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Monday, May 16, 2005
I've been looking at bikes a lot lately, as many of you may have noticed, it just seems that lots of cool stuff is coming out and I thought I would share.
Like this, another folding bike, well more of a collapsible bike than a folding one. The iXi bike doesn't fold as much as come apart in two pieces. It still looks like it should be a folder; the design seems to lend its self to that, with its long single backbone and smaller wheels, but instead of folding with a sort of bulky hinge as other folders do, this bike breaks away into two separate pieces. I do like the design; the clean lines swoop back along the backbone to the integrated carry handle, and as far as I can tell, no visible welds, something that bugs me on other folding bikes.
The iXi has some innovative items, such as the hidden tire repair kit in the seat post, a hidden tool kit in the front of the frame as well as space for an accessory rain poncho, a beverage holder that, with another holder, can fit your ipod, and of course the greaseless belt drive, something that seems to be popping up on lots of folding/ city dweller bicycles of late. The handle bars and peddles do fold down making the total width shrink from 22" to 12" in moments.
All in all I like this bike, but I'm not to sure about the folding aspects, I guess I prefer to have a folding bike that is still attached to all its components. On the plus side, this bike is available as standard non breakaway model, so it still has the clean lines but lacks the storage feature of putting the front of your bike in one room and the rear in the trunk of your car, something I'm sure would happen to me. The price is all right, about a grand for the standard model and twelve hundred for the breakaway model.