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Old 05-02-09, 02:46 AM   #1
TrekJapan
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Speed TT Pro photos and an addendum to earlier review

Still pretty windy here in Oki but I decided to brave it out. Went to a local Sporting goods store to buy some SPD's and had my wife meet me there so I carry back the stuff I bought.

She shows up and I slapped the bike in the car. Mind you I can get any TWO other folding bikes in the back of my car usually. I might still be able to get two but at least one seat is going down because of the handlebars. This is not a complaint. Just stating a fact. I can deal with it.



Here's two more of the fold. This bike is LIGHT and EASY to carry around.





Got my SPD's and lost the Suntour folding pedals. Ready for the hills.



Slapped a light and my GPS on it as well. Now I won't get lost.



And finally here she is. I ordered a black Arclite rack and that's going on soon as it shows up. I carry enough stuff on every ride to warrant this. I usually go out 3 hours or so and get a ways away from home so I'm Mr. Prepared.



Now....some additional review.

It's not steel. I have a MASI steel bike. A Speed P8 and Speed TR. All steel. Boy you miss the ride of steel when you don't have it. I felt every bump on this bike. Hit some washboard pavement FAST and I knew it. Felt it all. Again, not a complaint, but it's an aluminum bike. Nuff said. I'd love to ride the 2008 TT Pro that is steel just to compare.

The way the shifters are you cannot see the indicator to glance and see what gear you're in. That sucks.

The bike is stupid fast. Quick little devil. If you didn't look down at that low top tube you'd swear you were on a full sized road bike.

I was really fighting the wind and it didn't handle all that great being a small bike in the vicous blasts but I'm not sure anything would have handled well in the wind today. Again. Not a complaint.

I finally got confidence in the bike and I can corner very WELL with it. Nimble. Agile.

Had an uncommanded shift. Not sure if it was the rear derailleur or the Dual Drive. We'll call it new bike cable stretch and I'm not even going to mess with it unless it happens again. I tried to make it repeat and couldn't.

The shifter for the Dual Drive is a 4 or 5 clicker and of course the Dual Drive is a three clicker. Weird setup. I think Dahon could have done better there. No need for a trim setting on a dual drive.

Got in a few spots where the wind was at my back and all was right in the world. Also I hit a tunnel and it blocked the wind and no cars were in with me. I looked down and the bike was STRAIGHT, SILENT and SOLID.

This bike is no toy. It's a serious machine. A precision one at that. Attaboy to Dahon for this bike. Yeah, it has a quirk or two. Show me a bike that doesn't. It's solid. But of course time will tell. I've had it two days and only taken two very short rides.

John
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Old 05-02-09, 03:56 AM   #2
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I've not ridden any steel Dahons but I was under the impression from what I've read on this forum that there's not much difference in ride quality. Your Speed P8 has Big Apples presumably?
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Old 05-02-09, 04:26 AM   #3
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Yep. P8 and TR both have Big Apples.

I almost forget the best part about the TT.

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