I wouldn't categorize the Ritchey as a folding bike. I consider it a travel bike. When I think of a folding bike, I think of:
-folding/unfolding and riding in about a minute, without tools
-small diameter wheels, compact frame
-easy portability, either hand carrying or rolling on it's wheels
The Ritchey takes considerably longer time to breakdown/put together, requires tools and it's a full size 700c bike. I like my Dahon because of it's simple single speed drive train and all of the pros I mentioned. It fits my needs. That said, if I needed a road bike that was easy to travel with, I'd consider the Breakaway.
Can you do the same ride with a folder that you can with the Breakaway? Certainly if it was equipped with a proper drivetrain, but you have to contend with the small wheel clown bike look and quicker handling of the small diameter wheels.
Last edited by commo_soulja; 04-03-11 at 09:28 PM.