Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
Bikes: 2011 Velo Orange Randonneur, 2015 Jamis Coda, 2004 Klein Aura V, 2007 Bike Friday NWT, 1989 Schwinn Sierra w/ Xtracycle
Originally Posted by photoassign
how long did it last it before it cracked, and was it at a weld?
Yes, I should clarify: it was between 3,000 and 4,000 miles. It was definitely a bad weld (right at the folding hinge). I think this was a case of having the misfortune of getting a bad frame, which Dahon replaced after the failure.
The 230 lb limit is mostly BS. The first failure point is likely the wheels. On the Dahon, I started popping spokes until the LBS recommended a rebuild. After that, no issues. The frame should really be able to handle a heavier weight, unless there's a pre-existing problem like a bad weld.
What I like about Bike Friday is that they'll take your weight into account when building the bike. I'm pretty sure my bike uses beefier tubing because it was built for me. In fact, there's a great line in the manual about making sure that the seat collar is properly aligned before tightening the quick release, unless you're on the larger size in which case you won't have a collar... My bike doesn't have a collar.
Only downsides with my BF as compared with the Dahon are the cost and the less convenient fold (with my NWT, the tikit gives a better fold). The upsides are vastly superior build quality, customer service, and a better bike in general. I recently took my New World Tourist to Austria, and went on a couple of rides that I would never have dared with the Dahon.
Finally, creaks are by no means only associated with a frame failure. Seat posts, pedals, saddle rails and any other loose bolts are usually more common culprits - and I've had all of those on all of my bikes!