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Forum: Folding Bikes
06-18-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,754
Posted By Raxel

a) Brompton (as well as the UFB) has rear...

a) Brompton (as well as the UFB) has rear suspension, which will give WAY more than any possible frame flex anyway.
b) Fork and rear frame has much thinner tubing than the main frame, and they flex...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

You can get one from brompton.. which is NOT...

You can get one from brompton.. which is NOT recommended with stock ti fork as the expander may damage the steerer tube.

Brompton silently replaced the expander with wedge. Tiparts now sells...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

Now I'm adding some exotic bits... ...

Now I'm adding some exotic bits...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x563/crankset_9b86bbc7456664110e4385224214af5a4814dc38.jpg
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-19, 02:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,059
Posted By Raxel

I use nokon, i-link, aican and elitelink clone.

I use nokon, i-link, aican and elitelink clone.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,059
Posted By Raxel

I always use metal housings on my bikes

And they are holding fine. Make sure that the inner cable is lubricated and fully stretched (new cables elongate over days, so you need to readjust after a few days)
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-19-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

I've done a major update - swapped the fork and...

I've done a major update - swapped the fork and rear frame with black ones, stem with brushed titanium one.


...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-26-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,152
Posted By Raxel

Changebike frame is lighter and seemingly...

Changebike frame is lighter and seemingly stronger as well (being a diamond design)
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,729
Posted By Raxel

There are following aftermarket parts available ...

There are following aftermarket parts available

a) 135mm spacing rear frame
b) 112mm spacing 349 wheelset that accepts standard 11 spd cassette
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-19, 02:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By Raxel

I don't see the point. The frame itself has as...

I don't see the point. The frame itself has as many as FOUR hinges. Handlepost and rear triangle have their own hinges so the total number of hinges is SIX.

Brompton has two hinges plus one acts...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-20-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By Raxel

New 3Sixty LWB version spotted

Now the bike is very close to UK brompton overall. It still seems to use 1" headtube, which makes the front end of the main tube slightly ovalized.

I really don't like the fake Brompton decal but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-20-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,729
Posted By Raxel

Nope, you can put ANY hub with correct rear...

Nope, you can put ANY hub with correct rear spacing on Brompton (or clones). Peoples are using all kinds of hubs (tune, extralite, wheelsmith, SA 3-speed, SA 5-speed etc) on their bromptons.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-17-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By Raxel

It's a brand new 2019 black edition superlight,...

It's a brand new 2019 black edition superlight, with painted titanium parts. Seems they don't know how to paint titanium properly yet.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,754
Posted By Raxel

Titanium main frame comes with hinge bushing and...

Titanium main frame comes with hinge bushing and seatpost sleeve pre-installed, and they are already reamed. One needs the hinge and hinge bolts though (There are lightweight aftermarket ones)
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By Raxel

2019 Brompton painting issue

*cringe*


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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,729
Posted By Raxel

WHAT custom solutions? WHAT custom parts? I don't...

WHAT custom solutions? WHAT custom parts? I don't see any, and I have built many bromptons (clones) from parts.

And brompton parts are VERY far from being affordable.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,729
Posted By Raxel

2018 3sixty bikes are direct copy of TW brompton...

2018 3sixty bikes are direct copy of TW brompton (shorter top tube, no pusher mount, 1 inch headset, straight stem etc)

They are going to release 2019 "Large" version which I heard will be a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,754
Posted By Raxel

Main frame usually costs around $900~1K. ...

Main frame usually costs around $900~1K.



Most titanium third party frames uses CORK sleeve which seems to grab the seatpost much better than stock plastic ones.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-10-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,754
Posted By Raxel

Yet another titanium Brompton build

I have suddenly realized that I have amassed enough Brompton parts to build a whole bike... so I did.
Only the main frame is titanium, and rest of the bike are steel.

The tires were much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-10-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,047
Posted By Raxel

So it is a "clearance" version of M3E with old...

So it is a "clearance" version of M3E with old leftover parts with 250 GBP discount.
There are much better aftermarket parts for pedals/handlebars/shifter etc anyway, so it should be a better buy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-19, 01:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 770
Posted By Raxel

I have one, but...

I recommend you to swap EVERY parts if you aim to save weight. The only exception is the rear suspension (the original rubber one is lighter than almost ALL aftermarket ones)
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

Unlike Montague and Bridgestones Changebike has a...

Unlike Montague and Bridgestones Changebike has a built-in front wheel attachment point. Detach the front wheel, fold the frame in half, and reattach the front wheel.
Then one can roll the folded...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

It is up to how you define performance. If...

It is up to how you define performance.

If you ignore the folded size (I do, as long as they fit in car trunk) Change BIke is better in every possible ways (Cheaper, lighter, objectively stronger,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-24-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

Root cause is a bad design (thin titanium steerer...

Root cause is a bad design (thin titanium steerer tube + archaic conical expander nut that puts too much stress on a line, not a wide surface), not overtightened stem. It is almost meaningless to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-24-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

Being more expensive do not automatically mean...

Being more expensive do not automatically mean having better quality. They are all from FACTORY ASSEMBLED 2018 UK bromptons.

...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

Brompton patent expired more than 10 years ago....

Brompton patent expired more than 10 years ago. They are all legitimately produced and marketed bikes with full warranty.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

One of the clones (GROO M3T) uses aluminium...

One of the clones (GROO M3T) uses aluminium frame, rear hinge with sealed bearing, integrated headset, height adjustable handlepost with quick release (a la Dahon). I think it costs around $400 with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

And here's my build with custom 3d printed...

