I just bought a Dahon Tournado frame from Bikewagon.com. Since they didn't post my review, I decided I'd put one up over here instead.
The Tournado uses the Ritchey Breakaway lugs that allow the frame to be broken down into an airline-legal size. Bikewagon is selling the frame and fork alone, no case. Ironically, it ships in its non-broken-away state in a full sized frame box. I haven't built it up yet, but here are my initial impressions.
- Cheap: at $600 for the frame and fork, it's less expensive than either the real thing Ritchey or any S&S coupled option.
- Finished and packed up nicely. The paint job looks nice and the frame doesn't have any dings or scrapes.
- Reasonably light, the frame and fork weigh in at around 6.5lb. Tange Prestige double butted tubing. The fork looks just like a crosscheck fork and has a massive uncut steerer tube.
- There's a brazed on attachment point for a kickstand, if you're into that.
- I like the semi-compact geometry in theory; I haven't ridden it yet.
Things I'd change:
- The sizing is really wide: basically it's available in 51, 55, and 59, that they call 52, 56, and 60. I'm 6'0" and got the largest size. The TT is 58cm, with a 190mm head tube. I think it'll work for me.
- For some reason, the frame only got one set of water bottle bosses. When I look at the bikewagon picture, indeed only one set is visible. When I look at Dahon's material from before the frame was discontinued, it has at least 2 sets like a normal bike. I think there must have been a manufacturing error that resulted in this batch of them going to Bikewagon. I haven't decided whether I'm going to get some more bosses brazed on before I build it, add rivbolts, or use some hose clamps <shudder>
- The midfork eyelets don't go all the way through the fork.
- There are just one set of eyelets front and rear.
- The derailleur hanger is a part of the frame. I'd prefer a detachable hanger, especially for a travel bike. Here's hoping it doesn't get bashed around too much.
It seems like they have a bunch of these frames, so check them out if you're in the market for a travel touring bike and none of the things that bug me about it are dealbreakers for you. If there's interest I'll post some more thoughts when I finish building it up.