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    Buying my first folder this week: What should I choose?

    After viewing my local used options, I've decided to buy a new 20" folder. The goal for this bike is recreation, fitness, and portability. Which one of these do you suggest a new folding bike rider purchase?

    Within budget and right now my first choices:
    1) Downtube Nova. Buy it and put some money into a new saddle, chain guard (for pant protection purposes), and fenders.

    2) Dahon Eco 6. Might need a new saddle and chain guard, fenders look ok for my needs.

    Pushing my budget, but I can be convinced:
    3) Dahon Speed 7- Really nice bike and maybe I only need the chain guard?

    4) Downtube 9 or 9 SP - Still would needs fenders, chain guards, but I am not sure if I would need a suspension for my riding (mostly concrete city and/or bike path recreational).

    Again, thanks for any help you guys/gals could provide.

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    Get this and leave it as it is http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/2009/speedtr.htm
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    I wish, but it is at least $200 over my budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    Get this and leave it as it is http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/2009/speedtr.htm

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    Did you find out what the Speed 8 are going for?
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    No, but Thor did send me special pricing on the Dahons listed above.

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    Did you find out what the Speed 8 are going for?

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    The best bike is one that fits you well...I would keep that in mind...have you test ridden any of these bikes?
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    Unfortunately, no one in my area has any of these bikes, so it is online or nothing.

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    None of those bikes scream out as being clearly superior. . . it really depends on what you want and that's something you'll come to know from usage of a folding bike. For that reason if you can get your hands on any of those second hand then go for it, so long as you can find a seller that you're confident isn't ripping you off in any way. Ride it for a couple of months and then reassess your requirements.

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    Jaypayne,

    I sent you a PM with a lead, check your PM before you make the purchase.

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    Last edited by Dynocoaster; 02-25-11 at 09:22 AM.
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    Thanks for the heads up, but I can't PM back yet. It looks like a really nice bike, but my eyes were set on a 20" bike with more gears. There are no hills where I live, so take bike might not be enough. I really only intend to ride this for recreation and for fitness at the start, so is there any reason to get that bike? Feel free to PM me back.

    Also, thanks to everyone for helping out with this. This is the only place on the web that I know of that is able to help me with this, as no local bike shop in my area has the resources to help me out in this way.

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    Definitely sit on the bike and ride it before handing over any cash if at all possible. If you get a bike that doesn't fit you well you won't ride it much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaypayne View Post
    Thanks for the heads up, but I can't PM back yet. It looks like a really nice bike, but my eyes were set on a 20" bike with more gears. There are no hills where I live, so take bike might not be enough. I really only intend to ride this for recreation and for fitness at the start, so is there any reason to get that bike? Feel free to PM me back.

    Also, thanks to everyone for helping out with this. This is the only place on the web that I know of that is able to help me with this, as no local bike shop in my area has the resources to help me out in this way.
    If you have no hills where you are, you can probably get away with the fewer gears. The price on the bike is also low enough where you can probably flip it on CL if you don't like it and still walk away without losing any money. The fold is small because it is a 16" wheel, but if 20" wheels are a sticking point, then it is not what you're looking for.

    Best of luck!

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    I wish that was possible, but i've been told by numerous dealers in town that they sell about 2 folders a year with just 1 bike shop that might have 1 Dahon in stock. We don't have enough rail systems in town to justify them and the bus system is considered second class transportation. It's sad, but I will probably have to buy something without riding it. Hence my posts to one of the more popular bike forums that I could find.

    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    Definitely sit on the bike and ride it before handing over any cash if at all possible. If you get a bike that doesn't fit you well you won't ride it much.

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    I seems to me a Dahon Speed 7 is of superior quality than the others in the OP list.
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    Jaypayne,

    So, what did you finally order?

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    Honestly, I'm torn between the Dahon Speed 7 and the bike you suggested. I went to a local bike shop and I liked the Speed 7, but it seemed like the bike seat always fell down when I sat on it. I'm sure it's a simple issue with their test model, but that had me a bit scared. The bike you suggested looks really nice and I really like it, but it's really hard to get a lot of information on here or the Internet on it. Not one dealer within 50 miles has anything other than a Dahon.

    So I'm probably getting the Speed 7 from Thor unless I can be throughly convinced otherwise. I'll tell you this, if I had the money I think the Bike Friday Tikit is a NICE looking bike.

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    Jaypayne,

    So, what did you finally order?

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    So I also found an ixi breakaway for around $300 in my general area. It was unboxed a few months ago and rarely ridden. Any thoughts about the belt driven bikes?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratdog View Post
    Jaypayne,

    So, what did you finally order?

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    If you can afford it then go for this one with the special pricing, it has a lot of upgrades over the D7 http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/speedp8.htm
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    I'll look into it as well, but with the upgraded pieces I lose some of the luggage and fender options. I do like the big apple tires, since I was going to do that as a future upgrade if I got serious into the bike.

    If I'm going Dahon, I'll work with Thor and go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    If you can afford it then go for this one with the special pricing, it has a lot of upgrades over the D7 http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/speedp8.htm
    I think if he's going to go that high, he may as well go for Thor's 2009 Speed TR that's the last one. It'll give him his racks and a wider gearing range.
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    The Speed 8 is actually priced less then that but you have to call for the price. But I agree on the Speed TR he will have everything that is needed.
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    as of tonight the speed tr is still up for grabs ...lol
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    Pretty happy with my Speed TR. I figured I will use it for interim bike while I save money up for something better. I did save up enough and still undecided as Speed TR is covering my need so well at the moment. I think I will start looking when I can handle weekend ride, etc on top of 30 miles a day commute... (which could be a long way off..) unless I find some blasting deal on some bike I thought were cool (tikit/LHT/dummy/etc)
    I think the TR he has at the price is a steal.

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    it is a steel steal ... for sure .. consider if you buy the front and rear racks roughly 100 bucks the fenders 30 some shipping like 10 bucks
    than a rear light for 30 and a front light 40, the nice bar ends 30 .... lets just take the difference between generator front wheel and regular front wheel 50
    you are at 290 dlr....
    290 minus the 657 is 367 dollars.... did I mention the good grips the mks pedals ?
    AND you get the DUal drive for free on top of that ....
    it really is a no brainer

    I am close to buy it for myself , but the wife has said no more bikes until I sell 3
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    forget what I said .. the bike (actually 2 of them) just sold, now I have to ask the buyer if he is ok with only one ....
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