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New model Dahon Mini 349 bike

Old 03-24-23, 04:34 AM
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New model Dahon Mini 349 bike

Dahon seems to have a new model called the mini 349, which looks similar to the K3 Plus, but with 349 rims, possibly deltec tension cable (website doesn't show it, but the press release has it), and eyelets for rear rack.
https://dahon.com/bikes/mini-349/

I would be curious to know the wheelbase, chainstay, seatpost angle, etc. in comparison with standard 20" models and the K3 plus.
I'm suspicious of the parallel spoke nipple holes in the rim. Aren't they more susceptible to fracturing the rim, and the load distribution isn't as uniform as a standard rim?

The use of 349 rim is also not so convenient as the range of available tires are more limited than compared to 355.



The press release shows a seatpost stem with a pressure gauge for their built in pump. I wonder how effective it is, or wither it gets in the way of the clamping.

https://dahon.com/dahon-announces-ex...ei-cycle-2023/
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Originally Posted by tomtomtom123
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The use of 349 rim is also not so convenient as the range of available tires are more limited than compared to 355.
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I don't know your location, but here in SEAsia where I am 349 (and 305) tires are far more popular and common than 355.

The Dahon looks quite similar to the FnHon Zephyr. In my location, building your own is less expensive than buying a complete bike. Dollar to dollar you'd end up with a better specced bike if you build it yourself (or ask a shop to build you one).

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Old 05-04-23, 05:28 AM
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If at all possible, test ride one. If you're a full size American, you may find it too cramped. I would be too large for their 16-inch models. Maybe I would be OK with a Curl. I barely would fit with their 20-inch models.
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