Alright I know there a few threads on this already but they are all way outdated and pretty much dead. In addition, none of them really addressed any of the issues I am about to, unless I missed something.
Anyone actually ridden both a flamingo and a bromtpon? How is the ride difference? Any noticeable flex in the flamingo due to the aluminum main frame? How big is the flamingo compared to the brompton in the folded state, bigger? smaller? same? I ask that because I really like the idea of the slip cover and would want to be able to utilize that even if I got a flamingo. Does it actually come with a hub dynamo like the website states? Is that any good or is it cheap crap? The reason I ask these questions is I have been considering a bromtpon for a while, and while I would love to have one, the particular setup I would like to get is close to $2200(yeah I know, I have champagne taste on a beer budget lol)! Whereas the the flamingo is quite a bit cheaper(a little over $1000 after shipping to US if I remember the older threads correctly)-http://www.flamingobike.com/products/products_show.php?pid=55&cid=3-here is the website link for anyone who doesn't know what flamingo bike I am referring to. While that link doesn't show the bike with a hub dynamo, there are some sites that show it so I figured I would ask about it. I have no brand loyalty to brompton, so whichever is the better bike for the money, I would prefer that one. I do like that the flamingo comes with a nexus 7 hub as apposed to bromptons' 6 spd dual drive setup(although to be honest I'm sure I would get used to it should I go the brompton route, 7 spd hub just makes things easier right off the bat). I also prefer the v brake setup that the flamingo has, not just for the supposed better braking performance, but also for ease of use when it comes to getting a flat and taking off the tire. With the brompton you have to loosen the actual cable and then reset it. I like the convienience of just popping open the latch on v brakes, no adjusting neccessary.
Things I don't like about the flamingo however are the rear rack looks a bit chincy in comparison to the substantial brompton rear rack. How is the durability of it? What about the luggage system for the flamingo? I would personally want to find a way to fit the brompton luggage block on it in order to use the brompton system if possible, has anyone done this? If so(I know on previous threads there was talk of it), how successful was it? The luggage system is an important factor to me and one of the main reasons I really want a brompton-shopping cart mode, oh yeah lol. In fact I like the system so much I am considering buying a t bag now and finding a way to fit the block onto my dahon curve d3. If the flamingo won't work with it, then that makes my decision easy as I will just go with the brompton lol.
Some smaller, personal nitpicks against the flamingo that certainly arent deal breakers provided the bike is of good, lasting quality are the cheap looking folding pedals(easy enough to change out), lack of telescoping seatpost option(while I'm not tall enough to need even the extended seatpost I like the idea of being able to attach standard seatpost sized accessories i.e. sqr carradice bags etc, as well as remove the saddle for compact travel while still keeping the folded package locked should I ever decide to travel/tour with the bike), and the grip shifter(defnitely don't hate them as I have one on my curve and haven't changed it, just prefer thumb shifters). Also, I was really looking forward to picking the color scheme(the apple green looks so sharp, especially with the classy brown brooks saddle ). Again though, that's not a deal breaker.
Alright I know that was a lot of info to throw at you all and I apoligize, I just like to cover all my bases to make sure my purchase will be the right one. Thanks!!