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Old 08-31-05, 06:31 PM   #1
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My new Vitesse D5

Well I got my new Vitesse today. you know,it seems like a really nice bike! I was worried about some of the quality issues on this model. The bike has a beautiful semi gloss finish, (scratched already) the fit & finish looks really nice. The instructions were a little vague ,especially when it was specified that one needed to bend a bracket on the Sturmey Archer hub ,in order to get proper shifter adjustment. I rode the little bike around checking it out & it really is a solid feeling machine. The spokes are tensioned properly,the wheels are true,the brakes work smoothly,& it shifts beautifully. Now let`s see how it works when I put more than 1/4 mile on it! Charlie.
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Congratulations, and welcome to the club! Please post your impressions of your Vitesse once you've had a chance to put it through its paces.

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The plague of issues that I had with my Vitesse D5 appear to be mostly due to my LBS not assembling the bike correctly with incorrect/missing parts. The replacement D5 that Dahon so graciously sent me from their California warehouse works beautifully so far. It also looks different than the bike LBS sold me, more like exactly how it is pictured equipped on the Dahon website. Nice!
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James, I'm pretty sure that the bikes come pre-assembled from the factory. Mine was drop-shipped, and all I had to do was put on the seat and pedals and inflate the tires. I'm starting to think maybe your LBS pulled a fast one.

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James, I'm pretty sure that the bikes come pre-assembled from the factory. Mine was drop-shipped, and all I had to do was put on the seat and pedals and inflate the tires. I'm starting to think maybe your LBS pulled a fast one.

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It took over an hour for the LBS tech to "assemble" my bike, as he told me that the bike came "unassembled in a box". My replacement bike came drop-shipped as yours, and actually needed no adjustment out-of-the-box. My LBS tech had to adjust and re-adjust the newly assembled bike I was about to purchase, and the rest went downhill from there. So yeah, I think my LBS did me a deliberate dis-service.

My point being that the overall bad impression I had of my Dahon Vitesse D5 was NOT Dahon's fault, nor a true reflection of their product quality, but rather (by mistake) that of the really bad service and bad "assembly" skills of the LBS tech who led me to believe that a pre-assembled bike "needed to be assembled", and then assembling it incorrectly with incorrect parts.

So my revised advice is not to shun the D5, but simply to be careful when purchasing it from a LBS who claims to need to "assemble" what is essentially a pre-assembled bike. If anyone purchasing a D5 has any doubts as to the correct drivetrain assembly, let me know and I'll gladly send you a picture of mine.

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My bike came pretty well assembled ,I had to adjust the shiftinghub,but I`ve had no issues so far.I believe it wise to just look over the bike ,spokes,wheel true,chain tension,etc,etc. I drove the bike on the beach today ,got some sand between the brake pads, & those beautiful semi gloss black rims ,scratched the hell out of one. So now the bike got its first"dent"! It really is a nice little bike well made & solid. Chas.
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