Anyone with Downtube SA 8 speed Experience?
Hi, First post here. I'm considering my first folder and for now have narrowed my choices to a Downtube with the SA internal 8speed hub or if I can find one locally and at reasonable price, a Raleigh Twenty. Although it may seem a strange pair to consider, I've always enjoyed Raleighs, (I still tool around on my Sport every once in a while) and know they were built to last and as serious transportation. I'm considering the DT because of the SA 8 speed hub and because I live close enough to test ride the bike at the DT store in Pennsylvania. The bike will be thrown in the trunk of my car and used for local sight-seeing where ever I may travel. Has anyone bought directly from a Downtube dealer and if so, is the level of service high enough to justify the much higher price? Are the quality control issues I've read about addressed at the store level before delivery? Also do you beleive the 8 speed bicycles will drop in price. Thanks for any insights.