Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Western Washington
Bikes: 2-many...2 road bikes, 2 fixed wheels, 3 tandems, 2 recumbents, 2 cyclecross, 3 mtb, 4 folders
I have over 400 miles on my Reach Offroad, and my only complaint is that I wore the rear tire out. The tire rode well, it's a Kenda Krankit with small knobs and a very light casing. Once I wore the knobs off there isn't anything left in the center of the tire. I am debating on replacing it with a heavier IRC knobby or with a Schwalbe Stelvio.
Ride quality is great, and for fitting on paniers you might want to go with the expensive but folding rear rack like Jur's wife's bike has. I have made an normal rear rack fit, but it makes the fold larger.
Search this forum for "Reach Offroad" and "Pacific Reach" you will come up with more pictures a a more detailed reviews. It is the fastest folder I own and the
I am still having difficulty getting the folded bike into any suitcase I own. I have both the Samsonite Oyster 29 and the F'Lite 31 and can't get it in either so far. It looks like I could do it if the height x width ratios were slightly different. There is a picture of a folded Reach in a suitcase on the Black Dog bicycles website, but I can't find that brand. I bought mine from Don at Black Dog here in Washington.
So far I am content to just fold it and throw it into the back of my car, but for a smaller fold I use my Downtube Mini so I haven't worked much on improving the Reach fold. This would be a very capable touring bike, but because it has rear suspension, you would not want to use a seatpost rack unless you really had to. Using a rear-triangle mounted rack puts all the panier weight over the wheel and just leaves your weight for the suspension to deal with.