$175 Dahon D6 or $275 Downtube 9NS?
As I write this, I'm looking at two auctions. There's a 2006-1/2 Downtube 9NS which I estimate I can buy for $275 to $300 including S/H. There's also a 2004 Dahon D6 for sale locally (no s/h) for about $175.
Which would you buy, and why?
My intended use is to drive about 1/2 mile, each way, to work. I'm sick of paying $120/month to park near my office. I can park for free about 6 blocks away. I do not expect to use a folder for any other purpose or route. I need some gears (there's a long incline), so a single speed is out, but the 6 gears on the Dahon (which I've test-ridden) are more than adequate.
I'm convinced that the Downtube is a better bike. I just am not sure how much better it is and whether I really need anything better. The Dahon weighs 30.5 lbs. as equiped. The DT is 24lbs without its rack and fenders, so I can't really compare the two.
And I've got a short time to make a decision.