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Old 07-15-07, 05:33 PM   #1
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Older Dahon's and Parts

I've been reading that the Dahon's use some proprietary parts? Is this true of the new(er) ones as well? I'm thinking about a folder, something to live in the trunk of the car and be ridden when I get a chance; and I'm intrigued by the 3 speed Dahons--but I tend to be a bit frugal. All of my current bikes seem to have bad cones.
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Yes, most folding bikes have some proprietary parts. Try greasing and correctly adjusting cones from new.
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Dahons, including new ones, do have some proprietary parts.

I assume you're looking at the Curve D3? If that's the case, I think the main proprietary part is the handlepost. That component tends to be flimsy -- as in, don't pull back on the handlebars or you are likely to eventually cause a failure. Anyway, if that part breaks 3-4 years from now, it may well be fleabay time for you....
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Good to know. I was thinking older Dahon's (sorry, wasn't clear in the post), but that's good to know on the newer ones too. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I like being an informed shopper. I'm hoping one shows up in a garage sale in mint shape for pennies at the moment.
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