Each Drop of Sweat Counts
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Iwakuni Japan
Bikes: MASI Speciale Road, Specialized Rockhopper 29'er, Dahon Jetstream XP, Dahon Speed P8, Dahon Speed TR, Dahon Speed TT, Ignio Folding bike
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.