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Old 01-08-18, 10:11 PM
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Dahon Dove, etc.

I was perusing Amazon for folding bikes and low and behold the 14" Dahon Dove popped up. Just though I'd pass it along, since it seems to stir a passionate following.

There were a couple other interesting listings as well: Birdy Classic (revamped), which has my finger itching to press "buy" and something called a Savadeck Cricket 20.
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Old 01-08-18, 10:38 PM
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interesting as Dahon USA never imported them .....
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Here's the link in case anyone is interested:

https://www.amazon.com/DAHON-Version.../dp/B075SRDPPV

Seller is listed as CJT and has no user profile yet. If CJT is not a Dahon USA dealer, there could be issues with warranty claims made within the USA. Tread carefully and ask CJT about being a Dahon USA dealer before plunking your money down to avoid trouble down the road.
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Specs say weight capacity is 205 pounds.
do you think the weight of 15.3 pounds is correct on this bike?
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Old 01-10-18, 03:03 PM
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Specs say weight capacity is 205 pounds.
@ThorUSA do you think the weight of 15.3 pounds is correct on this bike?
doubt it.... under 20 yes
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Old 01-10-18, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Roegmann View Post
I was perusing Amazon for folding bikes and low and behold the 14" Dahon Dove popped up. Just though I'd pass it along, since it seems to stir a passionate following.

There were a couple other interesting listings as well: Birdy Classic (revamped), which has my finger itching to press "buy" and something called a Savadeck Cricket 20.
That is a nice looking black Dahon Dove.
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I highly doubt the claimed weight. My Dove is 15.5lbs and has lots of lighter parts. I doubt my added fenders and heavy saddle outweigh the lighter parts.


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Specs say weight capacity is 205 pounds.
do you think the weight of 15.3 pounds is correct on this bike?
It is funny, I was just about to post that my Cirus Smart is very similar to a Dahon Dove and with lightweight components weighs 19 lbs, but then remembered then 2.2 lb s-rf5 hub in the back wheels.... so maybe just maybe this might be true.
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I highly doubt the claimed weight. My Dove is 15.5lbs and has lots of lighter parts. I doubt my added fenders and heavy saddle outweigh the lighter parts.


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That Dove would look so nice with a lightweight Brooks saddle on it. Just saying. :-)
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That Dove would look so nice with a lightweight Brooks saddle on it. Just saying. :-)
Yeah that saddle is a bit like the pig with golden nose ring... in this case the saddle is the pig. Just sayin...
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Thanks for the suggestions. Funny thing is I have a black C17 and brown Swift saddle just sitting in boxes, but my wife likes this comfortable but ghetto $15 saddle. I stopped riding this bike because at 87kg I don't want to risk a frame fail. My wife is only 40kg so I don't think she can wreck it just riding paved parks. I even bought a Hooligan to try and sway her to get rid of this, but she likes the fit of the Dove.
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It is a very small bike. My judgement is that it is too small for many. But it is also compact.

I personally think the Dahon EEZZ is the best bike in this general category. Wheels are a bit bigger (16" (305)) vs 14". Weight is not dissimilar.

Capacity on the Dove should generally be strong. The issue for bigger riders is more a length issue vs height. Would seem difficult to stretch out as needed.

The EEZZ is a more compact bike than many but does work through these details quite well.
I do believe, however, that the Dove is the best selling Dahon bike in China.
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Why the odd fenders?
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The fenders look like the mountain bike type that are not "form fitting" close to the tires.
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Agreed, I'm 5'8"-173cm and my knees are close to hitting my wrists on the Dove. It's rideable but the wheelbase is so short an endo seems probable. When I built my Dove up there were no 14" circular fenders to be found online so the ones on my bike are for 16" tires. They do the job well; I just bent the bracket so they were closer to the tires. I can see why the Dove is so popular in China. It's cheap, lots of aftermarket parts, smaller people, smaller living quarters, and well paved infrastructure.
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Yeah that saddle is a bit like the pig with golden nose ring...
Sadder is the uncomfortable rider on a painful saddle that 'looks good'.
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a live in rio de janeiro and have one pink dahon dove from china.
its a veru small whellbase and wild ride.
we mod it to 16" wheels and use roadbike caliper brakes, so we can say for sure its doable.
max tyre size is 1.35, or it will hit frame
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