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Old 08-20-12, 07:47 PM   #1
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Downtube Nova vs. Origami Crane

I'm thinking of buying my first folder and trying to decide between the Nova and the Crane. Weight and price are important (under 26 pounds and under $400), also ability to carry panniers. I'd use it for train and bus travel. I've looked on this site but haven't seen any direct comparisons.
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The Crane has been improved significantly for the 2013 model year. The Crane come standard with fenders and rack, the Nova does not. The Nova is a 7 speed, the Crane is a 6 speed. The hinge on the Nova handlebar stem uses a wingnut-type fastener, the Crane uses a simple lever.
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I have a nova, and I find the stem locks up very tight. That makes the front end stiffer than other folders I have tried, which is very nice.
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The Crane has been improved significantly for the 2013 model year. The Crane come standard with fenders and rack, the Nova does not. The Nova is a 7 speed, the Crane is a 6 speed. The hinge on the Nova handlebar stem uses a wingnut-type fastener, the Crane uses a simple lever.
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I have a nova, and I find the stem locks up very tight. That makes the front end stiffer than other folders I have tried, which is very nice.
Nova (stem only) and Brompton's 'wingnut' fasteners have the advantage that they are self adjusting.
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I'm also looking for my first folder, under $350, choosing between the Downtube nova($329), Citizen Miami ($200), Origami Crane ($340), and bicycles on Craigslist. Weight isn't a huge problem, but comfort is (looking for commute and weekend 2-3 hours of exploring city). 5-10 and 180 pounds, so all three would do

any reason to choose one bicycle over another?
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I'm also looking for my first folder, under $350, choosing between the Downtube nova($329), Citizen Miami ($200), Origami Crane ($340), and bicycles on Craigslist. Weight isn't a huge problem, but comfort is (looking for commute and weekend 2-3 hours of exploring city). 5-10 and 180 pounds, so all three would do

any reason to choose one bicycle over another?
Correction: The Origami Crane is only $289.00 (The Cricket with full suspension is $339.00). The Origami and the Downtube are aluminum, the Citizen is steel. If weight does not matter, you may want to consider the added comfort of a fully suspended bike (the Cricket is still about 2 lbs lighter than the Miami).
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Thanks everyone for your opinions and experience. I decided to go with the Nova and expect to get it this week.
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Just to amplify, I went with the Nova because it seemed to have more of a track record. BTW, if anyone sends me a private message about my decision, I can't respond because I'm too new.
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Just to amplify, I went with the Nova because it seemed to have more of a track record. BTW, if anyone sends me a private message about my decision, I can't respond because I'm too new.


Any updates on your decision? Was it a good choice? Kind of in the same situation you are in.
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Liked the Nova but got a Brompton after a year

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Any updates on your decision? Was it a good choice? Kind of in the same situation you are in.
The title says it. The Nova was a great introduction to folders but the Brompton seduced me with its incredible fold. Sold my car to buy it.
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I like Pingus, however I have to say the lack of specs on his site is an issue. Our stem and frame QR is stronger, I can not compare anything else due to the lack of specs.

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I like Pingus, however I have to say the lack of specs on his site is an issue. Our stem and frame QR is stronger, I can not compare anything else due to the lack of specs.

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This statement is false and unfounded. We purchased an FS9 for comparison and I made certain that our hinges and latches are superior. I welcome anyone to provide an independent comparison as Yan and I could both be biased.

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I had no idea of that page on your site. I like my bike better and I'm sure you prefer yours.

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I had no idea of that page on your site. I like my bike better and I'm sure you prefer yours.

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This statement is false and unfounded. We purchased an FS9 for comparison and I made certain that our hinges and latches are superior. I welcome anyone to provide an independent comparison as Yan and I could both be biased.

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They are both nice bikes. One cannot go wrong choosing either.
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