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    Which to buy Tern C7 or Dahon D7?

    Can't make up mind between Tern C7 and Dahon D7? Looking for the most reliable of the two. Weight 225, 6'2" height. Seems the web is full of pros and cons. Does anyone have experience with both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookbp View Post
    Can't make up mind between Tern C7 and Dahon D7? Looking for the most reliable of the two. Weight 225, 6'2" height. Seems the web is full of pros and cons. Does anyone have experience with both?
    did dend you an email as well earlier, that was before I understand that the Baltic Blue has a new price, worth chckeing into, for sure

    best Thor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookbp View Post
    Can't make up mind between Tern C7 and Dahon D7? Looking for the most reliable of the two. Weight 225, 6'2" height. Seems the web is full of pros and cons. Does anyone have experience with both?
    Hi Cookbp. Can't say anything about the D7 but i understand they are similar, as in the P9s from both companies. Yes, I owned the C7 until late last month when I sold it (reason for doing so will come later). The price was reasonable at S$595 here in Singapore. The ride was decent despite the rather low-end components. Having said that, the frame is 6061-T6 aluminun and this is a rather stiff frame metal. As mentioned, the ride was smooth even for long rides and folding was simple. However, when it was time for an upgrade, I found it impossible to do so other than cosmetic upgrades. I couldn't move up to 9 or 10 speeds without burning a hole in my pocket. Wheelsets, FD and shifters would have to be replaced to achieve this. Even the LBS will discouraging me from the upgrade he "felt bad in making you spend so much with rather minimal improvement on the bike's weight though it would be a much better ride. Hence the reason for selling it off.
    To make a long story short, it's still a decent bike to me and would beat, hands down, the bikes sold at the local supermarkets, even though those are sold for less than half the price of the C7. In all fairness, I would conclude that the D7, having similar specs would perform the same as the C7 and only a test ride at your LBS would tell.

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    For the price in my local area the C7 and D7 are around $550. I was wondering if it would be possible to save up for the Tern link D8 model instead? that's the next level up, I myself own a link Uno cause i love the simplicity but I don't recommend that to anyone unless they have the leg strength to hoof it up some 5 degree inclines and learn to spin fast I made mine even hard to pedal switching to a 14T rear cog and upping the gear inches even more. But back to your choice, here the Tern Link D8 is around $150 more than the C7 but the upgrades are more than worth it.

    1) tires are schwalbe citizens which are like $30 a piece instead of the super low end ones they slap on the C7 which i can't even find the specs for. I ran them over 2000km and they still had very good treadlife left on there but I went for schwalbe kojaks after with the mods I did to go faster.
    2) a little bigger gear range which can help your climb or downhill pedalling that much more
    3) Ability to use the trolley rack, This is very important to frequent commuters in subways and super useful dragging your bike around because the trolley rack fits the link series and not the verge AND the Tern Link C7 is not compatible with it! someone on here once posted that they would like that trolley rack and was out of luck.
    4) apparently the D8 is 1/2 lb lighter
    5) The biggest upgrade you get is the higher end BEEFY folding latches which are impossible to upgrade on the C7 since it's part of the frame. I've tested a brompton, dahon and tern in my local area (that's all that was available) when I was looking for a new bike and with those latches it made the bike the stiffest of the bunch.
    6) Also with a better frame to start with, your upgrades aren't wasted and limited instead by putting really good parts on the lowest end frame that you buy.

    Hope that would convince you to maybe thinking about getting the better bike for a little more saving and even Shaunbee's story would probably be good at convincing you. A good bike would last you for YEARS to come so why not make it a good one that you can't wait to ride again??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azreal911 View Post
    For the price in my local area the C7 and D7 are around $550. I was wondering if it would be possible to save up for the Tern link D8 model instead? that's the next level up, I myself own a link Uno cause i love the simplicity but I don't recommend that to anyone unless they have the leg strength to hoof it up some 5 degree inclines and learn to spin fast I made mine even hard to pedal switching to a 14T rear cog and upping the gear inches even more. But back to your choice, here the Tern Link D8 is around $150 more than the C7 but the upgrades are more than worth it.


    Hope that would convince you to maybe thinking about getting the better bike for a little more saving and even Shaunbee's story would probably be good at convincing you. A good bike would last you for YEARS to come so why not make it a good one that you can't wait to ride again??
    Hi Azreal911.
    Comparing between the C7 and D7, it's a matter of choosing between the lesser of two evils. If budget is not a constraint, I would think that saving a little more goes a long way.
    "A good bike would last you for YEARS to come so why not make it a good one that you can't wait to ride again". How true. At the time when I bought the P9 (for myself and the C7 for the missus), it was after a 15-year absence from riding. Venturing into the world of folding bikes was sheer curiosity but the LBS staff and a test ride convinced me that it's good to be back on the saddle. The C7 is gone, the P9 relegated to "fun rides" while a Tern X10 and Tyrell FX has been my choice for long rides. Yes, with a good bike, I'm always looking forward to the next ride, be it epic or just a jaunt to some undiscovered eating place (eating is Singapore's national pasttime).
    In the past, upgrades were frequent and with a bike like the C7 or D7, upgrades would be limited or expensive, at best.
    Think about it. I made this mistake and hope that no one else does.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Bought a Dahon Speed P8 and I'm loving it. Will add rack and for right now everything else is perfect. Took feedback on being able to upgrade it in the future but for the local landscape the gearing is just fine. Just waiting on time change to have more daylight to ride.

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    Good decision that you saved up a little more and bought a P8 which comes with upgrades that would have cost you quite a bit more than the D7 to get to that level. The big apple tires alone in my city costs a bloody $100 just for a pair, they aren't cheap but they will last quite awhile and with a wider gear range already I don't see you needing any upgrades for awhile unless you are itching to make it more personalized.

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