My experience with the Mobiky
From the perspective of a short person 5'0". I just got my Mobiky today, one of the dealers listed on the website was selling them for $599. I only hope Mobiky is not coming out with an upgraded or lighter model in the next year or I'll cry.
Anyway, this is a very cool, unusual bike. It folds extremely easily, and the folding is easier and more intuitive than the Handybike that I just bought, the Brompton I test drove and the Dahon Helios that I own. The seat is very comfortable and the ride feels very stable, shifting is easy. I took it home and was immediately able to ride it, I didn't have to make any adjustments. Also, I didn't have to read the handbook to figure out how to fold it.
The only drawback is that the canvas sack it comes with is more of a cover, it is not a carrying case. But they sell some kind of quilted carry case on various websites made for it.
For those of you who like bikes that look cool, I think the Mobiky wins on that account too. Very cool bike, very rideable for the short distance flat terrain rider.
More opinions on the Mobiky
So I've had my Mobiky for a week or so now and have ridden it further. Despite the small size I do feel a slight problem with the front end feeling unstable and think this must be due to the way the bike is weighted, much like how I felt with the Dahon. I found that if I shift my weight forward I feel more stable though a heck of a lot more uncomfortable. I don't think this is a bike to use for long distances as other people have said, but for a few miles, it would be great. It folds up in a second and fits easily in my trunk. I plan to use it tomorrow to ride to work 1 mile after dropping my car off at the shop. I wonder if Mobiky is going to come out with a new model? Someone was selling 2 bikes on ebay with no reserve, and got maybe 1/2 of what they normally sell for. They told me they were a re-seller of close-outs. It makes me wonder then if the current model is being phased out. If they could improve it by reducing the weight but keep all the other features, it would be even cooler. For now, my Downtube Mini is the best bike for the money and for me as a short female.
More Mobiky and No, I'm not a dealer
Took the Mobiky to work, about 1 mile of almost perfectly flat ground. It worked great, seemed to go about as fast as a regular bike but I didn't time it, so this is all subjective. Got it in and out of the car at the car shop, and all the mechanics stopped and stared at it appreciatively and smiled. I rode off. Didn't get hit by a car. Got to work, put it in my tiny office. Showed it off. Everyone thought it was the coolest. I was then rolling it across the parking lot and a motorcycle rider actually came up to me and asked me about it. It sure gets attention. I will say though, that when I mention the price, the interest drops a bit.
Great fun. Its like having a new outfit!