Please help me choose a folding bike
I am on the road often and I would love to have a folding bike with me to keep in the trunk of my car.
I am having a difficult time choosing a folding bike and finding reviews, pros/cons.
The bike I am currently considering is the SwissbikeTX.
Here are my requirements
* Will be used almost exclusively on the road, very little trail riding.
* Adequate performance in the rain
* Overall comfort especially ride comfort are a priority. (im 5-11 and 200 lbs)
* The smaller the footprint (when folded) the better - to save trunk space.
* Folds up and out relatively easily and quickly.
* Under $1K, although willing to spend more if it hits the mark on most of my requirements.
Please share your experiences and recommendations
How far do you plan on riding? How fast do you want to go? How large is your trunk?
I wouldn't get the Swissbike/Montague. It has one of the largest folds out there, and you are required to remove the front wheel to fold it. It is only slightly smaller than a regular bike with the wheel removed. Also, it's a mountain bike with a front suspension, so not ideal for riding on the road.
I would look at a bike with 20" wheels - maybe a Dahon or a Swift.
Brompton will have the smallest fold. It's generally designed for commuting, but will be suitable for fairly short fun rides as well.
Dahon likely has a few models that will suit you as well. Decent fold (smaller than the Swissbike), several models in your price range, some models come with fenders. The main hitch is that it has some proprietary parts that may be hard to repair 5-10 years down the road, and they tend to be a little flexy. Still, no problem using for rides up to, say, 30 miles or so.
At 5'11" and 200 pounds, he's basically the same as me. So here goes: if by "ride comfort" you mean "not a lot of bumps", your best bet is probably a Dahon Speed P8 with Big Apples. If by "ride comfort" you mean "rides with the geometry of a real bike", at 5'11" a P8 series will feel fairly short. Brompton is obviously the smallest but I'm guessing that "bike in the trunk" means "I'd like to ride it a fair distance occasionally", so a Brompton may not be ideal. And a Brompton will feel *quite* short. And it's barely too much money probably. A size-Large Model T Tikit, or size-Medium with the heavy rider upgrade, will fit nicely depending on arm length, and it will ride well, but like the Brompton its small tires will be bumpier than the P8. A Strida will be unacceptable at that height.
After reading about Dahon on this post, I did some research and narrowed it down to their
P24 which has the gearing I need when riding on hills.
I also found a detailed review