REI / Dahon Fly-By encounter
No detailed report here, but I was in our downtown Denver REI yesterday around closing and saw the "Fly-By" sitting out.
I rode it around for just a minute on their test path, as it was getting dark, but it seemed like a pretty good bike, especially for the price. I am just a tad over 6' tall and 200lbs (on a bad day)and the bike handled that just fine with nary a creak or groan. I did not fold it, nor did I ask, as I know the salesperson really did not know much about it. He said they had just gotten it together and put it on the floor the day before. The Nexus, I believe, is the basic version (non-red line?) but it shifted fine. I really do like IG hubs on folders...
Anyway, might be something that people want to find or ask about.
P.S. No affiliation to REI or Dahon... I will say that REI would seem to be an extremely good place to deal with, in lieu of a LBS. From what I have seen, they back their products completely.... even when, I suspect, they don't know, in this case, much about them.
I've heard bad things about the basic nexus hub on this forum, but the price is certainly right. The slightly nicer, but comparable Mu SL costs almost a grand. The Fly-By doesn't include Dahon's nice new V-clamp though.
This month's Bicycling magazine has mini reviews on about 100 bicycles (mostly road machines) but did include this particular model as one of the 'alternative' bikes they covered. They were very positive about it.
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