Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes: 1997 Schwinn Searcher GS, 2007 Dahon Curve D3
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I saw those on ebay too. There are two deal-killers with those bikes:
1) $50 in shipping; it doesn't cost them anywhere NEAR that much to ship them. That's probably an extra $30 profit for them.
2) The small-diameter seat posts mean that they don't extend far enough to let you get good leverage when pedaling. If you can't get good leg extension, the deal's off.
I almost bought my wife the Schwinn hide-a-way on amazon, but wasn't sure about the seat post diameter, so I ponied up the extra money and got her a Dahon Speed P7. We'd both had cheaper Chinese folders in the past, and that short, small diameter seat post was just poop.
Oh, both of ours also had rear suspension. I felt like it was absorbing about 30% of my pedaling energy, but it was a nice ride.