Hi guys, I'm in the market for buying a folding bike because I've relocated to a very dense city (Seoul) and driving here seems ridiculous. I'm planning on using this bike to commute to work which is about 10km (~6miles) and it has to fit in my tiny apartment. I'm about 5'10 and 160lbs and there are some ridiculous hills here. But most of my weekend riding will be along the river.
I have my eyes on a few of them at the moment. Based on availability, and my budget, I've short listed my choices to the Dahon curve D7 (Akibo), Dahon Vigor P9 and the Giant Expressway 1. The prices among them are somewhat similar. The Curve D7 is roughly $675, P9 at $697, and the Expressway 1 at $520. Ok I guess not as similar as I thought. The Giant folding bike is a lot cheaper .
I like the look of all of them and they all look portable to me so that's all good. I'm not a big critic or anything like that and I'm pretty clueless in the bike world (up to now I've been riding those costco bikes) but I've been reading a LOT about them for the past week to make my first purchase. So it seems like the major differences (to my knowledge) are that the Dahon has 16inch wheels while the Expressway 1 has 20, and the differences in the gears/speed.
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Sorry for the long read but now we get down to the ultimate question. What is your opinion on the better buy (bang for the buck)? I'm also open to other suggestions. Durability/reliability is probably the most important factor for me because I'm sick of buying crappy stuff and having to rebuy it again.