Hey! I recently sold my full size bike (GT Tachyon) and went with a folder.
I'm 6'0", 240lbs.
I *thought* I'd be getting a Giant Halfway but ended up with a KHS almost by accident (they had a discontinued 2003 KHS Westwood discounted to less than the price of the Giant... not an everyday occurance)
Here's a couple of links where I bLoged about the bike choice:
Biggest factors for choosing a bike, especially a folder:
1) what do you want to DO with it?
2) what's your price limit?
3) what's the most important factor: folded size, general comfort, performance in it's intended role
Everyone's different but part of my decision process involved the following.
Things I needed:
- 20" wheel but no smaller.
- reasonable gearing - the Giant Halfway, as others have commented, was a bit low but I could have put a different freewheel on
- comfortable; I'm getting to be a lazy 20-something and I didn't want a high cross-tube that made it difficult to mount the bike while wearing jeans
I wanted something for *mainly* pavement use - maybe occasional dirt path.
In Canada, Dahon markets the 2004 Impulse D6 http://www.dahon.com/2004/impulsed6.htm
as the "Avenir Aluminum." I rode it and was VERY impressed.
The above link features both Alloy and Steel Avenir models. I recommend them highly after a test ride.
The Avenir is designed for road use but the bike shop owner felt it would be a great light-offroad bike with the addition of some knobbies. (it's built tough)
The "Norco Origami" isn't advertised anywhere online except at one bike shop in Vancouver.
Good deals to be had on it and it's an impressive bike for the price. They seem to be available just about everywhere but you have to request it specifically.
The "Airnimal" line (Rhino) out of England are AWESOME bikes but way out of my price range. They're great for off-roading.
Hope this helps some! Feel free to write back with more questions!
Chris in Ottawa