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No chain, no cycling. Is it a step (Kick scooter as Wikipedia tells me)?
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Firstly the video is obviously marketing hype. No real brakes (the disks are just mockups), only one pedal. When you see him moving it is down-hill or having just pushed off with his feet.

Secondly the inventor says it has a 'hydrolic' drive system. I think that means the pedalling pumps some liquid inside the frame and drives the rear hub that way. Horribly inefficient.

Thirdly, no seat-tube no vertical adjustability. With all the hinges it is likely to be as laterally stable as a piece of wet spaghetti.

Finally, the inventor says it can be built and sold for £400. I call foul. Too many high-end components - mono-blade forks, revolutionary drive system.

Apparently the inventor is an art student and this won some kind of design competition. IMO there are far better folding bikes available right now.
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Nice technical breakdown.

Here's another warning sign-- If you watch, during the folding demonstration, there are 8 cut-edits (I went back and counted).
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I guess the people at Segway can breathe a sigh of relief.
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Wow..you guys are harsh.
 
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Harsh but fair.
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Even if it does work as claimed, is this any less unwieldy than pushing around a regular bicycle?
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Leezer wrote:
Even if it does work as claimed, is this any less unwieldy than pushing around a regular bicycle?


Good point. The only unwieldy thing about pushing a bicycle is being hit in the ankle by a pedal. If you could make the pedals fold flush, and maybe turn the handle bar 90 degrees, bikes would be 60% thinner while stowing away.
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Leezer wrote:
Even if it does work as claimed, is this any less unwieldy than pushing around a regular bicycle?


For those of us who live/work in a city with an underground/metro system then yes. Normal bikes aren't allowed on all lines. A folding bike is (it is small enough to count as luggage). However the Brompton is smaller (when folded) than this bike (it has smaller wheels) and is already established as the best commuter folding bike.
 
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