FINALLY got my hands on one of these little foldies - Ignio
I live in Okinawa Japan and some company named Ignio sells a little folder in the local sporting goods stores that you just cannot find in stock. I've always resisted the urge to order one which was about the only way you can get one.
Today I go in the store and hit it just right. They just got in a few of the Ignio's. The price is about $150 and it's really a nice little bike. It doesn't fold up as sweet as say my Dahon Mu P8 with the magnets and all but it's a superfine bike for $150.
It's not for me but for my 10 year old kid. I may put some Schwalbe Marathon's on it and maybe replace the grips and seat. Whatever the kid wants.
A little additional info on this bike now that I've had it for a couple hours. One of the reasons it costs $150 is there are some obvious sacrifices.
I'm very content with the frame and the derailleur (Shimano 6 speed in the rear) very solid. Good shifting. The bike cannot as is be ridden by me but it's perfect for my daughter. The handlebars extend high enough but the seat post does not.
You can get about 150 mm of max extension on the seat post as is. and the seat tube is only 250 mm or so long and bottoms out into the bottom bracket. On my Dahon the seatpost tube is a little aft of the bottom bracket and the seat post drops all the way through.
So what I'm saying is that for a 5' 10" guy like me I'd have to get a new seat post that's around 400 mm or longer. The seatpost is a 28.6 mm diameter seatpost.
I'm considering getting a Thudbuster 27.2 mm with shims seatpost @ 450 mm long. However if you think about it this is fairly stupid since it's my daughters bike. If I do this it's simply for no other reason than to do it because I can.
Other than that like I said before, maybe a new saddle, and definitely new grips and that longer seatpost. The tires are no-names and a pair of Schwalbe Marathons would be just the ticket on this bike.
Side by side with my Dahon Mu P8 the Ignio frame is roughly the same size. The Ignio is heavier I think. Add a beefy seatpost and it gets a little heavier.
I probably should just get some kind of cheap, beefy seatpost just to play around.
So all in all, I've got a $150 bike and I'm considering a couple hundred dollars in potential upgrades. Given the option of living in big city USA I'd probably have opted to get a Downtube or something for a comparable price, but again I'm in Japan and we gots what we gots.