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Old 07-03-12, 09:12 AM   #1
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Dahon Mu P7 vs Tern Link D7i

Does anyone have any suggestions on the relative merits of the Dahon Mu P7 vs the Tern Link D7i? Currently they are going for a similar price at Evans in the UK (overall, with special offers taken into account). I tried the D7i last night, really liked it, and I'm hoping to check out the Mu P7 tonight.

It will be used for 12 mile/day commuting in London, a good ride and quick fold is probably a little more important than overall folded size for me (not much taking it on public transport).
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I'd get the Tern since it has the latest design of single piece steerer which makes a huge difference in the handlebar feeling.
The Dahon's 2 piece steerer makes the bike feel less solid, where the Tern will feel like a normal rigid bike.
Plus you get a rack on the Tern.

Go ride both and let us know your thoughts on both anyway so others may learn.
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I'd get the Tern since it has the latest design of single piece steerer which makes a huge difference in the handlebar feeling.
The Dahon's 2 piece steerer makes the bike feel less solid, where the Tern will feel like a normal rigid bike.
Plus you get a rack on the Tern.

Go ride both and let us know your thoughts on both anyway so others may learn.
Tried the Mu P7... it was then an easy decision to go for the Link D7i! The Tern is a much easier fold, all the clamps have a much more robust and satisfying feeling, and it looks really good in all black. It felt like a better ride, I'm not sure if this partly had to do with how the bike was set up, but the Tern certainly did feel more like a real bike. Didn't help the Dahon's case either that the guy in the shop couldn't get it folded . The slightly higher gear inches at the top end on the Dahon would have been nice though, and the seat post pump is a handy addition.

So, for 519.99 (actually 498.99 through a cashback website) I should be getting the Tern with mudguards, trolley rack (w/cover), front dynamo light and rear 'deluxe' light and a carry bag. Conversely the Mu P7 would have been 479.99, which might come with rack and mudguards (the one I saw did, but it seems mileage may vary). Easy decision .
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Doesn't the lack of a telescopic handlebar stem limit options for taller (or otherwise longer limbed) riders?
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Doesn't the lack of a telescopic handlebar stem limit options for taller (or otherwise longer limbed) riders?
Hard to say for sure, as I'm not a taller/long limbed rider . Might not be all that much difference between the maximum height of the telescoping stem and the D7i's stem height. Also, the telescoping mechanism on the Mu P7 seemed pretty rubbish, very stiff and not easy to move up and down. And I think, though I'm not sure, you need to move the handlebars down again when you fold.

Guess if you are such a rider you need to try each out.
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