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Old 09-25-11, 09:29 PM   #1
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Folding Coaster Brake Single Speed - Dahon Speed Uno only option?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a folding single speed with a coaster brake.

Is the Dahon Speed Uno my most inexpensive option?

I like how the Uno seems easy to fold, with no cable mess and it's incredibly light. It seems like the only other option is the Mu Uno.

At $379 the Speed Uno is a tad pricey. I know it may seem inexpensive for a folding bike but it is pricey for those of us on a budget. Are there any other options to consider? If not I will have to go ahead and bite the bullet. Thanks in advance for replies.
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Old 09-25-11, 09:43 PM   #2
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I hear you on the budget issue. The Speed Uno will be a big jump up in quality that other folders of similar capability and price. So you can't make a mistake, whereas with other ones... well it can be hit and miss. In fact I can't think of another one with coaster brake that is even close. So the Uno is one mighty bang for your buck.
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Old 09-26-11, 12:23 AM   #3
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Uhh... there's also the Mu Uno.

I have one and love it for traveling via train.
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Old 09-26-11, 08:09 AM   #4
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... At $379 the Speed Uno is a tad pricey. ...
Dahon prices changed recently. The new price for a Speed Uno is $449, but you might be able to find one at the old price. Try ThorUSA @ 800-222-8356.

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You can still get a single speed Dahon Boardwalk from some retailers.. Amazon has it at $269 with free shipping.. and it appears to come with rack and fenders, but even if it didn't, Boardwalks have always been solid performers for the money..
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The Boardwalk is cheaper but you will wish you got the Uno. I know I am glad I just got it. The Boardwalk is heavier. http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/boardwalk1.htm This is the new price of the Boardwalk.
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Boardwalk is mild steel frame .... Speed is crmo frame ..... and it has larger diameter tubes which simply are much stronger and lighter and look sooooo much better than a boardwalk ....

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Boardwalk is mild steel frame .... Speed is crmo frame ..... and it has larger diameter tubes which simply are much stronger and lighter and look sooooo much better than a boardwalk ....

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Of course, the OP asked if there were any single speed folders less expensive than a Speed Uno.. he didn't ask for a comparison between Dahon models.. the Raleigh 20's are also mild steel frames, have a huge following and last a lifetime.. Boardwalks work very well for their intended purpose.. basically, the more money the OP spends, the better bike he will get.. maybe he should look at a single speed Xootr/Swift.. lighter, stronger and faster still. oh, and more money..
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a folding single speed with a coaster brake.

Is the Dahon Speed Uno my most inexpensive option?

I like how the Uno seems easy to fold, with no cable mess and it's incredibly light. It seems like the only other option is the Mu Uno.

At $379 the Speed Uno is a tad pricey. I know it may seem inexpensive for a folding bike but it is pricey for those of us on a budget. Are there any other options to consider? If not I will have to go ahead and bite the bullet. Thanks in advance for replies.
For a single speed coaster brake hub folding bike, the Dahon Speed Uno is your best bang for the buck. Dahon has the Boardwalk which is single speed, but it is equipped only with regular brakes. It's heavier too. Initially, I wanted the Tern Verge Duo, but looking at the price Thor has on the Tern Eclipse P9, I decided against the Duo and for the Eclpse, so the Dahon Speed Uno was the compromise for me to get into single speed, while deploying the rest towards the Eclipse P9. At first, I didn't like the Speed Uno because it flexes a bit more than my Mu SL, but after riding it for awhile now with a shopper bag up front, I realized that for its intended purpose as a short hop commuter, it really is much more versatile than my Mu SL and not too mention that it is more theft deterrent cause there's nothing the thieves can steal other than the seat post and handle bar! My mind is less worried parking this bike in a high crime area than with my other bikes.
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