Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes: Bike Friday, Dahon, Kestrel, Rayleigh
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Crusoe v Dahon
So I own one of each. Big difference with Crusoe is that I can adapt and modify it - see Capreo upgrade saga here: Bikeorama - new wheels on a Bike Friday
Dahon is pretty much how it comes - upgrades and changes limited.
Obviously the price range varies - the BF Tikit designed to compete at low end with Dahon Vitesse - and I own the Nexus 7 speed version.
Pro's - Bike Friday is way faster and more a road bike. Long distance touring. Light 23lb. Awesome on rollers indoors winter training.
Cons - Crusoe fold nowhere near as fast and compact as Dahon.
Pro's - Vitesse - great city bike - gear change while stopped - tiny fold size fits on bus, train and under desk at work. All weather ride.
Cons - Not for long distance rides over about 8 miles. Heavier - around 30lb.
So for daily commuting into city on public transport - Dahon. For everything else - Bike Friday.
Having said that - that is for my two models - clearly Dahon makes top end bikes that compete with top end Bike Fridays and then BF make the Tikit designed for daily commuting. So at the end of the day - going to depend on a lot of personal preferences which you find works better for your needs.
Bottom line - they both make great bikes!
Last edited by mdfolders; 12-29-10 at 09:28 PM.
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