Looking for a foldie with the following expectations $2k for bike, accessories etc Light, preferably below 10 kg Quick folding and small folded size weekend PCN rides reliable coz female rider and dunno how to repair etc.
Currently looking at Tern X10. Appreciate any advise and recommendation for any other similar foldies. Many thanks in advance.
Wah $2k seems overkill for someone who is not sure what they want, will do mostly PCN-riding, and isn't planning to become technically proficient with it.
Tern X10 is definitely a very good bike but not sure if she needs it. Will take an experienced rider to truly appreciate it. Also will need to spend extra $$ post-sale for personal customization to maximise enjoyment and comfort.
Better to drop 1k or so on a reliably good folder and and work with the bike shop (or knowledgeable friends) to adjust/upgrade good grips, handlebar, tyres, gearing, etc.
Best advice is stop by MBS and look see - they have Terns and Dahons and MIT V8 (S$1,000 Brompton clone). Learn to appreciate that folders are more than just for easy transport in car boot.
Next stop maybe Mighty Velo which stock Javas and Bromptons. Javas seem to be somewhat fairly-priced, locally-designed bikes for a newbie, and Bromptons can be considered if she professed any sort of interest in the MIT.
If lets say it just for PCN rides and shes not a "speed junkie" a foldie weight below 10kg is very rare, even a dahon curve is around 10.8 to 11 kg, but 16 inch wheels will seems like a hassle to some due to woobble at high speed. recommeded bikes
1) tern D16 or P24 -> around 1k plus 2) dahon falco -> 8 speed -> 800 plus 3) java fit -> 16 -> good price
and i agree that 2k bike is overkill for PCN not to say brompton is also overkill and i dun think its less that 10kg too
Quote: "Formerly posted by knighthunter: If budget allow get the best bike can get. Sometime buying basic model and modified will cost more $$$. X10 is vergy good comes with quality component as well. "
That's only true if the buyer knows EXACTLY what he/she wants. There's dozens of reasons why someone may not enjoy the greatest MTB, greatest racer, or greatest folder, etc. If she does enjoy the X10, good for her, but $2k is a lot to gamble on that - provided you're not a millionaire.
She sounds like a relative newbie who's interested in getting into cycling. There's too many subsets of cycling - MTB, racing, commuting, touring, etc - to be sure.
I've known my fair share of friends who bought bikes - good, bad, cheap, expensive - and barely used them because they got bored, circumstances changed (friends who wanted to cycle together suddenly had other commitments), did not find the bike a good fit despite recommendations, etc.