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I've owned my Xootr Swift for almost a year and count it as one of my best purchases of 2014. I live in Manhattan, own two other non-folding bikes, and regularly commute by bike. I'm 6' and 240 lbs. I chose the Xootr Swift because it's the only folding bike I'm aware of that can safely accommodate heavier riders. The Swift's compact size allows for easy storage in my apartment and at work. I've had to bring it on the subway on the odd occasion (but never at peak hours!) and it's definitely less conspicuous than a regular bike. Also light enough to carry up and down stairs with ease. Regarding how it rides: You're not as high from the ground as on a regular bike due to the smaller wheels BUT how you sit/fit on the Xootr Swift is pretty much the same as on any other bike because of its geometry. The frame is solid, without any flex, and the ride is smooth and zippy. Yes, it is absolutely true that you can go as fast or faster than other bikes without peddling any harder. Hills also feel the same as on other bikes -- one of my regular routes involves going up the East Drive in Central Park and several long inclines in Washington Heights/Inwood. Hopefully this is enough information to help determine is this is the bike for you!

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