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Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Francesco on Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:25 pm

It seems nobody has official distribution rights for North America, so it will be possible to order from any one of the current sellers. If indeed the price of abike-shop.com (HK) hasn't gone up, it is by far the best deal. The shock pump is available from www.amazon.com for a mere $15 US with free shipping.

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Amuro Lee on Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:52 pm

Latest news from Hong Kong:

truenobzr wrote:just receive an email, from dealer, good news:

Dear William,

For your information, we are pleased to inform you that A-Bike Plus will soon become available (hopefully by mid-August 2008):

Re-Introducing the most trendy and hottest Gadget/Gift in Town – A-Bike Plus.

A-Bike is the most recent invention by the UK renowned inventor, Sir Clive Sinclair. It weighs only 5.5kgs and could be fold or unfold in less than 10 seconds. Its ergonomics design, compact size & super light weight make it the perfect product for short distance transportations. It has sturdy alloy framework with ingenious twin chain mechanism to give the same ride quality and efficiency as a normal bike. It could be folded into a dimension of only 66x30x15cm, easily and conveniently stored & carried with the carrier bag provided. It fits well in the trunk of any vehicles including the compact Smart car or MINI. It could be carried on board of buses, trains, ferries & even airplanes. A-Bike Plus has stronger frame, improved gear and driving mechanisms and more comfortable seat without sacrificing its portability.

Despite improvement, the introductory price will stay the same as the old version. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours truly,
for and on behalf of http://www.abike-shop.com


Post by Hans on Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:38 pm

I got mail from a-bikeshop.nl that the first ones are ready and are being shipped by airplane to the netherlands, to be send out early august. Looking forward to it!

Post by Francesco on Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:13 pm

...All except for nailing down the date! ;)

Yes, I know the last "official" Mayhem price was £199 and shipping to America was £30, so to see the price remain, well, consistent (with the pump now included) is good. My only regret is that I plan to head to London in late August and it appears the Plus won't be ready or available for purchase at that time. But if I make it out to Wales Farm Road I can at least ride one. LOL


Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Nigel Kellett on Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:37 pm

Hi Francesco,

Please look at my post on Page 3 of this topic, dated 16th June, after I visited Mayhem's office on 10th, reporting my chat with David (Keith's boss) about the plus. I think that I covered everything that he & I discussed.

Best Regards


Post by Francesco on Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:03 pm

In a follow-up, Keith couldn't give me any details about the improvements or new features of the Plus, but he did say they are in discussions with several US companies to be a potential distributor. Also, he said delivery of a plus from the UK website would be £30, which isn't that unreasonable.

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by JazJon on Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:46 am

wow I'm glad I didnt wait. I'm enjoying the mark 1 for now. I would like to see (or feel rather) a nicer seat and better steering though for sure. I'll upgrade in September.

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Francesco on Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:12 pm

Keith at A-bike Support just emailed me that they are now looking at a mid-September launch for the Plus.


Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Francesco on Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:45 am

http://www.abike-shop.nl/shop.php is now showing the Plus as available Monday, 08 September, up from "August 14" as of last week. :roll:

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Amuro Lee on Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:01 pm

Someone in Hong Kong sent an e-mail to the local distributor of A-bike and got this reply:
http://www.discuss.com.hk/viewthread.ph ... d160529051
truenobzr wrote:Hi, William,

FYI, we just received the following reply from our UK office:

Our Engineers will be in the factory again next week when they should be able to agree for begin production.

This means that we should have samples for you and then production by the end of this month.

We are not sure if http://www.abike-shop.nl is one of our official distributors but A-Bike Plus is definitely not available for sale yet. We will keep you updated about the stock availability. Thank you.

Yours truly,

----- Original Message -----
From: William Wong
To: Lewis
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: A-bike Plus in Hong Kong???


I thought the production has been started already and it has been launched in other place:

http://www.abike-shop.nl/product_info.p ... ucts_id=44


William Wong

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Hans on Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:42 am

Got mail from www.abikeshop.nl that production should start coming week.

Pre-ordered an a-bike plus, so looking forward to finally getting it. I never seen one in real life, so I am very curious on how it will handle and perform.

Re: Some news about A-bike mark II

Post by Nigel Kellett on Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:28 pm

I visited Mayhem last Tuesday, and got speaking to David; I hope I got his name right - he was wearing the Panama at last year's picnic, and, I presumed, must be Mayhem's boss.

Anyway, it would seem that examples of the A-bike plus were to be arriving the next day, last Wednesday. Keith had already mentioned that availability might not be until late July/early August, so there must be various procedures etc. to carry out/comply with.

Having noticed the change of emphasis on the 3 points for the A-bike mark II, which then became the plus, it would appear that at least the layshaft & rear down tube would be beefed up, but that the overall appearance and structure would essentially be the same, without massive redesign, and that these improved parts may be able to upgrade the original model. They had considered redesigning the saddle, but are now going to supply a padded cover (perhaps gel?) to, hopefully, satisfy those who found the saddle uncomfortable, which, admittedly, neither I nor David had found to be a problem really.

I can't help but think that they have basically taken the correct route, keeping to the original design brief, just addressing problem areas. He also showed me the 8" fake that I had previously noticed on the internet, and made comment about here in a previous thread I started. Boy, was it heavy, ... relatively!

He asked me what I thought of the price for the plus, which I said I had noticed before the site had gone down - I was philosophical. Also, the pump will be included in the price of, I believe, £199 (perhaps 99p more?); it is an essential bit of kit really, as opposed to an option. I assume the bag will be included too, I hope.

That is all that I can think of at the moment, except that I had intended to ask about the new bag, but forgot. According to the spiel, though, the plus would have an improved sports carry bag; the original was prone to weak material & seam splitting, which I just sewed up, so stronger would be better & more useful. "Sports carry bag" could imply that it would be more like that available in Japan, if I remember correctly, which may be more of a horizontal design, perhaps without the half-rucksack option, but I am just theorizing.

So, for now, it is just a case of waiting & seeing when the site is up & running again. Sorry for the delay, but I was waiting for this site's repair.

Post by Weakling. on Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:42 pm

Seems something has taken long time to get right?
Such long delays is disaster seen from good PR.
One expect a new model to be available early in spring
so one can buy it before going on summer vacation. :)

Post by newcross on Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:35 pm

Mayhem UK told me they are expecting to have a final sample from factory in this week-ish. I bet Plus wouldn't come out till late July - early August 2008.

Post by Binch Shin on Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:13 pm

Oh :shock: A-bike Plus only exists in Netherlands, right?
The price of A-bike Plus, EUR 274.. (thanks Amuro)..
= KRW 433,000 = USD 423 = GBP 216 :roll:

I couldn't find any traces(pics or movies or simple notes) of the A-bike Plus on Internet yet.

We need some news from Netherlands.. :wink:

Anyway, good to see you greenbiker again :D