Recently I had the chance to put the Speed P8 folding bicycle through the ultimate test. I got to ride it through the Rough and tough High Falls historic area in Rochester, New York, with cobblestone roads that would make any bicyclist ride away in fear. Would I trust my personal safety to a folding bicycle tackling these dreaded roads?
Dahon folding bicycles is a Brand I’ve come to trust after test riding many phenomenal models. This was my chance to really put the Speed P8 folding bicycle to the ultimate test, and it definitely lived up to my high expectations.
Dahon Speed P8 is extra durable
The Speed P8 has a tough frame made out of Chromoly steel with flawless welds. It’s rugged frame is built to withstand the abuse that bicycles are subjected to during daily city commutes. And unlike aluminum, the steel frame absorbs the potholes and other imperfections in the road extremely well. Holding this all together is a patented frame latch that keeps this bicycle from crumbling underneath you, no matter how rough the ride gets. All this innovation and strength was definitely needed on a day like this. It handled the cobblestone roads perfectly, offering a surprisingly smooth and vibration free ride.
Dahon Speed P8 is high performance
The Shwalbe big Apple tires on the twenty inch wheels made the bike roll extremely fast. For being classified as a commuter bicycle, the acceleration was impressive. I could feel it as soon as I started to pedal. The bicycle literally took off like a rocket. This is a result of the stiff, forged crank set that provides maximum pedaling efficiency. Dahon claims that this bicycle is made for recreational riding. From my experience I’d have to disagree. This beast rides exactly like a road bike with commuter bicycle comfort.
Dahon Speed P8 is high quality
What really impressed me the most was Dahon’s attention to detail. If I didn’t know the actual price, I would definitely think this folding bicycle costs way more than it does. All the components are from Shimano, a very well known manufacturer of bicycle components . Everything worked way better than expected. The twist shifter changed gears on the eight speed deraileur with crisp precision. They actually worked better than full sized bicycles I’ve ridden. Stopping at high speeds also wasn’t a problem. As soon as I pulled the high end brake levers, the brakes responded immediately. And there were no squeaks or pulsations at all.
Dahon Speed P8 provides ultimate comfort
Getting comfortable on the Speed P8 folding bicycle was actually very easy to do. I loved the feel of the seat, with it’s built in contours that relieves stress on your seat bones. At no point did I experience any kind of pain or numbness, and this was a fairly long ride. The seat not only looked great with the logo, it also was very functional. In fact it was one of the very best seats I’ve ever plopped my butt on.
There are also many thoughtful features included that makes this bicycle easily adaptable for riders of different sizes, and riding preferences. This means that everybody in the family can ride this bicycle, no matter if you’re and adult or child. It has a built in feature on the handlebar stem that allows you to adjust the height of the handlebar. Lower for a sportier, faster ride, or higher for a more relaxed leisurely one. And my favorite features is the lever that gives the ability to change the handlebar angle, and ergonomic grips that provide comfort for your hands.
Dahon Speed P8 is the perfect commuter
The Speed P8 folding bicycle is one awesome performing commuter bicycle. It rides exceptionally smooth over rough surfaces, and super fast on smooth pavement. It looks like an extremely expensive folding bicycle with it’s modern look, and Shimano components. Plus there’s a whole bunch of different accessories that you can buy to make your daily commute safer and more enjoyable.
Find out more about this amazing company and superb products by visiting their website at Dahon.com.