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Mercedes-Benz shows a (very clever) folding bicycle


May 31, 2009

Mercedes-Benz's latest bike collection includes a clever Foldingbike with a choice of fold...

Mercedes-Benz's latest bike collection includes a clever Foldingbike with a choice of folded positions

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May 31, 2009 Mercedes-Benz pushbikes are always special but the latest collection, released this week, includes a very clever Foldingbike with two different folded positions. Fully folded, it’s a very small package, while the “shuttle” position allows the bike to be pushed and steered - ideal for easy carriage using public transport.

When completely folded down, the Mercedes-Benz Foldingbike requires little space. In this position, it only measures 80x80x35 cm, enabling it to be packed away in the supplied high-quality carrying bag. Accordingly, the bike can be easily stowed in a car trunk, camper van, office or yacht. Essentially, it's as good as a constant companion – it can go wherever you go.

The patented folding mechanism is particularly easy to operate - folding and unfolding the bike takes only a few seconds, and no tools are required.

The aluminum frame has a suspension travel of 40 mm at both front and rear, and this is adjustable for individual riding comfort. A Shimano 8-speed derailleur gear makes for relaxed cycling, while disc brakes ensure a high level of safety. A side stand, protective metal cover and a variable luggage rack make this extraordinary bike ideal for day-to-day use. The new Mercedes-Benz Foldingbike comes in silver or white, and costs EUR1700.

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Glad to hear that MB is moving ahead with this folding bike. When the product was announced last year, there was discussion among cyclists whether this was just vaporware.

The MB folding bike has some interesting features but the rear derailleur is going to be a problem. It's so low to the ground that it will be picking up debris and making the chain & gears prematurely dirty. Hopefully, MB will switch to an internally geared hub. Although they weigh a bit more, internal hub drive trains last much longer and require far less maintenance.



31st May, 2009 @ 12:43 pm PDT

This bicycle is for those who strive to practice environmentally sustainability. The Folding Bike is everything one would expect from Mercedes-Benz

31st May, 2009 @ 11:01 pm PDT

€1700 ? For a folding bike ? Absurd !...


3rd June, 2009 @ 12:21 am PDT
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