Pros: Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
After a long wait, it has arrived! And: the wait has been worth it! When I first saw a picture of the Verge X30 on the Internet was the moment I said 'I want one'! It's stunning looks are unique: it's hard to design a bike that doesn't look like all the other bikes. This is my first foldaway bike: I wanted to pack my bike in a suitcase and fly. I also commute using bike/train. Anyone who has done this recently will know that the bike carriages are always over crowded during peak travel. If you've got a foldaway you can take it on board as hand luggage. So, do the 20 inch wheels make it feel unstable? My very first impression was that I wasn't aware of the small wheels: second impression was that the steering felt light and had a feeling of 'oversteer'. But, very soon I was bumping up and down cycle path curbs at speed feeling completely stable. Do the 20 wheels make for an bumpy ride? Even with the Schwalbe racing tyres inflated at 100psi the ride was smoother than my full sized road bike. I think that the flexure of the seat post and the steering head stem take out the vibration. Clever stuff! BUT beware, it doesn't do cattle grids!! Is 30 speed useful? Don't expect 30 unique usable gear ratios. There are only 17. The rear cassette is a close ratio block of 11,12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,26. If you are climbing in varied conditions you would probably be in Low Hub Gear range and work your way through the 10 speed cassette. When you start the descent, you will switch to the high gear setting. It worked well for me on a hilly training ride. There is a gear for every occasion. The only criticism is that you can't see the Shimano gear indicators on the brake hoods. Is it comfortable? I'm 6ft and 13 stone. I wanted to move the seat further back on the stem, but adjustment is limited. A slight rear-ward off-set on top of the seat stem would cure that. I also found that no matter how tight I had the seat stem clamp it crept down a couple of notches during my ride. Easy to fix but annoying! I felt comfortable on my first 15 mile hilly training ride and interesting to note that I was only 3 minutes slower than my best time on my trusty road bike. Compared to a road bike, the handlebar feels close to the seat, giving the rider a more upright position; the forward facing bar ends partly make up for it, but it would be nice on a long ride to have another hand hold position. I have ordered some triathlon bars for the Tern which I think will give a lower position for speed riding. It's got a high price ticket, so, is it worth it? You bet it is!
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I have a Dahon Speed pro TT. I am 5ft 4in and shy of 9stone or 55kgs. I have near 2,000 miles on the clock with this bike which includes an ascent of Mt Ventoux. 42mph on descent! This Tern is basically the same bike. Try TT bars and scare yourself or worse - I did. I have put drops on which came from Velo Cycles. For the shorter rider this allows lowering of the front end and with the standard hoods you can use the hoods and see the indicators. The wheels and tyres are brilliant and never a puncture! Thanks Schwalbe. I run on 100psi. The vibration is an issue and I have lost a pump, water bottle and a rear light because on our "roads" the wee wheels get a beating. The SRAM hub gear is probably the reason for increased weight from the 10 but is well worthwhile given the increased gear range - about 28" to 121". Lots of serious fun and you can dance on the pedals!