So I am considering a Dahon Speed P8 or Speed Pro for a folding bike. The pros for Dahon
1. There are several LBSs in my area that carry them so I'll have a good selection and support if anything goes wrong.
The down side of a Dahon:
1. The more I read the more I find people are having problems with parts breaking and build quality issues. That's a concern for me, especially since I look at bicycles as a long term investment.
2.I have also read that Dahons are not as stiff as Bikd Fridays and do not accomodate larger riders as well. I am about 6'3" and 210 lbs so size is definitely an issue.
I was looking at Bike Fridays and they seem like a quiality chioce as well. The problems I have are:
1. They are more expensive
2. There is only 1 LBS in my area that carry Bike Fridays and they are crazy expensive. They are selling the Dahon P8 for $180 more than all the other LBSs in Toronto. They also don't carry the New World Tourist model.
If anyone would care to weigh in on this with their opinions I'd appreciate it. I am looking to use it for travel but would like a bicycle that will perform almost as well as a full size but can be packed into a standard 30" suitcase (with a little disassembly)