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Old 10-05-17, 07:10 AM   #1
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2nd folder...

Have that itch to buy a second folder and was thinking of that "next" level bike. 1st bike is a modified Dahon Vybe. Still watching for the used bike friday's on CL, but came across what I think is a great deal. Going to look at a Dahon Mariner D7 that has only been used a handful of times and kept garaged. They are asking $250 and I am hoping to pick it up for $225, but even at $250 this seems like a solid price.

The wife likes my folder so I can probably move the Brompton block, upgraded pedals, and 56t crank over to the Mariner. &-speed but pretty sure it is a cassette...so I should be able to add gears at a later date?

Anyone see a reason to pass on this?
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Old 10-05-17, 11:27 AM   #2
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Well I offered $225 and she said how about $250. Was already a good deal so I got the bike and a receipt from last year for $599, rear bike light, upgraded padded seat, and the extra stock seat. Bike is mint, clearly not used much and kept inside. The wife is probably getting it even though I really enjoyed my 8 mile test ride.

Why in the name of Thor (pun intended) are there no holes on the front to mount a carrier block when my Vybe has them and is supposed to be a cheaper model??? I keep reading that the Vybe does not have an adjustable handle bar, but mine came with one.

I gain the bottle holder holes and the rear rack, but no front mount option. Nice shiny looking bike
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Old 10-05-17, 01:33 PM   #3
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I like this for a front rack. Pretty flexible. Looking for a few alternatives though too. This attaches to the brake and fender mounts and spins with the fork which I generally prefer.
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I like this for a front rack. Pretty flexible. Looking for a few alternatives though too. This attaches to the brake and fender mounts and spins with the fork which I generally prefer.
A fork mounted front rack, attached to the brake mounts, can and will throw off steering when loaded. This is why the preferred mounting point is the frame. It's a nice option when no other alternative is available,...but it's definitely NOT preferable.
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Looks like you got a good deal. Does it come with the seatpost pump?
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My post was in regards to the Mariner without the mount and a good working option.

Any load will change things on any bike. If you perhaps want panniers, adaptability and simply an inexpensive solution the fork mounted style works.

It is true that a if you are loading just "above" the rack the truss/headset systems work fine. I am testing a number of options and so far I like this as much as my truss mounted racks which cost 4 times as much. If the headset mount was so universally good it would be the main usage on touring bikes, but there are negatives to the approach also.

Carrying gear on folding bikes is a great thing as are various ways to do it.

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Old 10-05-17, 09:03 PM   #7
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Negative on the pump, though the seat tube is thicker than the Vybe and has a lip on the bottom, maybe it's just missing.

This bike still has the local bike shop sticker/barcode stuck on the side. Bike probably never saw a drop of rain.
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Well you certainly can't argue with the price. You could probably easily sell it for more than you paid.

Here in the UK we get the Euro spec model which is pretty much junk for the money. Low end tourney derailleur, 7 speed shimano freewheel and naff rotary gear selector. In fact even on the Dahon page the scrolling images at the top have different information to the spec below, it's like the images are US spec. At the top sounds like you get a trigger shifter, better derailleur and a cassette. We get a much inferior spec and a 600 price. I only know its a freewheel as I saw a forum posting where an owner wanted to change the cassette only to find it was a freewheel which limited his options. Notice anything else different about our eu Mariner?

DAHON Mariner D7 20'' - DAHON

Looking on google shopping there is only one uk shop selling the Mariner with a large discount on its 600 price down to 440 and the stock still seems to be hanging about. I could get 3 better bikes for the normal retail price and 2 for the discounted price and when I say better I mean hugely better, not marginally. Like below; Shimano Claris derailleur, Shimano cassette, rapid shifter, stronger wheels etc. It's why you should never buy by brand as Dahon has different products for different markets that share the same name. Would not even want a eu/uk Spec Mariner for the equivalent of $225 retail over here.

ALLOY FOLDING BIKE - Greenwaycycles

I have to say though the finish on your Dahon frame is gorgeous. A really beautiful bike. I love that bare metal look.

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Old 10-06-17, 06:00 AM   #9
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Well you certainly can't argue with the price. You could probably easily sell it for more than you paid.

Here in the UK we get the Euro spec model which is pretty much junk for the money. Low end tourney derailleur, 7 speed shimano freewheel and naff rotary gear selector. In fact even on the Dahon page the scrolling images at the top have different information to the spec below, it's like the images are US spec. At the top sounds like you get a trigger shifter, better derailleur and a cassette. We get a much inferior spec and a 600 price. I only know its a freewheel as I saw a forum posting where an owner wanted to change the cassette only to find it was a freewheel which limited his options. Notice anything else different about our eu Mariner?

DAHON Mariner D7 20'' - DAHON

Looking on google shopping there is only one uk shop selling the Mariner with a large discount on its 600 price down to 440 and the stock still seems to be hanging about. I could get 3 better bikes for the normal retail price and 2 for the discounted price and when I say better I mean hugely better, not marginally. Like below; Shimano Claris derailleur, Shimano cassette, rapid shifter, stronger wheels etc. It's why you should never buy by brand as Dahon has different products for different markets that share the same name. Would not even want a eu/uk Spec Mariner for the equivalent of $225 retail over here.

ALLOY FOLDING BIKE - Greenwaycycles

I have to say though the finish on your Dahon frame is gorgeous. A really beautiful bike. I love that bare metal look.
It's funny even your link shows the front luggage mount so I assume it was added only in the last year or two.

The bike company label says Dahon Mariner 14 on it so now I know the year. Bought by the original owner summer of 15.

Yes I really do like the aluminum look and I confirmed it has Shimano 7 speed cassette on it, along with the Neos derailleur.

Wife made it very clear after riding it last night that this will be her bike...so I guess the head tube issue is a mute point

I have to play around with the fork a bit because I noticed it is really stiff to turn. Not sure if it is lack of use or if something is too tight.

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Old 10-07-17, 05:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing. I have more than 20 folding bikes but always have one or two on my purchasing list.
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