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Old 04-19-11, 09:11 PM   #1
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Can Dahon accessories be used on a Xootr Swift?

Some of the Dahon parts on the ThorUSA website are very attractive to me.

While I still think that my Xootr is inherently better than any dahon on the market, I've got to really say that they make cool accessories and parts. They have a very well thought out system that supports their product.

Has anyone tried using Dahon parts on a Xootr swift?

In particular, I'm eying the Traveller Rack system, the SKS fenders, and especially the Aber Hallo!
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Old 04-20-11, 02:17 AM   #2
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The Aber Hallo should work with any "MTB" stem. I don't think it's a Dahon part.

I too, wonder if the Traveller Racks would work on the Swift...
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Old 04-20-11, 08:00 AM   #3
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they should fit..... they are really NOT adjustable like the Pletscher 20 inch rack, but one can bend the arms a little without all too much drama, just in case the attachment holes are slightly off. You can always order one.... if it doesnt fit, you can send it back... no problem whatsoever. The only thing you are risking is indeed the freight portion.
Aber Hallo will work on all bikes.... its not so much a Dahon product as it is a ThorUSA product ..:-)
Fenders will work on all bikes with 406 wheel size ..... again you need to have the attachment holes... in case of fenders and Carrier you can use a longer bolt when you only have one bolt hole ...

http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/racks.htm

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Old 04-20-11, 09:07 AM   #4
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Thor, an ant got trapped in your server http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/news.htm
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Old 04-20-11, 10:32 AM   #5
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yeah I know..... i tried to ride over it with my Helios 20 year anniversary edition , but the Schwalbe tires just floated over it....
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Old 05-02-11, 11:03 PM   #6
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I tried to install the dahon stuff on the swift. I got the deluxe back rack, took it back the next day as it would not sit level. I grabbed a bontrage rack and it works beautifully. What did you end up doing?
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Old 06-15-11, 10:48 AM   #7
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I didn't do anything yet.
I've been too busy driving around because of work.

My recent gig is closer, so my swift will see more action.

Any suggestions regarding the rack, mudguards?
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Old 06-15-11, 01:29 PM   #8
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Definite yes on the front rack, educated guess no on the rear rack, educated guess yes on the fenders.

I got the Traveler front rack from Thor, and it fits the Swift using spacers on the eyelets (bottle cage spacers, or two of the valve stem rings that Schwalbe and probably other brands use on their Schraeder tubes) and a tiny amount of bending to line up the fork crown hole. Attach it at the eyelets first, then rotate the rack up and attach the fork crown bolt second -- it's much easier than the other way around. I posted about it in more detail over on the neverending Swift Folders thread.

As for the rear racks, you'd need seatstay clamps, but I expect they'd tilt backwards, because the Swift's seatstays are steeper than a Dahon's, so the front mounting point would be higher.

I'd be very surprised if the SKS fenders didn't fit.
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Old 06-20-11, 12:18 PM   #9
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I have a front rack on the cantilever; nasbahr/amazon sells them cheap $15. I strapped a wald basket to the front rack and love that setup. For the rear, I would look at the cross rack. What I have noticed is alot of frame and rack flex on the rear rack with p-clamps. I especially notice this climbing out of the seat.
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