Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bike. RRP £600. £349 at Action Bikes, Swansea. - HotUKDeals
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Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bike. RRP £600. £349.00 at Action Bikes, Swansea.

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I was looking for two folding bikes so we can take them out for leisure rides without all the disadvantages of hanging them on the back of the car. There are lots of cheap folders out there but they … Read More
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I was looking for two folding bikes so we can take them out for leisure rides without all the disadvantages of hanging them on the back of the car. There are lots of cheap folders out there but they are poor quality, awful to ride and often don't fold well. Brompton was the first quality brand which came to mind but their 16" wheels are more suited to commuting than longer rides or use on tracks and they are very expensive. 20" wheels are the best compromise for our purposes. I also preferred hub gears over derailliers for reliability and protection.

The Dahon Vitesse D7HG met all my requirements as well as giving a good ride, but at £600 rrp (£1200 for two) it was beyond my budget, even at the discount levels generally offered. However, I came across Action Bikes in Swansea who had bought up a job lot from a previous distributor and were offering them at an unbeatable £349 each (or £600 for two). I collected mine yesterday but they will ship for around £15 each which seems very reasonable.

This bike has an aluminium frame (total weight 11.8kg), 7 speed Shimano Nexus hub and lots of other nice features. Contrary to the wording on the Dahon site it does have mudguards as standard. Unlike so many folders it rides like a 'proper' bike.

Not to be confused with the Speed D7, also a nice bike but steel frame and Deraillier gears, rrp £400.

This dealer doesn't have a website (link here is to Dahon's own spec page) but you can reach them on 01792 464640.

http://uk.dahon.com/bikes/2010/vitesse-d7hg

As of 31 March they had about a dozen left so be quick if you want one.

Hope this does a few HUKD watchers a favour.
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#1
These bikes are very rideable and ideal for the purpose you describe. They are a bit cumbersome for carrying in town though. There is just a tiny amount of flex from the alloy frame - don't dismiss the steel version as it is not much heavier.
#2
Cracking folder at a fantastic price - snap em up quick!
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Bertt
These bikes are very rideable and ideal for the purpose you describe. They are a bit cumbersome for carrying in town though. There is just a tiny amount of flex from the alloy frame - don't dismiss the steel version as it is not much heavier.

Agreed on all counts. The main reason I went for this one is the hub gear and at this price it was not much more than the best discount I could get on the steel frame model (Speed D7, around £270). The weight difference is small (11.8kg vs 12.5kg I think). Yes, for ultimate portability the 16" wheel bikes are best but the compromise when riding is greater too. These will just get folded and put into back of car so meet our needs very well. Would be OK to take on train/bus once in a while but probably not best on a regular basis.
#4
Yup thats a great deal! I have a Dahon Jack folding mountain bike and it is great to put in the back of the car bit still be good for trail riding. This looks neat, in fact I would love a small folder with a travel case to take on holidays but not got the cash for it right now. :(

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