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Spensawr 10-04-07 04:29 PM

Vitesse D7 vs. Speed D7
Hello. Sorry for the stupid question but I'm looking into both the Vitesse D7 and the Speed D7. There are a lot of specs/features on the page that I don't quite understand. The only difference I can see is that the Vitesse is a bit lighter.

Could anyone elaborate on the differences in these bikes for me? Thanks a ton. :D

jur 10-04-07 04:42 PM

One from cromoly steel, the other from ally.

Spensawr 10-04-07 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by jur (Post 5393145)
One from cromoly steel, the other from ally.

What does that means in terms of the bike? Sorry I'm new to this whole thing. :p

yamcha 10-04-07 06:08 PM

I had the same dilema few weeks ago. Bought the Vitessi. The Vitessi has tons of awards. I am super happy with the bike.

jur 10-04-07 06:16 PM

That's the frame material, one is chrome-molybdenum steel and the other aluminium.

Debate over which is best has raged for decades without the end in sight. Maybe Dahon makes 2 identical bikes to target both market sectors.

There has been a few reports of the steel one snapping its frame's main tube in front of the hinge. Breakages of this kind is ironically expected more of aluminium.

Steel will be a bit more springy while aluminium is stiff which may or may not translate into a harsher ride for the aluminium-framed bike. You probably won't notice a difference though.

It comes down to which color you lik better, and if you want to drop the extra cash for a bit lighter bike. If you are going to lug it around lots, you'll probably wished you bought the lighter one instead. But it's only 10% so even there you may not notice much of a difference.

Some people say the pea-soup green is fugly, but some of those same people drool over a Surly Long-haul Trucker frame which is the same color.

Spensawr 10-04-07 06:32 PM

Thanks a ton! :D Now I have a few weeks to decide what color I want :p

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