As some may recall, I had a brand new 2009 Dahon MU SL that was a replacement for one that developed a problem with the frame. I took it out of the box a few days later after posting the fact that I wanted to sell it...... shock horror, it had a deep chip/scratch through the paint and into the surface of the aluminium on part of the hinge, granted you could not see it with the bike unfolded.... and yes I could have touched it up with the included paint pot, but I shouldn’t have had to.
I sent the bike back and the dealer said they would send me a replacement. After giving them a couple of weeks I phoned them to see what was happening..... long story, short they agreed to give me a refund of what I paid. I am now happy with the result and it saves me trying to sell an unwanted bike.
I seem to have somehow forgotten to have given the quick release MKS peddles back to the dealer when I took the (2nd) bike into the to store.... (a 70 mile round trip each time) but I’m sure I can fid a use for them.
So to summarise my Dahon MU SL ownership:
Bought the first bike May 2008. This developed a problem with the hinge and was replaced in October 2008. The replacement bike started showing signs of exactly the same problem so I took this back to the dealer in April of this year.
Was I just unlucky? I don’t know, but I did notice that the 2009 bike I was sent had a different (improved?) design to the hinge.
I am well within the weight limits for these bikes and I certainly did not abuse them in any way.
Given my personal experience I would never buy a Dahon again, in fact I am beginning to think that aluminium is not the best material to make folding bike frames out of.
There are several folders that I like such as the Birdy speed and Airnimal Rhino, but I don’t know if these have developed any problems with their frames? If I was to buy another folder I’d probably go for something with a steel frame, such as a Pashley Moulton or Bike Friday Llama.
I am well impressed with the steel and titanium frame of my Brompton and I have every faith that it will last many years to come, sadly I could never have the same faith in the MU SL.