Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
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Does anyone have any experience with the Dahon brand of bicycles. I am looking to add a 2010 MU P7 to my collection. Any thoughts??
2010 Dahon MU - Wish list
2008 Jamis Coda Tourer
2005 Cannondale Prophet 2000
1997 Avanti Hammer SS Commuter
nice bikes! i've got a mu uno and use it for small trips to up to 30km round trip commutes. did have one small problem with the bracket holding the handlebar snapping but got it replaced under warranty. Also the missus has a eco 7 and she loves it. We have had them for about a year now.
n=8 (2011 road, 2004 road, 2010 track, 2009 foldup, 1990 hybrid, 1992 indoor trainer, 2007 road now a rental, 1970's step through)
I have not ridden a Dahon for a while now (I used to have a Dahon Classic III), but I can say that small-wheel bicycles in general are good little machines. Don't let anyone make you believe that small wheels are somehow going to be vastly inferior in performance to regular-sized machines. In my experience, a sprung saddle and a little more care in avoiding pot-holes, sink-holes, etc and picking a smooth line on the road (which you have to do for any bicycle anyway) and you'll hardly notice the difference.
I've spoken with quite a few people about their small-wheelers. Dahon seems to be a very popular brand with good quality and good prices. I would tend to prefer a 20" wheel over a 16" wheel, but that might have something to do with the fact that I am 188cm tall and almost 110kg.
I have a 20" Dahon, and the wheels are plenty big enough for rough tracks.
The steering feels a bit weird at first, but they may be more the upright sitting position than the smaller wheels.
It came with a cheap 14-28T 6-speed freewheel - not enough to get up the hills (or Alps!) with a 52T chainring.
So fitted a Shimano 13-34 alpine cassette and problem solved. Its great for mixed-mode commuting, or taking on holidays.
Of course freehub and 11-34T cassette would be better, and I assume the new models have that.
I borrowed one from my brother in law when in Singapore recently. Was a nice bike to ride. I bought a $70 folding bike from the supermarket there, which is more of a BSO (bicycle shaped object) as you would expect. Quite good compared to walking, a nice way to get around, but not really a bicycle, and you have to be a bit careful about breaking it.
In contrast the Dahon really felt like a real bike you just ride as normal.
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