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Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes: Self-designed carbon fiber highracer, BikesDirect Kilo WT5, Pacific Cycles Carryme, Dahon Boardwalk with custom Sturmey Archer wheelset
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Originally Posted by ponglo
Thanks for the suggestions. I never saw this section on the thorusa site - thanks for that. Is there a concern with buying the used one for modding? Like we don't know how it's been handled, etc?
I've seen your pics Folder Fanatic - they're great. I was wondering how long folders can last and it's nice to know you've had yours for 7 years.
If you can save even $1 then I would buy used rather than new. After all, if you're just going to be throwing out parts then what difference does it make if they have been used? The frame should last forever and IMO it's better to get the frame used because there's no better test for manufacturing defects than actual use.
The only thing that tends to be less sturdy on folders is that they have more flex in their long seat posts and stem risers, but this only seems to be a problem with aluminum frames and tall heavy riders (who need to use even longer seat posts and risers). So provided you're happy with the way it rides I doubt the steel boardwalk will give you any problems. Also some years ago dahon had a bad batch of spokes which seems to have evolved into a myth that spokes break easily on folders, but I don't think it's true and even if it were it's not really a problem because smaller wheels really don't need that many spokes because they are much stronger (Dahon's lightest bikes have 12, yes 12, spokes per wheel).
Personally I think an upgraded boardwalk is an excellent choice. In fact, if my downtube ever dies I'm planning on replacing it with a boardwalk upgraded to 3 speed (w/ rear coaster brake and front fork pried open to fit a sturmey drum brake