The prototype of the first FUBi folding bike was introduced 5 years ago by Ulf Laxström in Stockholm, Sweden. It caught some attention because it was considered the most stylish folding bike ever and didn’t have an awkward look as Dahon folders.
The FUBi fixie was announced in late 2015 by his son Zakarias. There are some notable improvements over the first prototype and the bike is currently crowdfunded on Indiegogo for about $520 or $640 for the 3-speed version.
The new FUBi fixie looks even more like a standard full-sized bicycle, nobody will know it’s a folding bike when you hit the road. Although this is a fixed-gear bike, it is equipped with a flip-flop rear hub, front and rear brakes, so you can transform it into a singlespeed just by flipping the rear wheel around. Then you can roll the bicycle like a trolley with both wheels.
The folding and unfolding process are a little more complicated than recent folding bikes. Besides, I don’t really like that it is parked with the saddle down, there is a bracket on the back but the design obviously can damage your saddle anytime.
The bike is said to deliver the same performance as normal bikes. It uses the rigid and light Cr-Mo 4130 frame, the whole bicycle weighs just 11 kg and folded dimensions are 95 x 80 x 35cm. It will fit inside most car trunks.
- Frame: Cr-Mo 4130
- Folded Dimensions: 95x80x35cm
- Weight: 11kg
- Gear: Single-speed and fixed-gear
- Handlebar: blat bar
- Brakes: Shimano 105 Brake Calipers
- Chain: KMC
- Tires: Deep Profile 700 x 32H x 14G, 43mm profile Rim 622, tire 23-622(700x23C)
- Hub: Formula 32H x 14G high flange, flip-flop hub
- Crankset: CNC Alloy, 165mm 48t chain ring.
- Bottom bracket: Conventional threaded, Square Taper
What do you think of the bike? Will you help bring it to life?