...and I am in love! So how did the straight bar 6 speed Brommie compare to my Dahon Speed P8 and Tern Link Uno? Here's my little review:
1. Dahon Speed P8: For something that's just a couple of lbs. heavier than the Link Uno and the Brompton, the P8 feels like a sturdy tank. My girlfriend says it feels the "safest" out of the three. I think it's the most comfortable. If I were to choose a touring bike out of the three, this would be it. With its Big Apple tires, seatpost pump, and rugged steel frame, it really feels like this bike can handle what you throw at it.
2. Tern Link Uno: Definitely the stiffest out of the three. I appreciate it because of its efficiency, but my arse takes a bit of a beating after a while; will definitely invest in a Thudbuster or a Brooks saddle someday (or both!). Frame-wise, though, Tern definitely makes a quality product; the huge hinges feel and LOOK secure. I used to think that the aluminum frame felt too light - and therefore potentially frail - but after experiencing many potholes on it, the Tern proved to be a monster that can handle itself. I wouldn't tour with it because of its limited gearing, but I definitely get "that is a cool bike" comments from cute girls every now and then.
3. Brompton: Surprisingly agile. Accelerates fast; probably faster than the other two. I rode the S type (flat bar), so the ride felt stiff - in a good way. There was no wobbly-ness for me, although my girlfriend felt it. I really do think that wobbly-ness on small bikes is attributed to the rider's overall ability to adapt; I personally felt right at home on this bike. Turning was tighter but felt less stable compare to the 20 inchers. Can't have it all, though. Totally my dream bike to be able to bring around in the city and take inside with me while I quickly browse for jeans. You can't do that with the P8 or Link Uno - I mean... you can, but they are just way too bulky and cumbersome to bring around casually. It just wouldn't be cool, haha.
Out of the three, I feel that the Uno has the fastest but least secure fold. Those darn magnets just don't hold the thing together, I tell ya. The P8's fold feels more secure. It even looks smaller. Of course, the P8's main frame hinge also doesn't swing as freely as the Link Unos and the P8 has brake cables that probably help "hold it together." Nothing can beat the Brompton's fold, though. It's tightly compact and simply unshakable. While I wouldn't say the Brompton feels as close as the other two to having a "full bike feeling," it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to a non-competitive rider. It's fun, a head turner, and rides nicely. Will definitely be saving up to get my Brommie in a couple of weeks.
Oh, and here's the Brompton next to my Link Uno.