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Absolutely emission-free – the MINI on two wheels. Car boot-compatible folding bike for urban mobility.

  • 20.04.2011
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Munich. MINI presents the eco-friendly solution to the parking space problem in city centres. The brand is celebrating the comeback of the folding bike with a modern version of the practical means of locomotion. The special gimmick: when folded, the MINI Folding Bike fits into the boot of almost every vehicle – and most definitely into the MINI. When travelling into the city, simply park the car outside the overcrowded city centre, then continue on the bike and relax. Park & Ride with an environmentally conscious understatement!

The bike is also absolutely suitable for commuters and impresses in urban travels. When folded, it can be taken free of charge on public transport.

The MINI Folding Bike presents itself as a genuine high-tech vehicle: high-quality components, a light-weight aluminium frame and a clever folding mechanism make the trendy bike the ideal companion while travelling. The bike can be folded and unfolded in just a few seconds. The bike is folded along the crossbar and handlebars. In addition the saddle can be retracted and the pedals be folded up. This makes the bike extremely easy to handle whilst saving space. Fitted in a sleeve under the saddle is a practical transport bag. The MINI Folding Bike can easily match the riding characteristics of a “normal” bike. Weighing less than 11 kilos and equipped with 8 gears and 20-inch wheels, it is quick and versatile. The teflon-coated chain prevents annoying soiling caused by chain oil and reduces the wear and tear on the components. The comfortable gel saddle ensures comfort. Thanks to the front and rear mudguards, you can carry on peddling regardless, even in the rain. Good visibility on the road is guaranteed by the accompanying reflectors.

Even on two wheels MINI proves its unmistakable design expertise. The bike comes in exquisite matt black. Silver highlights are set by the MINI lettering on the crossbar, the brand logo on the handlebars and the Union Jack motif on the rear forks. The absolute eye-catchers are the bike chain and bell in bold neon yellow.

 

The MINI Folding Bike is available as of August 2011 for 499.00 Euro on the Internet at www.MINI.de/shop and from selected MINI dealers. The bike comes completely mounted. Additional accessories will soon be available. Printable photos are available from the BMW Group Press Club at www.press.bmwgroup.com

 

Product specifications:

 

Components

 Description

Frame

 AAA Series, aluminium 7005 patented Fusion Technology

Fork

 Dahon Slipstream, aluminium U7 double-butt. Matt black

Handlebar

 Kinetix Comp double-butt. Aluminium, matt black

Stem

 Aluminium, matt black, height-adjustable, 2 x quick release

Bar grips

 Biologic ARX, screwed, black with grey lines

Brakes

 Kinetix V-brakes, front and rear

Shifter / brake lever

 Avid FR5 aluminium, matt black

Crank set

 Kinetix Supra forged aluminium l=170 mm black, aluminium chain
 guard

Bottom bracket

 BSA cartridge bearings, sealed, 3-set.

Chain

 Taya Chain OCTO,Teflon-coated, neon yellow

Pedals

 Folding pedals, aluminium body, black, non-slip                                                                            

Shift system

 NEOS.2 for 8-speed, black

Gear lever

 Sram Twist 8-speed grip shift incl. cable control

Cassette

 Sram 8-gear, silver, 11-32 teeth

Front wheel hub

 Kinetix Neutron 74 mm, aluminium, black with hollow axle and SSP

Rear wheel hub

 Kinetix Comp. 8x cassette, black with hollow axle und SSP

Rims

 Kinetix Comp, hollow chamber, black with CNC brake track

Tyres

 Schwalbe KOJAK 35-406 Dahon special edition

Inner tubes

 Schwalbe Unitube 20” AV6 (with car valve)

Spokes

 Niro Black, d=2mm, brass nipple, silver

Saddle

 Selle Royal Gel, black without logo

Seat post

 Super-Oversize 580 mm, patented head, aluminium, matt black with
 scale

Saddle clamp

 Dahon “Turtleneck” with quick release, black

Passive lighting

 Spokes, front and rear reflector (as accessory pack) and pedal
 reflectors according to DIN and STVZO (German Road Traffic
 Licensing Regulation)

Bicycle bell

 Thumb-lever bike bell, “Billy” model, same colour as chain

Accessories

 Transport bag in sleeve (fitted beneath saddle), MINI Folding Bike-
 specific operating instructions (various languages), component
 manufacturers’ operating instructions

Chain case

 Does not apply, see chain guard cover on crank set

Others

 Supplied assembled and ready to ride (non-inflated tyres in folded
 state), in special box with MINI Logo

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Katrin Herold, Product Communication MINI

Phone: +49-89-382-57185, Fax: +49-89-382-20626

 

Cypselus von Frankenberg, Head of Product Communication MINI

Phone: +49-89-382-30641, Fax: +49-89-382-20626

 

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

 

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MINI Folding Bike.

When travelling into the city, simply park the car outside the overcrowded city centre, then continue on the MINI Folding Bike and relax. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
20.04.2011 | P90075476
When travelling into the city, simply park the car outside the overcrowded city centre, then continue on the MINI Folding Bike and relax. (04/2011)
The special gimmick: when folded, the MINI Folding Bike fits into the boot of almost every vehicle – and most definitely into the MINI. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
21.04.2011 | P90075477
The special gimmick: when folded, the MINI Folding Bike fits into the boot of almost every vehicle – and most definitely into the MINI. (04/2011)
High-quality components, a light-weight aluminium frame and a clever folding mechanism make the MINI Folding Bike the ideal companion while travelling. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
20.04.2011 | P90075479
High-quality components, a light-weight aluminium frame and a clever folding mechanism make the MINI Folding Bike the ideal companion while travelling. (04/2011)
The MINI Folding Bike is extremely easy to handle whilst saving space. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
20.04.2011 | P90075478
The MINI Folding Bike is extremely easy to handle whilst saving space. (04/2011)
The car boot-compatible MINI Folding Bike for urban mobility. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
20.04.2011 | P90075480
The car boot-compatible MINI Folding Bike for urban mobility. (04/2011)
Absolutely emission-free – the MINI on two wheels. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
20.04.2011 | P90075482
Absolutely emission-free – the MINI on two wheels. (04/2011)
The MINI Folding Bike can be folded and unfolded in just a few seconds. (04/2011) Link to detailed page
 
21.04.2011 | P90075483
The MINI Folding Bike can be folded and unfolded in just a few seconds. (04/2011)

If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact:

BMW Group
Nadja Horn

Tel.: +49-89-382-57185
E-mail: nadja.horn@bmw.de


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