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Old 10-03-10, 08:22 PM   #1
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Raleigh I8

Stumbled across this one while looking for a SS Raleigh. Interesting.
http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybrid/folding-i8-11/
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Obviously a Dahon re-badge - which means it's probably a pretty good folding bike.
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Hmmm I don't think it's a Dahon. No Dahon I have seen has that specific folding stempost.
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Hmmm I don't think it's a Dahon. No Dahon I have seen has that specific folding stempost.
The stempost looks similar to my XX .. if it is close, that design goes back a few years ..

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Old 10-04-10, 09:42 AM   #5
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The "latches" usually tell the tale - Dahon.

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But other manufacturers can always license latch technology from Dahon, like on the Downtube Nova:

http://www.downtube.com/popup_image....ge_Storage.jpg
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My firsthand observation - while the handlepost latch handle and safety are pretty close to identical to those on the Dahon Radius handlepost, the handlepost latch itself is not like any Dahon I have seen. The handlebars are secured by a two-bolt plate, and the handlepost has a set screw that, if tightened, prevents the handlepost from sliding up and down using the quick release. Also, as I mentioned in another thread, the fork looks like it will accept 100mm "standard" hubs. The i8 feels pretty solid and, IMHO, looks great.
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I like the bike overall. I don't know if Dahon is using the Shimano Nexus 8 this year so this maybe the only 20' inch folder using Dahon technology while taking advantage of a good hub. Unfortunately, the price of the bike will be about $600.00 dollars so it's not cheap.
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I like the bike overall. I don't know if Dahon is using the Shimano Nexus 8 this year so this maybe the only 20' inch folder using Dahon technology while taking advantage of a good hub. Unfortunately, the price of the bike will be about $600.00 dollars so it's not cheap.
The Raleigh i8 MSRP is $690. AFAIK, there are no current U.S. model 20" Dahons with the Nexus 8 hub. The Vitesse D7HG (MSRP $749) is probably the closest comparison.
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nice looking bike although it looks like a dahon technology to me also. but pretty nice. glad raleigh is coming back into folding bikes again.
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Raleigh did a two-page spread advertisement, inside front cover and p1, in the latest issue of Bicycle Times.

Sharp looking bike, indeed, but I do wish they'd gone with a hinge system that owed more to the old R20. Would love to see them go with Sturmey Archer hubs for 2, 3, and 5sp models as well.
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I like the bike overall. I don't know if Dahon is using the Shimano Nexus 8 this year so this maybe the only 20' inch folder using Dahon technology while taking advantage of a good hub. Unfortunately, the price of the bike will be about $600.00 dollars so it's not cheap.
I consider $600 to a median price for any decent bike, especially a folder and one with a Nexus 8. You would be hard pressed to find a full sized bike with Nexus 8 for much under that price.

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Here's some pictures of the Raleigh i8 main hinge and handlepost hinge.

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I like the routing of the cables through the frame.
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I like the routing of the cables through the frame.
Yup. Pretty neat looking.
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