Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Folding Bikes
Reload this Page >

SoloRock Spin 3 new handlebar

Notices
Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

SoloRock Spin 3 new handlebar

Old 07-26-17, 11:07 AM
  #1  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SoloRock Spin 3 new handlebar

My Spin3 is a joy to ride, much more so than my other folders. The handlebar was a bit too low for my comfort. At 5'8", 190 pounds and 70 yrs old, I like to ride more upright than bent. It took quite a bit of searching on eBay to find a 520mm wide, 80mm rise, black alloy handlebar with sufficient horizontal space for brakes, grips and shifter. I found this one
The first photo is a comparison of original equipment and new. The second is post installation which took no more than 10 minutes. Third and fourth show that the new bar does not interfere with the fold, but it is somewhat tedious to get it just right.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
compare handlebars.jpg (89.0 KB, 137 views)
File Type: jpg
new handlebar installed.jpg (91.2 KB, 133 views)
File Type: jpg
folded with new handlebars2.jpg (85.9 KB, 132 views)
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-26-17, 11:13 AM
  #2  
scrappy123
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: OC California
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Looks like a good fit for an upright position.

Good to hear that you're still happy with the bike. Do you think it rides more stiff/solid compared to a hinged top-tube folder?
scrappy123 is offline  
Old 07-26-17, 11:22 AM
  #3  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by scrappy123 View Post

Looks like a good fit for an upright position.

Good to hear that you're still happy with the bike. Do you think it rides more stiff/solid compared to a hinged top-tube folder?
Yes, it is very noticeably stiffer than my 1989 SteelMaster (a.k.a. Scooma) and slightly stiffer than my 1990 Dahon Classic III (both 16"). I haven't ridden my Dahon Boardwalk (20") in weeks so I can't give an accurate comparison.
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-26-17, 01:48 PM
  #4  
blinki
The thing on my tail
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 9

Bikes: TERN Node 8, Fuji Oragami , Durban Street 24

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good upgrade
blinki is offline  
Old 07-26-17, 03:55 PM
  #5  
tdonline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 12 Posts
Accuneal, does it roll folded? Unlike the FSIRs, where the handlebar folds outside, the Solorock has its handlebar tucked between the wheels.

And what do you have to do to get it to fold with the new handlebar?
tdonline is offline  
Old 07-26-17, 04:04 PM
  #6  
smallwheeler
Senior Member
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 2,379
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 150 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by AccuNeal View Post
Yes, it is very noticeably stiffer
sir, would you mind posting a set of detail pictures of this bike? apparently, there are none online. it would be of particular interest to see exactly how the folding mechanism operates and how the two sections of frame are joined. thanks in advance for being a hero.
smallwheeler is offline  
Old 07-27-17, 04:52 PM
  #7  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
Accuneal, does it roll folded? Unlike the FSIRs, where the handlebar folds outside, the Solorock has its handlebar tucked between the wheels.

And what do you have to do to get it to fold with the new handlebar?
It does not roll completely folded with the new handlebar. When the handlebar is nested the wheels are at an angle to each other rather than parallel. That causes the bike to jump side to side when rolling. However, leaving the handlepost unfolded allows the wheels to be positioned parallel and rolling is smooth.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
IMG_20170727_094355 (1).jpg (97.2 KB, 113 views)
File Type: jpg
folded with new handlebars2.jpg (85.9 KB, 112 views)
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-27-17, 04:54 PM
  #8  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
sir, would you mind posting a set of detail pictures of this bike? apparently, there are none online. it would be of particular interest to see exactly how the folding mechanism operates and how the two sections of frame are joined. thanks in advance for being a hero.
I will post a new thread with these photos. They will likely be overlooked under the current heading. thank you for asking.
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-27-17, 04:58 PM
  #9  
smallwheeler
Senior Member
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 2,379
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 150 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by AccuNeal View Post
I will post a new thread with these photos. They will likely be overlooked under the current heading. thank you for asking.
good idea! and thank you very much for taking the time to do it!
smallwheeler is offline  
Old 07-27-17, 08:45 PM
  #10  
BikeLite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 930
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 261 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 33 Posts
So tilt the bike to one wheel and roll it?
BikeLite is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 05:31 AM
  #11  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
So tilt the bike to one wheel and roll it?
Yes, the bike is light enough that there is very little risk of losing control of the bike and having it tip over. However, because it is small, it requires being stooped over to push it along. It will rest on the chainring if the seat post is raised to be used as the 'handle" for steering. For me, it would be more convenient to carry it since it only weighs 21 pounds.

It does maneuver nicely using the unfolded handlebar: squeeze a brake lever, tilt towards one's self and push like a hand-truck. It takes just a few seconds to separate the magnet, swing open the frame partway and fold the handlebar when one needs the smaller size. Also, it's much smaller than a shopping cart, but with a bag on the headpiece braze-ons or on the rear rack it can be used as one.
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 12:57 PM
  #12  
scrappy123
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: OC California
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by AccuNeal View Post
I will post a new thread with these photos. They will likely be overlooked under the current heading. thank you for asking.
I'd also love to see those photos when you get a chance.
Looking at pics I can find on the web of FSIR and Solorock "Spin" bikes, I see that FSIR runs cables inside the top tube while Solorock has external cable guides, the FSIR doesn't have a height adjustable handle post.
scrappy123 is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 02:30 PM
  #13  
scrappy123
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: OC California
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here is a folded FSIR rolling along



Here is a 14" FSIR doing a couple of tricks at a bike show in Thailand

scrappy123 is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 02:41 PM
  #14  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
@scrappy123
Yeah! is that not a cool little bike or what? I will put that on my list of "needs"

Yes, the cables are on the outside of the main tube. The adjustable handlepost is a plus for me. Also, I don't think the Fsir has the front headpiece braze on for a luggage truss.
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 02:48 PM
  #15  
tdonline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 12 Posts
Wonder if the truss is the same as Dahon/Tern's?
tdonline is offline  
Old 07-28-17, 03:28 PM
  #16  
AccuNeal
daily small wheel rider
Thread Starter
 
AccuNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Punta Gorda, FL, USA
Posts: 52

Bikes: SoloRock spin 3, SteelMaster 16", Dahon Classic III 16", Dahon Boardwalk

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
Wonder if the truss is the same as Dahon/Tern's?
I am gonna find out. I plan to order a truss from Thor and see if it fits. From what I can find the spacing is 30mm between screws. Although, on the Spin3 there are three screws one is centered at 15mm. So I fully expect the one from Thor will work. Maybe he'll respond here with the answer.
AccuNeal is offline  
Old 08-09-17, 01:58 PM
  #17  
jazzmanjm8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
any news on the truss???
jazzmanjm8 is offline  
Old 08-09-17, 09:29 PM
  #18  
Abu Mahendra
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Bali
Posts: 2,244

Bikes: In service - FSIR Spin 3.0, Bannard Sunny minivelo, Dahon Dash Altena folder. Several others in construction or temporarily decommissioned.

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 896 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Yes, it is. Another plus for these ponies.

Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
Wonder if the truss is the same as Dahon/Tern's?
Abu Mahendra is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Silverexpress
Folding Bikes
51
04-28-20 07:40 AM
kridershot
Folding Bikes
1
09-28-16 04:02 AM
RobKelley
Folding Bikes
8
09-02-14 03:13 PM
chaadster
Folding Bikes
8
06-27-12 06:35 AM
SunnyFlorida
Folding Bikes
9
09-15-10 07:55 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.