Key FeaturesA full twenty years following the BIRDY’s introduction to the market, our design team has been continuously devoted to improving the bike, motivated not only by a sense of perfectionism, but more importantly by global BIRDY fans’ experiences and feedback. Following a tradition of only implementing major model changes every 10 years, our design team launched the 3rd generation BIRDY. The first challenge we faced was “what can we bring to the market?”. Quite a task for a bike that has received universal approval spanning 150,000 fans and 20 years. We wanted to implement actual evolutional improvements that served a purpose, not unnecessary ‘design for design’s sake’. With this in mind, we settled on two major design goals: First, new ‘DNA infusion’. Second, the smallest folded size possible. The NEW BIRDY features a lower center of mass, allowing cyclists to enjoy benefits such as improved cornering, powering-pedaling out of the saddle, increased output efficiency, etc. Another outstanding improvement is the reduced folded size, which allows the NEW BIRDY to fold 15% smaller whilst being much more rigid than the original structurally! Bike designers know very well that “a small change affects everything”, so for our new DNA design to function successfully, precise positioning of the NEW BIRDY’s stem, front fork, frame and rear swing arm were of vital importance. Following this geometry adjustment, our next issue was to reduce folded size. As we didn't want to modify BIRDY’s original folding method or compromise frame rigidity, we explored new manufacturing approaches that would make this possible. The application of state of the art production techniques such as 3D forging and hydroforming to make the new stem, front fork and rear swing arm—resulted in increased rigidity, precision and durability. More importantly, fold size was significantly reduced! We believe this accomplishment has set a new milestone for folding bikes.
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