First I would like to say how grateful I am to this folding bike forum, I've found the most informative reviews and info on this forum along side dahon's bike forum.
So I've been toying around with the idea of biking for a couple of years now and since there has been a lot of new bike lanes introduced in the nyc, I figure out it is time to be brave and take on biking, (I haven't biked since I was 13, having grown up in Hong Kong biking isn't really a big thing with the hilly terrain)
I have a few friends that have or had folding bikes and really like them. It seems like a great idea for our small Brooklyn apt.
So I did a lot of research and decided on the Mu p8.
My boyfriend and I were both surprised how well it rode. I as a beginner really noticed the twitchiness that people talked about here, my boyfriend who used to ride in his college years really liked the bike and wasn't bothered with it. He decided he wanted a folding bike too, he bought the xootr swift base on my research on this forum.
When his bike arrived I was kinda smug because he's bike's components didn't look as high tech as the ones on the mu, i.e. the those quick release lever thingy that secure the seat post. It also has a kinda ridiculous fold, it looks as though it has been squash from the side. However once I tried riding his bike, it was clear that it is a superior ride. I felt that I had much more control on the swift, which is very important to me as a beginner. The anatomy of the bike (size small frame) is also more suit to my size (I'm a 5'1), the space between the brake lever and the handle bars are prefect for my small hands. On the mu p8 I find my hands hurting after a while from reaching out to the break levers. I suffered serious bike envy on my boyfriend swift.
In the end, I sold my new Mu p8 to a nice dahon rider on craigslist ( I felt like I was betraying the mu) and ordered the swift.
I know this is not a super informed review, as I don't really know the what kind of technical stuff to review on, however from instinct I know the swift bike is a better bike hands down. The folding is fast even tho it is not much of a fold.
I would also like to add that the people at Xootr swift have the best customer service guy. He was very personal and friendly and clearly loved the swift bike. He even shared his view on the fenders, he thought they looked a bit dorky, which is kinda funny, since I'm already far in dorkdom with my boyfriend riding matching bikes with matching helmets....
Dahon mu p8
Pro: Small compact fold, very well made with special hi tech looking parts, rides well, great gear shifting, you can fit a cute rear rack and fenders on it
cons: twitchy handling, used special parts , fold slower than swift
Pro: Rides very well, very stable ( my bf can ride with no hands, he couldn't do that on the mu), looks clean less fussy than the mu, use regular bike parts, fast fold, comes in different sizes ( just found out that the frame is the same for all the sizes only seat post and stem differe, so much liek the dahon you can read more here http://www.xootr.com/swift-folding-bike-sizing.html
con: big fold
Conclusion: They are both good bikes, it's just that the Xootr swift is better.
p.s. please excuse the bad grammar
thanks for reading