After a couple hundred miles riding folders, a few hundred miles driving with them and several thousand miles flying with them, I finally made a decision that my folding bike universe belongs to the 16" wheels.
I finally have my second hand Merc fully operational and now is time to buy the pair for it. I need a bike that can be rideable for 20-30 miles confortable AND, once I'm done, have it inside an internationally accepted luggage without any disassembly. I'm 5'9" @ 172 and my girlfriend is 5'10" @ 136. My options (please feel free to add your own opinion):
DT Mini: I really would love to see the Capreo version since I am a big fan of the technology, but still, this bike would require a new stem/handlebar, chainring (bigger for higher gearing) and tyres.
Dahon Sweet Pea: I really think that the folding mechanism from Dahon looks more sophisticated and neater than DT. If I have to upgrade no matter what, Why not upgrade on top of a frame that has being in the market a little longer? Adjustable stem out of the box may also be another selling point.
Cheapeast, entry level Brompton: I like the folding, I like the ride of the cloned Asian brother (Merc), but how bad is the entry level brompton compared to the high end equivalent?
Now, I never rode a Brompton, but my Merc has the best braking power of all my bikes. is the brompton brake THAT BAD?