I'm about to pull the trigger on a steel swift made by Human Powered Machines, and I was hoping some people could help me out with a few things. Below is the spec list form HPM for the Steel Swift:
TYPE: Folding bicycle.
BB HEIGHT: 11
STAND OVER HEIGHT: 25
WEIGHT: 28 lbs.
FRAME: TIG welded CroMo tubing.
FORK: CroMo Unicrown.
FOLDED DIMENSIONS: 10 X 21.5 X 30.
WHEELS: Rims- alloy 20 406mm; spokes- stainless steel.
DRIVETRAIN: Single speed, SRAM Torpedo
7-Speed internal hub or SRAM dual Drive 3X9 27-speed hub.
BRAKES: V-brakes or disk brakes ($140. extra).
OPTIONS: Standard drive train, fenders, racks, bag, suitcase.
The weight listed at HPM is 28lbs and the aluminum xootr is listed at 22lbs. Is the weight difference really that much? Should I expect a bike that weighs close to 30lbs with the shimano 8 redline hub and no accessories? I thought I read that the steel swift is only a couple pounds heavier than the aluminum version. Im not a weight weenie. I weigh 230 at 6'2".
I was also wondering about internal geared hub options. If I get the redline it could bump the price up another 80-100 dollars. Is it worth it? I was told it was heavier....is there a big weight difference? What are other good hub options? What is a good 3 speed hub to use? Are there any good three speed hubs that are high quality, but for cheaper than my shimano options?
Are the breaks something that I should upgrade? I think Jan at HPM told me that the price would be about 120-150 more if I upgraded to the shimano redline 8speed hub, and XT V-brakes. Do you think it makes sense to pay the extra money for the XT brakes?
Thanks for any help that is offered!