Some guy from BikeForums.com made reference to Bernds Bicycle from Germany.
I clicked on the URL link he posted and found something really interesting.
The Bernds Folding Bike has an asking price of I,302.52 Euros (RM5.3K) for an 8-speed Shimano Nexus internal hub gear model with premium parts.
I am not a fan of the Nexus as its slow and unresponsive.
What caught my attention: was the 14-speed Rohloff hub gear model at 2,436.97 Euros (RM9.8K) and there is an option to outfit this bike with a belt drive at 270 Euros (RM1,084).
|A German-made foldie: The Bernds Folding Bike|
Crazy prices, but worth taking a look...
German engineering is something that you can rely on.
You can use this bicycle and hand it down to your grand children.
But, all good things said and done, I don't think the cost of shipping the Bernds folding bike into Malaysia would be cheap.
Freight charges would go into the thousands and sales tax including duty is 35%.
The only way to solve this issue is to go to Germany, crash there for a month and get the bike ordered..
|While the Bernds may be solid, it doesn't fold that well compared to the Dahons, Terns and other folding bike brands...|
What I love about this bike, is the customisable options.
You can add a front-suspension fork, hydraulic disk brakes and touring racks for the bike.
And all these will jack up the price to at least RM15K to get it on the road..
So, I guess when it comes to the crunch, its 'how deep is your pockets' that matter..