Dahon Speed D8 Folding Bike Review / ON THE ROAD

Dahon Speed D8 Folding Bike Review / ON THE ROAD


Hi, I’m Roger with Bison Transport. Over the summer I’ve been testing out the
Dahon Folding Bikes to see how they can impact the drivers over all health and fitness while
they are out on the road. So I’ve had this bright orange Speed D8
now for a few weeks. And it shares the same body design as the
Speed Uno and the same frame and folding setup. It also has the same 20 inch tires and wheels. The Speed D8 has and eight speed Shimano
Derailleur with a grip shift and it also has front and rear V breaks. Where as the Speed Uno is just the single
gear with a coaster break. So one of the unique features about the Speed
8 is the telescopic handle, and it has a red dot on it. That basically lets you know the optimal folding
position so when you fold the bike down, the handle is in the right spot. But, also I like it because you can adjust
it based on your riding height. But then that’s why I like having mine down
quite a bit. Its also, there’s a piece here that enable’s
you to adjust what position you want to have the handle bars in. And again for folding it’s optimal to have
them all the way pointed down and then you lock it in place. But for your riding position your gonna wanna
have it somewhere in that area. Of course the seat post when you’re folding
the bike you obviously put the seat post all the way down. It’s one of the first things you do when you
fold the bike. And on the Speed D8, one of the new features
that I like is it has a numbered slot so you can remember where your optimum position,
mine right now is at a number eight. And it just helps you to lock it in so that
every time you ride the bike your seated in the same place as you were the last time. I’m just starting out with the Speed Uno,
I was doing may be six, eight kilometers, just kind of to get going. Get used to it, get my legs used to the activity. With the Speed D8 I have been able to step
it up a little bit extra. I am averaging around 10 to 12 kilometers
in a half hour on just a casual bike ride. On my days off I like to go a little bit further,
I’ve being doing some 20 kilometer runs on my days off, which you still can do under
an hour. The Speed D8 is very fast. Your normal cruising speed I would say is
around 25 to 30 kilometers an hour. If your really pedaling it, and your really
coming on to it you can come off the seat and really dig down and really get into it. Out for another fun bike ride, another 15
kilometers down. My legs are really feeling it now. Getting into it, everyday, out here pedaling
the Speed D8. There’s no quit in my game. If you need to you can climb modest hills
as well. You drop a couple of gears and you just take
your time. And I’m starting to really enjoy that. That’s where you can really get your fitness
level and you can really get the heart rate going with some nice moderate hills so that’s
kind of fun too. It’s not really the best trail or mountain
bike. Doesn’t have suspension, it’s really made
for urban exploring. I’ve really started to amp it up and really
get into cycling, and almost become a cyclist. It’s really fun, I’ve really gotten into it,
I find myself going on longer and longer runs. I look forward to going on the bike every
day.