So, got the bike today. Will do a "full" review on another thread. So this is a first ride impression.
The bike feels solid, more solid than my Citizen Gotham 2. The main shaft feels solid, and the especially the handle bar and post bar feels solid. This is one of my main issues with the Citizen, wobbly handling.
Folding is good, the handlebar folds between the wheels, and the Velcro straps keep everything tight and nice. The bike is very easy to load and unload from my trunk.
And these two things are the most important factors to me, I was looking for light weight, tight fold, sturdiness, and value.
Well, the Orange color is not bad, it is very light orange, it has a lot of white in the paint, so it is soft, like a creamy orange. It is actually very nice. But, the paint job needs work, around edges and joints, the paint is very thin. Also there are several large and unappealing chips in the paint. It looks to me that the painters in the factory, do not let the paint dry before moving the bike along to the next stage of assembly. Also the bikes could use either more paint, or a second coat, clear coat is nice, but for a bike in this price that is not realistic. I am guessing the paint is a cheap color/clear combo paint, but that is what you get at this price. So I give the paint a C. I will have pictures in my full review.
Wheels, heavy, cheap, Chinese, I will look to replace these over time.
Brakes, horrible cheap brakes, will definitely replace these in a week or less. Probably ditch front brake all together, if you have a good brake, you only need one.
Revoshift, I hate these, but they are on a lot of bikes, I will get a button shifter soon hopefully. Button/lever The Shimano Tourney one.
Seatpost, bad design for heavy riders, I am 210lbs, so maybe my weight is at the top limit of folders. The Origami Bicycle Company (OBC) is using a seat post with a fancy adjustable clamp, it allows you to adjust the seat tilt up or down. A cheap seat post just clamps the seat flat. I went on a 7 mile ride today, around mile 5 (thankfully) the seat clamp came loose and I had to ride standing up the last two miles. Because of the clamp, the front of the seat was pointing straight up into to the air, apparently I sit more back on the seat than front. So I had to ride standing up and it sucked. On the plus side though the bike felt solid, more solid than my other folder, and you are not supposed to ride folders standing. I am sure nothing got messed up (crank bearing, pedals) on the 2 mile standing ride, but if you ride standing up, you will wear out pedals and crank bearings faster, I know, I love bikes and have worn out many pedals and a couple of crank bearings.
By the time I got back from the ride it was dark, so I tightened the seat down, but it did not seem to get tight, it was too dark to see, so I packed the bike up and will check it out tomorrow. Unfortunately I am thinking I will have to buy a new more basic seat post that just has a regular reliable, (as in I have never had a problem with) straight down clamps. The OBC I think, should get a cheaper seat post, and get the next level better brakes.
Other Category, neither negative nor positive:
Tires, Kenda Kwest 20x1.75, good normal wheels. Also 1.75 is a little wider than the normal 1.5 tires. Better for comfort, worse for speed, I do not think it matters either way for me, Around 1.50 is fine, some people like 2 inch. I will get Schwalbe Marathon tires next.
Saddle (seat) I don't know seemed not that great but I had problems, so I will wait and see.
Grips, cheap Chinese, I will get some ergo grips eventually. Ergo grips work, they take pressure off of your wrists!
Fenders, I will take them off, they are good looking, and good quality, but the bars that hold them on look very old school in a bad way. I took off the front right away, back later. I only ride for fun, so I do not ride in rain or puddles, so I like the weight savings and look of fender-less better.
Rear rack, ok, wish it was not rounded in the back, but flat, I flip the bike over to work on it often and it will get scratched to heck, but anyway the flat back looks nicer. Never use teh rack but I always think, maybe I will so I keep them on.
Handle bar, silver color not my favorite would rather have it black, but it has a good bend so works fine.
The gears are normal, but you could always upgrade to faster and or wider (lower and higher) if you want, for this type of bike it is fine.
Bell, sucks I cannot get it to work very well, but it is small and I do not use a bell, so smaller is better.
Ok that is all I can think of off the top of my head. I will post a real review later, on a new thread, with more comparisons to the Citizen Gotham 2, which is in the same price and is a perfect contender.
Lastly, I wish I had got the bag, but I am poor and cheap, mostly poor, college loans, and more college loans next year to get the Masters Degree!!! I will probably get a bag very soon, I feel stupid for not having it... and then we all have to get health care also now, too many expenses, cell phone, car insurance, food, car maintenance, and health insurance, and more ahhhhhhh! But I am not trying to get into politics here.