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Old 09-10-07, 11:45 PM   #1
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Downtube's handling vs Dahon

I bought a Dahon Speed P8 a few years ago, and after taking it home and riding it up a fairly steep hill, i disliked how twitchy the steering felt. So i returned it the same day, got my money back and bought a Bike Friday NWT and all was well.

But now I find myself wanting a second, inexpensive folder for commuting on the train that's quicker and easier to fold. I think the side-folding bikes look the easiest to fold. Riding speed isn't a big criteria for this bike, but i'd like to have the most stable steering possible. I looked at the Swift, but I'd prefer something that can fold smaller. The Bromptons are more than i want to spend.

Here's my question: Does the Downtube FS have more stable steering than most of the lower priced Dahons? Please remember I'd like to keep the price around the $500 mark, as I'm sure more expensive Dahons probably ride a lot better. thanks in advance.
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Old 09-10-07, 11:59 PM   #2
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...as I'm sure more expensive Dahons probably ride a lot better.
Just curious: How do you know? Did you ride some other Dahon models? Steering is a geometry issue, not price-of-parts issue.
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Old 09-11-07, 01:17 AM   #3
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I own a Dahon SpeedPro and have owned every 2007 model of the DT lineup . Downtubes in general have very stable rides due to the frame and handlebar hinge design. In particular, the FS is probably the most stable of the DT lineup. It's larger and longer than the other DT bikes. Now, it's still 20" wheels, so it will still be twitchier than a full size bike, but it's probably one of the more stable rides you'll get in that wheel size.
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Old 09-11-07, 08:07 AM   #4
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I usually do not get involved in "versus"discussions. All I can say is that Dahons like other bikes have improoved the breed significantly..... what you were riding a few years ago is in no way representing todays offerings ...

Having said that, its time to actually testride all models in question.

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Old 09-11-07, 05:04 PM   #5
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"Now, it's still 20" wheels, so it will still be twitchier than a full size bike, but it's probably one of the more stable rides you'll get in that wheel size."

The ride is the best feature of my new DT 8H. My 700 hybrid Giant is now for sale. It feels like a slug compared to the DT, and it's hell to fit in the back of the Samurai.
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