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Old 02-22-18, 08:45 PM
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Hi... Iíve been riding Dahon Curl i8 for about a month now and I really enjoy riding it. Iíve created a Facebook group for Dahon Curl. Hereís one of my favorite picture 😄
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Old 02-22-18, 09:20 PM
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Not my pic; found that on a forum, posted by the owner. Here's my Curl:

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Thatís my Curl. Thanks for sharing 😄
You got one nice curl there too.
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Old 02-23-18, 06:20 AM
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hi... Iíve been riding dahon curl i8 for about a month now and i really enjoy riding it. Iíve created a facebook group for dahon curl. Hereís one of my favorite picture 😄
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Old 02-23-18, 07:03 AM
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Hi,

I donít know why Iím unable to share url in my reply.
You can search Facebook group for Dahon Curl. Itís a small group and I tried to put as much information on Dahon Curl.
Pls let me know if you still canít search it. Maybe I can pm you if you canít find it.
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Hi... Iíve been riding Dahon Curl i8 for about a month now and I really enjoy riding it. Iíve created a Facebook group for Dahon Curl. Hereís one of my favorite picture 😄
Well, not sure if the picture follows this but the red sports car and the folded red Curl picture pretty much answers the frequent question as to why there is so much Frame arch in the Curl. It is more or less centered over the wheel when the rear triangle and wheel are folded forward. Elegant and effective. Besides resembling that fun car arch it also reminds me of a bridge arch structure. Having ridden the bike it is very stiff and is a fun bike to ride. Likely getting one soon... Likely. So many toys. So little time.
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Old 02-26-18, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by L Arnold View Post
Well, not sure if the picture follows this but the red sports car and the folded red Curl picture pretty much answers the frequent question as to why there is so much Frame arch in the Curl. It is more or less centered over the wheel when the rear triangle and wheel are folded forward. Elegant and effective. Besides resembling that fun car arch it also reminds me of a bridge arch structure. Having ridden the bike it is very stiff and is a fun bike to ride. Likely getting one soon... Likely. So many toys. So little time.
Hi...

Basically Curl are a modern folding bike and it does somehow represent how a future folding bid will likely look like that fold small. Iím surprise how well it ride for a 16 inch wheel. If basically feels like a 20Ē Bike that I have so Iím just trying to make a point that it does ride really well compare to other bike that can fold as small as this.
Itís a new bike in the market, letís see how well it can withstand the test of time 😄
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Old 02-27-18, 09:13 PM
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I think the Dahon Curl ebike will be quiet similar design to the French award-winning Peugeot eF01 electric folding bike.






Some of the humped back top tube bikes.

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Old 02-27-18, 10:21 PM
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It looks like someone turned it upside down and smashed it with a sledgehammer.

Though one could say folding bikes tend to look kind of goofy in general, the Curl looks goofier than usual.
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I bought a curl i3 last year. I rode it for like 10 min and put it on the shelf and go back to ride my Brompton. I didn't like the bike. The 3 spd shifter is very difficult to use. Anyway, last month I was think to upgrade the internal hub to Alfine 11 speed. The best thing about the Dahon Curl is the rear frame has a 130mm OLN width. Brompton is about 115mm so when I upgrade to Alfine internal hub I had to replace the rear frame with the 135mm one.
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Another few things I found with the Dahon Curl are...... it does look like a Brompton when it is folded but when you look at all the details and design, they are two totally different folding bikes. Once I fixed my shifter issue and upgrade the chainring to 56T, I start to really like this bike.

I am still working on my Alfine 11 speed upgrade. Will post picture once it is done.

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Another few things I found with the Dahon Curl are...... it does look like a Brompton when it is folded but when you look at all the details and design, they are two totally different folding bikes.
As Brompton found out when they took Dahon to European court, got their suit dismissed in three weeks and had to pay Dahon's legal fees. #snapburn

I am still working on my Alfine 11 speed upgrade.
Alfine 11: 135mm OLD. Curl: 130mm OLD. Alfine 11 hub's rotary shift mechanism hits Curl's chain tensioner mount. None-the-less, this conversion has been accomplished by someone in Hong Kong so it seem to be possible.

