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New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« on: March 09, 2017, 07:03:06 pm »
Spotted in the Bike West Midlands Network news roundup (I think the designer's local): http://www.whippetbicycle.com

So far they only seem to have released a bunch of teaser photos on Instagram, and are launching at Bespoked in April. I can't imagine a British-built folder launching at Bespoked is going to be cheap...

Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 09:19:33 pm »
doesn't look cheap from that photo. Seems designed with Gen Y and Millenials in mind
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 08:30:53 am »
Looks interesting, will keep an eye on this one, and see what reviews say
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 08:49:28 am »
More info on the website this morning; looks like an interesting fold, though perhaps more suited to appartment storage than public transport. Fillet-brazed Columbus and Reynolds tubes, too - though tucked away in the FAQ is the detail that they expect a 'high-quality mid-range' model to cost about £3k...

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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2017, 08:55:21 am »
Is it just me or does it feel like, with every "folder for the next generation" that comes along, the Brompton design just seems better and better?
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2017, 05:43:08 pm »
Hmm, the fold looks like a mess and unfolded not so great either.

Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2017, 06:30:39 pm »
some of the ideas are good and welcome, but overall the design lacks practicality and versatility

Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 07:45:14 am »
Just had a look at the photos - on the plus side, it's visually looks more appealing than some folders and looks like it probably has reasonable components. I also like the name :-)

On the (major) downside, the fold looks not very useful at all, not even for packing for airline travel, as it's quite an awkward shape. Also doesn't seem to have any obvious luggage carrying options.

Can't see myself having any use for it.
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2017, 08:36:49 am »
Pros: Bigger wheels than a Brompton means it will roll a lot quicker.  More gears.

Cons: Everything else.  The fold is stupid (Brompton patents may prevent them putting the wheels side-by-side), the geometry looks very weird and having a removable seatpost is crazy.  And £3000 for a mid-range model is having a laugh - they'll barely sell a handful.

The only folder I can think of that really challenged the Brompton in advanced design (Dahon has the cheap, effective but not-quite-as-small end of the market sorted) was the Mezzo, but that suffered from needing to unlatch the front wheel when folding it.  What could possibly go wrong?
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2017, 08:44:19 am »
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Folding and unfolding takes about a minute.

It weighs 11.5kg and has no convenient way to be picked up and carried.

No thanks, give me an Airnimal instead
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2017, 08:50:11 am »
I'm trying to think why it weighs so much? I'm also trying to imagine what bikes (plural!!) that you could buy for £3,000.
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2017, 09:15:35 am »
I'm trying to think why it weighs so much?
It has a lot of hinges. Hinges and bolts are heavy.
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Re: New folder - Whippet Bicycle
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2017, 11:47:02 pm »
On the (major) downside, the fold looks not very useful at all, not even for packing for airline travel, as it's quite an awkward shape.

It's a London flat fold, isn't it?  Designed to minimise the number of square inches of floor taken up by the folded bike, to the detriment of everything else.  I suppose that'll help it fit behind the bathroom door, but doesn't look much use for multi-modal transport.
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