Hi, foldites. In short, the B.F. salesman I`ve been in contact with has just about convinced me that I`d be better off buying a new-old Pocket Llama than the preloved NWT which originally caught my eye. It turns out that the Llama, more or less set up to my preferences, would only run about 150 more than the particular Tourist I was looking at. I could pretty easilly live with the bike as quoted, but there are a few things I`m considering ordering as upgrades and a few components that I`m not familiar with and somewhat uneasy about, so I thought I`d run them by here to see what kind of comments turn up. I`m also open to comments regarding stuff that might not have occured to me, so fire away if you have any of those.
Headst upgrade? I`ve read a few places that the extra leverage from long stems in combination with very short headtubes has a way of toasting headsets in a hurry. Worth shelling out now for a premium set, or just wait and see how it goes? I see they offer house brand, Cane Creek, and CK in their "store", so presumeably they keep all those in stock, although at pretty steep prices for the CC and King.
Stock wheels: "BF Select" hubs and Alex X-101 rims. I should note here that I requested rim brakes on my bike, while the new ones have discs, so these aren`t the wheels that go with the current PL Select. That might be a big part of why the total price is so much lower than I expected, but I`m tempted to go big here anyway. Any problems with their house hubs? Are they cup and cone style? While I don`t have any opinions one way or another on Alex rims, it looks like that particular model doesn`t show up any more on any Fridays. Probably nothing to worry about there, but it does make me wonder a bit.
Microshift bar end shifters and deraillers. A buddy has these on his `bent and likes them well enough, although they apparently don`t have a friction mode- no biggie. But are the rear derailler and shifter both Shimano compatible, or do they need to be replaced with Microshift when they eventually give up the ghost?
Fenders: Are the ones they offer anything special? I see Planet Bike offers 20 inchers that I can get cheaper elsewhere, but I have no idea of the quality of either option or if the ones that BF sells are somehow designed to make for easier folding.
Well, those are the specific points that I`m scratching my head over. What`s the consensus on those parts? And as I said at the top, if anybody has comments about something I might not have thought about, please let `em fly. Maybe there`s something else that would be better to order, change, or check on right from the start. I will run most of this by the sales rep also, but prefer to hear the opinions of people who don`t have a stake in the matter. Thanks!