IB13: Dahon Unfolds High End Folding Bike w/ Rohloff, Belt Drive & Hydraulic Brakes, More!
Dahon’s done an internally geared folding bike before, but this is their first that uses one with a Gates Belt Drive.
The premium model uses a top end Rohloff 14-speed hub with the Gates Center Track system. It also includes their VP-made quick release pedals that pop into the included saddle bag. Throw Magura MT6 hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear and you’ve got the makings for one heck of a mini commuter. And a price tag that’ll unfold your wallet just as quick as their frames…
Complete spec is:
- Weight — 12.1 kg (26.8 lbs)
- Frame — Dalloy Sanus Aluminum tubeset with forged Lattice Hinged and V-Clamp technology
- Fork — Lightweight Dalloy aluminum with integrated crown
- Handlepost — Forged Alloy Radius Telescope with Fusion Technology, adjustable
- Drivetrain — Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, 14 gear Internal Hub Gear with Rohloff indexed Twist Shifter
- Wheels — Large 451mm (22″) Aluminum Double Wall rims, Dahon sealed bearing disc brake hubs
- Brakes — Magura MT6 Hydraulic Disc 160/160
- Saddle — Dahon Ergo Comfort SL
- Crank — Forged Alloy Crank Arms
- Color — Agate
Dahon says it’s one of the quietest, smoothest running bikes around, folder or not. Retail is $5,500.
If weight’s more important than all out luxury, the new Mu EX is built up with a carbon handlebar, fork and seatpost with a SRAM Red rear derailleur.
For $1,980, even the brake lever blades are carbon. It rolls on 20″ wheels wrapped in Schwalbe rubber. I didn’t get the actual weight, but it’s felt pretty light.
At the other end of the spectrum from the Mu Rohloff is the he Speed Uno. It’s a super simple, single speed folder with a coaster brake and 20″ wheels. Retail is around $420.