Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central Florida - USA
Bikes: 2012 Brompton S6R; 2003 Litespeed Firenze; 1994 Diamond BAck Axis TT
NOW that my Merc is gone and I don't even know where to get a 17" wheel you have this idea? (Just kidding).
My initial desire of a compact fold/20" wheeled bike was based on my missunderstanding that 16" wheeled bikes were significant slower, less confortable and hard to ride for long periods of time. After my first Brompton (and consecutive Merc) I honestly believe that even a DT-MINI or a Dahon Curve D3, if proper tuned for the user's preference, can achieve decent performance for long distance rides. I don't plan on winning any Tour de anywhere, but being able to travel (domestic or international), have your bike ready AND still finish a century without feeling like you were attacked by inmates is a GREAT idea. Now, can that be achieved with my current bike (Dahon D3)? Yes, and if something is compromising performance, the room for improvement is right here: in myself.
But I would love to see a 17" Merc or, even better, a real, materialized GoBike (that apparently is not any bigger than a Brompton folded).
Time will tell. Meanwhile I'll have fun with my little red rocket (now featuring a nice thudbuster seatpost)