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Old 08-26-11, 04:20 PM   #1
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Test rode Speed P8 and waiting for Mu P8. Just need to compare to the Vitesse P18

I test rode the Speed P8 today and it was amazing. Of course, anything would be an upgrade to my Boardwalk. The dealer I went to did not have the Mu P8 but they said it will probably come in next week so I can test drive it then.

I am going to test drive the Mu P8 and the Speed P8 to see what the difference in ride quality is. I am still considering the Vitesse P18.

I'll be back on the forums after I test drive to see how the winner of the 2 i tested compare to the Vitesse P18. In the meantime, is there a comparable bike I can test out that will give me a good feel for how the Vitesse rides vs the Mu and Speed? SHould I look at a Vitesse D7HG?


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Old 08-26-11, 04:59 PM   #2
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They've all got the same geometry, stiff frames and flexy handleposts. I remember someone on these boards saying they couldn't tell the steel and alloy frames apart in terms or ride quality; if that's true then there's no point in the extra weight of the steel frame. . . but I tend to think that there ought to be a difference. I think the Mu style frame is mainly an aesthetic choice though there's no chainstay so getting the chain off is easier, at least for the IGH type.

I'm guessing it'll be unquantifiable things that'll influence your perception of which 'ride better', i.e. the tyres might be over/underinflated, the hubs overtightend, or you might not quite have the ideal seat post height adjustment, and you'll interpret that as an innate superiority/inferiority of the bike's design. Really I think it comes down to what type of gearing you want, what tyres you want, what style of frame you think looks nicer and whether or not steel is worth the weight penalty.
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Old 08-26-11, 05:05 PM   #3
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The other tricky thing with Dahons is that if there a tiny bit of play in the hinges (if they're not adjusted properly) that'll tend to feel like flex when riding, but of course it can (and should) be tuned out.
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Old 08-26-11, 08:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response. I was very happy with the Speed but I like the look of the Mu better. I don't want to sacrifice performance just because I think one bike is more aesthetically pleasing. If I find that the Mu rides like the Speed, I may go for it.

Looking for a bike that can go up hills easily, survive pothole ridden roads and still be comfortable to ride. So far the Speed seems to fit the bill but will test out the Mu this week.
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I've had a Vitesse D5HG for several years. I found the ride way too harsh when I first got it so there was a long process of upgrading including putting a 2.15 Big Apple tyre on the front and a Thudbuster seat post. So I'd probably veer towards the Speed P8. . . but that's just me. A friend has a Mu P8 and finds it plenty comfortable.
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I've had a Vitesse D5HG for several years. I found the ride way too harsh when I first got it so there was a long process of upgrading including putting a 2.15 Big Apple tyre on the front and a Thudbuster seat post. So I'd probably veer towards the Speed P8. . . but that's just me. A friend has a Mu P8 and finds it plenty comfortable.
Thank you. Since I can't test ride the Vitesse I am leaning towards the Mu and Speed as well. Of course, I can also wait to see it Tern has a comparable bike.
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Hey Jyyanks, where are you located? Not NYC? I know a store in NYC that has a Vitesse D7HG in-stock.
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Hey Jyyanks, where are you located? Not NYC? I know a store in NYC that has a Vitesse D7HG in-stock.
I actually work in nyc. What store are you referring to?
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Well the store is in Queens Astoria, it's called Bike Stop. It might be a trip, but they had it to test ride the last time I was there. Call them before going.
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Did you test ride the Mu?
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So did you end up getting anything Jyyanks?
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