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Old 09-08-16, 02:07 PM
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Dahon uno... mu or speed ?

I'm looking to buy a dahon. Thought I'd fancy a single speed,(speed or mu) for fun and less maintenance. Which model is best! Also confused with colours !! How many colours are available?
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Old 09-08-16, 02:10 PM
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No decision to make: Go with the best deal/steal. Like ThorUSA's September special on the white P8s: Dahon Speed P8 .

Read this thread for guidance: https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bi...re-folder.html .

Great bike -- even better after some upgrades -- at a great price!
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Old 09-08-16, 02:13 PM
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I have a Speed Uno; I like it. Mine has a steel frame; I think Mu is alu.
I think they only come in one color; black.
Dahon at Work by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

Just did a Google search and saw a black & red color scheme.
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Originally Posted by AvenirFolder View Post
No decision to make: Go with the best deal/steal. Like ThorUSA's September special on the white P8s: Dahon Speed P8 .
Yeah, that's a great deal...if it had only gone on sale a week earlier. I found a D7 on CL just a few days before Thor's sale listing.
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Old 09-08-16, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
Yeah, that's a great deal...if it had only gone on sale a week earlier. I found a D7 on CL just a few days before Thor's sale listing.
D7s are a nice ride, too -- after some upgrading. They both have 4130 frames.
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Old 09-08-16, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Don't forget the Boardwalk.
Much better deal.
How so? MSRP for the Boardwalk is $400 less than a P8! The P8 is a steal at $439 with free shipping.
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
I have a Speed Uno; I like it. Mine has a steel frame; I think Mu is alu.
I think they only come in one color; black.
Dahon at Work by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

Just did a Google search and saw a black & red color scheme.
Thanks. Online I've seen light blue, grey and the 2016 model is black and orange. This is speed. The mu do a anniversary 30 yr option in red black. Nearly bought one today for 300 it had scratches, decided to hunt bit more. A few years back I did actually buy one from halfords UK. But, after the tyre punctured twice in a week I refunded it! I think it had a faulty wheel which they offered to replace, but I was worried it was because of the smaller wheels.? I'm now looking to get another again. I'm sure improvements have been made to tyres and wheels. I'm buying the single speed for fitness and to pop in car now and then. So that's why I'm not looking at gears (I have another bigger bike anyway). The a question is, is the mu worth it over the speed? What exactly do you get extra. ? My main concern is durability and I don't want punctures ever five minutes lol 😀👌👍
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Old 09-08-16, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by AvenirFolder View Post
How so? MSRP for the Boardwalk is $400 less than a P8! The P8 is a steal at $439 with free shipping.
Thanks looks good! I'll check that too! 😁
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Nothing bad with a boardwalk ..but it has a lot of steel parts ...
the deal on the frost Speed 8 is awesome, even if it doesn't have a seatpost pump, or magnetix, or big apples, and a silver seatpost versus a black one ? But it has great wheels, a good crank etc etc


Speed Uno in USA is black with a couple blue accents ...
Mu Uno has been sold out like a year ago


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Originally Posted by AvenirFolder View Post
D7s are a nice ride, too -- after some upgrading. They both have 4130 frames.
It's my designated beater/town bike so I won't be upgrading anymore than necessary Thus the CL purchase. I've enjoyed it so far. Even with the dodgy shifting, it's been more fun than I had anticipated. I'm getting to know it so I'll see over the next few weeks on what needs to be done. I think the first change is going to be the handlebar...
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Originally Posted by ThorUSA View Post
...the deal on the frost Speed 8 is awesome, even if it doesn't have a seatpost pump, or magnetix, or big apples, and a silver seatpost versus a black one ? But it has great wheels, a good crank etc etc
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Couldn't have said it better myself!

And with $260 knocked off the retail price, bringing it down to a measly $439 with free shipping, you can hardly go wrong. Heck, I see secondhand Speed D7s with rusty chainrings going for $200 or more these days: Dahon Speed D7 | eBay .

If you're searching for one folder that will cover almost any need -- including touring -- the P8 is it.
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Old 09-08-16, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
It's my designated beater/town bike so I won't be upgrading anymore than necessary Thus the CL purchase. I've enjoyed it so far. Even with the dodgy shifting, it's been more fun than I had anticipated. I'm getting to know it so I'll see over the next few weeks on what needs to be done. I think the first change is going to be the handlebar...
What have you got for gearing? Is it the 12-28T freewheel? My two 2010 D7s with the 11-30T cassettes shift like a dang. What were you going to do with the handlebar? Add some Ergon grips? If so, it definitely makes a difference. As does adding the fat Big Apples -- even if only to the front (and run it around 30psi). BTW What did you end up paying for that bike off CL and what year is it?
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i went through this very debate last year.

i ended up going with the Mu Uno because it was a little bit lighter and had better wheels (and that sexy flat black paint job didn't hurt it's case either).

to me it seemed like money well spent, and i'm very happy with my choice.

