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.
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.
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.
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.