Alright, I know everyone is probably getting sick of comparing folding bikes, lol, but this is what I'm up against right now. And if there is a thread already going that anyone thinks can help me then by all means direct me to it please Here's the issue...I already have a Dahon Curve d3 which I like a lot and since I live in Phoenix Arizona only having a 3spd hub gear isn't an issue for commuting due to everything being flat here in the city. Now I'm looking into a folding bike for more of a multipurpose bike, using it more for touring and recreational riding, but still using it for commuting if need be.
My options that I've narrowed it down to so far are the Downtube 8FH, Xootr Swift, and a Brompton. for the Brompton it would be either the m6r or the s6r. Here are my reasons for considering each. The Downtube 8FH from what I've read is an outstanding bike for the price. The full suspension makes it especially suitable for light mountain biking and possibly even some light touring if the proper racks were added. While a little heavy for its size the features and the price more than make up for it in my opinion.
The swift is another option because it is famed to have the ride of a real bike which is important because I would be using it for the same reasons as the Downtube. I know the folded size of the swift makes it a bit impractical for multimodal commuting so if i were to get the swift it would most likely be a noncommuting bike and i would stick with the Curve for that purpose.
Now the third option is the Brompton. I haven't decided yet if I want to go with the s type bars or the m type bars. While the s type bars look cooler and are more suited for longer riding I could easily attach some stubby bar ends to the m bars(which looks pretty cool as well in my opinion) and have the option for both an upright riding position and a lower, stretched out riding position. Now I know that a factory Brompton has limitations when it comes to touring and longer riding so if I were to go that route I would be spending extra money to outfit it with a mountain drive to give it more gearing options, as well getting a brooks saddle and better pedals.
If I were to go the "Super Brompton" route then it would be my only bike and I would be selling the Curve. Anybody have experience with a modified Brompton to be able to attest to its long distance riding abilities? Or would it be better to go with the Swift or Downtube to use for longer rides and continue to use the Curve for commuting? any folding bikes I'm leaving out of this that I should be including? I know this is a lot of info to be throwing out there at once but I figured if I can't get some good feedback here then no one can lol.