Beixo Electra

Beth White

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Does anyone have knowlefge or experience with it? I was hoping ebr could review it, but that's not possible right now. Court suggested that I mention @AnnM. and @Tara D., I don't know if I've done that correctly.Thanks much.
 

JoePah

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Beth is this bike even sold in the United States? Seems like a Chinese bike marketed in Central Europe.

I do like the 60s instrumental music for their video..lol

 

Beth White

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It's made in the Netherlands, very proudly, and just recently became available to the US. You can look at Beixo.com. If you google I believe beixo us, you can find the version that gives prices w/ shipping to the US. I've heard from someone in the UKwho has the same bike in the low non-electric version who is delighted with it, says it is beautifully made and finished
 

J.R.

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It's made in the Netherlands, very proudly, and just recently became available to the US. You can look at Beixo.com. If you google I believe beixo us, you can find the version that gives prices w/ shipping to the US. I've heard from someone in the UKwho has the same bike in the low non-electric version who is delighted with it, says it is beautifully made and finished
Beth,

Nice looking folder! The bike to me looks very Euro and looks solid for a low step folder as well with the large seat tube and steering stem. It does look very proprietary in componentry though. If you wanted to add a Thudbuster or Bodyfloat seat tube suspension you likely couldn't. Many of us have, need and want that seat tube suspension and smaller tires make it more desirable. Other parts and accessories could be difficult to come by.

One of my bikes has a rear rack battery and I can tell you from experience that a rear battery not encased by the rack is not convenient for carrying anything back there and likely the manufacturer will not want or warrant carrying anything on top of the battery.

I don't have any first hand knowledge about this bike/brand, if you need a folder this looks like a nice one. Just make sure you need a folder before buying one.

Good luck!
 

Beth White

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J, R,.Thanks for the comments. I'm not wild about the rack battery myself. I do want a folder so I can stow it more easily in a vehicle. I don't like using bike racks on cars; also storage space at home is an issue. I've seen a post on a british forum by an owner saying the Electra is a superb piece of kit. The same thing was said to me about the non electric version. You have a good point about proprietary components; I haven't ridden a small wheeled bike without any suspension, only a Brompton.
 

J.R.

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J, R,.Thanks for the comments. I'm not wild about the rack battery myself. I do want a folder so I can stow it more easily in a vehicle. I don't like using bike racks on cars; also storage space at home is an issue. I've seen a post on a british forum by an owner saying the Electra is a superb piece of kit. The same thing was said to me about the non electric version. You have a good point about proprietary components; I haven't ridden a small wheeled bike without any suspension, only a Brompton.
I don't know how much of a hurry your in, but I came across an article awhile back for an electric Brompton. If your a fan, there's plans for an e-Brompton. I don't know how far they've gotten with the electric model, but there's likely more on this by now if you search for it, I just happened upon it.

Brompton goes electric! The folding bike rolls into the future, the guardian.

You would find far more support, parts and accessories in the U.S. for a Brompton.
 

Ann M.

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Hi Beth, just saw your post; without the '@' next to my name, I don't get notified. These are of Chinese origin, imported by a handful of companies in Holland and the US. Shaft drive bikes can be a good option for transportation sake with no chain to deal with. However, yes there's an exclusion! :) they feel a little less responsive pedaling and they require different maintenance which most bike shops will be stymied to do. The drive system has to be lubed regularly. Some have easy ports to do this others don't. I don't have enough information to answer on this case. The other big 'However' is that this style of drive train absolutely does not stand up in the heat. Had a very good customer who bought an RMartin shaft drive (Chinese construct) and regularly parked it in his car when not riding it. That dried up the grease and was very problematic to fix, since the customer really only wanted to do annual type maintenance. This type of bike may require additional attention. Consider too that with limited distribution in the US, you may have issues finding help doing basic repairs or warranty maintenance. It really helps to have a local shop to consult with!

There are so many easy to maintain chain drive bikes, single and multi-speed that I would encourage you to look at. If you have to transport it regularly, a sheet or blanket or folding bike bag will protect your car or space at home.
 

Beth White

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Thanks very much for your reply. I saw the same Brompton article as I was close to ordering a Brompton. Doesn't make choosing from the field any easier! I have been acutely aware of the potential for problems with customer service, and have been fishing for info. I appreciate your input.
 

JoePah

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Beth.. I'd stick to something where there's a local distributor or bike store. Parts are tough to come buy on those bikes.

NYCE sells a lot of folding bikes.. Check out their site.. I'd go with the A2B if you're on the east coast.. I know the distributor and he is excellent. James Law.. He's come to my house when I had repeated problems... He's on FB if ou have questions.

http://www.nycewheels.com
 

Beth White

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Yes, I've seen NYCE, and many others. That's really cool that the distributor came to fix problems. I'm on the west coast, though. Just considering a lot of options, and I appreciate different thoughts.
 

Beth White

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In all fairness to shaft drives, however; in regards to the customer who stored his in a car in the heat: I would never store any bike that way (think of its effect on the tires alone); and you are saying that he didn't maintain it properly. They come with instructions about correct lubricating. The shaft drive can't be blamed for the effects of his treatment.
 
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