Each Drop of Sweat Counts
Final Addendum to Dahon Speed TT Pro 2009
I've now pulled a few long rides with my Speed TT Pro 2009 and have posted a review in the past both here and on the Dahon Forums.
Just finished about a 60 km ride here this morning and have these final comments.
One of my big complaints was that the Dual Drive has three positions and the shifter has 5 (Three main and two trim positions). This caused problems with shifting early on however I have the hang of it now. It's definitely something you have to get accustomed to.
My final comments are all very positive. This is a bicycle. Pure and simple. A lot of people will tend to look at a photo of something like the Speed TT and just immediately dismiss it as a toy or not a serious bike. Probably a year or more ago before I got folder-itis I probably would have too.
The Speed TT Pro is a serious bicycle. I can't stress that enough. It's fast, it's agile, it corners well and when you're sitting on you feel like you're on a regular bicycle. Again. This is a bicycle. Pure and simple. Not a toy.
The bike is remarkably well engineered. Shifts cleanly, brakes smoothly and rides stiff. It's an aluminum bike and rides like an aluminum bike.
Best of all it's silent when you're pedaling. When you're pedaling this bike at speed you know you're sitting on something a good engineer dreamed up.
Today the bike computer says I hit 58 kph max speed which won't light the world on fire but that's quick for me. Best of all I have no clue where I did that and I never had an "Oh my God I'm going too fast" moment. This bike can be an attack bike if you so desire. You can also slap a rack on it and tour or it can be a little bit of both.
I give it two thumbs up. I like all my bikes and most of them are just bikes without any particular fanfare and I'm not the kind of guy who needs fanfare from a bike. But the Speed TT feels more like a precision instrument than a bike to me.
Love that bullhorn as well.
very well said and nice review john. i am not surprise when you hit 58km/hr on that beast. as what you have said it is one piece of engineering wonder. i myself is a dahon fan and with this inputs i will definitely consider a TT for my next upgrade. like yourself i have folderitis. by the way how many dahon bikes do you have ? and how many total folding bikes ?
Originally Posted by TrekJapan
Better check your bike computer.
Just to chime in I've also come down with the foldies yet I did have my reservations about the speed pro tt but I committed to the purchase and I've put about 130 miles on it so far (averaging about 25 miles per day) and I have to say it is definitely not a toy rig. I ride in a park where sadly to say there are a few elite bike snobs that love to ridicules someone that hasn't dropped 10k on a bike and 1k on gear and clothing just to do some laps for fitness. I heard one funny comment after the next while I was having no issues whatsoever keeping pace with most of my detractors (go figure); I even dropped a few people on a hill who definitely didn't want to go down to a "circus bike" (one of the comments). All in all Dahon hit a home run with this bike and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, it rides very well and at speed you never feel as if you're on a twitchy folder. Thumbs up
i really can't understand why those big rig bikers have this notion. do they think that since they have the big wheel bike that they are superior to the folder riders. it is way different with the motor bikers. i know that they have this kind of brotherhood that no matter what motor bike you're riding or has they will embrace you and treat you as one of them. keep you head high and chin up........
Originally Posted by skilletsauce