Will post picture once it is done.
Looking forward to it!
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If the Curl can be bought around €900/$1,100 with a Nexus 3 and be retro-fitted with a €300/$370 Alfine 11, it could be interesting, especially if Dahon finally decides to install a front carriage lug in the front (obviously, it won't be Brompton-compatible, but hey).
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Old 03-05-18, 02:43 PM
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Alfine 11: 135mm OLD. Curl: 130mm OLD. Alfine 11 hub's rotary shift mechanism hits Curl's chain tensioner mount. None-the-less, this conversion has been accomplished by someone in Hong Kong so it seem to be possible.
Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it. I already ordered the Alfine hub but haven't received it yet. I will check the internet and see if I can find the bike in Hong Kong you mentioned.
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Old 03-05-18, 11:21 PM
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Alfine 8sp trigger shifter

I didnít really like the nexus revo twist shifter so I change it to Alfine rapid fire trigger shifterans I like it a lot. Itís so much easier to know the gear you are in and it didnít take up the brake lever space so your finger easily reach for the brake lever.
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Old 05-25-18, 02:10 AM
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Why I can't find any review of this Curl on Google? Nobody reviewing folding bikes?
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Old 05-25-18, 05:32 AM
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Why I can't find any review of this Curl on Google? Nobody reviewing folding bikes?

Does not sound very convincing to me. There's a text version also: https://www.bikefolded.com/dahon-cur...ompton-killer/
Final statement in the test: "we at BikeFolded.com don’t recommend it at the moment."

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Old 05-25-18, 05:40 AM
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A bit of a pig at almost 30 pounds...

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https://youtu.be/6vmZjYmWEoE

Does not sound very convincing to me. There's a text version also: https://www.bikefolded.com/dahon-cur...ompton-killer/
Final statement in the test: "we at BikeFolded.com donít recommend it at the moment."
Thanks, it's very helpful. I will need to find another bike then.
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I heard the Curl is cramped for riders much over six feet tall.

In any case I'm at the Brompton weight limit so that kind of limits my choices.
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Final statement in the test: "we at BikeFolded.com donít recommend it at the moment."
Good to hear that there is some potential there though. Hopefully someone will use it a stepping stone.
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Giant or Tern would be good candidates.
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I heard the Curl is cramped for riders much over six feet tall.

In any case I'm at the Brompton weight limit so that kind of limits my choices.
Giant folding bikes tend to be significantly heavier duty than Dahon, Tern's and Brompton's. I think Tern's and Dahon standard models are at 105kg even the Curl according to the Dahon site. Some of the performance models might drop to 95kg and Brompton is at 110kg but the Giant models are rated at up to a complete load of 160kg I think including everything, bike, accessories, luggage etc which means in real terms you have a rider capacity of about 120-136kg plus they offer a lifetime warranty on the frame although may exclude fair wear and tear which would include normal fatigue later in the frame's life but that is often in the small print of most frame lifetime warranties.
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Apart from that, if you are a heavy rider there's always Bike Friday (with their heavy rider upgrade if necessary) and - if you are willing to spend a little more there are brands like Bernds, Samson and Pacy that do high quality folders that are suitable to heavy riders. All three are from Germany, so possibly a bit difficult to get hold of if you are from overseas but not impossible.

Regarding the Brompton I would not be too concerned if you are a bit (!) above their weight limit. You'll possibly suffer more/earlier wear of the rims and the rear hinge but probably not do any harm to the bike itself. Obviously no guarantees, but there are a couple of Brompton riders over that limit. Good thing is that you'll loose weight anyway when riding regularly.
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Apart from that, if you are a heavy rider there's always Bike Friday (with their heavy rider upgrade if necessary) and - if you are willing to spend a little more there are brands like Bernds, Samson and Pacy that do high quality folders that are suitable to heavy riders. All three are from Germany, so possibly a bit difficult to get hold of if you are from overseas but not impossible.
Since we're mentioning folders from Germany, might's well mention RundM's Birdy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdy_(bicycle)
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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
Since we're mentioning folders from Germany, might's well mention RundM's Birdy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdy_(bicycle)
Birdy load limit is possibly less than the other bikes or about equal.

http://www.pacific-cycles.com/files/...r%20manual.pdf

It has a total load of 120kg including bike weight, luggage, accessories etc and I think its about 12kg so its 108kg minus luggage and accessories. Actually it's probably about the same. Brompton used to allow luggage capacity on top of rider weight but they stopped saying that and went to 110kg I think for total load not including the bike weight. Birdy is designed in Germany but made in Taiwan and I think the continued development of the Birdy bike is at Pacific Cycles of Taiwan.

Some basic steel 20" folding bikes can have weight capacities up to 120-130kg. Many 20" e-bikes are at the same weight limits as well.
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