I am a new bike rider and this is my first folder. I bought a folder because I am a trucker wanting a little more execising than walking. I bought the Eco from ThorUSA based on my wanting to add upgrades to the bike in the future. Thor recomended this bike for my needs and wieght, 215 lbs.
I took my first real ride yesterday, and I think I made the right choice. The 7 speeds work for my out of shape self. I rode up and down small hills, and the gearing works for me. The bars are very narrow, which makes it a little "squirrelly" when riding with one hand. Just fine with both hands on the bars though. I either need to do some major adjustments with the seat, or get a better one, as I was a little sore after a 35 minute ride. Overall, I am very happy with the bike. It meets all of the needs I was looking for...Small for keeping in the truck, easy to fold/unfold, light. I am looking forward to spending more time on the bike this summer.
Thanks Thor, for the great recomendation, and bike. I would highly recomend ThorUSA. He is easy to get in touch with, and knows the Dahon line very well. I know where my next bike will come from.