And here's my build with custom 3d printed tensioner (with integrated pusher mount)
It weighs 8.3kg now with heavy aluminium seatpost, riser handlebar and stock brakes.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,448
Posted By Raxel

New 3sixty bikes (Affordable Brompton Clone)

I heard that the 3Sixty bikes will add more lineup this year,

-Small frame with M-bar (last year's model, based on TW brompton, 1 inch headset, no pusher mount nut)
-Small frame with S-bar (same...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,431
Posted By Raxel

Gearing was 53/39T crank + 11-26T cassette. Now I...

Gearing was 53/39T crank + 11-26T cassette. Now I put a single 50T chainring instead as we don't really have time for serious hill climbing.
And I intentionally chose mini-V brake because mini-V +...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

a) Exactly WHAT parts? Helix doesn't have that...

a) Exactly WHAT parts? Helix doesn't have that many parts to shave weight to begin with, and I highly doubt they can shave that much without significantly increasing the price.
b) Even if he can...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,431
Posted By Raxel

Did a major upgrade, now with sram 1x10...

Did a major upgrade, now with sram 1x10 drivetrain. Cannot believe this bike is more than 10 years old!

...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-14-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 109,993
Posted By Raxel

That's simply not true. I did a number of group...

That's simply not true. I did a number of group rides with road bikes, and I had no issue keeping up with them using 406 wheel and 53-11 gearing.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-11-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

Mine was VERY slight oval, and headset press...

Mine was VERY slight oval, and headset press worked just fine. Worse frames may need reaming and facing.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-11-19, 02:18 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

a) They are NOT faux parts as they never market...

a) They are NOT faux parts as they never market their parts as original ones.
b) They are fully interchangeable.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-10-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

Do you know EXACTLY WHAT are the issues? "They...

Do you know EXACTLY WHAT are the issues? "They just didn't work" doesn't sound very convincing to me.
Also what does it mean that you can't fold properly if the chainring is bigger than 52T? Does...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-10-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,143
Posted By Raxel

Steel main frame + post set is roughly 1kg heaver...

Steel main frame + post set is roughly 1kg heaver than full titanium set, and two sets cost almost the same. Titanium is lighter, easier to maintain and personally looks better.

And I know >20...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-19, 01:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,803
Posted By Raxel

406 has the largest tire selections (including...

406 has the largest tire selections (including knobbies), and is stable enough for fast group ride with roadies.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-19, 01:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,914
Posted By Raxel

Kinlin NBR niobium rims are the lightest, and...

Kinlin NBR niobium rims are the lightest, and fairly cheap too. It's quite narrow and won't fit anything thicker than Kojak though.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-03-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

First I agree that the weight shaving potential...

First I agree that the weight shaving potential with Helix frameset is not quite good. The design forces non-common 507 wheelset (much less common than 520), which cannot be switched with larger size...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-19, 12:45 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

Brompton is almost entirely 1980s tech (primitive...

Brompton is almost entirely 1980s tech (primitive pusher system, quill type handlepost, separate pentaclip, primitive hinge lock etc). It doesn't matter people want to buy them or not. It's still an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-28-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,837
Posted By Raxel

They use quite different (and I think to be...

They use quite different (and I think to be better) folding mechanism, and is lighter than montague frame (no need for super thick single top tube)



Unless you are short, their 27.5" MTB frame...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,547
Posted By Raxel

Ritchey still makes separable roadbike frames in...

Ritchey still makes separable roadbike frames in steel, and carbon (no more titanium, unfortunately)
And actually Dahon made a retro looking chro-mo bike with Ritchey breakaway coupling, I am not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

They promised 20lbs for a SS bike and 21lbs for a...

They promised 20lbs for a SS bike and 21lbs for a 10-speed bike in the kickstarter. Here are what they have said:
"Helix was designed to go everywhere, whether it's the subway, the trunk of your car...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-19, 12:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,837
Posted By Raxel

I heard the frame weighs 2.3kg, and is available...

I heard the frame weighs 2.3kg, and is available separately. You can build a very lightweight (~15lbs or less) hybrid bike using that frame.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-26-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

It weighs 11.38kg / 25lbs for 10 speed version,...

It weighs 11.38kg / 25lbs for 10 speed version, which is almost TWO kilograms heavier than initially advertised weight. And that's without mudguards and racks.
Brompton M6L (with mudguards) weigh...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-25-19, 04:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,353
Posted By Raxel

Such things cannot happen unless you violate the...

Such things cannot happen unless you violate the minimum insertion length. I have seen much heavier people using them with no issues.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-24-19, 02:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,353
Posted By Raxel

If you want to shave some grams off your bike,...

If you want to shave some grams off your bike, the best way is first fully disassemble the bike down to frame, scale every parts, and make a big spreadsheet.
Then you can *simulate* the outcome of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-23-19, 03:36 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

-Both chedech bike (a full carbon clone of...

-Both chedech bike (a full carbon clone of Brompton) or custom built full titanium Brompton clone are among the lightest (<15lbs or less) AND folds as small as Brompton without disassembly.

-Both...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-23-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

Chedech ss version is also around 6.8kg and folds...

Chedech ss version is also around 6.8kg and folds as small as Brompton.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-22-19, 11:55 PM
Replies: 2,140
Views: 451,458
Posted By Raxel

Actually now we can do that thanks to cheap...

Actually now we can do that thanks to cheap aftermarket titanium, carbon and CNC aluminium parts.

Steel frame + fork + rear triangle + handlepost weighs around 4.2kg, Full titanium setup weighs...
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