Lucky to get one
Seems like the deal expires as there is only one option left 13” Grey for £429.95
Generally the reviews on the Halfords site are very positive, more likely a fault with your particular bike. Fairly sure its lifetime warranty on the frame and forks with Carrera but only a short 5 year warranty on Dahon's. I think it's worth pointing out that fatigue in the hinges can be worse than normal standard aluminium frames without hinges. So it's probably always worth regularly monitoring such a frame whichever brand. I think there is a real advantage here with steel frames which seems more resistant to wear and play at the hinge. Many Dahon's have a reputation for creaking at the hinge as do some other aluminium folding bikes. As for weight limits I'm unsure what the Carrera weight limits are for folding bikes. Their e-bike where the battery is within the downtube was only 85kg rider weight as that frame design may have limited strength but normally Carrera's are rated to 120kg rider weight. Dahon's I think are 105 or 110kg but you have to put that into context of the much shorter warranty. If the handlebar does fold down on the Transit you tried that part may well have been changed on later batches. That is a fairly standard part. It's the hinge on the frame itself that can be a pain to get replacement parts. The more generic the hinge the better really in my opinion. Also there has been full blown recalls for Dahons for failing stem hinges, thousands of bikes a few years ago including the earlier Mariner models so feel unfair to criticise one Transit model when your brand of choice literally put thousands of riders at risk with faulty stem hinges. There has been no such recalls for Carrera folding bikes despite being one of the most popular folding bikes in the UK. Saying that I would not like to compare Dahon to Tern which has a horrific reputation for recalls and frame failures. Given a choice between Dahon and Tern I know which I would prefer by a long way. Tern seem to focus even more on reducing frame weight and creating sporty folding bikes that have lower weights than their competitors. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2009/dahon-and-rei-novara-folding-bicycles-recalled-due-to-fall-hazard
Had the transit, it's dangerous, I had the handlebar fold down on me during a ride even though it all properly fastened and secured. - that was enough. took it back. Plus it's quite a large bike and almost 14kg
I definitely wouldn't trust Tern! They've had multiple recalls covering a whole myriad of their bikes. They just don't seem to be able to perfect the engineering that's required to make the fold safe (meaning the frames end up shearing in half). Dahon don't seem to suffer such issues - despite being of a similar design. Brompton are bomproof.