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Dahon Espresso

Dahon Espresso

2011

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (2 Reviews)
$549.99
 

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2011 Dahon Espresso

Dahon’s Espresso is the perfect bike for any urban adventure. This cool aluminum ride features a wide, comfy saddle, upright riding geometry and stable upright bars. Now, consider that the Espresso folds for easy storage in a car trunk, your apartment or on the bus and you'll know you’ve got a versatile fun machine. Plus, the Espresso is loaded with a hill-topping 21-speed SRAM/Shimano drivetrain, aluminum rims and sure-stopping ProMax linear-pull brakes. And, its seatpost has an integrated tire pump so you're always ready should a dreaded flat arise.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Dahon Sonus 7005 aluminum
    Fork OS Straight
    Rims/Wheels Aluminum
    Hubs Formula
    Spokes 14-gauge stainless-steel
    Tires Schwalbe Big Apple, 26 x 2.0
    Crankset Aluminum
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    Front Derailleur Microshift
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 14-28
    Shifters Sram MRX Comp
    Handlebars BioLogic Crescent
    Tape/Grips BioLogic Ergo
    Stem Dahon Axis
    Brake Levers ProMax aluminum
    Brakes ProMax linear-pull
    Pedals SR SunTour folding, non-slip
    Saddle BioLogic Como
    Seatpost Aluminum
    Accessories & Extras Kickstand, chainguard
    Folded Dimensions 14 x 37 x 31 inches

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number
    Small (5'2" - 5'6") 00025952960110 96-0-11
    Medium (5'6" - 6') 00025952960127 96-0-12
    Large (6' - 6'4") 00025952960134 96-0-13
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    Pros

    • Attractive Design  (2)
    • Lightweight  (2)
    • Handles Well  (2)
    • Durable 
    • Great Components 

    Cons

    • Could fold flatter easier 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting  (2)
    • Road Biking 

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update: Love this Bike: Hope to Keep for

    By Mid-50s Woman in Decent Shape

    from Kent, OH

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Great Components
    • Attractive Design
    • Handles Well
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting

      Comments:

      [...], I've been out on the Espresso a lot. My enthusiasm has only grown. My speed and riding position quickly improved. But I'm posting an update to note that I've figured out how to get it to fit in my hatch without using the backseat's 60/40 fold. I didn't see this info anywhere in instructions or online, but figured it out by accident. If you turn the front wheel with handlebars around 180 degrees, it takes up a bit less space in the trunk. With the pedals upright and everything compact and just-so, it fits fine in a passenger car. With an SUV, it doesn't matter so much. Just folding in half does the trick. But I'm thrilled now that no one can see it in the back, I have full use of the backseat and even still have some trunk space. I have a lot of other stuff back there, plus there's still room for 2-3 grocery bags. So the bike only takes up about 65% percent of my trunk space. That makes it even a better purchase. I never see folders when I'm out and around. But I couldn't recommend it more. And what a great way to grab lovely days and some impromtu exercise.

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      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this Bike: Hope to Keep for Years

      By Mid-50s Woman in Decent Shape

      from Kent, OH

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Could fold flatter easier

      Best Uses

      • Commuting

      Comments:

      I'm a middle-aged woman and love this bike. It fits in my hatch (pokes out a bit and I use the backseat's 60/40 fold), and I'm taking it with me through the non-winter months. It's great for getting on the rail-trails and off you go. It's better exercise than indoor machines, plus you're outside in nature. It seems to be made well. It's easy to fold and unfold, although I wouldn't mind if it compressed flatter more easily (and the paper and online instructions aren't great). It's full size and easy to maneuver. It's a well kept secret about how wonderful the Dahon Espresso is, I suspect because mostly younger, serious guy cyclists write online reviews. I bought it at Eddy's in Stow, OH, last fall, and this spring and am getting to ride it a lot. I recommend Eddy's too. For a reasonable investment, you're good to go and it's security to have in case of a car problem. With a cell phone and the foldable bike, you can take care of yourself. Obviously saves on gas too. I would recommend it way over the heavy, cutsy, heavily marketed cruisers that aren't nearly as flexible and are heavier to ride with a more upright feel. This is between that retro style and the ten speeds that the serious cyclists use. It's just right for casual fun and excellent mobile exercise. I may eventually use it to commute when the conditions are right and more of the promised trails open to the public.

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