Downtube Cruzbike (FS or Mini?)
I'd like to make a Cruzbike that can fold without removing the seat and so that the seat can be sat on while folded.
What do you people think would make a better donor, a Downtube FS or a Downtube Mini? Both seem to have the level top tube necessary to fold under the seat.
-lighter stock bike
-longer seat tube and stem riser which will save even more weight when discarded for the conversion
-nonsuspension fork won't interfere with Cruzbike attachment
-shorter and more aerodynamic
-smaller folded bike which will be easier to sit on top of like a normal chair and also easier to conceal
Full Suspension Pros:
-longer wheelbase for better handling
-larger wheels for greater efficiency and comfort
-front suspension for greater comfort
-wheel/fork size is closer to the 26" size for which the cruzbike kit was designed
-derailleur is more likely to work with cruzbike kit (I've read some reports of the cruzbike kit not fitting the OLD of the SA 8-speed and the DT Mini capreo doesn't seem to be available anymore).
I know some of you have done Downtube Cruzbike conversions, so what are your thoughts?