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Old 08-12-08, 02:59 PM   #1
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2006 Dahon Helios P8?


Can anyone give me some feedback on a 2006 Helios P8? How does it ride? What did it cost new?

I'm a Downtube rider, I was planning on a serious upgrade project but decided on saving the money for wither a new bike or decent second hand bike.

A guy gets on my train with a black Helios SL (I think) and the bike just looks awesome, i'm found a silver Helios (I think P8) for sale and wondering if its worth me taking a look.


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The difference between the Downtube and normal Helios is negligible. However the Dahon Helios SL is a sub 8kg bike and has very high-end components. If you can get hold of one of these it is a different proposition and well worth looking at.
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you can get a few lightweight bits and make a VERY light bike out of that Helios ...Lighter than most.. a little more flexible than the latest offerings ( but that doesnt harm most people)

If you get a good deal you have a good platform for some real lightweight stuff
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I like mine ('06 Helios P8)

I recall that I originally paid about $760 (Canadian) for it... I think before tax.
This was in May-June 2006, from my LBS.

Great bike - I've gone 100-120km on it several times now, although 60-80km is a distance that I do more regularly. Obviously with the tall handlepost you are not able to really throw your upper body into it a great deal like a Tour de France rider... I'm not sure this is really all that different on other Dahons or similarly designed folders. But I'm not particularly gentle or slow with it and my bike has served me well...

I would draw the line at a 2005 Helios P8... earlier models used the older style handlepost etc, which (to me anyway) make 2004 models less desirable.

I've really run the gamut of upgrades on this model - it was great as a stock bike and every little tweak or upgrade just made it that much better.

Good luck - hope you can get a good price on it.
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