Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Dahon is now the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bicycles. Their vision is to promote Green mobility with their folding technology, by producing compact and portable bicycles. Dahon folding bicycles are primarily aimed at urban commuters. In India, folding bicycles have become popular among urban commuters over the last couple of years. The availability of high quality products and increasing market knowledge over the last couple of years are major factors contributing to this growth. Dahon’s 2018 range is just entering the Indian market. We got the opportunity to check out the . Read on to see the what this bicycle is all about.
The Dahon SUV D6 has been made using a Hi-Ten Steel frame with an SD latch design. Traditionally steel is heavier than an alloy frame, however the usage of steel ensures a strong, stable and long lasting bicycle that is capable of slightly rough handling. The geometry of the bicycle enables for a comfortable and relaxed riding position, while the frame design ensures easy mounting and dismounting. Additionally, this bicycle comes equipped with mudguards at the front and rear as well as an integrated rear carrier. The bicycle has a rigid fork with a hi-ten steel steerer and blades.
Designing folding bicycles requires an intricate thought process in order to make the bicycle as compact as possible, while delivering on performance. True, they do come across as odd looking when seen for the first time. That said, the Dahon SUV D6 is a great looking folding bicycle that is available in a primary colour of dark blue with white branding and light blue decals. The matte finish paint job appears of high quality and adds to the overall aesthetics of the bicycle.
The Dahon SUV D6 comes equipped with a 6-Speed Shimano Tourney TY-21 Rear Derailleur whose shifting is controlled by trigger shifters. The derailleur worked smoothly enabling smooth shifting with no evidence of delays or lags. The transmission was seamless and efficient. The range of speed options is well suited for a bicycle aimed at city commutes. Additionally the large crank enables a better distance covered per pedal stroke ratio. The bicycle is surprisingly smooth and can be used for short city commutes and fairly longer distance leisure rides. The only point of concern in this department is the usage of Shimano Index shifters, which can take some time to get used to.
The Dahon SUV D6 comes equipped with alloy V-Brakes. The stopping power of the brakes and the responsiveness of the braking mechanism was found to be impressive. The brake levers are well placed and require two to three fingers to operate. However, the Resin material felt slightly flimsy when tested.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Dahon forged-aluminium handlebar whose height is adjustable. The width of the handlebar on this bicycle makes steering a little different from traditional bicycles. The short width of the handlebar along with the recessed head tube angle creates a slight lag while maneuvering and could affect the capability and stability while making sudden turns or changes in direction. An adjustable handlebar height allows for the rider to adjust the handlebar to a position that they are comfortable with, this is a big plus point here. This feature makes it a great bicycle for people of various heights. When on the test ride, I found that the handlebar grips felt slightly hard and could do with a little extra cushioning.
The Dahon SUV D6 comes equipped with Kenda 20” x 1.5” tires. The 20” lightweight aluminium rims with 28 hole front and rear hubs are wide enough to ensure comfort and stability required for city commutes. The treading on the tires ensured great grip and stability on uneven roads. It is no doubt that the treading will allow for adequate control and grip while ridden on wet surfaces. The dimensions of the tires allowed for smooth rolling even over bumpy city roads laden with potholes and loose sand.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Dahon Vybe City saddle. The saddle was broad enough to comfortably accommodate one’s sit bones. However, I felt that the saddle was on the harder side and could use more cushioning. The Promax alloy seat post comes with a Quick Release option, allowing for adjustment of the saddle height which is convenient while on the move. Overall, the ride quality was satisfactory.
There have been no major changes in terms of the overall specs of the Dahon SUV D6 this year, when compared to its previous year’s counterpart. Though the price point has reduced by about 500 Rupees. The handlebar used on this year’s model is made of aluminium alloy as compared to the previous year’s model which came with a steel handlebar. In conclusion, the overall performance of the bicycle is satisfactory and this year’s bicycle did feel slightly lighter than the previous one. This bicycle is ideal for urban commuters who require a lightweight, portable bicycle to carry with them while on the move. This bicycle is also a great option for adventure enthusiasts who would like to take their bicycle with them while they travel, without an added hassle of figuring out how to transport it.
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