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Ritchey Break-Away: Exotic titanium/carbon-fiber racing bike.

Likes: It’s hard to tell this isn’t a regular bike: The folding mechanism is elegant, simple and virtually invisible. The two-piece frame has a tube-within-a-tube locking system that separates in seconds with the loosening of two standard-sized Allen bolts on the seat tube and downtube. Light, shock-absorbing ti/carbon frame. Top-end Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain. Packs into a 9-inch-by-26-inch-by-29-inch wheeled case (included).

Dislikes: None.

Price: $5,000 (steel frame model is $2,800). (800) 748-2439;