What;s wrong with this one? (Stowabike)
26" steel Stowabike folding frame
Zoom steel suspension 26" fork
Alloy body spring shock, 750lbs/in
18 speeds total
Dual suspension, quality components from suppliers such as Shimano; KMC Z33 chain, Folded dimensions: L 39" x H 35" x W 23.5", Left shifter: Microshift 3 speed grip shifter, Right Shifter: Microshift 6 speed grip shifter, Front Derailleur: Saigun QD-23a, Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TZ50.
I am a now novice bike rider. As a kid I rode daily, but that was 50 years ago and recently it's been 5 years since I rode.
I would like a 26" wheel folding mountain bike. While my mind say Montague Paratrooper or equivalent, my pocketbook (until I find if I will really use a bike again) says much cheaper, like $200 or less - used is OK.
I think I don't care about shocks as I have never ridden a bike with them. Seemingly cheap, poor ones would be worse than none at all.
My preference would be a 3 speed internal, as my more recent limited experience bikes with many gears has been that I don't use the majority of them and more things go wrong with derailleurs.
I will not be doing 50 milers, more like 5 or 10, but I do want to be able to use a variety of surfaces from paved road to semi-rough paths/trails (limited roots/rocks).
I actually want a steel frame (a strong alloy would be out of my price range) as from my novice perspective strength is much more important than weight.
I couldn't find many online reviews other than the Amazon ones so I am seeking input here.