Bike Friday Travel Tikit vs. Bike Friday Seaons Tikit /w Alfine 11 & Gates belt drive
I'm really looking forward to getting a Bike Friday Tikit. I've had my eye on the Seasons tikit with the nexus 8 IGH. After looking around and hearing about the Shimano Alfine 11, I thought it wise to inquire about a BF Seasons 11 (why buy the 8 when the 11 is around the corner!).
Much to my surprise (well, sort of), Bike Friday is going to 'one up' the current Seasons Tikit by not only adding the Alfine 11 IGH, but also adding the Gates Belt Drive (look ma', no grease!). This would be an absolutely outstanding bike to own. Plenty of gear inches and it's practically maintenance free! An order in the next few weeks would mean delivery around the February/March time frame.
My concern is the price. With the Hyperfold option (which i think should by standard now), the price is almost double that of the current seasons tikit. Now, I'm not totally unreasonable and realize that these new components would increase the price of the bike. Afterall, it's practically cutting edge in the folding market.
I guess where I'm going with this, is: is it more wise to go with a travel tikit (24 speed w/hyper fold) for just under 2K or run with the latest and greatest and go with the Seaons 11 w/ gates belt drive for 3K plus (around $3,300)
I'm seriously struggling. I've never spent more than $900 on a bike. 3K is well outside what I was considering spending, but I'm afraid I'll always regret not getting the Seasons 11 with belt drive.
Help! Which way would you lean?