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Originally Posted by AvenirFolder View Post
What have you got for gearing? Is it the 12-28T freewheel? My two 2010 D7s with the 11-30T cassettes shift like a dang. What were you going to do with the handlebar? Add some Ergon grips? If so, it definitely makes a difference. As does adding the fat Big Apples -- even if only to the front (and run it around 30psi). BTW What did you end up paying for that bike off CL and what year is it?
I'm pretty sure it's 2011 and I paid $150. The serial number indicates it was manufactured in December 2010. The seller said he bought the bike in 2012. I think I have the 11-30T cassette but I can't see it listed on the sprocket. I see Shimano but not the specific numbers? The LBS adjusted the shifting in a couple of minutes and didn't charge me. It seemed to be a very minor thing. It is much improved but after a bit of riding, #5 went wonky and has stayed that way.

The tires are still in fine shape so I'll stick with them until they need replacing. At that point, I'll switch to the Big Apples. I'm a little concerned about the fit though...the 1.75 looks to be pretty snug with the fenders.

The handlebars...well, I have a rather short reach. I was convinced I was going to have to buy the Aber Hallo or Litepro to shorten the reach. Surprisingly, I can reach the handlebar adequately. It does put me in a more racer type position. Ideally, I'd like to shorten the reach just a smidge (and I've already pushed the seat forward). For a smidge, I think the Aber Hallo may be overkill. Also, if I can, I'd rather not add on another fixture to the bike. I also prefer the aesthetic of the curved handlebar. So I looked around for a gently curved handlebar. I found the Dahon Crescent Handlebar but only from a UK seller. But that led me to use the correct term to google--which is an arc bar and I found a couple that are carried widely in the US. There's the Soma Noah's Arc and the cheaper Dimension Arc bar. I'm pretty sure the 25.4mm clamp size should work...anyone confirm? And since it's similar to the Dahon Crescent bar, I think the fold should be fine.

Dimension 25.4 Arc Bar 27 Degree Bend 560mm Polished Silver
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Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
I'm pretty sure it's 2011 and I paid $150. The serial number indicates it was manufactured in December 2010. The seller said he bought the bike in 2012. I think I have the 11-30T cassette but I can't see it listed on the sprocket. I see Shimano but not the specific numbers? The LBS adjusted the shifting in a couple of minutes and didn't charge me. It seemed to be a very minor thing. It is much improved but after a bit of riding, #5 went wonky and has stayed that way.

The tires are still in fine shape so I'll stick with them until they need replacing. At that point, I'll switch to the Big Apples. I'm a little concerned about the fit though...the 1.75 looks to be pretty snug with the fenders.
Just count the teeth on the small rear cog and the large cog -- you'll know what you have pretty quick.

If the frame was built in December 2010 it would likely be a 2012 model. Mine was the same: made in December for the model year two years hence.
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Originally Posted by tdonline View Post
I'm pretty sure it's 2011 and I paid $150. The serial number indicates it was manufactured in December 2010. The seller said he bought the bike in 2012. I think I have the 11-30T cassette but I can't see it listed on the sprocket. I see Shimano but not the specific numbers? The LBS adjusted the shifting in a couple of minutes and didn't charge me. It seemed to be a very minor thing. It is much improved but after a bit of riding, #5 went wonky and has stayed that way.
I suspect #5 is the straightest shot from the rear freewheel to chainring. It sounds like your chain is fitting loosely on that one because it's stretched..the other cogs put more of a bend in it, which would take up some slack. A new chain may solve your buggy shifting.
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After owning 2 Dahon MU SL's in 2008 which both badly wore around the centre hinge and then being sent a replacement 2009 model with a big chip out of the clamp I asked for a refund........... Brought a Titanium S-Type Brompton that I have now used virtually every day in all weathers for 7 years and it still runs perfectly. Only needed several new sets of tyres and brake pads.

One of the great things about Bromptons is the availability of spares, even for the older bikes.
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I suspect #5 is the straightest shot from the rear freewheel to chainring. It sounds like your chain is fitting loosely on that one because it's stretched..the other cogs put more of a bend in it, which would take up some slack. A new chain may solve your buggy shifting.
Thanks, I'll look into it. Recommendations for a chain? I use the type of chain that has one link that decouples without a tool on my road bike. That would be my preference since I don't have a chain tool.
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Thanks, I'll look into it. Recommendations for a chain? I use the type of chain that has one link that decouples without a tool on my road bike. That would be my preference since I don't have a chain tool.
Any 8-speed chain is fine. SRAM and KMC make them with the quick-link.
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