Can someone review the Dahon Espresso? I've an appointment soon with a craiglist seller who says she's had her espresso for about a year and I'd like to know what to look for. She's selling it for $200 which is a pretty good difference from the new price but I want to know if it'll be worth that. I just missed out on a Dahon Helios P8 for the same price or I would have gotten that T__T New Dahon folders are out of my range, except for maybe the Boardwalk but I want more than 1 gear.
Around this forum, people have mentioned the Espresso in passing, either recommending them to others who ultimately pass them on for the Jack (usually) or some other bike, or just saying they own an Espresso. There was one thread that said the Espresso was made of cheap parts and some reviews elsewhere say that the Espresso falls apart after about 9-12 months. But how common is that and are the parts easily replaced/repaired? Also can some Espresso owners describe their ownership experiences?
I'm a complete beginner at biking but I've been lurking around the folding bike forum for a couple of months on and off and I've my mind set on buying a folder. I'm a student in NYC so price is a huge issue. I won't be commuting on this bike, just taking it up and down the west side bike path or similar environments, and space isn't really that big of an issue for me. I'm around 165 lb and 5'2" and the bike is supposedly a 16" frame, which the specs on dahon's (and other) website say should fit me.
Thanks for all your help!