QUOTE(world_traveler @ Dec 2 2015, 02:33 PM)
@etigge, please help, thanks.
I really can't comment on new rider preferences. Usually we advised something , they turn out something else. Also I might be quite biased towards Dahon. Not that Tern is not good but the extra price is just not worth paying. Other than these two, I see rides tend to have the temptation to change later after riding in a group. But then selling off a used unit is never easy because they expect to loose 15% to 30% which I think most buyers won't go for it, so they stick to the bike. Also many new riders stays to one bike and Dahon are quite low spec-ed for their cheaper units and many won't want to pay for upgrading of the bikes. It's never cheap. Some calculate by the percentage of the bike cost.
Eg. Bike cost 1K, so upgradings should never go beyond half of it. Then gain, the cost to mod a dual chainring already exceeded that. So, many will go for the full spec-ed with a cheaper price. That's why I tend to recommend the Trinx now.
Our use, we will never exceed beyond the hardiness of the bikes. Maybe they need more maintenance. But even if they get the 18 speed Trinx, they will try to change to better brands because of peer pressure among the riders. Look at Bromptons, look at the sales. Many riders ride far and long and Bromtons are never meant for that, so suffer lorr!
Many 'B' riders also have other bikes for tougher terrains.
Also, many riders don't understand that, in my case, I go for the best groupset that I can afford, maybe even forced to afford. It might even cost three times the cost of the bike. But those components stays with me even when I change the bike. Like when I rode the Dahon EcoC7, it was modified to Shimano 27 speed and when I wanted to change to Dahon Speed, every part is transferred to the Speed , although old, it is still durable. Then the new components from the Speed goes to the Eco C7 and sold off.
As for Dahon SUV, that's the most basic unit from Dahon to counter the cheaper foldies. The frame is quite guaranteed but the components, you know lah! Pandai pandai loh! I also know many who buys a cheap foldie and when they get serious, they go for a higher end bike and the old one pass it to their spouse, sakit loh their spouse. This post has been edited by etigge: Dec 3 2015, 09:13 AM