I decided to go 20s again and discovered Origami thanks to the forum. I was interested in the crane at first but considering the attractive pricing and me missing my 9fs, I decided on the Mantis. Paul, the owner, was very prompt and informative on his replies via email and to others on the forum that it convinced me to try and order the Mantis (usually I wait for reviews and feedbacks from the experts first).
I got the Mantis a week later and out of the box found it to be well designed and quality built. I thought the bike seemed bigger than expected, maybe coming from a 16 inch and/or bike being white. Even though it has full suspension, the folder I think it looks simple and minimal. I installed the front wheels, did some tightening, then took it to the lbs for the usual adjustments.
Ciclavia was a few days later and I had the opportunity to ride the Mantis. It surprisingly fit in my Scion IQ with rear seats folded (yes it has rear seats). The full suspension became handy when i dealt with rough roads a few blocks from my parking to the Ciclavia bike route. As expected, the ride was very smooth. Riding the mantis felt natural to me that most of the time I forgot that im riding this for the first time until i hear a question or a complement (i.e. is that a folding bike?, nice bike, nice rig, comfy!, who makes it?) I like that it sits higher compare to my previous folders. Im 5'9" and the seat is almost at the lowest it can go.
As long as my back and ankle are ok, I look forward to casual riding again. Thanks again Paul for all the help and info and more power to your business.
P.s. anyone local (los angeles) and interested and would like to check out or test ride the Mantis, feel free to contact me.