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    Dahon Vitesse D8 or Giant Expressway1: Which foldable bike should I get?

    Hi! New guy here.. Would really appreciate your inputs on this..
    Few additional details: The Dahon is significantly more expensive than the Giant bike (around 150 USD more expense), but the Dahon is already available at a local bike shop while the Giant one is going to be available in another couple of weeks.. it's my first time to buy a foldable bike (I'm a noob, basically lol) and I can't really tell if the Dahon is worth blowing the extra 150 USD now, or if Giant is the better deal that's well-worth the extra wait?

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    first of all.
    if the bike shop has a Vitesse D 8 ... than its a custom bike which doesnt exist ...
    I assume u are from the US where Vitesse comes in a 3 speed version and a 7 speed version, both have Internal gears ( cans )
    the Giant has a derailleur gear
    The Vitesse come with fenders, carriers, schwalbe tires, pretty nice components ...

    You cannot compare the two bikes ... not by price for sure ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by andsoenzo View Post
    Hi! New guy here.. Would really appreciate your inputs on this..
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    Where are you located? This is a worldwide forum. Knowing your location can help avoid inapplicable recommendations/suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HGR3inOK View Post
    Where are you located? This is a worldwide forum. Knowing your location can help avoid inapplicable recommendations/suggestions.

    -HANK RYAN-
    Norman, Oklahoma USA
    Yeah I haven't completed my profile yet- that much of a noob on this forum and forums in general.
    I'm from the Philippines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThorUSA View Post
    first of all.
    if the bike shop has a Vitesse D 8 ... than its a custom bike which doesnt exist ...
    I assume u are from the US where Vitesse comes in a 3 speed version and a 7 speed version, both have Internal gears ( cans )
    the Giant has a derailleur gear
    The Vitesse come with fenders, carriers, schwalbe tires, pretty nice components ...

    You cannot compare the two bikes ... not by price for sure ...
    I could probably ask the shopowner, he seems pretty convinced that they're carrying the D8 (they have a D7 too).. a quick google search did indeed turn up more results off online stores based in europe, but it seems to be available in the US too: wiggle.com | Dahon Vitesse D8 2014 | Folding Bikes
    yes you're right, they can't be compared by price... but to make the long story short I was hoping somebody would tell me which of the two would net me a better bang-for-my-buck

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    well I am talking USA here....
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    aint so much USof A ....

    in the US this bike is NOT available....

    You would need to compare the Giant to a lower price bike like the Dahon Vybe which sells for a 100 dlr less , or with a Speed D 7 which would be the same price but with fenders and carrier .. If you do that than the Dahon is more bang for the buck
    The Vitesse is a much nicer bike ...
    Meaning if you really want to ride a lot than the extra $ would also mean more bang for the buck. If you dont ride so much and just occasionally want a short 5 mile ride .. than it doesnt make sense to spend the extra money

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    Hi

    Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Is the Speed D7 the same as Dahon vybe but without the Fenders and Carrier?

    thanks.

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    The Dahon Vitesse D8 is a great bike, I can assure you it exists, certainly in Europe, cant see any reason why the odd one does not pop up now and again. Dont know anything about the Giant. Only you know your needs and your budget but you wont be disappointed with the Dahon.

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