All these bike are top of the line and cost (for comparable setups) between $ 1000 and $ 2000. They all seem to be great bikes. And one day i will have one, yes i will gna gna. One day when i become a serious biker/tourer i will feel it is wortwhile to invest into one of these rather than say buying a car...
But seriously if ever i were to buy one of these machines i just don't know which one would be "best"... What do you guys think?
Go Bike has suspension, disk brakes (a good thing?) and the smallest and nicest fold. It is however very much not standard & availability of bike is not great which means components are probably nigh on impossible to buy.. Plus it stands out like crazy and will probably be to a bike thief what a Porsche is to a car thief. Not good things for tourer bike or any bike in my book really. If i am going to splash out crazy cash the bike in question had better last me a lifetime.. that means replacing components, even if i find myself in Gautemala or other place.
A bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro starts at $1,895.00. Decent fold, time tested and improved over the years.
By most (knowledgeable) accounts the Gaerlan Go Travel 20 is superior to BF, better ride as well as more bang for buck. $1345. The bike is also very standard and even "homely" looking which for me actually a big plus. Not the best "fold" though, it just packs which means that if i wanted to use the bike for commuting with public transport as well it is pretty much useless..
Then there is PBW, to my mind the nicest of all these machines perhaps. Fairly Standardized, full suspension, not bad in the folding department, but the most expensive of all. Their cheapest is $ 2000 though i think it can rival anything else i have mentioned for components and such.
If only Gaerlan had a folding hinge in the middle, i think then i'd know what to get. Though suspension is nice.. oh dear. Well the bike is $1345 and for $150 they add a Pantour front suspension hub.
What about KHS, Dahon and others, do any offer anything comparable to the above..? It seems to me that the top of the line of most other brands are not perfectly suited for touring but i may er, i am really not familiar with all the models.
Then there is also (folding) recumbents such as JM Recumbents, i have no idea of cost for this one... anyone?
Plus BF is alledgedly working on a machine that folds even smaller and better though i fear that one will start at $ 2300 or more... Any additional info on this one KoffeeBrown?
What a luxury dillema.