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    Dahon Mu p24

    I'd like to buy a foldie to use on tours in Europe and here in Canada. I'm looking at the Dahon Mu P24.
    I'd love some expert opinions on its suitability as a touring bike. What about the reliability of the Scam Duel Drive? Any info would be great.
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    Scam Duel Drive ...lol thats a good one ... Its the SRAM DUAL Drive ...

    and yes its as good as most people describe it. I hear a lot but havent heard anybody growling about that drivetrain yet.... spares are indeed available from Sram ( and Dahon)
    I see no problems ....

    of course I am somewhat biased ...lol
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    It is very reliable. I've ride a P24 to work and have taken it overseas for long rides too.

    The Dual Drive does make the rear wheel a little heavier but you won't really feel it when you ride it, only when you lift it up.
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    hey there! can i hijack this?
    my GF just bought a P24 for our trip to Italy next month (i have a BF pocket rocket).
    does anyone know for sure if its possible to pull a trailer/suitcase a la Bike Friday with this rig?
    i've read a few things on the web where its not possible without changing the rear wheel to a non-geared hub, and thing where it IS possible.
    would love to know for sure and how to do it.
    and any other tips for light touring with it.

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    sure it can pull a trailer ...
    just try it out now and not a day before you go on vacation....

    put some miles on the bike, bring it to the dealer and have him re true the wheels
    take the clickbox off the bike and unscrew the pin before you pack the bike
    get familar with putting the clickbox back on
    get some tubes and tools
    and u set to go

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    great. thanks!
    what's a clickbox????

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    my GF and I are touring Tuscany in a couple of weeks and she's bringing her Mu P24 as above.
    two things i've noticed so far: packing it into a regular large suitcase, eg. a Carlton case formerly available from Bike Friday is tough, and you can't fit in both wheels, partly because of the extra width of the dual drive hub. I THINK it'll squeeze into the newer 31 inch Flite case that BF sells now (and available on the Bay for MUCH cheaper)...

    also, got the "tour rack" from a Dahon Retailer. looks great, its pretty light, but can't use my Ortleib's because of significant heal strike...
    maybe some smaller panniers or awkwardly strap a backpack/duffel to the top of the rack.
    great little bike, otherwise, though.

    there's a website by Gaerlan.com (i think, maybe do a search) and they recommend using a Speed P8. its only got 8 gears in the rear, but they claim putting on a smaller chainring in the front is an easy fix (along with removing a bit of chain) so you get some lower gears for the hills (really important if you've got gear with you). In fact, I have great BF pocket rocket, but i'm looking for a used one of these because they fold up SO fast and easy, no tools required, like my pocket rocket (unless you're getting on a plane)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tblendell View Post
    hey there! can i hijack this?
    my GF just bought a P24 for our trip to Italy next month (i have a BF pocket rocket).
    does anyone know for sure if its possible to pull a trailer/suitcase a la Bike Friday with this rig?
    i've read a few things on the web where its not possible without changing the rear wheel to a non-geared hub, and thing where it IS possible.
    would love to know for sure and how to do it.
    and any other tips for light touring with it.
    if not the suitcase you can bring a bob trailer, my friend put it on his curve and it works like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tblendell View Post
    my GF and I are touring Tuscany in a couple of weeks and she's bringing her Mu P24 as above.
    two things i've noticed so far: packing it into a regular large suitcase, eg. a Carlton case formerly available from Bike Friday is tough, and you can't fit in both wheels, partly because of the extra width of the dual drive hub. I THINK it'll squeeze into the newer 31 inch Flite case that BF sells now (and available on the Bay for MUCH cheaper)...

    also, got the "tour rack" from a Dahon Retailer. looks great, its pretty light, but can't use my Ortleib's because of significant heal strike...
    maybe some smaller panniers or awkwardly strap a backpack/duffel to the top of the rack.
    great little bike, otherwise, though.

    there's a website by Gaerlan.com (i think, maybe do a search) and they recommend using a Speed P8. its only got 8 gears in the rear, but they claim putting on a smaller chainring in the front is an easy fix (along with removing a bit of chain) so you get some lower gears for the hills (really important if you've got gear with you). In fact, I have great BF pocket rocket, but i'm looking for a used one of these because they fold up SO fast and easy, no tools required, like my pocket rocket (unless you're getting on a plane)
    Try a front rack and put your Ortliebs there. Unless you are going off road full size rear panniers in the front works fine. At least it did for us this summer. It is better for the bke that you put the luggage in the front anyway.
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    I think the Mu Xl would be a nice touring bike. I like the idea of an internal hub.

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    so...back from the quick tour in italy....
    used small ortleibs in the back with the dahon p24 and no problems at all. figured out the clickbox removal etc. if you take off both wheels it fits nicely (with the rack) into the BF suitcase, a 31 inch samsonite flite. we stowed our cases at the hotel in rome until our return the night before our flight home. the p24 def. had enough gears for the tuscan hills, but i think if i were to buy it again i'd pick up the p8 and use a smaller front chainring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tblendell View Post
    so...back from the quick tour in italy....
    Any picture to post here?

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    welcome back. I picked up a MuSl since the last time and 9 gears work well for me. With a P8 you can always get a front derailluer and have 2 chainrings.
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    okay! leaving out pictures of accidentally ending up on the freeway and scrambling to stuff the bikes into bags for the train!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tblendell View Post
    okay! leaving out pictures of accidentally ending up on the freeway and scrambling to stuff the bikes into bags for the train!
    nice pics especially the first pics of the bikes with the panniers. did your girlfriend had any heel strike problem with the pannier ? i have a mu xl and planning on adding a pannier but worried about the heel strike issue.

    thanks,
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    we used the ortlieb front roller on the back for the p24 and it was fine. also tried some older REI panniers that also worked well. was able to adjust the ortleibs back a bit, so maybe could have fit the larger back roller ortliebs, but the smaller front rollers were plenty big enough. they also make a front rack for the dahon. we used the dahon tour rack.

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