Kansi - watch out?

by fourstringsisplenty   February 28, 2014  

Just a quick post for anyone thinking of buying a Kansi.

I recently bought one, and it came with a pack offering an extended warranty and some extra bits if you register your bike online. The Kansi site has been down for weeks, though, making this impossible. A dealer now tells me that Kansi is being wound up (or has been already); never mind the extended warranty, I doubt I'd get much help with the 1-year one the bike came with. I tried to contact Fisher Outdoor, whose brand Kansi is, or was, but they're not replying.

None of this is a big deal for me: I bought the bike - which is great, by the way - at a reduced price, for reasons that are now clear. There are still people out there selling them at full price, though, and if you paid it you might end up feeling a little aggrieved.

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As in Kansi, the folding bikes? Never have I heard of them being associated with Madison Thinking

Depending on how you paid and if they are winding up, you will still be covered.

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
28th February 2014 - 23:58

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Yaargh! Wrote Madison, meant Fisher Outdoor. Binna longday.

Sorry, Madison, especially as you were so nice to me once at Mountain Mayhem. Sorrysorrysorry... Now corrected above.

Thank you Gkam.

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posted by fourstringsisplenty [67 posts]
1st March 2014 - 0:04

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they were originally distributed by Fisher Outdoor leisure, then I think they went direct. To my knowledge they've never been distributed by Madison

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
1st March 2014 - 0:07

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My LBS tells me they were Fisher right up to the moment all the stock was sold on to someone else at the end of last year. And wasn't Kansi a Fisher-generated brand in the first place? Don't think you can buy them in any other territories...

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posted by fourstringsisplenty [67 posts]
1st March 2014 - 0:15

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Not sure they were Fisher "own brand" they were just distributed by Fisher.

I understood they went direct around March/April last year after alot of media attention and reviews.

But their facebook, twitter and website have all disappeared. So it looks like something is happening

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
1st March 2014 - 0:24

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This does seem to suggest that it was a Fisher Outdoor-generated product:

http://dave-houghton.co.uk/index.php/project/kansi-bike-design/

Not that it really matters! I think they're good bikes - as reviews often say, it does ride better than a Brompton - so for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive folder this situation could be good news, as long as you can buy one at a good price.

Does seem a shame they've been discontinued, though: bike radar carried a story about new models for this year that looked really interesting - belt drive, kick shift, etc.

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posted by fourstringsisplenty [67 posts]
1st March 2014 - 8:43

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