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Offline malJohann

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..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« on: January 07, 2008, 11:08:13 am »
For those that don't know of it yet, a company in New Zealand named FX Bikes has a super-light off-road bike for sale (since 2005), which is so light/compact that you can put it on a bicycle rack attached to your cage.

Introducing the super-light FX Adventure bike, with the heaviest (chromoly steel) bikes weighing in at a cool 57kg and the titanium models coming in at around 40kg. Combine this with the (Honda based) 125cc engine which puts out 13kW and you have one lively little beast. Of course if you put someone like Trailrider on board the power-to-weight ratio changes significantly, but it'll still beat the socks off his CTX200 in the performance stakes.

FX Bikes reckons this creates a new class in motorcycles, which they like to call MountainMoto. Can't wait to see where this takes adventure motorcycling, as this is clearly more a MX bike than an Adventure or Enduro. Here's a review from Australian Dirtbike Magazine done in 2005, and it seems like FX Bikes listened to the concerns the guys in the review had, as all has been addressed in the 2007 model.

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008, 11:25:46 am »
That looks fragile...

Wonder if it comes with panniers and topbox?
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008, 11:39:48 am »
Mountainbike with an engine  ;D
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 11:57:01 am »
Mountainbike with an engine  ;D

I thought the same thing!

Front fork and wheel looks like a downhill MTB...

That thing will get you places though - imagine the singletracks you can do with that - if you can take a MTB there, you would be able to take this one there too...

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 12:00:24 pm »
Mountainbike with an engine  ;D

That suspension is exactly the same as on the downhill mountain bikes.
Even the discbrake setup.

You're right , it is basically a mountainbike with an engine
 

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008, 12:15:06 pm »
Mountainbike with an engine  ;D

I thought the same thing!

Front fork and wheel looks like a downhill MTB...

That thing will get you places though - imagine the singletracks you can do with that - if you can take a MTB there, you would be able to take this one there too...



Lots of the components come straight off downhill MTBs, although some of that changed (noticeably the brakes and rear suspension) for 2007. Another thing that makes it great for exploring is being able to lift it over a fence!
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008, 12:17:58 pm »
I've checked the link - MTB wheels and hubs, MTB suspension, MTB handle bars.

I would love to take that thing on the MTB single tracks in Tokai and Grabouw ...

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2008, 12:19:13 pm »
Here is a link to the same idea from the US
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135255
 

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2008, 01:23:26 pm »
I've checked the link - MTB wheels and hubs, MTB suspension, MTB handle bars.

http://www.fxbikes.com/fxrelease2007.html

Quote from: FxRelease2007
Components have also seen a migration towards sturdier options. Lightweight motocross brakes by Formula of Italy have replaced the old heavy downhill mountain bike brakes, resulting in increased braking power and fade resistance. The front rotor has grown from 200mm to a whopping 280mm, and rotors front and back have gone from 2mm thick to 3mm thick. The tremendous braking power of the FX means the rider gets to choose whether to stop before or after the 30-foot drop.

Suspension at the front end is handled by Marzocchi Monster Ts, with an enduro-weight spring upgrade option. While the standard downhill springs will be more than suitable for lighter or less aggressive riders, the motorcycle weight springs are perfect for those wanting a more extreme experience.
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2008, 01:29:45 pm »
Here is a link to the same idea from the US
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135255

Read about that before, brilliant work for a couple of privateers and the styling rocks! Wonder who will end up manufacturing it.
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2008, 02:23:17 pm »
It looks heaps of FUN! :-)
 

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2008, 11:01:00 pm »
Check it out in action on youtube.


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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2008, 08:20:50 am »
I've got a Trek 6000 hanging in the garage ..anybody got a 125 cc engine ??  ;D ;D ;D

Maybe we should give it to Pom???  ;)
 

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2008, 08:43:36 am »
I've got a Trek 6000 hanging in the garage ..anybody got a 125 cc engine ??  ;D ;D ;D

Maybe we should give it to Pom???  ;)

I've got a TS 185 in desperate need of a restoration ...

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2008, 09:52:30 am »
I've got a TS 185 in desperate need of a restoration ...

:D ;D

[911] Really? The Sierra or the ER? Define "desperate need of a restoration". How much do you want for it? [/911]
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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2008, 10:08:15 am »
I've got a TS 185 in desperate need of a restoration ...

:D ;D

[911] Really? The Sierra or the ER? Define "desperate need of a restoration". How much do you want for it? [/911]

I'll go and scratch out some photos and PM them to you - but then you would still need to get it to the Big Smoke...

I think it might be the ER.
It has stood outside a friend's house for 3 years (rain and shine) and then I got it and parked it in my garage - that was 3 years ago.

I'm thinking of building a gocart with the engine...

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Re: ..super-light FX Adventure bike...
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2008, 10:19:06 am »
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