So I took advantage of the special promotion that they had during January at BF and I bought myself a BF Tikit. I was a little worried about the wheel size at first, but when I went to test drive it at NYCE Wheels in New York, I realized that this wasn't so much of an issue for me. Even though it has the 349 wheel size, it seems to ride like a larger bike.
I test drove the Brompton one more time just to make sure, and I just didn't like the ride as much as the Tikit. It didn't seem as in control or solid as the Tikit. No one can beat Brompton's fold though. Anyway, at the same time I also test drove the Swift again just to be sure. The Swift rides like a regular bike and is so fun to ride, but the folded size isn't the greatest.
When the promotion came around, I jumped at getting the Tikit Model T with the twiddley stem. I figured for a savings of $300, it was definitely worth it as it adds only 5 seconds more of fold time. Unlike my Helios which I rarely folded because it was such a pain in the ass to fold all the time, I fold my Tikit at every chance. The handle is really such a god send and the bike seems perfectly weighted about the handle.
I ordered it on the 3rd of January and it arrived on the 22nd. I didn't really have a chance to ride it till the beginning of February due to the crappy and unpredictable weather in NYC, but I have to say that I am totally in love with the bike. The ride is so smooth, and the bike feels so solid. The steel frame seems to dampen a lot of the bumpiness of the roads here in NYC which was not necessarily the case with my Helios P8 which had a much harsher ride.
The only problem so far I've had has been with the derailleur, which just needed some adjustments as it seemed to slip out of 4th gear quite often. I'm considering changing it out for something other than the standard Microshift derailleur, although since I've made the adjustments, I haven't had too many problems with it.
All in all I'm extremely happy with the bike, and now I understand why so many people love Bike Fridays. This bike is simply a pleasure to ride. Because of the experience with the Tikit, I now am coveting a Pocket Rocket....one can always dream I guess. Anyway, I'll post some pics when I get a chance.