I'm in the market for a folding bike capable of putting up with my immense bulk... sad to say I weigh in the region of 120kg (I'm working on it...) and am 6 foot 2 tall, but due to an imminent house move I will soon be back on a bike-train-bike commute to work.
I have done this previously with a Brompton M3L, with relatively few problems (other than breaking spokes on the back wheel quite often, which was a PITA but not that expensive to fix) however I sold my Brompton a while back after moving to my current place, and now can't really afford to buy a new one as they are just too expensive. I'm not really looking for a secondhand bike either, whatever I buy will have to put up with a lot of punishment carrying me so I don't want to be unsure of how much punsihment the mech and hinges have already had...
I have test-ridden a couple of the B'Twin Tilt models in my local Decathlon store. They seem very sturdy and I suspect they may be less prone to breaking spokes since a) they are described on B'Twin and Decathlon's websites as being (the only) folding bike suitable for riders weighing 120kg and b) they appear to use BMW wheels, which I suspect may be tougher than road bike wheels. But I don't have any experience of riding on the road, and haven't yet found any reviews by actual owners of these bikes. Anyone here got one?
Had a look at some of the cheaper Tern bikes in my local store, but the staff there didn't recommend them to me, said that the frame strength and build quality was not on par with the Dahons and probably would start giving me grief in less than 12 months.
In any event, my requirements:
Riding approx 5 miles per day, on roads, some hills
Not very fit so single speed bikes are out of the question
Up to around £500 to buy (new)
Must be able to put up with 120kg without breaking (much)