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Old 10-01-07, 07:41 PM   #1
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Which bike is best for me?

Hello. I'm a student new to the biking world and from reading around I figured you guys could give me some advice. I'm looking for a folding commute bike for a good price but I have no clue how to judge whether or not a bike is good quality.

For such a low price I have to assume this bike has to be made of low quality parts, but have no way of telling.

I'm trying to find a bike, purchasable online, in the $0-$400 price range that will hold up. Thanks in advance. You guys are great.
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This thread helped me out a lot. I'm thinking Downtube vs Dahon now unless you guys can recommend something better.
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This thread helped me out a lot. I'm thinking Downtube vs Dahon now unless you guys can recommend something better.
My advice is the same as with the other thread-Dahons are offered to be ordered at most bike shops-and usually tuned up and fixed there-and Downtubes (even though I still actually never seen one) appears to offer the most accessories/components for the money paid if you are interested in a bike with lots of things on it.

Don't focus too much on price, rather concentrate on your own needs and wants and go from there. You will probably wind up with the best bike for you, rather than someone else's idea of the best folding bike around.
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Great advice. You mention tuning up and stuff. Is it better to get a bike at a store? And what kind of warranties generally come with bikes like these? I haven't been able to find anything about that. Thanks again.
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Spenser,
This answer will sound like a cop out, but it depends on the store. If you know of a good store near you that offers folders for sale and that is somewhat knowledgeable about servicing them, then I would say... yes, get your bike from the store. Otherwise, you'll be just as well off buying the bike online.

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Just a word for the Downtube....Ive never had a folder before (Dahons, either)
but decided on one for reasons in which foldability was a low priority.
I got a leftover Downtube NS 9 and couldn't be happier. Its a great
little machine. I had some concerns about some things with it as
it came out of the box and Yan emailed me promptly and made sure
everything was OK. If you can do some easy set-up work or dont mind
taking it to someone who can, I would recommend a Downtube with
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I'm currently looking at the Downtube series and the specs for most of the bikes say 'Rider Height: 4'9"-6'2"'. I'm 6'4" so how much do you think this would affect me? The only one that goes up to 6'4" is the Full Suspension model. I was wondering why they might put this. Does anyone know what is physically different with the bikes? Thanks
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I'm currently looking at the Downtube series and the specs for most of the bikes say 'Rider Height: 4'9"-6'2"'. I'm 6'4" so how much do you think this would affect me? The only one that goes up to 6'4" is the Full Suspension model. I was wondering why they might put this. Does anyone know what is physically different with the bikes? Thanks
The Downtube FS is the best bike for you. It's suited to taller people because of the frame. It's only 169 on ebay at the moment, a steal! See review on:
http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/Mike/downtube.html

I have both the FS and hub geared versions. Great bikes and chose over Dahons. Hope that helps.
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