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Old 12-04-05, 05:18 AM   #1
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Dahon Speed Pro

I've just started thinking that a folding bike may be the way forward for me, and I like the look of the Dahon Speed Pro. What does everyone think about using this bike as an everyday bike, with the main purpose being a 40km round trip commute? Would it handle some touring OK? Any problems with keeping the wheels true on bumpy pike paths?

One problem may be my height, just under 6' 3". I know Dahon claim it's OK for anyone up to 6'4", but is this realistic?

On the plus side, I've found it online here in Japan for the equivalent of $620 / 360 UK pounds which has got to be a bargain! I think this may be (please correct me if I'm wrong!) because this model won't be sold anymore. The Japanese Dahon website shows 2006 bikes, and it has the Speed Pro TT which uses 105 STI shifters and retails for a lot more cash and doesn't fold up so small.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for your help!
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Old 12-04-05, 10:57 AM   #2
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I love my speed pro! I can't answer your questions much b/c I use it for local rides and travel (throw in the car on a trip) ... it's great. I've had no probs with my wheels, but I'm only 5'9" and 150# ... and I've only taken it on the smoothest of limestone ... well, a little brick in Wilmette, IL, where they like quaint streets.

Oboeguy should be able to pipe up about the commute. If he doesn't, go read all his posts in this forum for an idea. He commutes in NYC on his!

Here's a great link about touring with one:
http://www.australiancyclist.com.au/...php?s=4&a=1130
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Old 12-05-05, 08:50 AM   #3
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Oboeguy should be able to pipe up about the commute. If he doesn't, go read all his posts in this forum for an idea. He commutes in NYC on his!
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I'm barely 6' tall and feel very comfortable on the SpeedPro. I think there's room for a couple more inches of height. I guess it depends on your reach. I have pretty decent reach, IMO, so that would suggest that a taller fella such as yourself would fit nicely. I was until recently (<sigh>) commuting around 30km round trip each day and could easily have gone for more. In fact, I easily rode a century on it. So I say go for it, it's a great bike!
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Old 12-05-05, 09:19 AM   #4
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I am 6'2" (188cm) so I am close to your height. Seat tube length is not a problem and the bars are quite adjustable. With regret I am selling my SpeedPro. They are great bikes and they are definitely fast. You shouldn't have any problem finding a way to get comfortable on the bike. Just keep an eye on the spoke tension. I must have tightened the spokes about 30 times until the finally bedded in. It took a while that is for sure! You may or may not like the stock seat too. Most people don't but I did.

On a side note, anyone know of the best place to sell a folding bike? I just put in on eBay but is there a better place as eBay fees ares steep now? Anyone try Craigslist?
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Old 12-05-05, 09:30 AM   #5
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I've just started thinking that a folding bike may be the way forward for me, and I like the look of the Dahon Speed Pro. What does everyone think about using this bike as an everyday bike, with the main purpose being a 40km round trip commute? Would it handle some touring OK? Any problems with keeping the wheels true on bumpy pike paths?

One problem may be my height, just under 6' 3". I know Dahon claim it's OK for anyone up to 6'4", but is this realistic?

On the plus side, I've found it online here in Japan for the equivalent of $620 / 360 UK pounds which has got to be a bargain! I think this may be (please correct me if I'm wrong!) because this model won't be sold anymore. The Japanese Dahon website shows 2006 bikes, and it has the Speed Pro TT which uses 105 STI shifters and retails for a lot more cash and doesn't fold up so small.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for your help!
I'd go for it..that's a great price!.. I have an 05 SpeedPro and love it... huge gear range and pretty comfortable with the Pantour front hub. I don't ride bumpy bike paths, but if I did, I would consider changing the 120psi Stelvios for a cush tire, in the 70psi range. The wheels are lightweight minimum spoke performance wheels, so you'd want to minimize the shock based on the road surface you ride on. I haven't had any spoke/wheel problems yet, but I do monitor and maintain the spoke tension myself.

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Old 12-05-05, 01:31 PM   #6
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That reminds me, if you're ~190-200+lbs you may want to get a replacement elastomer for the front hub suspension. I have one because I find I easily bottom-out the hub, but have been too chicken to take it apart.
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That reminds me, if you're ~190-200+lbs you may want to get a replacement elastomer for the front hub suspension. I have one because I find I easily bottom-out the hub, but have been too chicken to take it apart.
I can attest to this too. Definitely replace the elastomers if you are big(ger) than the target weight of about 170lbs. Even then there is some fluctuation of the durometer rating as sent from the factory. If you don't do it, you lose the measly little bit of suspension travel you get. With the Stelvios you need all the help you can get as I've ridden on skateboard wheels that felt smoother but man do they roll! Fast tire but NOT a comfortable one.

As I said before, keep an eye on the spokes until the bed in. I kept a spoke wrench on a rope off the headset and checked them after ever ride over about 10 minutes for the first 100 miles or so. I was amazed at how much some spoke loosened up. I have a lightweight friend (140 lbs) who has one and he had never bothered to check the spokes. He was aghast when I went over and could easily wiggle the spokes by hand and when tapping them they obviously not even remotely tight. I was surprised they hadn't broken yet. As a bigger guy it is absolutely critical to keep an eye on them. Don't say I didn't warn you!
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