Originally Posted by geronimemo
hi there i need some help in choosing a bike i was looking at the citizen gotham at 23 lbs or a downtube or a dahon mu p8 or p24 ? must be light and reliable and pretty much trouble free nothing over a thousand to spend . which of this bikes would be a better buy citizen looks like the dahon?
My wife and I got 2 Dahons, Mu P8 to be more specific, one was great and the other one was nothing but trouble. We have tried to fix it and the dealer actually gave up and suggested us to return the bike. I tried to give it a shot but could not find a cure to the seatpost slippage. I have not tried the Liquid Torque that Jur suggested because I could not find it in Toronto but I a have tried every solution you can think of. We planned to return the bike and by that time I had put 200km on my bike and the same problems started to hit my Mu... Seatpost slippage and gears had to be adjusted often...The main issue is the seatpost slippage and the handle post latch and the handlepost mechanism that for somereason need to be adjusted too often. Our handle posts developed all kind of clicks and creaks over time and some oil cured the problem for a few weeks.
Overall the ride quality is great... Mind you that all Mus share the same frame. My model was 2007 and basically today I gave it the last chance but the seatpost still slips and tomorrow the bike will be shipped back to the store.
It was a great ride but too many problems took all the fun from our rides. we are not commuters and ride only a few times a week. We are both lightweight so I really think we just had a bad luck with this model.... My next folder might be another Dahon.... After all they have good bikes.
Last edited by Tommy C; 10-09-08 at 05:33 PM.