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Dxisocos 07-02-10 12:36 AM

Dahon Speed D7
 
Looking into getting a D7. Was wondering how current owners customize their own. Like adding bar ends, changing tires and such.. Either to make it look cooler or function.

AEO 07-02-10 12:50 AM

the bars are a standard size 25.4mm MTB size, so you can easily add on MTB bar parts on it.

snafu21 07-02-10 12:55 AM

My fave bike. Upgrades are in the eye of the beholder.

Dxisocos 07-02-10 01:08 AM

Thanks for the info. How about changing the BB and Cranks. How are the stock components? I have a road bike, so I'm used to that type of performance, but i also understand i can't get that from a d7. I won't mind changing some of the components for better performance. The idea of different handle bars is good.

AEO 07-02-10 02:35 AM

stock cranks and BB are heavy, but there's no point replacing them.

first thing I would change out are the grips and saddle.
the tires are surprisingly good, but lack some traction.

snafu21 07-02-10 03:04 AM

Get the bike first. You won't go any faster by shaving 200 grams off the chainwheel. If you've got upgrade-itis before you've bought it, why not just buy a more expensive bike?

AEO 07-02-10 06:52 AM

with all those upgrades, you might as well start off with a Vitesse P18 or Mu P24

Dynocoaster 07-02-10 08:55 AM

Go for a MU P8 or Speed P8 for something cooler looking and to customize. Thor has a Speed P8 for $500 http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/oneoff.htm I am in Lynden, have it sent to my house and pick it up here.

vik 07-02-10 09:02 AM

The only thing I did to mine was ditch the crappy stock tires for some Schwalbe Big Apples.

Dxisocos 07-02-10 09:54 PM

Well i guess i should just aim for a different folding bike. I've seen some on craigslist for like 300, so thats why i was asking. But i did buy a mup8 for my GF. I might just get a white one for myself. Thanks guys for the input lol.

Estuche 07-05-10 01:55 AM

I would not mind a white bike, especially if it looks like this :)

http://www.gddahon.com/Upload/PicFil...34.25_5193.jpg

Dxisocos 07-05-10 08:22 PM

Oh wow, those wheels look so nice.. maybe I'd do that when i finally get a white mu p8... well something similar

Estuche 07-06-10 10:53 PM

To be honest, I would not mind buying a cheap D7 at Craigslist and then customize it the way I want. As a matter of fact that is what I will most likely end up doing sometime soon!

Things that I will probably add if I can find it for $250 or less:

+Brooks saddle
+Marathon supreme tires
+Bullhorn handlebars
+Barend shifter
+TT brake lever

As long as you are not trying to break any speed records I think that these bikes can be "pimped" rather nicely. And the cheaper you get them the more $$$ to customize them. Here's some inspiration:

http://www.01step.net/DAHON/DAHON1b.jpg
http://bikespace.jworks.org/system/f...e_db_front.png
http://www.loro.co.jp/custom/pic_custom/uno451.JPG

Have fun!

snafu21 07-07-10 12:51 AM

The post 2006 (in the UK?) models have the telescopic handlebar post.


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