I'm curious if the newer (2004+) Piccolo or Presto Lite compare well with the Brompton.
Brompton still has better folded dimensions, 22x21x10. Presto/Piccolo: 11x20x30. That's the difference between a tight fit in an airline sized suitcase (62" max) or a loose fit, or getting it into a locker or not. Those that have experience in folding these - could you comment on differences in minimum size? ie. remove the wheels, and perhaps even the handlepost as Gaerlan does when fitting a 20" bike into a normal suitcase.
Dahon has the pricing won in spades. ~$300 for the Piccolo, ~$500 for the Presto, and minimum $650 for the Brompton. Weight on the Presto Lite is at least 5 lbs lighter. Piccolo weight seems to be about the same.
Dahon has lifetime warranty, Brompton is 10 year. 10 years is definitely sufficient. I'd imagine service or on a Dahon would be a lot easier if a frame related issue came up due to their volumes and locality to the US.
So: ride quality?
And, if there is a significant difference, are there ways to mitigate this difference? Since Dahon is regularly increasing frame stiffness and making other improvements, only the newer models should be compared with the Brompton.
Thanks for opinions or similar links for comparisons.