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Old 06-09-23, 04:47 PM
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Which dahon?

I'm looking on the dahon website and I'm comparing these 4 models Mariner D8. dream D6 SUV d6, Vybe D7.

The last two are "on sale" and by all indications have better specs than the dream.

Is there anyone familiar with these models to help me decide? My purpose is to be able to transport my bike in the car for urban and utility riding. I want fenders and rack. It's my understanding that the frame on the dream has a tension cable, where the other models have a vice clamp, which I assume is better (the clamp)

Thanks in advance.
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Mariner D8. dream D6 SUV d6, Vybe D7
Get the on-sale Vybe. Fine bike, good frame, good clamp, has the new proprietary Deltec cable (this is actually a frame upgrade), adjustable handlepost, has your required fenders and rack, Henry Hon's favorite bike - he rides one to the factory.
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TCS, which raw frame do you think is lighter - the Vybe or the Mariner/Vitesse? Or is the MU frame the
lightest?
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No idea!

They are both "Dalloy aluminum" (I think this is double-butted 7005 work-hardened aluminum) with HiTen steel forks and "Lattice Forged ViceGrip" hinges. Guessing here: not a lot of difference.

The Mu has aluminum forks - perhaps the lightest bare frame of the three.

My wife's 2008 Mu is still going strong. Here on SD's Mickelson Trail through the Black Hills:

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Thanks for the replies. According to the specs on the web the Vybe D7 is the lightest.

I also considered the step through frame, I don't think I need the bigger wheels though. I think the fenders may not matter but I want a rack.

I wish there were an easier way to compare specs, it doesn't seem like price is any indication. I'm only 5'4'', I'm thinking that won't play into model choice either.
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The Vybe and Mariner are effectively the same weight. One thing to consider about the Mariner is it has a nicer rear hub with an 8-speed cassette and wider gear range (a lower low for hills), the Vybe uses a 7-spreed freewheel.

The Deltec cable on the Vybe is nice if you're over 220 lbs, otherwise you can live without it and ride the Mariner (note that the Deltec is an extra cable, both bikes use the same clamping system at the middle of the frame).

I don't recommend the step-through Briza, it's heavy and the fold is kinda finicky about where the pedals are placed when you fold/unfold.

My choice: Mariner D8
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Adding: If there's any way you can try one first I recommend it (if this is your first folder). A Dahon being folded and tossed in a car can tend to be a rather large and heavy implement even at the lower 26-27 lbs. range. I'm 5'6", 200 lbs. with a dodgy back and none of the bikes you're looking at would work for me as something to fold and put in the large trunk of my Chevy Impala sedan.

I do have a Dahon I like a lot, but I use it as an around-town shopper/cruiser that fits in my small home well.

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Originally Posted by Joe Remi
Adding: If there's any way you can try one first I recommend it (if this is your first folder). A Dahon being folded and tossed in a car can tend to be a rather large and heavy implement even at the lower 26-27 lbs. range. I'm 5'6", 200 lbs. with a dodgy back and none of the bikes you're looking at would work for me as something to fold and put in the large trunk of my Chevy Impala sedan.

I do have a Dahon I like a lot, but I use it as a around-town shopper/cruiser that fits in my small home well.
Good point. Folding bikes are practical for saving space but they are often heavier. Folding doesn’t always mean easy to carry.
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi
The Vybe and Mariner are effectively the same weight...My choice: Mariner D8
Mariner: US MSRP $949
Vybe: US on sale $486
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Originally Posted by tcs
Mariner: US MSRP $949
Vybe: US on sale $486
Yes, I stated that the Mariner has better parts. Of course the OP can go for the lower price if they want, I didn't interpret the question as one of price but which is the best bike for their needs.
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi
Yes, I stated that the Mariner has better parts. Of course the OP can go for the lower price if they want, I didn't interpret the question as one of price but which is the best bike for their needs.
I'd go with the vybe myself, then do a few updates. It's a solid deal for that price.
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