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Old 04-18-05, 01:30 AM   #1
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Folding bike manufacturers?

I'm new to Folding bikes, but I'd love to have one small enough to fit in my trunk.

I've been looking at the Dahon and Bike Friday websites. Who else makes these bikes?

What drivetrain seems to be the most reliable. I'd prefer to stick with derailleurs since that's what I'm used to.

I think a 26" inch model will work, but I'm not opposed to a 20".
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Here is a link with a list of the main folding bike makers.

Dahon's are the best value for money IMO (see particularly the Matrix and Zero-G).

http://www.atob.org.uk/Buyers'_Guide.html

Check the size of your trunk as a 26 inch bike even when folded will be quite big. A 20 inch bike rides quite well and may be more practical if you just want a bike to keep in the trunk.

Edit this link is quite an interesting read as well

http://nordicgroup.us/fold/
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Both Giant and Trek are now making folders:
http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....2004&range=162
http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2004/citybike/f400.jsp

I have a Dahon Speed Pro and I love it! The thing is like a mountain goat for climbing. There is a little stem flex ... but, short of paying for a Bike Friday, which was out of my dollar range, I think that's just part of the folder thing. If you are a real roadie, you may want to spring for the bike Friday. The 20" wheels are no big deal. Try some!

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Both Giant and Trek are now making folders:
http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....2004&range=162
http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2004/citybike/f400.jsp

I have a Dahon Speed Pro and I love it! The thing is like a mountain goat for climbing. There is a little stem flex ... but, short of paying for a Bike Friday, which was out of my dollar range, I think that's just part of the folder thing. If you are a real roadie, you may want to spring for the bike Friday. The 20" wheels are no big deal. Try some!

Good luck!

Keep in mind the '05 models are stiffer. I rode one yesterday, very nice.
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Those Trek folders are made for Trek by Dahon. Hence the similarities and use of Dahon technology.
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If you go to the Bike Friday website, you'll find they have used Bike Fridays for sale also. It only breaks your bank if you can't figure out how to get around it.

The smaller, fold n' go bikes seem to be Dahans and Birdy (off the top of my head). If you want to seriously travel, then I'd recommend the Bike Friday because it travels really well.

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If you go to the Bike Friday website, you'll find they have used Bike Fridays for sale also. It only breaks your bank if you can't figure out how to get around it.

The smaller, fold n' go bikes seem to be Dahans and Birdy (off the top of my head). If you want to seriously travel, then I'd recommend the Bike Friday because it travels really well.

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I have been looking at the Dahon Speed8. But yesterday, my LBS reommended either a Breezer (although he said Breezer was discontinuing folder line) or KHS. Is anyone familiar with KHS folders?
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i have seen one .
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I have been looking at the Dahon Speed8. But yesterday, my LBS reommended either a Breezer (although he said Breezer was discontinuing folder line) or KHS. Is anyone familiar with KHS folders?
I don't have any familarity with the KHS folders, but you might call the good folks at Calhoun Cycles: http://www.calhouncycle.com/ . They can advise you on KHS vs Dahon Speed 8.

I personally have reservations about the Breezer folders. I think the Dahon Speed 8 is much better buy than a Breezer folder.
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I am looking for a folding tandem, a kind of mountain bike 26" to put it on a plane or in a car. If you known where I can buy this kind of pushbike (new or second hand) I will be very happy.
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I am looking for a folding tandem, a kind of mountain bike 26" to put it on a plane or in a car. If you known where I can buy this kind of pushbike (new or second hand) I will be very happy.
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I don't have any familarity with the KHS folders, but you might call the good folks at Calhoun Cycles: http://www.calhouncycle.com/ . They can advise you on KHS vs Dahon Speed 8.

I personally have reservations about the Breezer folders. I think the Dahon Speed 8 is much better buy than a Breezer folder.
http://www.khsbicycles.com/10_folding_bikes.htm

I LOVE my 2003 KHS Westwood - it's similar to the current F20 model. (full suspension, 16 gears)

The Giant Halfway was a shoe in for me until I found the KHS at a bike shop this weekend, heavily discounted. (I couldn't afford a current KHS model)

I don't think you'd go wrong with Giant, Dahon (or one of the many re-branded Dahon's like Avenir in Canada). Brit's seem to love the really TINY folding bikes like Brompton, Bike Friday and Moulton (and I think those are made in the UK.) Personally, "folded in half" is small enough to fit my my car so I wasn't interested in something with 12 or 16 inch wheels - I wanted something as close to a full size ride as possible and I got it.

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