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Old 01-05-09, 04:28 AM   #1
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Dahon Helios SL question

This was in the LBS today. Why can't I find any info on it? Best I can see is that it may have been discontinued some years ago. Or not.

Anybody know anything about the Helios SL?

John


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Old 01-05-09, 04:32 AM   #2
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It's been replaced with the Mu.
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Old 01-05-09, 11:37 AM   #3
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Funny you should post on the subject as I've just listed the higher spec special edition Helios XX on the 'For Trade' thread!

The Helios XX hails from 2003-4. The SL is still a lightweight sub 8kg version and its's a very very nice road-bike with an upright ride. The handlebars can be modded to provide a more streamlined position if required. It folds quite compact because of its super-slim profile, is a breeze to carry and is quite fast. I've seen the SL in great condiiton go for over 400 on ebay.co.uk around 6 months ago. Still a coveted bike for some. The previous poster is absolutely correct that is the forerunner to the Mu SL and it is ironically lighter bby around 1kg. Many would say the Mu SL compensates for this with a stiffer frame etc but it is simply a trade-off and matter of preference. It must be a rarity to find a new one in an LBS and it is a fine bike indeed. What price were they looking for it?

Here is a pic of my Helios XX below. They are very similar in most respects except for some specific high-end components. Mind you the SL is still very much a high-end and one of the lightest folders ever made.


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Old 01-05-09, 11:51 AM   #4
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It's still available in Japan, brand new, list 176,400 yen- as this one in the pic. (Note also in the pic- Kore seatpost & Kojak tyres). See http://www.dahon.jp/products/compact..._sl/index.html Same price as Mu SL.
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Although not on the Dahon global online catalogue, I think the Helios SL is still a current model in Japan... I see the Kore I-beam, Kojaks, and latest wheels.. there seems to still be a following and they continue to be advertised on dealer websites..


haha, looks like StuAff typing furiously at the same time as I..
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Am i right in saying that's a cool 1305 GBP for a new Dahon Helios SL?
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Am i right in saying that's a cool 1305 GBP for a new Dahon Helios SL?

At the current exchange rate that sounds about right but a couple of years ago it would have been around 880 - pricey but somewhat easier on the wallet!
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Thanks. Didn't realize it was still a current model here in Japan. Makes sense because this guy only has new stuff around and I thought it was weird if he had some New Old Stock bike that was several years old laying around.

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At the current exchange rate that sounds about right but a couple of years ago it would have been around 880 - pricey but somewhat easier on the wallet!
Incredible what a weak Sterling does really.

Maybe I should have listed my bike on ebay Japan lol!
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Mulleady, just placed a bid to get you rolling. If I get it at my top price, I'd be laughing (and you crying!) frankly, but I'd find room for it. Hopefully your price will rocket over the next week....
Dead right about the exchange rates- same for the Euro zone. Actually cheaper for Brits or our continental cousins to get a Dahon here at the moment.
If you think the SLs are pricey, try the Jetstream XP. UK price at moment, 1299 (OK, probably up big time later this year if they bring '09s in). German dealers about the same, or a little more expensive, at current Euro rates. In Japan, 294k yen. Or over 2300 at current exchange rate. Ouch!
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Mulleady, just placed a bid to get you rolling. If I get it at my top price, I'd be laughing (and you crying!) frankly, but I'd find room for it. Hopefully your price will rocket over the next week....
Dead right about the exchange rates- same for the Euro zone. Actually cheaper for Brits or our continental cousins to get a Dahon here at the moment.
If you think the SLs are pricey, try the Jetstream XP. UK price at moment, 1299 (OK, probably up big time later this year if they bring '09s in). German dealers about the same, or a little more expensive, at current Euro rates. In Japan, 294k yen. Or over 2300 at current exchange rate. Ouch!
Fudge Cycles sold a modified Jetstream P8 converted to more or less XP equivalent with the SRAM 24 speed system for just over 700 recently. If only I had the funds at the time as I need an FS folder for certain rides I've planned in 2009!

Good luck with bidding StuAff
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So the old Helios was lighter than the current Mu?
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Aye!
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Ninjas would have to steal my wallet... that bike is awesome.
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Does look great overall, though I do much prefer the Mu frames aesthetically. There's something about this design which reminds me of an ostrich; it's kind of gangly.
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