Car free since 1995
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Birdy Yellow, Birdy Monocoque
Thing just keep getting curiouser and curiouser.
They do such a bad job of component selection. The frame is light, rigid, indestructable, and rides like a dream. But then they throw the most asenine selection of components on there. Why in the world would they put the expensive Capreo derraieur on the bike, but not a Capreo hub? My Deore XT derraileur short arm has a smaller arm length, is cheaper, and handles the same range of gears as the Capreo.
The ideal bike? Let Pacific make the Birdy frame and let Dahon select the components.
This explains why Bianchi Birdy bikes are the only ones that sell in mass market retailers.