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    Dahon Speed 7 vs. Giant Halfway

    I'm considering buying either a Dahon Sp 7 or a Giant Halfway. Both are used.
    This is my first folder. I plan to travel with it so, it would need to fit into a regular suitcase. I'm fairly adept at regular bike maintenance.
    Anyone care to weigh in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcy View Post
    I'm considering buying either a Dahon Sp 7 or a Giant Halfway. Both are used.
    This is my first folder. I plan to travel with it so, it would need to fit into a regular suitcase. I'm fairly adept at regular bike maintenance.
    Anyone care to weigh in?
    What are the asking prices?

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    Giant - $265, Speed 7 - $225

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    Marcy,

    I fear neither will fit into a standard airline suitcase: if that's what you mean by "regular". They both fold via a hinge in the middle and cannot be taken apart to fit in a suitcase. It's always a couple inches here or there but they're too big (I've only seen a Giant in a store and it looks big).

    The way I look at it, they're both 15 second folders. I.e. they fold small with no effort such that you can stow it away quickly. What you need for a suitcase is a 15 minute folder. I.e. something that folds really small but requires some tools and more time.

    I've recently tried to take my Dahon Vitesse in a suitcase and failed miserably. I'm pretty sure I would have succeeded with my Swift.

    I also think you should consider the non standard hubs on the Giant. The Dahon has a non-standard front hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcy View Post
    I'm considering buying either a Dahon Sp 7 or a Giant Halfway. Both are used.
    This is my first folder. I plan to travel with it so, it would need to fit into a regular suitcase. I'm fairly adept at regular bike maintenance.
    Anyone care to weigh in?
    This case is not regular but it may do the job.

    http://dahon.com/us/accessories/luggage/airporter.htm

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    I had plenty of negative experiences trying to travel with a Giant Halfway:

    1-To make it fit into regular suitcases, you will need to remove the wheels and play a 45 minute puzzle before you actually figure out a way to make it fit (with some walls of your luggage being severely stressed by sharp ends);

    2-there is no way to remove the wheels without playing with brakes and fenders. Just add more time to the fun before and after the trip;

    3-The cantilever hubs are impossible to find if you travel south of the Equator. if you have a problem, you are on foot.

    No experiences with the Speed 7. Good luck on your final decision.

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    http://www.gaerlan.com/dahon/pack.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by jakub.ner View Post
    Marcy,

    I fear neither will fit into a standard airline suitcase: if that's what you mean by "regular". They both fold via a hinge in the middle and cannot be taken apart to fit in a suitcase. It's always a couple inches here or there but they're too big (I've only seen a Giant in a store and it looks big).

    The way I look at it, they're both 15 second folders. I.e. they fold small with no effort such that you can stow it away quickly. What you need for a suitcase is a 15 minute folder. I.e. something that folds really small but requires some tools and more time.

    I've recently tried to take my Dahon Vitesse in a suitcase and failed miserably. I'm pretty sure I would have succeeded with my Swift.

    I also think you should consider the non standard hubs on the Giant. The Dahon has a non-standard front hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcy View Post
    Depending on how often you travel, that can become a pain way sooner than you can imagine.


    Just my US$0.02

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    Thanks for your help, guys. I would LOVE to get a birdy or a brompton, but i leave for my trip next week and I can only afford to spend around $200-$250. There are plenty of dahons and the occasional giant on craigslist and ebay. Maybe I'll look for a Yeah and upgrade it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcy View Post
    Nice! Marcy, thanks a ton for that. Will try soon. Darn I wish I knew the fork-between-chainstays trick before my last trip. This "width" issue was my biggest problem.

    Well in this case I say go for the Dahon because of the hubs on the Giant and because as you have nicely proven it will fold into a suitcase. Unless you have found that the Halfway will fold as well.

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    I have a Speed 7 and it fits into a 29" Samsonite Oyster suitcase. Make sure it's a 2007 model that has an adjustable height handle post, older models without that are more difficult to pack.

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    My wife just called to say my Dahon Speed D7 just got delivered by FedEx!

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    The samsonite oyster costs $95 from Ebay, versus the Dahon suitacse for $200. The samsonite looks much sturdier, do airlines consider it 'oversize'? Is it easy to fit inside, or a tight squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by duke_of_hazard View Post
    The samsonite oyster costs $95 from Ebay, versus the Dahon suitacse for $200. The samsonite looks much sturdier, do airlines consider it 'oversize'? Is it easy to fit inside, or a tight squeeze?
    Tight squeeze, the Oyster is not oversize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcy View Post
    I'm considering buying either a Dahon Sp 7 or a Giant Halfway. Both are used.
    This is my first folder. I plan to travel with it so, it would need to fit into a regular suitcase. I'm fairly adept at regular bike maintenance.
    Anyone care to weigh in?
    This site might be of interest. BTW - I have a Dahon Speed D7 and really enjoy it.
    safe riding - Vik
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    Vik: I'm assuming that you would have to remove the fenders and the rack on the Speed D7 to do this suitcase trick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fibber View Post
    Vik: I'm assuming that you would have to remove the fenders and the rack on the Speed D7 to do this suitcase trick?
    Yes, I did not try to pack them in the suitcase, fenders might fit, rack, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb29 View Post
    I have a Speed 7 and it fits into a 29" Samsonite Oyster suitcase. Make sure it's a 2007 model that has an adjustable height handle post, older models without that are more difficult to pack.
    Ditto - any Dahon Speed model with adjustable handlebars will fit into an Oyster case.

    http://www.gaerlan.com/dahon/pack.htm

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