Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Juan Islands of WA & Newport Beach, CA
Bikes: HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS trike, Specialized FSRxc Expert, Swissbike LX folding hardtail, Dahon Speed 7 folder
Originally Posted by Timur
I just gave it a first ride and very pleased with it. However it takes a great amount of force and time to fold it and it's very cumbersome. I don't think I will unfold it ever again because it's just too hard. Also, I don't know about other bikes but it's very hard to go up the hills with my Dahon Speed D7 but its probably because I never rode a bike before.
Hard to fold is not normal. Something out of adjustment. I have had no troubles in that area. Just unlatch and fold.
Now, getting up hills - the Speed 7 has seven gears and we have some 10% grades that I just push it up when I slow to a crawl in the lowest gear. I was told that folders, with long stems, do not like to be pedaled standing up. Others, more expert, can comment on this. If I can't do it sitting I get out and walk.
There is another model with 21 or so gears. $$$$