Hello! Newbie here. Looking into getting my first bike in a long time, never had a folder.
I love riding upright, so the handle bar height has to be adjustable. I've narrowed it down to 2 bikes - Downtube Nova & Breezer Ziggy. Wondering if anyone compared these two models? I don't know too much about bikes but I'm learning... help me please?
Found a Breezer Ziggy for about $530 online. Internal hub, a rear rack and fenders, and a chain guard as well... tried at an reputable local bike shop and loved it. A little more than I want to spend, but it's got lots of nice extra stuff.
Downtube Nova would be about $340 directly from the Downtube website (currently on sale for $299 + s/h), this fits my budget - simple and pretty streamlined, but haven't found it locally so haven't tried it yet. If I decide to go with Nova, I'd probably add a rear rack and maybe fenders, which will kick up the price by another $150 or so?
From what I've read so far, seems like Downtube Nova has a better reputation. Or it's just that there aren't too much info on Breezer Ziggy (I know it's bascially a Dahon)? I'm a 5'5"-ish female, not super strong, so would much prefer a light bike. Nova is lighter, but it might end up being about the same as Ziggy once I add the rack/fenders. (Also tried Dahon Vitesse D7HG - very nice, wish I could just get this one but it's just too expensive for me right now.)
For a casual rider, which bike would be better? Would Nova hold its value better than Breezer when I want to sell it to move up to a better bike? Do I get better support with Nova than a Breezer? Internal vs External hub - is it a big deal?
Any input would be appreciated!
Much love xoxo