i'm in the market for a folding bike but i don't really even know where to start. i went to the dahon website (the real one..dahonbikes) and it's overwhelming because there are so many bikes at so many difference price points.
brompton bikes look great but are just a little more than i want to spend right now.
a few questions:
1) are the dahon models the same frame but slightly different configurations? e.g. the dahon eco c6 and eco c7 are the same frame but one is a 6 speed and one is a 7 speed?
2) i would like gears and generally don't want hub brakes or hub shifting. i think i've narrowed my choices down to the speed d7, eco c6, etc. but the speed d7 if $639 and the eco c6 is $379? this is a pretty big difference in price. what are the differences between the 2 bikes? from what i can gather it's 1 more gear on the speed d7, chromoly vs. tensile steel, a rear rack, etc.? weight seems similar, size is similar, etc.
in that sense i think i'd rather save the money and get an eco c6 and buy an arclite rack for the bike but maybe i'm missing something?