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    Just ordered my first folding bike!!! - Dahon Formula S18

    Hi folks:

    I just ordered my first folding bike. A 2012 Dahon Formula S18. I ordered it from Thor USA. Will install an Aber Hallo Stem and have also asked Thor to switch the tires (Kojaks) to Schwalbe Big Apples. Anyone here with experience with this bike please feel free to share them with me. I hope that the bike rides as good as it looks.

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    Congratulations! What an awesome "first folder" you have chosen! Please keep us posted, and...pictures please!!!

    Ed

    Quote Originally Posted by Economista25 View Post
    Hi folks:

    I just ordered my first folding bike. A 2012 Dahon Formula S18. I ordered it from Thor USA. Will install an Aber Hallo Stem and have also asked Thor to switch the tires (Kojaks) to Schwalbe Big Apples. Anyone here with experience with this bike please feel free to share them with me. I hope that the bike rides as good as it looks.
    Edward Wong III
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    2012 Greenzone Value Edition 7 Speed 20" Folder

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    Beautiful bike!!!
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    Sweet choice.
    Disc brakes on 20" tires seems overkill, I like overkill.

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    workin on it as we speak :-)
    maybe I keep it for myself ...lol

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    I have been doing some mountain with a 2012 Trek X-Caliber, but I think that my mountain biking days will be put on hold for a while with this new bike.

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    rides like a dream and the brakes are awesome to say the least, the big apples and the Aber Hallo are nice touches too..... its packed up and waiting for the truck to pick it up :-)

    thor

    p.s. I would rather deliver, especially with this yucky weather right now....

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    Great news Thor!!!! Thank you very much for the update!

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    You went straight for the good stuff! Congrats.
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    I received the bike yesterday and gave it a first ride today. What a bike!!!! It rides smooooothhhhhhh!!!!! Thank you very much Thor for your service. This guy is a class act! He switched the Kojak tires to Schwalbe Big Apples at no charge and even threw an Aber Hallo Stem for free. My brother and his wife are also in the market for a couple of folding bikes and I will definitely recommend ThorUSA.

    As for the bike, pics will be posted very soon. The only thing Im thinking changing on the bike is the seat post. I think I will invest in a Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post, but only if I can get it in black (dont want to alter the looks of the bike).

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    Economista try messing around with the psi on the big apples first before you put money into a thudbuster. They can be surpisingly plush and still have good rolling resistance with a lower psi than most tires.

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    What would be the recommended PSI for these tires?

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    Try this tool, it's a starting point and tweak the pressure from there. http://www.biketinker.com/tire-pressure-calculator/

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    Thanks!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economista25 View Post
    What would be the recommended PSI for these tires?
    Quote Originally Posted by Azreal911 View Post
    Economista try messing around with the psi on the big apples first before you put money into a thudbuster. They can be surpisingly plush and still have good rolling resistance with a lower psi than most tires.
    You didn't say how much you weigh -- or I missed it -- but I think most people over estimate the PSI needed for efficient riding. At roughly 190, sometimes with stuff, I use 40mm wide Primo Comets at roughly 40-50 PSI. Very comfortable and fast.

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    I weigh 197.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economista25 View Post
    I weigh 197.
    I'd start with 45/50 PSI in the front/rear and experiment from there. Especially since there can be error in tire gauges.

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    Dahon Jifo
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    For suspension I'd go for a Thudbuster ST. I found that with a softer-than-recommended elastomer it works better than the LT version, and doesn't mess up the fold so much.

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