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I loooved my gecko, it felt more compact in some ways than the dimensions suggest. The fold was a faff though so if you have to fold it often (I've forgotten, since those June threads got so long what your original brief was). The Sola is easily as big as the Versa, I know they have taken them off sale but I would still go for this by a country mile over a Sola. Ditto a Bee certainly.
Look at the Cruz again? Think outside the box with maybe something like a Jane Rider or a Concord Neo (both can be had for sub £300 from the right places but carrycot obviously on top of that). Both of these are a one piece fold.
I LOVE my Versa (tiggy and I are in agreement for once) but it is on the larger side. It's the best pushchair I have had overall I think but I'm not sure it's quite right for me personally, I'm hesitant to move on from it though simply because of the longevity in seat size, basket, etc. Still vaguely hoping they do end up doing an GT wheel conversion kit, that would help me massively.
I absolutely would not carry the versa up or down any steps!
I did the gecko, personally just I preferred it to the bee, which was I guess my other option at that time. I stopped using the gecko when DC2 was 18m because she kept escaping (I could have added a harness) but also I guess because I was pregnant and knew I'd need a double and had nowhere to store the gecko folded or up. Also even thought it was discontinued by then I managed to come across a brand new one so there were no used aspects to deal with.
I'm not sure how heavy the neo and rider are, probably fairly knowing Jane, although the muum is light and probably carry-able up steps. Have you discounted an iCandy Cherry? I carried that all over the place.
I wouldnt rule out the Cherry - phone round and see what the delivery dates are on one.
I think I am inclined to agree with all your logic.....
BUT dont start looking at a Sola - Its one of the worst most horrible pushchairs I have tried. I also wouldn't consider a Cam or Gecko given what you have ruled out.
Another option - which TBH I think is probably the best for you - would be to get something to get you through probably the first 3 months - even if its a sling or hiding inside for 3 months (dont laugh!) and then buy yourself a Babyzen YoYo. I honestly honestly am loving mine. Yes, you wont have parent facing...but believe me mine has been the most awesomely easy to use pushchair ever.
I would personally stick with your Bee for now - I really dont think I would choose anything different in your shoes unless it was a Zapp Xtra but they aren't the best...but I have had one and I would have another....especially one of the one piece folding ones! But DO consider a YoYo later on....