Hi all, I've been wondering what with all the Moulton threads popping up like daisies if some of you would chime in and produce a "guide for the perplexed" about expensive high-end folding bikes. Low-end and mid-range bikes (such as Citizens, Downtubes, Dahons, Swifts, and Bromptons) have been covered here extensively, and with good reason, but I am completely in the dark about the premium end. I understand there are "horses for courses," and I want to know want the courses are for these particular horses.
- Why would I choose a Bike Friday vs. an Airnimal vs. a Moulton vs. a Birdy vs. a Pacific Reach? I get the impression these are performance-oriented folders--what sets them apart?
- Moulton designs certainly look gorgeous but how comfortable is a Moulton to ride? How zippy is it? How would its performance compare to, say, a Dahon Speed Pro TT or a Xootr Swift? How easy and fast is it to separate and reattach and how compact does it get?
- IF Mode also looks gorgeous but seems oriented towards the Dutch City Bicycle/Copenhagen Cycle Chic fashionista crowd in hip-hugging jeans, flowered sundresses (or both) who never travel more than 3 miles at a stretch (e.g., two-speed drive).
Your experiences, opinions, comparison charts, etc. please! Let the rest of us live a little vicariously and give us something to fantasize about for the advanced stages of folder-itis.