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Old 03-27-09, 08:55 PM   #1
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Need a review on Dahon Jack

I need a folding bike that I can carry in my car and use it on trails and for casual riding. I'm looking for a folding bike with a 26" wheel size, since I am not going to carry it (mostly). This bike seems to fit all my needs, but I do not know anything about the bike....alternatives are appreeciated...
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Old 03-27-09, 09:00 PM   #2
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You're going to need to be a little more specific than that.
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Old 03-28-09, 03:17 PM   #3
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What research have you already done on this bike? It's a bit of a waste for everyone to ask new everytime for information on a bike when there are already many threads on different models.
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Old 03-29-09, 05:21 AM   #4
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well, I am different to jb83, because there is the bike and there is the person and their needs, and the latter are often unique. One of the things I enjoy about this forum is the different ways they play out (like the guy who had a narrow hallway and needed to cycle over cobbles). So, chdiliproy say a bit more about what you want the bike for, how heavy you are etc etc
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Old 03-29-09, 10:41 PM   #5
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I did a simple review on my Dahon Jack; it is on the Folding Society website:
http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/Mike/jack.html

I have ridden some more MTB trails on this bike since I wrote the review, and I have changed my opinion, slightly. I think it is fine for less-technical MTB trails. I still rarely take it on very technical trails, because really (to survive on them) you need: a. Very strong brakes, like disc brakes, and b. Shocks to absorb the blow

I know, I am going to open a can of worms with this: "Oh, so you can't ride a rigid on technical trails, eh, wuss?"

Hey, you do what you like. I rode this bike on three fairly technical trails (Ferdinand Forestry, in Indiana, Waverly Park, in Louisville, KY, and Shakertown, KY). I crashed at Ferdinand, and busted my face up; not because the bike's folding mechanism failed, or the bike failed; I simply did not have the stopping power I needed on a steep hill.

At Waverly, I was fine, but I had to slow down a lot, I didn't have the clearance for the many large logs, I rode the V-brakes all the way down some hills, with squealy pigs behind me, and I had a tough time climbing any really steep hills. At Shakertown, I had a great day, but had to dismount on some tough rock gardens and also suffered clearance problems on logs. My regular MTB has high clearance and 110mm shocks.

I have gone to many cities and been able to easily take the Jack with me, and enjoy lots of trails. I mounted some Panaracer Fire XC tires, and I was all over some easier rolling trails. I have found that the best solution for me was some dual-purpose hybrid tires, with knobs, but also with a rolling area. That way, I can ride on the road, while traveling, like a few weeks ago in Nashville, and I can also ride on rolling trails, like Capitol View Park in Frankfort, KY, or Veteran's Park, In Lexington, KY.

That's what I wanted the bike for: traveling, and I also ride it to work sometimes. I can fold it under my desk at work, and it stays safe under there all day.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:55 PM   #6
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I'd recommend a Downtube over the jack. I was in your shoes a while back and mainly chose it over the jack because I could fit it in a regular suitcase for travel and it cost less. Also Dahon uses proprietary parts and it's warranty is only useful if you have a dealer close to you.

The 8H is at $369 with the SALE coupon, about $40 cheaper then a week ago.

http://www.downtube.com/ss-index.html
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Old 03-30-09, 07:14 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help guys. I'm sorry for not being more specific. The review of michaelalanjone pretty much answers my question (except for the fact that do not ride on technical trails).
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