Went to their shop @ 84st & York Ave in Manhattan. Originally I was there just to check out the Dahon Mu P8 & Curve D3 as these are the 2 finalists on my list. The Mu P8 was hung on the wall and I asked the guy, Tom, who works there if I could bring it down to check it out. Not only did he agree for me to take the bike down but he actually offered to let me ride the bike. So, I took it out for a spin around the block. Wow! That was one sweet bike!!! It felt so fast and smooth, the brakes were very strong and steering was quick. I really like the bike.
After I got back to the shop from the test ride, I was chatting with Tom about the folders that I have in mind and later on during the conversation he said I can test ride all the bikes they have on the floor (or should I say on the wall since all of the non-electric powered bikes are hung on the wall). I took his offer and test rode the BF Tikit and Strida. I also got a good demo from him on how to fold and unfold the Brompton.
I took the tikit out for a spin just because I've heard nothing but praises about it on this forum. However, I truly believe that the ride on the Mu was as good as the tikit, if not better. Maybe I didn't know what to look for on a test ride or it was the lack of experience/knowledge on my part. The bottom line is, I am not too sure what's so special about the tikit that has got everyone to swear by it. Anyway, after I returned with the Tikit, I immediately took the Strida out for a ride. Again, I chose to ride the Strida purely based on curiosity due to its geometry and high price (at least in my book). Well, the ride of the Strida was really something else, it was a single speed bike with a super sensitive steering. Overall the ride from the Strida wasn't particularly impressive. However, what amazed me was its braking. The Strida comes with front and rear disc brakes. This is my first exposure on a bike with disc brakes. It stopped on a dime compares to all the (cheapo) bikes I've ever own.
It was surely a fun afternoon at the NYCEWheels store. Tom and his other staff were all very friendly. The only downside to the visit was that I couldn't test ride the Curve D3, which was on my final list. They did have the D3 in stock but it was folded up and hung up on the wall close to the ceiling. Tom said they are in the process of getting a folded model hung up for every bike that they sell so people can see each one in its folded and unfolded state at a glance.
I have read everyting about the Mu P8 and Curve D3 on this forum then some more. Still, it seems like a tough choice to pick 1 out of the 2. I like the D3 for its smaller folded size but really enjoyed the speed of the Mu P8. I doubt that I can get the same speed on the D3 given the same pedal effort. What do you all think?