Thursday, March 02, 2006

First Impression of the Mobiky

There will be a longer report in a few days with some photos but we can give you a first impression of riding the French-designed Mobiky.

Riding it is interesting. The gearing is a little on the low side, I haven't used low gear of the Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub yet. The steering has less self-centering than my aging Brompton T5, with glances over my shoulder requiring a little more care. There is some flex in the front end and some minor creaking when pedalling hard. The fat 12" tyres soak up road imperfections better than you might expect.

There are a few more steps to folding than I'm used to but a reasonably compact 'first fold' is super quick. Getting to the smallest possible package is taking under 30 seconds, despite a lack of practice. It is roughly as long as a folded Brompton, slightly narrower and noticeably taller. The bike will stand upright and can be rolled when folded. The carry handle falls nicely to hand aiding lifting.

Our thanks to the Gemini importer and Epic Cycles for the chance to testride the Mobiky.