Dahon Speed P8 review
After a coupla-three years of reading this forum I finally got a folder. 2008 Dahon Speed P8. Good value, swell red paint.
I struggled with this decision because I am 6'4" and didn't have a lot of test ride options. I bought this trusting the measurements on the Dahon site and a few insights from Dahon owners around here. A custom tikit might have fit me better, and the word is that the Birdy is great for a tall rider.
I'm all torso so reach is my big issue. The Speed P8 has the longest (effective) top tube measurement (at max. seat height) listed on the Dahon site other than the MuSL. So I took a chance that it would be okay. However, after 50 miles I took out the hack saw. I went ahead with chopping off the QR clamp on the stem, and fitting an ahead style stem. Ahhhhh, that's MUCH better. Now the bike fits perfectly and it rides VERY well. Sadly the fold is affected by the stem mod. I manage to get the handlebars folded over the top of frame instead of inside the frame fold - it's not ideal - but we'll see how it works in actual use around town. If anybody else has done this mod and has ideas about folding I would be interested to know what you are doing. The Big Apples are great for city riding and not too pokey at all. Components are fine. Crisp shifting with the Neos and SRAM combo.
Maybe I'll report again after some more city riding and folding.
Last edited by atom bomb; 05-11-08 at 03:41 PM.