Q's about Dahon Mariner, Speed d7?
Comparing the specs on the Dahon site, the Mariner and d7 seem to have the exact same components, both made of steel, with fenders and a rack as accessories. The price difference is like $10 or so. The mariner does weigh about a pound less. The vitesse seems to be an aluminum version of the d7, otherwise, I see no difference. So, can anyone tell me if there is a difference between these 3 models?
Also, can Big Apple tires be fit on any of these models? I notice the Speed p8 has the big apples but no fenders. So I assume the big apples can fit on the lower-end bikes, if the fenders were taken off....
I compared a MTB with no suspension and underinflated tires to my MTB with suspension and high tire pressure. There wasn't a huge difference, though I never traveled over the worst roads. So I figure I could get a lower-end dahon with big apples over a front-suspension downtube. Reason is that the downtube is 30 lbs and aluminum compared with ~26 lbs on a Dahon with a steel frame, which I assume will be better for riding on rocky roads. The 4 lbs wont really matter when riding, as I carry 30 lbs of stuff, but I know it will make a difference when carrying the bike if needed.
I am planning on buying a Mariner over any of the other bikes based on it's lightest weight and steel frame, assuming the big apples can be fit on it. If not, I MIGHT spring for the Speed p8.....not really wanting to spend the extra $100+, don't tempt me though! What I WILL spring for is the extra cost of the 07 models for the adjustable handlebar height. I am 5' 5", and the fixed height one was a bit too high for me. Comments, suggestions, all welcome! thanks!