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Current Mini Velo bikes?

Old 05-06-19, 11:43 AM
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Current Mini Velo bikes?

Hey folks,
I was looking at the current options in the US for mini-velo bikes, and it seems to be these:
Bikes Direct Mercier Nano- drop bar, multispeed, rim brakes, currently listed as 2018 model (Save Up to 60% Off Mini Velo Road Bikes, Roadbikes - Mercier Nano Mini Velo Bicycles)
Tokyo Bike Mini Velo- flat bar, multi-speed, rim brakes (https://tokyobike.us/collections/mini-velo)
Respect Cycles- flat bar, single speed, rim brakes (https://respectcycles.com/products/version-4)
Java - flat bar, multispeed, disk brakes (on Ebay)
SEic- flat/raised bars, single speed, rim brakes (on Ebay)
This is excluding folding bikes.
And I run across these, but they don't seem to be for sale in the US any longer: Sundeal V1, V2; Cannondale Hooligan; Fuji M1, M2; GMAX
And I run across Soma/New Albion, available as a frame only, and possibly an upcoming Velo Orange which is not yet for sale.
So question: On the new & available bikes up there, has anyone actually ridden any of these, dealt with these dealers, etc?
Any input on sizing on the taller end? (I'm about 6'-1").
Anyone used fenders on any of these?
I'm looking at using one for commuting, which also involves taking it on a train, thus the mini velo idea.
I find some of the out-of-production ones were cheap ($150) or so, but its' not entirely clear if the $400 models are actually any better, or if the $800 models are actually any better than the $400 models, either.
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I always wanted to buy one as a goof but never have the $$$ to piss away fun bikes for sure
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Any input on sizing on the taller end? (I'm about 6'-1").
You can be more picky with a Pocket Rocket, from Bike Friday .. like getting it big enough to fit, like a regular road bike..

not fully Custom but their component menu is quite broad..

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Actually, I already have a Pocket Rocket, one reason I wasn't looking at folding bikes as well- kind of a different product.
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castro m1 minivelo

The Castro M1 is available via mail order. Around $1000-$1200 depending on model. All stainless steel mono-tubed frame. Available as a kick-back two speed or as an internal 3 speed. Built in Spain. Nice bike - I have had for about a year. Main complaint is the 3 speed version does not handle larger tire sizes due to the front brake. The 2 speed could be modified. Has an interesting sideways turning handlebar to make loading in a car or on a train easier, but the frame does not fold. One size that is pretty versatile for fitting. I am 6'0" and I could easily ride it 4 inches shorter or at least 3 inches taller with the adjustments available on the bike. Available in USA from Gessato.

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I had just about forgotten about this thread (and haven't bought the bike, either). Thanks for update on the Castro.

I was also checking back on the Velo Orange model, available as frame or complete bike sometime this fall: https://velo-orange.com/collections/...trino-minivelo
Unfortunately, I find this statement, "Since the sizing is a bit less-than-traditional, we generally suggest folks that are 5'6" (168cm) and under go with a Small, and folks between 5'6" and 6' (183cm) go with a Large." Which seems to be their way of saying "If you're over 6', don't buy one of these."
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