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Bikes: 2007 Qile Duo 20" Multi-Purpose Folding Bike
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Are They Supposed To Be Speedy?
I recently purchased a Greenzone Value Edition which is a similar bike, and I guess targets the same market segment as the Dahon Speed D7. It is a 7 speed, and comes with fenders, and a rack just like the D7. My opinion is that these specific models are more for general purpose riding (recreation, running errands, commuting, etc.), than for high performance riding.
The gear range is even more limited than the D7 since it comes with a 14-28 cluster (52 tooth chain wheel), but I feel that it is more than adequate for me, and what I intend to use it for. It's high gear allows me to easily reach cruising speeds in the mid, and upper teens, and the low gears are sufficient to climb some decent hills.
At times, I think we get hung up on having a "gazillion" gear inches both ways without considering that the "human engine" is highly adaptable. And I agree with Thor, many people may not have the power to really use the high gearing effectively.
Just my 2 cents for what it's worth.
Last edited by edwong3; 10-18-12 at 05:51 AM.