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Old 05-06-10, 06:01 PM   #1
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Non paved roads with a Dahon Mu XL Sport

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Anyone has experience with riding the Dahon MuXL Sport on unpaved roads. I ride the Marathon Racer tires. Thanks.
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Old 05-06-10, 06:26 PM   #2
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i have a MU XL also but have not ventured into unpaved road. would be interested to know also. although i will sometimes run into brick paved road, i would say it's quite stable and not bumpy. maybe due to my cane creek seat. that seat is so great in absorbing all those shocks. do you have that seat post on your MU ? i am still using the original marathon racer (the one without the reflectorized sides.) and it seems to hold up those bumps and uneven roads. .
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Old 05-06-10, 06:31 PM   #3
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I have a Mu P8 with Marathon Racers. Most of its miles are done on paved roads. I have hit the occasional gravel patch and I have taken it on a crushed limestone bike trail. Part of my commute last year involved crossing a long Church lawn then down a steep dirt pitch which lead to a short dirt trail through a patch of trees and finally down a gravel access road to the train station platform. The Marathon Racers handle all that well and then they go reasonably fast on pavement.

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just don't go too fast, since gravel can suck the wheels right out from under you in a corner, especially with slick or mostly slick tires.
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Old 05-06-10, 10:16 PM   #5
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Thanks, no I don't have one of these seat posts, yet. I just got my first folder recently and just trying to figure out what is possible. I want to take some light tours around Seattle, but a lot of them have packed dirt trails, so I was just wondering. Overall, it seems the bike and tires will handle it well. Does any of you ever pulled a small trailer, like for a dog or luggage with the bike?
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Old 05-07-10, 12:35 AM   #6
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I just got my first folder recently and just trying to figure out what is possible.
congrats on your new folding bike. have you posted some pics yet ?

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Does any of you ever pulled a small trailer, like for a dog or luggage with the bike?
haven't tried this and probably will not. but check this out....

http://www.us.dahon.com/accessories/...n-sink-trailer
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Old 05-07-10, 01:13 AM   #7
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The Mu XL is billed as having 'plush suspension'. It hasn't. It also has an IGH, and Dahon say: 'Weekend rides around Central Park.'

Res ipsa loquiter.

As I'm not affiliated with Dahon in any way I can confidently exhort you to try it, but over nothing with a downhill slope in it and a tree at the bottom - unless you have health insurance.

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I've got an MuP8 and am working on a site that is several hundred meters from a paved road. Add to that is the work site is on a USMC range with crushed coral roads and paths all over and just off the paved roads here.

My MuP8 with Marathon Racers handles it fine. In fact as I tear down the off roads it's apparent to me that the riding position of the MuP8 is not unlike that of a mountain bike and many of the components on the bike are mountain bike components.

Does that make it safe for full on mountain biking? Absolutely not. But my MuP8 handles minor off road stuff just fine. It's actually more of a technical bike than it may look like, I believe.

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Does any of you ever pulled a small trailer, like for a dog or luggage with the bike?
I use THIS TRAILER to shuttle my 90lb dog around if we are going on an extended ride... good quality, very reasonable price.
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I'm beginning to think 'offroad' in the US means somethnig different to 'offroad' in the UK'




Here is the brave 'Datako' from the Dahon forum, taking a 20" Hammerhead with slicks, for a trundle around Loch Ness. It is not for the faint-hearted.

http://forum.dahon.com/index.php?sho...t=0#entry62191

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I'm beginning to thing 'offroad' in the US means somethnig different to 'offroad' in the UK'


http://forum.dahon.com/index.php?sho...t=0#entry62191
I see the smiley and I will raise you the comment that the offroad cycling community in the US would consider Datako's ride in those pictures to be very mild stuff indeed! I've chatted with Datako on that forum and I think he would too, I believe he does much more severe riding than that.

I don't go terribly far on trails like that on either bike but both my Mu P8 and my Fuji Absolute have been on trails that rugged. The Fuji did it handily on 28 mm tires although I have since switched it to 32 mm to get more shock absorbing. I believe that Datako's Hammerhead is a non-folding version and if so it would be more suited to such work than a Mu. Technically offroad just means not on a road and an offroad ride could be on anything from a smooth paved trail to a free ride through the Rockies.

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"Technically offroad just means not on a road and an offroad ride could be on anything from a smooth paved trail to a free ride through the Rockies."


It's OK Ken, you don't have to patronise me, I already have a father. :-)

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Old 05-10-10, 10:11 PM   #13
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Thank you for all your advice!

I will post a picture if I can figure out how. I tried before, but it didn't upload.
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If the OP is going to tow his dog behind him he's surely not talking about / looking for extreme terrain, is he ? Here in Italy we have a non-wuss approach to these things, we just get on our bikes and ride, sometimes we have to go carefully, sometimes fast, sometimes slow; as Stevie Windwood so elegantly put it "If you see a path, take it", no need to change the tyres first.
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I will post a picture if I can figure out how. I tried before, but it didn't upload.
check your picture resolution. it might be too big. normal size is below 500kb
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check your picture resolution. it might be too big. normal size is below 500kb
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