Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: Dahon Jetstream XP, Merlin Road Ti, Fisher Mt. Tam
I have the 12 inch version, and I love it. I can fold it in about half the time of it takes for my Dahon Jetstream - 8 seconds vs. 15 seconds. And if I'm just doing a partial fold (just collapsing the frame and folding the handlebars down) it's about 4 seconds. This partial fold - I like to call it a footprint fold, because it minimizes the footprint - is what I use when I wheel the bike indoors with the intention of opening it up again soon. Often I will ride up to an open elevator door, hop off a few feet away from the door, and footprint fold as I walk in, without the bike ever stopping rolling. The tradeoff for the weight is a very sturdy bike. And the weight isn't so much an issue because the bike rolls when folded. I only pick it up to go up stairs or put it in the car.
The most significant downside for me is fixing a rear flat. Takes more than the usual tools and a good amount of time.
I came to say I must be folding . . .
Dahon Jetstream XP
Dahon Helios SL
— or not . . .
Fisher Mt. Tam (c.1988)
Merlin Road flat bar project
Schwinn Twinn Deluxe