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Pimping my Dahon Espresso

Old 01-23-19, 09:40 AM
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I was a bit cramped so fitted a cheap extender from China. Does the job!

Also, I wasnít getting on with the bullhorns so swapped in a cut down flat bar and some Ergon grips. Itís much better now.
Nice work.

If you want some ideas for light weight parts take a look at my build:
Tyrell CSI build

There are still a lot of areas where you can shave weight but it gets costly quickly.
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Old 11-06-19, 02:35 AM
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Old 11-06-19, 02:41 AM
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So, 2 years since I got it and the Dahon has seen some serious use.

Itís been on tour around Europe, gravel riding in Bavaria, on holiday to Cornwall, had a couple of months in Wales and recently 6 weeks commuting across London.

Itís been on buses, planes and just about every sort of German train.

The rear rack collapsed but I had a Blackburn rack ready to go on.

I have just swapped the new handlebar in. The FSA external bottom bracket is pretty short lived but I have removed the seals, cleaned and repacked it a couple of times. Easily done. Drivetrain now has a few thousand KM on it but still looks ok. New shift cables and housing, new brake pads, thatís it.

Iím very glad I went with the Magura hydraulic rim brakes as I have ridden with some serious weight on board.

All in all a great acquisition and a keeper, for sure!
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Old 11-11-19, 05:08 AM
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What Front chainring do you run? I'm interested in the small one as the top seem a 50 something teeth.

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Old 11-18-19, 04:54 AM
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What Front chainring do you run? I'm interested in the small one as the top seem a 50 something teeth.

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Standard racing compact (as thatís what I had in the parts bin). 50/34, 11-30 ten speed cassette.

Itís a bit overgeared. A 13-30 cassette would be perfect.
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Old 11-19-19, 09:29 AM
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Just got this one too for Ä10 - looks like a project!

Different branding but the geometry is the same.

3x7 Microshift, flat tyres, no seatpost, but should be an easy fixer upper.
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Old 11-21-19, 07:18 AM
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All finished, rides perfectly.

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Old 12-17-19, 12:12 PM
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So the white DLT above sold pretty much straight away for Ä130, which netted a nice profit, offsetting the costs of pimping the silver Dahon a bit.

Iím currently in Strasbourg and the bike is running perfectly. Newly cabled and with fresh brakes, I repacked the folding pedals as they were squeaking horribly, everything works as it should and itís a joy to ride.

If you donít need a particularly small fold, then I highly recommend these Dahon 26Ē folders. They ride exactly like a standard hybrid.
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Old 05-24-20, 02:01 PM
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Back to pimping the Espresso: itís about to receive a Swytch front wheel e-bike conversion.
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Old 01-03-21, 01:18 PM
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has anyone put shock forks on the front of a D21?
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Old 01-03-21, 04:29 PM
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What are you hoping to gain? Roger
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a smoother ride I have it set up as a mountain bike. also considering a rear ewheel or middrive motor?
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Old 01-05-21, 02:42 AM
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Hi Roger,

When I am working away, I will be able to more comfortably park and live temporarily further away from my destination and commute in.

I will hopefully save some cash. The Swytch kit works well.
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a smoother ride I have it set up as a mountain bike. also considering a rear ewheel or middrive motor?
is that a question for me?

I am considering neither as the front wheel Swytch conversion fulfills my requirements. Itís a decent piece of kit, although installation took a while.

I also serviced the external bottom bracket cups whilst I had the crank arm off so that took a bit of time. Itís well worth doing this if you run an external BB. They wonít be perfect afterwards but you can extend their life massively.
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have any of you figured out the best way to attach an ebike battery to the frame?
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You have various options.

a smaller bottle style battery on the bottle bosses under the downtube.

a rack battery on... a rear rack.

the Swytch handlebar battery is a decent solution. Itís easy to remove. There is a mild effect on the steering as it is slowed by the extra weight up there but you get used to it quickly enough.

hope this helps.
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have any of you figured out the best way to attach an ebike battery to the frame?
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You have various options.

a smaller bottle style battery on the bottle bosses under the downtube.

a rack battery on... a rear rack.

the Swytch handlebar battery is a decent solution. Itís easy to remove. There is a mild effect on the steering as it is slowed by the extra weight up there but you get used to it quickly enough.

hope this helps.

Dahon Espresso D21 electric conversion project.
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Back to pimping the Espresso: itís about to receive a Swytch front wheel e-bike conversion.
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  • Oops apologies. I will upload photos tomorrow!
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a pretty terrible photo but itíll give you an idea.
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a pretty terrible photo but itíll give you an idea.

I love my Swytch kit. Bought 2, 1st one is on a tandem. Other will go on my wife's road bike to keep up with my Chameleon

On a smaller folder their Brompton block mount would be ideal.
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Crisis time!

The seat tube cracked all the way round; fortunately the guys at the theatre here in Belgium could fashion a rough and ready repair.
It looks pretty awful, but I donít care at all, it just has to hold!
A month of Begian pavť proved too much for it!







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