I've just picked up a Dahon Speed Pro TT 2008 model. After much deliberation over the cost and looking at an 2007 Speed Pro on eBay I went and did it. First impressions were it looked really good in the flesh, better than the photos actually. It didn't take long to get a comment on it either as I was only 10 feet out the door of the shop when a construction worker "commented" on the small wheels and asked me if it was a "boys bike"? I politely told him that it was a folding bike and he seemed satisfied with my answer as I ran away.
I wheeled it through the pedestrians until I could get it on the road and that's when the things that I had read on Bike Forums came flooding back to me el pronto...the poor brakes. I gave it a foot-full down the hill to my waiting car and it took off like a scalded cat, the only problem was when attempting to put a halt to this process that I realised that the combination of the TT handlebars and the style of brake levers on the bars were designed by someone who had never test ridden the bike, the levers bottomed out against the bars. I went past my car towards the next intersection and eventually came to a stop thanks to the "Jimano" high tech brakes embedded in the soles of my shoes...20 more feet and I would've had the bike folded while I was still on it.
I got back to work and phoned the bike shop and they basically told me what I had just found out(the hard way). They said they had adjusted the brakes up as close as they would go and suggested that maybe I should fit a pair of drop handlebars to it to increase the pull of the brake levers, an idea I'm still contemplating.
Back at home I thought, I've paid all this money and I really don't want to modify a brand new bike or spend any more money, so I readjusted the brakes which still had a bit of adjustment left in them to a "micron" of clearance between the blocks and the rim and took it for a spin, it is better but nowhere near as good as my daughters Vitesse D7.
Has anyone out there got a solution to the brake problem? The bike rides great, the range of gears is great, and the new Kore seat and post are very comfortable as are the handlebars. My bike doesn't have the suspension front hub which I don't mind. I only have basic pedals on it which the shop gave me for free, any suggestions on a suitable set of pedals(prefer normal pedals that don't require cycling shoes)? I'll get a few more miles on it and come back with a bit more of a road test.