I put down a deposit towards a Swift folder. I am pretty excited as this my 1st bike purchase in 30 years and a folder at that.
As you know, Peter currently only offers alu frames but over a week ago, I dropped by the LBS that he partners with, for a 2nd time, to ride the Swift that was there but it was gone and in its place was a "used" black steel Swift. I contacted Peter through email and asked if he would be willing to upgrade the existing components. It won't be any where near as beautiful as Wav's folder but it is still a beautiful Swift that will be very functional and less likely to be stolen. I hope to get it within 3 weeks.
I remained somewhat traditional, so besides the steel frame, I went with the external 8 (11-32) speed cassette and 54/39 chain ring setup. This will give me a range of 98.2 to 24.4.
The components include,
Shimano UN-72 bottom bracket
I think the crank is a Shimano with Sugino 54/Rocket 39
9.0 Sram derailleur and 8 spd. shifter
Shimano XT brakes and Deore levers
wheels build with Tiagra hubs and Sun CR-18 rims
Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
The seat has some padding but is still pretty hard, so I will first try using a Nashbar Gel Saddle Pad that I already have before looking at further improvements. I have one on my PX10 with a cheap non-padded seat and for regular non-touring riding, it provides a fairly comfortable ride.
I'll purchase the planet bike fenders and a seatpost rack.
I am thinking getting a 2nd cassette with much closer gearing that I could use for non-touring day to day local riding with limited hills. Could I get an 8 speed (11 12 13 14 15 17 19 21) or (11 12 13 14 15 17 20 24).
Unlike many of you, I am a total novice when it comes to buying modern bikes let alone folders. As I have mentioned earlier, the last 2 bikes I purchased was 30 years ago (which I still own) and bike components have come a long way.
Any comments to improve the folder would be appreciated.
Finally, I want to thanks everyone on this forum, especially Wav for the information that helped me in the purchase of this folder. I hope to share my experiences and adventures in the future.
Lost my head for a second.