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Old 02-07-09, 04:49 AM   #1
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Dahon Vitesse D7HG = Ridgeback Attache?

Subject says it I guess. Are those 2 bikes the same thing badged differently? They look like they are, but here in the UK there's a considerable price difference.

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Old 02-07-09, 08:19 PM   #2
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Ridgeback = Vitesse

I own a Vitesse D7hg and this looks exactly the same. There may be some specs that are different but according to the following it is made by Dahon:

http://www.chwhite.btinternet.co.uk/...k_attache.html
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Old 02-08-09, 03:17 AM   #3
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I own a Vitesse D7hg and this looks exactly the same. There may be some specs that are different but according to the following it is made by Dahon:

http://www.chwhite.btinternet.co.uk/...k_attache.html
Thanks Hankski. In which case what do you think of the D7HG? As a general commuter bike, with maybe the occasional towpath type thing. I'm attracted by the hub gears, which I have on my non folder.

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Old 02-09-09, 04:10 PM   #4
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Buy it...

I think this is an good commuter bike for use on paved surfaces and the occasional gravel surfaces. The Nexus 7 speed internal geared hub is smooth and accurate (no slipping). The gearing on my D7hg is a for low to middle speed travel (range = 42"-78"). The V-brakes are strong and the steering light. The contruction quality is very good except the chain guard which is plastic and a bit fragile. My guard is crazed from stowing it in the back of my car chain guard down. The tires are light and manueverable and as a result prone to puncture.


I'd say that 429GBP is a good buy for this bike

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Old 02-10-09, 03:35 AM   #5
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I think this is an good commuter bike for use on paved surfaces and the occasional gravel surfaces. The Nexus 7 speed internal geared hub is smooth and accurate (no slipping). The gearing on my D7hg is a for low to middle speed travel (range = 42"-78"). The V-brakes are strong and the steering light. The contruction quality is very good except the chain guard which is plastic and a bit fragile. My guard is crazed from stowing it in the back of my car chain guard down. The tires are light and manueverable and as a result prone to puncture.


I'd say that 429GBP is a good buy for this bike
Thanks for that. Looks like the lowest gear might be bit of struggle on steep hills?

I guess I can always change the tyres.

And the current lowest price in the UK is 280, delivered, which seems like an absolute bargain to me.

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Thanks for that. Looks like the lowest gear might be bit of struggle on steep hills?

I guess I can always change the tyres.

And the current lowest price in the UK is 280, delivered, which seems like an absolute bargain to me.

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This D7HG looks like a hell of a bargain on Ebay.co.uk - 267!!

It has a gear range between 34" - 84".

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DAHON-VITESSE-...|39:1|240:1308
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This D7HG looks like a hell of a bargain on Ebay.co.uk - 267!!

It has a gear range between 34" - 84".

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DAHON-VITESSE-...|39:1|240:1308
Yes, that's what I thought. There's a Dahon Jack about to arrive at my front door any minute now, from the same people. I'm tempted by the D7HG too, but that might be overdoing it a bit.

Still, that price is fantastic isn't it?
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Mmmmm....

That D7HG is very cheap. But I'd only really be getting it as a small folder, as I've almost got a back of the car folder (the Jack). Looking at the folded size it's still a fair bit bigger than a Brompton.

Anybody here done any multi mode commuting with a 20" wheel Dahon (especially the D7 or D7HG). Particularly in the UK, either buses or trains.

If anybody's done a similar thing with Bromptons I'd be interested to hear how much the smaller folded size and smaller wheel size of the Bromptons makes a difference.

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Old 02-10-09, 07:12 AM   #9
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Stratman, I haven't done MM commuting in the UK (being on the other side of the pond) but I use my Dahon Speed P8 for MM commuting and love it. It folds plenty small enough for the train (smaller than a baby stroller, which is my yardstick should anyone complain (and no one ever has). It is heavy at 27ish pounds (12.2 kg), but plenty light enough to carry the length of a train platform and up and down stairs. All-in-all, I love the bike and find it easy to use for commuting, and a stable, comfortable ride on the streets and on light trail use.
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The Brompton does fold significantly smaller. It just fits in luggage racks on busses, I doubt a 20" bike would. On trains, I don't think it would be an issue - the luggage areas are big enough for both, and both of them are too big to fit overhead or under the seat.
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It has a gear range between 34" - 84".
You know this gear range makes better sense to me. That 42-78 gear inch that I quoted previously was from the Dahon website: http://www.dahon.com/us/vitessed7hg.htm

I think they have the specs wrong for their own product.
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You know this gear range makes better sense to me. That 42-78 gear inch that I quoted previously was from the Dahon website: http://www.dahon.com/us/vitessed7hg.htm

I think they have the specs wrong for their own product.
42-78 would be for the 3spd version..
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