I think I'm finally buying a folding bike and I'm very excited! After much research and overthinking, I decided on a Dahon Curve. I love its style, look, red color, compactness, and the fun factor when I test rode it. Should I go for the 08 or 07 model? What are the differences between them? I'm 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, and will use the bike at most twice a month for casual, fun, leasure rides around town. And a big reason I'm thinking on buying now is because Performance Bicycles has a 15% everything anniversary sale. I'm from San Diego......are they a good store to buy from? I must have gotten unlucky this time because the sales associate didn't seem to care much, but when I went there the first time several months back, the guy was much nicer and a whole lot more knowledgeable. What do you think? I was quoted a price of $379.99 which I'm pretty sure is the 07 model. Right now I'm waiting for him to find out the price of the 08 model, which I expect to be $529.99 from the Dahon website. All advice and opinions are appreciated......thanks in advance
Bikecology on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, CA had a 2008 Curve D3 last time I was in there for $529 I believe. I think it was within the last week. If you don't mind the drive, they may still have it for a test drive. My '07 Curve D3 is perfect for my needs and I'm extremely pleased with it. It looks like the '08 model may have a slightly different transmission arrangement, supposedly an enhanced main frame lock (looks nicer, too IMHO), and the cables were gray I think rather than black.
At a 40% mark-up I'd expect the 08 model to be 40% better, but it seems like the differences are marginal.
Agree. There is a far bigger difference in the Curve SL model for these 2 years. The 2007 is only a five speed. The 2008 jumped into a 8 speed internal hub gear. The Curve D3 is the same number of gears for both years. You are paying more for hype for the 2008 Curve D3-and very little minimal improvements here and there.
Hmm I'm still waiting to hear back from the sales associate. Now what is the difference between a SA hub and a S Ram 3 speed hub? Arghhhh if I still even have a choice, I'm not sure which one to buy......the SL is out of my budget, plus I like the red color of the Curve. I wonder what other changes there are to the 07 and 08 models?
Everything has pretty much been mentioned. The 08 dahons have a larger diameter handlepost and stem, which makes things stiffer up front. I believe the SRAM 3 speed has slightly wider gear spacing and as mentioned previously a nicer shifting attachment system.
I have not seen the 2007 but from the pics online the black plastic tube attached to the frame looks so ugly and out of the blue... the 2008 looks much nicer, i have test ridden the Curve D3 and the Mu 2008 - they are both very nice.... I think the Curve is a great commuter and more fun but the Mu is much more versatile and you can always swap tires, get the Big Apple and you will be good to go.... the Curve is small but when you put it side by side to the Mu it isn't much smaller .... ooops i am a little off topic
I don't think it's available from Shopatron... you can get the 2007 Curve D3 from a few dealers online though. As far as i know the 2007 Curve SL isn't available but if you found it somewhere please let me know.....
I Called commutebikes.com 2 weeks ago, talked to the nice guy who was very helpful and he said he doesn't stock them and he will have to order it from Dahon if they have any.... I am pretty sure Dahon doesn't have any but I might be wrong.
I have stock for the 08 .........Curve D3 and Curve SL as well
Hi Thor, judging from your posts here, would it be safe to assume that your stock of 2007 16" + 20" models are gone and not to be replenished? I've heard really good things about your shop, so I'd like to throw some business your way, but as someone posted above, it's hard for me to swallow 40% year-over-year price increase (I know that's just the value of dollar etc. & not your doing).
Cars, clothes, etc., I always buy last year's model... just a cheapskate I guess.