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Old 01-07-19, 10:33 PM
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What folding bike brand do you like best?

I currently own a 2-speed Brompton. An 8-speed Tern Link D8. And have test ridden many models of Dahon. Between the 3 brands which ones do you like, and why?
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Old 01-07-19, 10:52 PM
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I like Bike Friday best (not on your list) because I can get it made to fit me perfectly, rather than me trying to fit it. Second choice, Dahon, because it's affordable and it doesn't require completely proprietary parts to adapt it or super expensive after market parts. Third is Brompton, primarily because they are super cute (but not a comfortable fit for me). Never rode a Tern but got scared off by the recall thread here anyway. And there's Moulton....which is super expensive and uber cool, I'd buy one if I won a lottery.
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Originally Posted by Andy Thousand View Post
I currently own a 2-speed Brompton. An 8-speed Tern Link D8. And have test ridden many models of Dahon. Between the 3 brands which ones do you like, and why?
Brompton. Their bikes just look best on Instagram!
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Old 01-08-19, 05:54 AM
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Brompton. Their bikes just look best on Instagram!
That is the most perfect reason to purchase and own a bike! Now I wonder which brand folding bike looks best on FaceBook? Pintrist? Or even Bike Forums!?!



As far as my opinion goes, hands down it is Dahon and for a very specific reason. It's the only folding bike brand I've ever owned or ridden!
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Old 01-08-19, 07:49 AM
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Wow that is such a tough question! My Airnimal is the better bike, but for the best brand I have to go with Dahon. It was my 1st folder and has NEVER let me down even though it is a base entry bike and I pounded the crap out of it over the past 2 years.
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Old 01-08-19, 05:45 PM
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My main bike for a few years was a Xootr Swift.

Great bike. No longer made.

Every time I think of selling mine, I don't.


Brompton for fold. Feels like a mature product.

Not known for speed. Somewhat upright ride.

i sorta want one.


Bike Friday. IMO, probably one of the best folding bike companies on the planet.

They stand behind their stuff, and is the only company I know that builds to order.

Only downside is the fold isn't a brompton.
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Old 01-08-19, 05:55 PM
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I like my Bike Friday..

in winter, like now, I use my Disc brake-Rohloff and Dynamo hub-ed LED lit Bike Friday.. Pocket Llama..

but I don't have to fold it ..

I have a Season Tikit which also has an IGH in this case a Sram i-9..

Both were not chosen in a pre build order , but bought used as is..

If I were starting from a blank page their North West Tour, could combine the component picks.. in a 20" wheel bike

Even offer a belt drivetrain in their build option list..


its the 4th on your list of 3...





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Old 01-08-19, 05:59 PM
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I own Dahon, Tern, DownTube, and Origami folders, and I can't really choose 1 brand as a favorite. Each has a usage for me, and each has strengths and weaknesses. I luv 'em all equally! I had a Xootr Swift, and it's sorely missed, and I also owned a bike called a Melon Slice. It was OK, but not my cup-o-joe,...the geometry was a bit off for me.
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Old 01-21-19, 11:59 PM
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I am a fan of Tyrell these days. I very much agree with their moto of using the best available, making the best that's not. They seem to go for solid peformance over mass market pricing or gimmicks.

After owning a top of the line Dahon for a few years I am not that impressed with it for the cash. Lost interest in most folding bike makers actually.
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Old 01-22-19, 05:36 AM
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Brompton, because it is the best. Great support, too.

As P.S., I am planning to replace mine with one of the clones I bang on about. Nothing wrong with the Brompton at all, but it isn't ideally suited to unmade roads, plus, of course, in many countries it is thief fodder. Nevertheless, a fine bike, and the best fold at present, and, as a purely shopping bike, the one to beat.

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Old 01-23-19, 05:25 AM
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Brand-wise, Brompton. For actually riding them, Tern.
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Originally Posted by kidshibuya View Post
I am a fan of Tyrell these days. I very much agree with their moto of using the best available, making the best that's not. They seem to go for solid peformance over mass market pricing or gimmicks.

