The Dahon Speed P8. Made out of 4130 chromoly steel with an aluminum fork in a Crimson Red color, dad was smitten over this folding bike when he first saw it.

Two years later, and Dad is still riding this folding bike on a daily basis

Overall, the Dahon Speed P8 has made Dad’s life much easier. A few years ago he moved from a house into an apartment. At the time he had a full sized bike that wouldn’t fit into his apartment. When he purchased the Dahon Speed P8, his storage problems were solved.

Now he stores his bicycle in a corner out of the way, instead of taking up all the space in his living room. He also commutes to work a few days a week, and can bring his bicycle into the job, due to it’s small sized while folded.

Dads bike folded for easy storage or bringing into places.
Dads bike folded for easy storage or bringing into places.

On the days he’s not working, he meets his sister at the coffee shop, and can put his bike in her trunk if the weather gets bad, or if they want to go somewhere together.

Dad loves owning a folding bicycle for his daily round commutes of 7 miles total.

A review of the Speed P8

A few years ago when dad first bought his Dahon Speed P8 folding bike, I did a review that was featured on the Dahon Bikes Blog.

I was super excited to give the Dahon Speed P8 a review, because of their rock solid reputation for building superb folding bikes.

At the time I was riding a 24-speed hybrid bicycle and didn’t expect the Dahon Speed P8 to ride just as well as a full sized bicycle.

Shockingly, the Dahon Speed P8 rode better than the hybrid bicycles that Dad and myself we’re riding, just as NYCEWheels in New York City claimed.

Plus, I was really impressed with the attention to detail and quality of the components.

The chromoly frame was rock solid with no flex, along with the very secure hinges clamps that felt very stiff. @dahonbikes
The chromoly frame was rock solid with no flex, along with the very secure hinge clamps that felt very stiff. @dahonbikes
There’s also a sturdy latch on the folding handlebars.
There’s also a sturdy latch on the folding handlebars.
Handlebars folded down for easy storage.
Handlebars folded down for easy storage.
Picking up speed on the Dahon Speed P8 didn’t take very long. That’s because of the maximum pedaling efficiency provided by the forged crankset.
Picking up speed on the Dahon Speed P8 didn’t take very long. That’s because of the maximum pedaling efficiency provided by the forged crankset.
The twist shifter along with Neos 8 speed rear derailleur is crisp and provides plenty of gear range.
The twist shifter along with Neos 8 speed rear derailleur is crisp and provides plenty of gear range.
It’s easy to adjust the Dahon Speed P8 handlebar height to fit different sized riders and riding styles. This was especially useful seeing I like my handlebars lower for a more aerodynamic position than Dad Prefers.
It’s easy to adjust the Dahon Speed P8 handlebar height to fit different sized riders and riding styles. This was especially useful seeing I like my handlebars lower for a more aerodynamic position than Dad Prefers.
You can also adjust the angle of your handlebar.
You can also adjust the angle of your handlebar.
The Seat on the Dahon Speed P8 makes this folding bike extremely comfortable for longer rides.
The Seat on the Dahon Speed P8 makes this folding bike extremely comfortable for longer rides. @dahonbikes
Even comes with quick releases for fast and easy wheel removal.
Even comes with quick releases for fast and easy wheel removal.

As great as this folding bike was when dad bought it, there were a number of issues that existed

For $775 this Bike didn’t come with magnets to hold it together while folded. Instead, it came with plastic clips that didn’t hold it very well, and broke within a few weeks. After a few weeks of using Velcro straps, dad finally had enough.

Dad had to purchase the rear magnet.
Dad had to purchase the rear magnet.
Along with the front one.
Along with the front one.
Dad also had to upgrade the tires because the ones that came with the bike were cheap. Dad got three flats within a month.
Dad also had to upgrade the tires because the ones that came with the bike were cheap. Dad got three flats within a month.

For such a high price, this bicycle should have come with these magnets, better tires, along with fenders and a rack.

Also, theres been many mechanical issues with this bike. The rear cog had to be tightened. Both folding pedals started to fall apart. And the brake cable that goes through the frame got worn out, because the rubber insert that holds it together fell out.

Even the front headset got loose twice, and had to be tightened at our favorite bike shop.

I still think Dahon offers some great models at the best prices, but because of these mechanical issues, I bought a Tern Link D8 and been very happy with it. Dad is also thinking of making his next folding bike a Tern.

 

 

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