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FABIKE Kickstarter


Yes, it’s called a FAbike. And, yes, the guy’s name is Fabio. But let’s just check this out anyways, ok?

This is a new Kickstarter project for a “Flexibly Adjustable” bike, which is a funny way of saying that it can be modified in interesting ways with minor adjustments. Although the bike is relatively standard throughout, I do find the adjustable dropouts interesting. With just a simple adjustment the dropouts can be changed from 120mm to 130mm, allowing for an easy swap of road to track spacing or vice versa. Beyond that, the fork allows for much greater tire clearance (up to 700 x 35), the vertical dropouts slide horizontally to eliminate a chain tensioner, and a rear hub is offered that contains an internal freewheel so only one cog is needed even when switching from free to fixed. There are certainly some interesting options here for creating a bike to suit various conditions or styles of riding for those that don’t want to purchase an entirely different setup and would rather just swap parts.

Just about a month left before the Kickstarter ends.

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4 Comments

  1. Jason McCayNovember 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Some great innovations, especially with the dropouts, but $3000? I wouldn’t think there would be a big market at that price point. If I were looking to buy one of these “boutique” commuter bikes, I’d be more interested in something like Mission Bicycle’s Sutro, which also has multiple configurations, and is a lot more reasonable at $1200.

  2. Doug M.November 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    had cross brake levers on a bullhorn bar once – it sucked.

  3. SloppyjoeNovember 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I’m not buying anything about this. Essentially the rear hub is a cassette with a fixed side. That’s cool I guess, but to change it you still need a chain whip and a lockring tool. I don’t see a huge advantage to that. Next, a carbon practical city bike? I would want something a bit tougher if I was to commute hardcore on this. I guess I like to bunny hop my bikes and not have to worry about them so I ride steel bikes. I guess its neat that it has carbon bullhorn bars, how unique, especially with that never-before-seen brake lever design and a bar end shifter….. Oh, I almost forgot about that super custom crankset too that totally isn’t a BB30 road crankset with a track ring on it! Maybe I’m just drinking the Haterade today but this doesn’t seem practical or as cutting edge as the video makes it look. Sorry but I will stick to my durable, reliable, already versatile steel bikes!

  4. FabioNovember 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hi guys, here is Fabio, the creator of the FABIKE project.

    First of all thanks for your comments, even if they are not always positive still denote an interest and they are giving important insights.

    What I would say is that the bicycle market is quite alive, especially in the urban environment, and the cyclists are becoming more and more demanding.
    We do not think we have the perfect product, and to create that was not our aim. The bicycle that will satisfy everybody do not exist and it will never exist.
    Our aim, since the beginning, was to give in one single high-end solution more possibilities, and we really think we succeeded in that.
    It doesn’t mean that everybody will like and will be willing to have our bike (we don’t even hope in that), it just means that this is introducing on the market a new, DIFFERENT, product. Will be then people to decide if this is fulfilling their need or not.

    Keep fallowing the project, there will be soon new contents and details.

    All the best,
    Fabio

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