After owning a top of the line Dahon for a few years I am not that impressed with it for the cash. Lost interest in most folding bike makers actually.

+1 to this as a folding bike brand.

Best quality paint work (vs dahon/tern, Moulton, BF) , consciously thought out bike builds, very nice riding bikes
They sell themselves locally w/o much marketing hype.
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Old 01-24-19, 02:08 PM
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The Brompton. I need the quick fold, weight capacity, bag system and "can take it on flights as carry-on" stuff.

Bike Friday makes some beautiful machines, but the Brompton is ideal for my uses.
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Old 01-24-19, 02:27 PM
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I've only owned a couple (Bike Friday and Giant). Of those the Bike Friday wins by leaps and bounds. Giant was my first folding bike... I learned from that what I definitely didn't want in a folding bike.

I've test-ridden a few more (Birdy, Dahon, Brompton). Of those, I thought the Birdy gave the best ride. The Dahons weren't slouches. The Brompton gave a bouncier ride than I expected. For the breadth of options available, Dahon is the winner here, even though Birdy was really nice. That said, I wouldn't balk at owning any of these.
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Old 01-24-19, 03:02 PM
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I've ridden and owned a Dahon; Espresso. I've test ridden a few Tern models; X11 & P9.
Nice bikes; good prices. But I prefer my Brompton; 2013 S6L-X. For the types of riding
that I do; it's a match. Grocery shopping w/ it's front bag, easy to park/stow when commuting
to work, easy to fit in various forms of transport(plane, train, boat, car, bus, etc.), perfect
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My Xootr Swift is the best folding ride of all bikes I've owned and tried. It is the closest thing to riding a full size bike. The fold is not small and it is no longer made. I can't imagine ever selling mine.
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Old 01-29-19, 12:15 PM
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Obviously the answer is the one you own, if not, then the one you lust after, which is always Brompton
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When you say Brompton, Xootr, Birdy, etc, the main frame well defined, other components may vary.

When you say Dahon, they make (or slap on labels from china factories) so many different types of bikes, so its best to qualify which model.
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Would have to be Airnimal for me, ride is closest to a road bike. I appreciate that it doesn’t fold anywhere near as neatly as some of the other brands....
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I've never ridden a top end brand folding bike so cannot usefully comment there and I tend to buy bikes on specification/price and have no brand loyalty. The bicycle brand I most respect for sheer manufacturing quality and engineering is Giant so I guess Giant is my pick.
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Old 03-17-19, 03:51 PM
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Hooked on foldies. Always one in the trunk.
Downtube lXNS is solid , inexpensive with decent shiftgear o/w good bike for 12 years now
Dahon Speed8 about the same
Montague 26", bulky, unexceptional as a bike
Dahon Matrix with hex keyed frame hinge, nicer 26r than the Montague. 26rs more comfortable , trunkable, but not much smaller
Mobiky heavy and headstem not stiff , I'm not fond of the 12"wheels or its wheelbase
I have 20"trikes and find the 20"wheels harsh on rough streets, but really lust after a BF and Brompton
Agree that it is a good plan to get experience on a midrange bike (best at used price) to see what it is about and what you want in a foldie first
and to avoid the cheapies and novelty bikes before you get a good feel for what you like
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Dahon and Brompton for their storied histories. they are the old guards of FB.
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Brompton and Dahon aswell, the first one because of the bike size when folded and the second one for the vast variety and extra parts available in Europe.
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I own a Brompton, and 2 different Bike Fridays ...

now have a picture of the brompton..


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My take

Now owning two folders and using my wallet to support my liking. For 700c wheels - Montague Boston for its novel design and single speed gearing. No frills ride around town. For compact folder - Tern Verge X10 - 20 wheel 10 speed pocket rocket that fits in a 32 suitcase for international travels, nice style and able to keep up with road bikes. Best of all, sub-10kg weight that few other folders can match.

Technically a third that another in the family uses, Dahon Mariner 8. Great price and solid build for hoping around uni.

Test rode Brompton but found it heavy and a little too twitchy with its 16 wheels. The gearing was also less responsive. Do like the dimension when folded and the range of accessories though.
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