Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-07-08, 10:11 PM   #1
davoice
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Downtube 9NS or dahon d7?

i still cant decide what to get. i'm now looking at these 2. whcih one would you recommend? or if you have any other recommendation in the same price range, $300.

i know the downtube has no suspension., does the dahon have one? is it importatnt if i'm just driving in the city. once ot twice a wek for half an hour?
davoice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-08, 11:08 PM   #2
Dynocoaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Bikes: Too many....................
Posts: 3,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Dahon doesnt have a suspension either but you can get a Thudbuster or Butt Buddy for the seat post. D7 has a 7 speed and 9NS has a 9 speed , the 9NS will be lighter. The 9NS is easier to modify than the D7. I ride without a suspension and it doesnt bother me.
Dynocoaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-08, 11:34 PM   #3
djgonzo007
Sprint the hills!
 
djgonzo007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: South Pasadena, CA
Bikes: Klein Q-Pro w/Campy, Dahon MU P8
Posts: 611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm debating between the same two bikes so anyone with any further advice would be appreciated. I'm particularly interested in the actual user friendliness of the two models and if one has the edge over the other, besides the price as I can get both for about the same $$$?
__________________
-----------------------------------------------------------------

'06 Klein Q-Pro with Campy
'09 Dahon Mu P8
djgonzo007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-08, 11:43 PM   #4
Dynocoaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Bikes: Too many....................
Posts: 3,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Downtube takes standard parts from the LBS, Dahon is a little harder to fit standard parts. the D7 is cromoly and the 9NS is aluminum. I have a 8HN and I just received it. I like the fit and finish, nice paint also. I already modified some things and it was very easy and straight forward.
Dynocoaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-08, 11:57 PM   #5
folderster
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Dahon has a nicer fold if you are multi-moding.
folderster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-08, 06:13 AM   #6
davoice
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by djgonzo007 View Post
I'm debating between the same two bikes so anyone with any further advice would be appreciated. I'm particularly interested in the actual user friendliness of the two models and if one has the edge over the other, besides the price as I can get both for about the same $$$?

i thought the dahon is more expensive by at least $50..do you mind telling me where you can get it?
can it be ordered?
davoice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-08, 09:37 AM   #7
davoice
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by folderster View Post
The Dahon has a nicer fold if you are multi-moding.
what is 'multi-moding'?
davoice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-08, 10:12 AM   #8
Lalato
Senior Member
 
Lalato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bay Area and Sacramento
Bikes: Bike Friday Tikit
Posts: 1,164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
multi-moding refers to commuting. Basically, it means that you're changing the vehicle somewhat frequently. For example, if you bike to a train or subway then take the train to the city, then bike the rest of the way to work... that's a multi-modal commute. You've changed the vehicle from bike to train to bike.

There are a gazillion varieties... here's my work commute as an example...

Bike to the L
Take the L downtown
Bike to the Metra
Take the Metra to Lombard
Bike to the Office

--sam
Lalato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-08, 07:49 PM   #9
djgonzo007
Sprint the hills!
 
djgonzo007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: South Pasadena, CA
Bikes: Klein Q-Pro w/Campy, Dahon MU P8
Posts: 611
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
The Downtube takes standard parts from the LBS, Dahon is a little harder to fit standard parts. the D7 is cromoly and the 9NS is aluminum. I have a 8HN and I just received it. I like the fit and finish, nice paint also. I already modified some things and it was very easy and straight forward.
PM sent
__________________
-----------------------------------------------------------------

'06 Klein Q-Pro with Campy
'09 Dahon Mu P8
djgonzo007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-08, 09:59 PM   #10
mjw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes:
Posts: 130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you get a chance, try to testdrive both of them. I decided I liked the fold and finish of the dahons over the 9ns, so I ended up with a Vitesse.
mjw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-08, 11:19 AM   #11
davoice
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DOES THE D7 come with rack and kickstand for free just like the downtube?
davoice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-08, 08:07 AM   #12
OC Guy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by davoice View Post
DOES THE D7 come with rack and kickstand for free just like the downtube?
yes
OC Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-08, 08:11 AM   #13
mulleady
The Metropolis, UK
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,353
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The bikes are equal for different reasons. Agree the D7 has a slightly better fold but the Downtube is slightly lighter and offers greater potential to upgrade with parts if you want to improve the bike in the future.

When you take pricing differences into account then the Downtube wins.

Last edited by mulleady; 07-20-08 at 08:15 AM.
mulleady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-08, 08:28 AM   #14
snafu21
Senior Member
 
snafu21's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Mangroves, UK
Bikes: None.
Posts: 1,896
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had a 2006 D7, I now have a 2007 9 (IX) FS. D7 smaller fold, steel frame. 9FS alloy frame, suspension makes for a very comfy urban ride. 9 FS seems slightly free-er rolling, but is heavier. Wouldn't want to carry either very far, but the D7 would be easier. They are both fine bikes. I much prefer the Downtube for its suspension and ride quality.

The quality of the hubs and rims is much better on the Downtube. I had issues with the rim joints not being flush on the Dahon, which I thought spoiled the ride - they thunked when braking. Also the wheel hub cones and BB were way too loose on the Dahon when delivered, easily greased and tightened up though.

No rack or kickstand on my 9 FS.. - I miss the kickstand. I fitted a seatpost rack.

The NS models are lighter.

Dahon will have fixed any issues with rims bynow.

Last edited by snafu21; 07-20-08 at 09:07 AM.
snafu21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:17 AM.