This is my first post here, so let me take the time and introduce myself.
I am a 30 year old forensic scientist getting ready to survive without a paycheck while attending graduate school. I used to be an adventure racer, doing short expedition races (24-48 hours non-stop) that could include up to 200 miles of road and off road biking.
The time for racing has now passed and it was time to sell my Specialized Stompjumper and get something that would 1) fit inside my sedan and 2) stay with me all the time while in class/lab.
The only folding bike available at the store I got my stompjumper was the Giant halfway, so that's the one I end up with after a little research online (that didn't give me a lot of info) and some comments from the dudes working at the bike shop (they insisted it was a solid bike, that you wouldn't feel like riding a folder).
For my surprise, here in the USA (I am in Florida) the only Halfway available is the one with a hardtail, different from the ones available in Europe and Japan.
To make the long story short, I got my halfway and I was VERY, EXTREMELY impressed with it.
Very solid bike. I did a little bit over 20 miles with it and the only negative thing I have to say about it is that the gear requires a little effort to stay above 18mph, but besides that, everything else is just a matter of adaptation (yes, I felt like a clown with those little wheels for the first couple miles).
Lucky me, I ended up finding one Giant halfway off of E-Bay, straight from Japan (the one with suspention) for 450!
Now I have a brand new US Halfway for my girfriend (Yes, I gave her the new, silver one) and a Japanese Hafway for me (white, with a VERY IMPRESSIVE suspension).
Since I did not find anything positive about the halfway out there, I decided to register into this message board and share my opinion with you.
Any other Halfway owners out there?
Smile while you ride.