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MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Minkair on Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:27 am

There is a great ride report on the MAS two speed in the October issue of 'A to B' Magazine, just out.

http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/brow ... /34?dps=on

I wrote to the Editor in Dorchester (UK) in August - saying it was high time for a review of the Strida 5, preferably the Schlumpf version - he agreed. 'A to B' has previously reviewed the Mk 2 (1998) and the Mk 3 (2006), they specialise in folding bikes and electric bikes.

My favorite lines from the review come in the last few sentences of this 4 page report:

"It's not a bicycle, it's a triangle, and a masterpiece of industrial design. Normally you'd have to pay just to look at something like this in a gallery. For less than five hundred quid you can ride it to work.."

nuff said.

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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Amuro Lee on Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:48 am

The review is available in full size on Strida.com :wink:
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Tom__ on Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:10 am

Strange, they talked a lot about the speed but did not mention the 18" wheels.
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby workhard on Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:38 pm

Yet one dealer I asked in said "Don't buy one, nothing but trouble, if you want a two speed buy an after market schlumpf conversion."
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Human_Amplifier on Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:29 pm

That might have applied 3+ years ago when ATS were tooling up.
But now they are reliable and affordable. Even Pacific-Cycle use them on their Carry-Me DS.

There is always the choice to pay much more and have the super engineered schlumpf - original version.

Choices, Choices :D
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Tom__ on Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:36 pm

Here was a statement from Mark Sanders:

http://www.stridaforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2751&p=4805&hilit=schlumpf#p4805

I own a MAS for two months now (Sold my old Strida 5.0). So it is a little bit early to say anything about the endurance.
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:38 pm

Thanks to Minkair, thanks to Amuro for the "magnifying glass" :)

Has anybody noticed the aluminium holding part for the bottom bracket of the new MAS is much different to the older version?

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The older version is made of three parts, a tube for the bottom bracket and two "carrier", which connect the bottom bracket housing to the frame tube. The connection occurs via four welding seams, two of them from bottom bracket to the "carrier" and two seams connect the arms to the frame tube (visible far better on Amuro's reply below).

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The new versions seems to be one part, the distance of the two "carrier" together is much smaller, additionally there is an (amplifying?) base between the "carrier". The position and shape of the welding seam has changed, now it looks like there is only one seam.

I would like to know why this part has been changed, for design reasons only?
Hard to believe...

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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Amuro Lee on Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:33 am

It is so strange that the welded BB mounting of KeKeMaN's MAS in Spain is the same as the older version. :roll:
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Amuro Lee on Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:14 am

I've just noticed that the "back sides" of the speed-drives in the about pictures are silver in colour but the same part on my speed-drive is black. :roll:
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:24 am

Again I was not exactly enough, I beg your pardon...

I mean the holding of the bottom bracket, which is shaped completely different, also the welded seams look quite different.

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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Tom__ on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:28 am

Here are more differences. (Compared with my old Strida 5.0)

All weldings seem stronger and more prominent. The stem has an additional part.

http://www.a-basketful-of-papayas.net/2010/11/strida-mas-upgraded.html
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:08 pm

Hi Tom_,

thank you for the link :D
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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Amuro Lee on Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:56 pm

http://www.hkstrida.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4410
STRIDA HK wrote:The reinforcement is to pass EN testing. However, the best part is the 1-piece cast bottom bracket!

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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:20 pm

Robinson wrote:
STRIDA HK wrote:The reinforcement is to pass EN testing. However, the best part is the 1-piece cast bottom bracket!


You mean before reinforcement it failed in EN test?!



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Re: MAS two speed reviewed

Postby Minkair on Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:39 am

That cast bottom bracket doesn't look so wonderful - judging by the amount of weld material required, there could be long term fatigue issues in the bottom tube for the new version. The EN test may just have required less deflection under static load?

Anyone know the EN spec?
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