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Another big feature of folding bikes, and in fact the whole reason we bought these, is the ability to fit in a suitcase, so you don't have to pay extra to take them on a plane with you when traveling. As far as I am concerned, folding bikes which can fit in airline regulation bags are a whole different category from other folding bikes. There are plenty of bikes out there like the innumerable models of Dahon, and a host of others, which I frankly can't even understand the utility of the fold, because they still aren't small enough to fit in a suitcase. Both of these bikes are suitcase friendly though.
This is where all the hard work they put into the tidiness of the Mobiky's fold really pays off. Once you have completely folded the bike, it is practically a suitcase already. In a sane world, which airports most certainly are not, you would just be able to hand them the Mobiky at the check in counter. As it is in the crazy world of airports though, you still have to put it in a suitcase. This really couldn't be any easier though. You take off the front wheel, take off the saddle, put it all in the suitcase, and you are done. There is no way the entire process could take more than a couple minutes. You can have the thing packed and ready to fly in less time than it takes some bikes to unfold. You don't even have to remove the pedals, or accessories on the handlebars like lights and bells. It really is a marvel of design, and shows how well they did their job. There were a lot of sacrifices along the way to achieve this fold, but when it comes down to a tight and easy fold, it is far and away the winner. This is the Mobiky doing what it was designed to do, and it does it wonderfully. Comparing the Mobiky to any other folding bike, it is undeniable that the designer deserved to win some awards for it. The problem, as with everything else with the bike though, is that it is also undeniable that the bike you get clearly suffered for the design. As clever, as quick folding, as compelling and as attractive as the Mobiky is, you feel every one of the corners cut within the first block you ride the bike down. The frame has too much flex, the wheels are too small. There isn't enough adjustability. There are a lot of tradeoffs to get that bike to neatly fit in the suitcase with no problems.
The Tikit, on the other hand, is not quite so smooth to pack. I know, I am getting bored setting up the same dichotomy every time too. It is not my intention to belabor the point, but rather to show the depths to which these two very different approaches permeate every aspect of the finished product. The Tikit requires a fair amount of disassembly to fit in a suitcase, and even then it needs a suitcase which is straining the very limit of airline regulations for standard-sized luggage. You have to remove the handlebars from the stem, remove the stem, and steerer tube from the head tube, remove the seatpost and saddle, remove the fenders and rack, and remove one of the wheels. Then you have to turn the bike just so, cover the parts so they don't scratch each other, and pack it al a specific way. There is absolutely nothing fast, easy or elegant about it. It is not a particularly user friendly experience, and really the exact same process you would have to go through to pack a full-sized bike in a full-sized case, plus a couple extra steps for the fold. Honestly, I don't think they could have made packing the bike any more steps if they tried. However, it does fit, and once you get to your destination and reassemble the bike, you have a no compromise machine to ride. As with every other aspect of this comparison, the Tikit once again chooses raw functionality over style, flare, or even ease of use. It is a raw, make it work sort of solution, lacking the finesse and style of the Mobiky. The thing is, it really does work better. What you end up with is easily twice the bike in the same amount of space. It rides better, can be better tailored to the rider, is stiffer, and is just in every way a better bike, but you can tell that the cost you pay for that is something which looks somewhat ungainly, and rather like it was thrown together by a very smart person in a garage.