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Old 04-05-13, 08:21 PM   #1
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dahon or tern?

Hello all,

I want to buy a single speed folding bike. Which one would last a little longer.

I want to buy either the dahon speed uno or tern link one.

Help me out guys. It will be my first folding bike.

Thank you
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Old 04-05-13, 08:52 PM   #2
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Either bike will be fine so chose the one that speaks to you. Keep in mind there is a 20% difference in price between the two. The Dahon is a proven company having been in the game for a long time. Tern not as long but comes with experience. From the Terns I have seen I think they have a better finish and that counts for something for me. I think you would be happy with either.
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Old 04-06-13, 01:10 AM   #3
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I own a Dahon MU p8. I havent seen a Tern yet. I love my Dahon and have no concerns to report. That said its funny that Blakcloud mentioned finish. I stow my bike on the bus and it is getting scuffed!While I count this as evidence that Mr Foldy works for a living, if I was choosing between 2 similar bikes it is a thought.
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Old 04-06-13, 03:11 AM   #4
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I have just purchased a Dahon Uno. The first thing I did was fit an SRAM Automatic 2 on it lol

This enabled me to ditch the rear brake as well (in the UK they don't sell them with coasters) and with mudguards still had the weight down to a respectable 10.5kg.

I also swapped out the main crank to a Brompton 50T which both reduced the gearing and weight.

I found the single stock gear a little low, 53T main 18T rear = 57" (I live in flat Cambridge)

I now have 50T main 16T rear so with the two speed auto that gives me 61" and 84".

The frame is slightly different on the Tern and I have heard (though I am uncertain for sure) that the hinges are slightly better on the Tern. The Tern I think is also slightly wider when folded as again the handle bar folds on the outside rather than the inside of the fold on the Dahon. I got my Dahon on a sale 280 the Tern was was over 400. You will pay another 200 for a Duo!



Shown above ready to ride. I swapped out the tyres to Kojaks and also as you see have used the Klickfix luggage mount on the front. I love that they are fitting the Brompton style luggage block to Dahon/Terns now. I am going to look out some lighter pedals as well.

Yesterday I met my daughter in the pub and took the bike folded in with me. I own a Brompton and I have say that this Dahon's fold is not a lot bigger. No one even gave me a second glance when I walked in with it.

I am going to do a separate post about my mods and experiences of this new bike.

Jerry

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Old 04-06-13, 09:05 AM   #5
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The Dahon is a proven company having been in the game for a long time. Tern not as long but comes with experience.
Tern is a rename of Dahon Taiwan.
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Old 04-06-13, 09:55 AM   #6
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Old 04-07-13, 12:28 PM   #7
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I have owned the Dahon Curve, Silvertip, Mantis, and Dove.
They are all decent and dependable bikes.
That said I have test ridden the Tern Link 8 and it has it benefits and drawbacks.
The Terns have stiffer and better feeling hinges that add weight.
Since you want a single speed I would buy the Tern, it is a better bike.

The Link8 has a weird rear derailler that won't allow easy upgrades.
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Old 04-08-13, 10:35 AM   #8
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Update...

i ended up buying a dahon speed UNO for 390 out the door. Awesome bike. I really enjoy it! Thanks guys for the input!
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Old 11-15-13, 10:47 PM   #9
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same thing as me. 390! cant beat it!
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