With their iconic "Slant" frame design, choice of the best and correct materials for each model and an obsessive attention to detail, Tyrell Mini-Velos have built a reputation for fast, Sports Performance Cycles of Desire.
Tyrell truly own the 406 / 451 sports / road racer category. Their fixed frame, all-titanium pure bred road racing PK1 and PKZ (both 451) and their 10th Anniversary indulgence, the 406 folding all-titanium XF are the cream of the small wheeled speedsters.
And aluminium framed FX sports performance cycle and FSX road racer 406 folders (both on offer at the moment - check Offers
Tyrell have taken their years of building fast, performance Mini-Velos and their inspiration for small wheeled cycling and created the IVE.
The IVE is a great bicycle to ride. But what makes it such a successful and great challenger in the 16” / 18” category?
The following is the second of 7 Reasons to Go IVE!
#2. Compact folding size
As described in the preceding article (see elsewhere on our blog) the IVE meets the primary requirement of being Easy to Fold.
The second requirement for any folding bicycle, but especially in this category, is that the folded size is compact.
The challenge for Hirose-san, the designer of the IVE was how keep the folded profile compact while still adhering to Tyrell’s principle of using a rigid frame. Unlike other bicycles in this class which allow the frame itself to fold to keep the final size compact, Tyrell always maintains the integrity of the frame in order to maintain a rigid, stable ride.
The folded profile with height 71cm, length 59cm and width 33cm. Even although the IVE has a long wheelbase (for stability and comfort) folded it achieves a surprisingly compact size.
In the eternal battle to compromise between ride quality and compact size, Tyrell manages to achieve a great balance with the IVE