Top positive review
12 people found this helpful
Fantastic bike, all around
on March 20, 2014
I've had this bike for three years, and have no idea how people can complain about durability and comfort problems with it. I originally bought it as a bike for college, where it conveniently (though barely) fit under a dorm bed, folded up. (I've found that it also fits well in car trunks.) I used it this way for a year and a half, before deciding to take some long-distance biking trips. My normal road bike was unavailable at the time, so I rode this one. My first trip was a four-month ride from mid-Pennsylvania to coastal Oregon (about 3000 miles), and the second was from Idaho Falls to San Francisco (about 1000 miles). The bike performed well through a wide variety of conditions, including paved, gravel, and dirt roads, off-road trails, and in snow and heavy rain. Even pulling about 200 pounds of equipment (between a trailer and panniers), the bike rarely required maintenance beyond tire pumping and chain lubrication. The only crippling problem that I experienced was a worn out tire, toward the end of the second trip. (There were also some repairs to minor damage, such as punctured inner tubes and a slightly bent wheel, but nothing that I wouldn't expect from any other bike under similar stresses.) Although comfort preferences vary, I found the bike sufficiently comfortable for days that often included over 12 hours of riding.
Most of the time, I almost forget that it's a folding bike. The folding mechanism seems well-designed, and I've never had any problems with it. The folding capability is also subtle enough that most observers wouldn't even guess that the bike is capable of it. But when it comes to storage and transport, it's still very much a folding bike.
After everything, the bike still functions well, and I use it for getting around my neighborhood. Basically, I love this bike, and I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a bike that's both flexible and capable.