Today we highlight the Hachiko brand (Model: HA01) foldie now on sale at Qoo10.sg at just $399. The price includes shipping from overseas while if you have issues on repair I'm afraid you are on your own from here...
The bike comes in 3 attractive colours. Black, White and Orange. The sexy dual tone tyres are very attractive while the most distintive feature got the be the mechanical disc brake system that are unheard of at this price tag. The frame is based on hi-tensile steel
* April 2013 Update: More competitors are now vying for the same pie as we now have a local distributor whom also confirmed that this is a hi-tensile steel frame (with a hi-tensile steel fork) which is very prone is a rust-magnet (Model: HA01)
- Frame: Hi-Tensile Steel
- Fork: Hi-Tensile Steel
- Handle Post: Hi-Tensile Steel
- Rim (Wheelset): Aluminium Alloy
In a nutshell, if you ask me. This is just an slight upgrade of the ALEOCA bike costly in the under $150 range while some parts are significantly familiar on my previous ALEOCA bike.
- Similar Handle Post (Mild steel with black paint coating)
- Similar chain wheel
- Similar 7 speed Shimano gear system (slightly different shifter but generally same derailleur)
- Similar brake lever (plastic base)
Advance rusting stage (after 12-24 months)
Allow me to share the condition of how hi-tensile steel components will be like after 12-24 months.
(The same handle post - but in full black finishing on Hachiko: Noticed the clamp are all rusting?)
The rusting clamp on a closer inspection (same clamp on the Hachiko)
The Shimano TZ rear derailleur/Shimano cassette - The cassette is original Shimano hi-tensile steel parts)
(China-made hi-tensile steel crankset and chainring)
- Mechanical Disc brake system (First in the sub-$400 price range)
- Additional cable lock attachment on the seatpost (valued at $5-10)
- Trendy dual tone tyres that add in the attractiveness
- Unknown warranty issue (at your own risk)
- Cheaper handle post (rust magnet)
- Small 48T crankset
- Hi-Tensile Steel frame/fork,handle post, cassette.
- Cost 3-4x the cost of a Aleoca foldable bike but with over 50% similar low end components
- Unknown warranty and high maintenance after a period of use
April 2013 Revised: With the confirmation of the frame material of hi-tensile steel, the price tag of S$420 are definitely over-priced for the components used. As majority of the parts are rust-magnet (frame, fork, cassette, crank-set, handle post, etc). The beautiful paintwork will start to degrade in the 9-18 months of use depending on your location's humidity. At this price point, the entry level aluminium frame based models from Raleigh or Polygon are definitely better.
Price: 2 / 5
Looks: 4 / 5
Upgradability: 1/5 (requires to change almost every single components)
Side note: A quick check also revealed that this "Made in China" model may or may not be actually made of aluminum frame (subject to confirmation) while the weight and frame material are vastly different in Ali Express site compared to description elsewhere.