This is my first folder so I am not comparing to other folders, in fact I haven't ridden on any others. I am quite surprised by how much fun a little bike is, now I understand the enthusiastic ravings here. I tell everyone I had to get a small bike to match my dog, a Corgi mix with short legs.
I have steep hills here so I am going to switch the front gear for lower gearing so I am glad that this bike has mostly common bike parts. The only real problem I have is the seat tube. I am 6'1'' and 200 lbs and the tube is pulled out to the safety line and after only a week, the tube is bending and since it is Aluminum, that is a large problem. I wish they would sell a solid rod version for tall people or a tube or rod that would slide up inside to stiffen the tube. I will have to go out and have one milled to fit which seems expensive and time consuming since I am in the suggested load range, in fact the max load rating is 215 lbs. The folded size is also wrong on the site which says 10 x 20 x 29. It is in fact, 14 x 22 x 29 and that's if I remove the seat post. That's pretty far off. The seat is better than I expected, since most bikes come with really crap seats. This would be fine for someone who doesn't ride much, it is too cushy for me but a good choice for the average American. The Sturmey Archer 8 speed internal hub works flawlessly so far, though I had to get used to not pedaling for a second to shift. The chainring didn't line up perfectly with the rear gear until I moved it inside on the crank, now it is aligned perfectly.
For the money, it is a great bike and once I have the seat post stronger, I will give it a real workout and speed test. I am going to order a Butt Buddy to keep the seat post further down in the frame which should help until I can get to a milling shop in a larger city.
I would like to see suggestions for products that will fit the Mini on the website. Fenders, racks, etc. and the tech stuff like chainring size, width of hub spacing, diameter of seat tube, etc. so I could more easily upgrade. I live in a small town and have to order this stuff on the web and the local bike shop doesn't know much about unusual bikes.