Pay more than S$2500 for a folding bike? Warning – long article

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We have almost all the marques from all over the world- Japan, UK, USA and Taiwan. So when it comes to folding bikes, we get customers who appreciate their top end bikes like they enjoy their fine dining, exquisite cars and their finer things in life. Like cars, the exquisite bicycle brands have models with very much similarity.

First, the Alex Moulton range, the cycling equivalent of owning a Bentley or Rolls Royce.
AM GT with Bentley
AM GT with BentleyThe Moulton Bicycle is the original full-suspension, separable, small- wheeled, high performance bicycle, world renowned for speed, efficiency, durability and comfort.
Double Pylon with Rolls Royce.  Expertly engineered for over 50 years and handcrafted in England, these bicycles are the world’s most efficient form of transport – designed for universal use, real performance and comfort.These bikes are not hard to spot, whether gleaming in Stainless Steel or resplendent in a custom paint job. Starting at just over S$8,000 (AM Speed) and running MoultonWebGraphics_03as high as S$32,000 (Double Pylon) the powerhouse of the range is the Moulton Speed in Stainless Steel at just over S$15,000. The Moulton Speed is an exquisite bikes with superior build and performance.

Double Pylon with Rolls Royce
How do you know you are staring at one of the high end, hand crafted Moultons and not

the standard Moulton TSR range (that gets you on a Moulton for just under S$3,000). Other than the refined components, you will notice the “kinked” bottom section of the spaceframe. This is a dead giveaway that you are looking at a top end Moulton, with the enhanced performance and comfort characteristics.
Moulton Jubilee Sportive
The Moulton Jubilee, is all about comfort, whether you are planning a touring trip or want comfort, control and ease of riding as a weekend warrior. We are offering the Jubilee at a great price of S$7,999

Moulton Jubilee Sportive
But not to be too aristocratic about it, the TSRs are truly awesome to ride, thanks to Dr Alex Moulton’s pioneering work on suspension design for small wheels. Moulton have taken everything they learnt in engineering design and conceived the SST. Although no “kinked” spaceframe, Moulton wanted to improve on the TSR series, and have introduced a whole host of engineering innovations – the SST is the result and is YOURS for S$5,999.

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Next came the American revolution and putting the first man on the moon. Dahon. 30+ years in folding bikes but like Ford cars, trying to find brand prominence again. Built on the ever popular Mu Rohloff i14 frame, Mu_Rohloff_i14_Folded.jpgthis speedhub_logo.jpgperformance bike sports a top-of-the-line component package for unparalleled riding experience and durability.Fronted by the zero-maintenance Rohloff Speedhub, this internal hubgear gives you 14 speeds to conquer any terrain or slopes. Paired with a Gates carbon belt drive means you have a smooth silent transmission that is clean at the same time, no more fears of oil stains on your pants or skirt! For S$5,500, you take home this beauty,  no need for re-tuning, all the maintenance within the Rohloff hub.

The Japanese challenge came – Tyrell, rising from the East and of the rising sun. They introduced the XF, titanium and complete with GOKISO hub. Very much like the way  Toyota and Lexus came and introduced quality and aesthetics to the eye and handling. The XF will set you back by S$16,000 and a 3 months wait.New-XF

So why S$16,000? Only 50 will be built, the XF is crammed full of innovation.They have used a GOKISO hub. As Hirose-san, CEO and Founder explained; “GOKISO make probably the finest hubs in the business, ensuring super accurate rotational performance.  We wanted the best for the XF”. But that’s not all, Tyrell have also used electric shifting, integrated with a carbon handle. And to achieve a spectacular finish as well as strength and lightness, the XF is built completely in Titanium.

If you want something lighter on your pockets – The FSX , retailing at just S$4,100, you get 406 wheels on lightning fast frames and the 2016 will come with a choice of Ultegra or 105

tern bicyclesTern – brokeaway from Dahon and HQ-ed out of Taiwan, management team trained in the USA and possessing a global mindset. Armed with innovations, Tern is like the Tesla brand of cars. Fast, eco friendly in mind, innovations at many levels,  a new look at folding bikes, putting together innovations at the component levels and winning awards across the globe. Their answer for a top of the line premium bike – Verge X20 retailing at S$4,200 and currently selling at our outlets for S$4000 (excl pedals as most owners opt for clipless or very light weight pedals)

Verge X20

Added 28 Jan – Tern introduced the 2016 Eclipse X22. The Eclipse X22 is designed to be the fastest folding bike in the world. With hand-built 26” wheels and race-tuned geometry, it’s a full sized road bike, but it folds down small in 10 seconds. It boasts an Ultegra drivetrain, and—just in time for the UCI’s new regulations—a set of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. With a stealth black finish, hydroformed fork, red Syntace accents, and perfected engineering, the X22 inaugurates a new chapter in Tern design. AT S$3500 (promo launch price). We would are say its the most affordable top end luxury bike.

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Wow, so if you have S$2400 – S$2700 as a budget, that Dahon Mu SLX, Verge X10, or Tyrell FX  10 speeds folding bikes start looking very good value for money. LoL!

 

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