. Any idea if this one would fit into the back of a VW New Beetle?
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Vik, I bought one last year from Big Shot Bikes.

I built it up as a 406 mm single speed and added a taller stem and albatross bars.

The mini velo has city and mountain bike influences. Its basically a folder bike that does NOT fold:

Here are two different configuration set ups for the new Mercier Nano:

Bullhorn style:



Road bar style:

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Old 04-30-11, 03:58 AM
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You can take off the wheels, saddle and bars and go on a road trip with it. Its like a folder except of course the frame doesn't fold.

Its cheaper than Soma Fab's offering and its a sweet deal for a mini velo. Its a really affordable bike!
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I have one and mine is made with double butted cromo steel. I'd put it around 25 lbs. The small wheels are fast accelerating.

A mini velo screams fun. Don't knock it until you ride one!
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It is in two sizes - 48 and 53. The first size is the same as the 48 Big Shot Mini Polo I have and I'm 5'7". Taller guys would be happier with the 53.

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The Nano BD is selling only comes in a dropbar configuration. Those pics also are of the ones they sold late last year (hence the confusion on the bullhorn configuration) so they have the 451 mm wheels on them in the pic. The actual bikes will have the 406 mm. They are really fun bikes and my Shetland is my favorite bike I own now. If BD ever comes out with a Mini Velo with canti or v-brakes I'll probably buy one of those.
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NormanF are you going to order a Nano? I think it would be fun to have both.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
You can take off the wheels, saddle and bars and go on a road trip with it. Its like a folder except of course the frame doesn't fold.
Are you saying it is smaller than say a roadie? I don't see this - these have the same (ie similar) dropout distance than normal bikes, so taking the wheels off does NOT make it smaller compared to a roadie. In fact the opposite - the dropouts are lower to the ground so the frame is effectively bigger. Of course with the wheels ON, it is a few inches shorter.
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Are you saying it is smaller than say a roadie? I don't see this - these have the same (ie similar) dropout distance than normal bikes, so taking the wheels off does NOT make it smaller compared to a roadie. In fact the opposite - the dropouts are lower to the ground so the frame is effectively bigger. Of course with the wheels ON, it is a few inches shorter.
You make a good point. I suppose it all depends on the road frame you are comparing it to whether the frame is smaller or not although I think these mini velos would be shorter than most road bikes. My Shetland has 15 in CS. Even if the frames are relatively equal, the wheels are alot smaller which would make it much easier to the bike in a smaller container of some sort.

I am happy thinking about taking the Nano and the Shetland on car trips. They easily fit in the trunk and even if we have to put them on a bike rack on on the back of the car they won't stick out on the side of the car which I am always a bit paranoid about even though its silly.
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Hmmm... I have a single speed Mini Polo so can I justify another when I already have two? Decisions, decisions...
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