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Old 09-26-12, 04:57 PM   #1
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Newbie here looking for folding bike suggestions - I'm more confused than ever!

After reading a lot of threads in this forum, I'm extremely confused as to which folding bike I should get. I'm 6'2", 197 pounds. I'm looking for a folding bike that has 20 inch wheels (perhaps big apple wheels) and that is sporty enough to take to trails, but fast enough to ride on the street. Capability for modding the bike is always welcome. I like the mezzo, tern, bike friday and montague brands. Any models you can recommend from experience? Budget is about $1500, but perhaps I can push it up if needed. Unfortunately, there are no local stores that carry these bikes, so I have to rely on internet reviews and forum recommendations for this purchase.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 09-26-12, 05:36 PM   #2
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I like the Speed Uno for its simplicity but can be upgraded with tires and IGh for more gears.

The Xootr Swift is also a nice bike for upgrades and from what I have read rides like a road bike.

Or you can build one to your specs with Bike Friday
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Old 09-26-12, 05:41 PM   #3
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Xootr Swift gets my vote!
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Old 09-26-12, 06:52 PM   #4
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The UNO looks good as well as the Swift.
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Old 09-27-12, 05:57 PM   #5
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Mezzo has 16 inch wheels, so scratch that. Montagues are full sized, so scratch that. If you don't have any experience with folding bikes then I'd go the safer route and go with the Dahon Speed P8. If you're feeling confident, spend a little more and consider the Dahon Jetstream. Both have a reputation for being street and trail friendly. The P8 is steel with Big Apple tires for a forgiving ride on the trails, and the Jetstream is aluminum but has a suspension system. None of the Tern Link models are recommended for trail riding from what I read on my Tern manual. I'm sure Bike Friday is awesome but it's a hefty investment.

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If you're in the States, go to REI, which is most everywhere, and try one. If you are in a larger city, there will be other dealers.

Or just buy a Friday
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