After running my Dahon Impulse D6 into the ground and finding that getting decent parts at sensible prices was nigh on impossible I decided just to replace the bike with a Helios P8. Hopefully this quick rundown will help anyone whose interested in a mid range Dahon folder:
Its light - Im a farily big guy but carrying round 14 kilos of folding bike is a pain, especially if you've got any kind of upper body injury. At 12 kg the Helios is much easier to lug about than the Impulse.
It comes with decent tyres - Saves 55 euros off replacing the nasty Kenda's that came with the Impulse which punctured on a regular basis, like every time I rode the bike.
You dont need to unhinge the bars to get it to fold properly - Every little helps.
Looks tasty - Gets you respect of the other commuters, although possibly not from the Brompton riding bowler hat wearing, city types. No loss there.
Rides very well - Although so did the Impulse when you put Primo Comets on it however the P8 is definatey an improvement.
Comfy - Suspension seat and adjustable bars/stem are big step forward.
Poor finish on components - The rack has marked already.
No proper chainguard - For the love of God which looks cooler, a factory designed chain guard in keeping with the style of the bike or riding around with one trouser leg tucked in your sock like a window licker?
Nasty gear change - First bicycle Ive ever owned which needed a clutch. Yes it really is that bad.
Overall though Im well chuffed especially since I got it at a great price in the factory packaging. There was hardly anything to do to get it into a running state, dont believe the LBS hype - these bikes come pretty much ready to roll straight from the factory.