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Advice On A Dahon Helios SL

Old 01-19-14, 11:27 AM
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Advice On A Dahon Helios SL

Hello,

This might sound ridiculous to most of you but I'm new to folding bikes and need some advice before purchasing.

I'm looking for a commuter bike and a friend referred me to a friend who is has offered to sell his Dahon Helios SL.

The bike is around 5 years old.
Pictures show scratches here and there. Definitely's been used. Not pristine but decent condition.
Needs new grips, basic inners, and tyres and I'm guessing a full service before I know what else it would need.

Another issue is that I wouldn't be able to test it out.

He's offering as is for 100 or around 150 for a service to get it back on the road.

Is that a reasonable price? Is there more that I should be asking?

He's also based in Reading while I'm in London so it would be a pretty lengthy drive to pick it up.

Any information would be awesome.

Thanks.
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Are you sure it is an SL model over a regular Helios?
The Helios SL was a very expensive bike when new so you would be getting a great deal.
The SL has a light wheelset with 14/16 spokes, the regular Helios had more spokes.
Just look them up on the web and you will see the differences in spec.

We would need to see pics of the bike to know what you're really getting.
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Originally Posted by ttakata73 View Post
Are you sure it is an SL model over a regular Helios?
The Helios SL was a very expensive bike when new so you would be getting a great deal.
The SL has a light wheelset with 14/16 spokes, the regular Helios had more spokes.
Just look them up on the web and you will see the differences in spec.

We would need to see pics of the bike to know what you're really getting.
Here are the pics that were sent. It is indeed an SL.


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Old 01-19-14, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by pizzarella View Post
Here are the pics that were sent. It is indeed an SL.


'06 helios sl. dahon's best bike. buy it immediately.
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Old 01-20-14, 02:08 AM
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Originally Posted by pizzarella View Post
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He's offering as is for 100 or around 150 for a service to get it back on the road.

Is that a reasonable price? Is there more that I should be asking?

He's also based in Reading while I'm in London so it would be a pretty lengthy drive to pick it up.

.............

Why can't I find deals like this!? It's definitely worth the 1 hour drive at that price!
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Old 01-20-14, 02:08 AM
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Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
'06 helios sl. dahon's best bike. buy it immediately.
What he said. I just bought the Dahon Helios XX you see listed in Folding Bikes Marketplace, which is basically the same bike. And it wasn't cheap. Buy that SL right now.
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