B'twin Tilt 940 - there are none, now going for a Brompton. I am far too excited about it.

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Pro Tour Punditry, 22 Jan 2018.

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  2. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    14 Kg. Pretty heavy for a folder, what does an equivalent Brommie weigh?
     
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Like that. Especially the easy way it rolls when folded. At that price not much to dislike.
    You thinking of getting one @Marmion ?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Pro Tour Punditry

    Pro Tour Punditry Guru

    Possibly, I have a number of meetings I need to get to that are a few miles apart or a short cycle from stations, so looking at the options - this one is looking a possible winner
     
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  5. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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    Not an awful lot less, actually. ISTR my old M3L was over 12kg. I had use of a 'Superlight' S2L recently and even that weighed over 10kg, including mudguards and fitted lights (10.24kg to be exact). You could knock a bit off that if you went singlespeed, but not much.

    Lightest folder I've ever ridden is the Hummingbird (7.3kg), but that costs nearly nine times as much as the Btwin.

    Weight is only really an issue if you have to carry it up a long flight of stairs, but you also have to consider the size and shape when folded, which makes a big difference to how comfortable and easy it is to carry. If you don't need to carry it much, it might not matter at all.
     
  6. OP
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    Pro Tour Punditry

    Pro Tour Punditry Guru

    I wasn't able to find a Brompton with nexus, belt drive, dynamo, but did find a Birdy which came in not much lighter
     
  7. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    The use of a belt rather than a chain means there won't be excess lube dribbling onto the drive side of the hub and helping to keep water out so the hub internals will die sooner if not actively maintained.

    You may only get 15 years out of the hub instead of 25 ;)
     
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  8. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    It seems a bargain then if the folding suits you. Are you sure you remember which way around to sit on a bike?
     
  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
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    Being rather weighty myself the mass of the bike is very, very low down my list of worries. Max payload would be of much more interest.

    That aside, looks OK for the money. Could be just what @Marmion needs for short local trips as he describes.
     
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  10. simon.r

    simon.r Person

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    Nottingham
    What’s the maximum saddle height? It doesn’t look as if it’s very high and no mention of a telescopic post.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Pro Tour Punditry

    Pro Tour Punditry Guru

    The blurb says up to 2 meres height but that might be lazy writing of the specs
     
  12. OP
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    Pro Tour Punditry

    Pro Tour Punditry Guru

    Given that nobody seems to have identified anything glaringly important I think I'll pop into Decathlon en route home later this week and have a look and a try out :okay:
     
  13. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
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    Had a root around their page. There are some neat design details, like the front light housing and the combined stays and chaimguard. More I look at it, the more I think that could be reet nice.
     
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  14. OP
    OP
    Pro Tour Punditry

    Pro Tour Punditry Guru

    [QUOTE 5125543, member: 259"]If you've got one local, Decathlon's after sales service puts a lot of bike shops to shame, and the mechanics in ours are very good.[/QUOTE]
    Not too local but I drive past it a couple of times a week so handy enough
     
  15. mitchibob

    mitchibob Active Member

    Location:
    London, UK
    Not exactly glowing reviews on the Decathlon website. The weight, considering the materials, seems a bit much.

    The folded state looks like you could annoy a lot of people on the underground, especially at rush hour.

    Even in their own video, the quality looks pretty sketchy, brakes and pedals especially. But one or two half decent looking components too.

    It might be worth £400, and if you're only doing short rides here and there, might be OK, although, for that kind of riding, are 7 gears really necessary?
     
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