Dahon Curve SL folding commuter bike - £199.99 delivered from Winstanley bikes
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Dahon Curve SL folding commuter bike - £199.99 delivered from Winstanley bikes

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Found 11th Jan 2015
This is an absolute bargain. They usually sell for between £300 and £400!

The Curve SL does everything you’d expect from Dahon's Top Spec Commuter Bike. It folds in seconds, weighs next to nothing, and folds small enough to fit into a shopping bag! But where it really shines is how well it rides - with a Revised Frame Geometry, it is reassuringly stable and a Custom SL Version of the Sturmey-Archer 5-Speed Hub provides all the gears you’re likely to need on a Commute. The Schwalbe Big Apple Tyres are Fast Rolling and also Smooth for Maximum Speed; whilst the Kinetix Pro Handlebars and BioLogic SDG I-Beam Saddle provide Maximum Comfort.
Frame: PA Type, 16" Wheel, Custom-Drawn Sonus Tubing w/Forged Lattice Hinge, ViseGrip Folding Latch & Integrated Headtube
Fork: Dahon SlipStream Puro U7 Aluminium w/Fusion Technology
Cranks: Sugino 6061-T6 Cold Forged Aluminium, Hand Polished w/2014 Aluminium 46T Chainring & Chain Guard
Bottom Bracket: Cartrdige, Sealed Bearing
Pedals: MKS MTS-2 EZY, Folding
No. of Gears: 5
Shifters: Sturney Archer
Freewheel: Dahon Special Edition, 13T
Chain: KMC Z610 RustBuster
Front Hub: Dahon Neutron Ultra Light (58g)
Rear Hub: Sturney Archer 5, Freewheel, Dahon Special Lightweight Edition
Rims: Kinetix Pro, Niobium Alloy, Double-Walled w/CNC Machined SIdewalls
Tyres: Schwalbe Big Apple, 16x2.0", 75psi w/Kevlar Puncture Protection & Reflex Sidewalls
Spokes: 14G, Stainless, Brass Nipples
Brakes: Kinetix SpeedStop V-Brakes w/Flexible Noodle, Stainless Link, Anchor Bolt & SilentGrip Ceramic Pads
Brake Levers: Avid FR5
Cables: Dahon LiveWire, SIS Housing, Slick Cable
Handlebar: Kinetix Pro Flat Bar, Double-Butted 7050 Aluminium
Headset: Dahon Fusion, Zero Stack, Cartridge Bearings
Handlepost: Forged Aluminium Radius Telescope, Adjustable w/Patented Fusion Technology & Patented InSide Lock
Grips: ProLite Foam
Saddle: BioLogic Velvet w/Patented SDG I-Beam Technology
Seat Post: SDG I-Beam Pro, 2014 Aluminiu, Super-Oversized
Gear Inches: 38-85"
Suggested Rider Height: 137-188cm (4'6"-6'2")
Max Rider Weight: 100 Kg (220 lbs)
Folded Size: 34x60x65cm
Folding Time: 15 Seconds
Weight: 9.9 kg (21.8 lbs)
Size: 16" Wheel
Colours: Grey

27 Comments

16" wheels? That's a real shame. The Dahon's are great in 20" config'...

Here's my Dahon Speed P8 fully loaded doing London to Paris...
(I am 100kg...my gear was another 20 - so these Dahon can comfortably exceed their 105KG weight limit)

wenttoabetterplace

16" wheels? That's a real shame. The Dahon's are great in 20" … 16" wheels? That's a real shame. The Dahon's are great in 20" config'...Here's my Dahon Speed P8 fully loaded doing London to Paris...(I am 100kg...my gear was another 20 - so these Dahon can comfortably exceed their 105KG weight limit)


Link goes to Microsoft login page (for me).

Great little bike, wheels a shade small, but not too bad and less than 10kg at this price for a folding bike is awesome. Note that if you are someone that hasn't cycled for ages then riding a bike with such small wheels will be a bit harder to balance on, and you will also feel the bumps more. But still much better than an average decathlon folding bike.

eatmorefish

Link goes to Microsoft login page (for me).



THIS should work
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 11th Jan 2015

oO WOW... I use High-5 in my bottle, are you on meths :-) lol

I ride a road bike and station bike is a Hybrid. I have been thinking of a folding one for a while but can't get Brompton out of my head. at a 1/4 of the price, how does this compare?

dingo22uk

oO WOW... I use High-5 in my bottle, are you on meths :-) lolI ride a … oO WOW... I use High-5 in my bottle, are you on meths :-) lolI ride a road bike and station bike is a Hybrid. I have been thinking of a folding one for a while but can't get Brompton out of my head. at a 1/4 of the price, how does this compare?



Haha...I have a full long distance cycle touring setup on that bike :). The meth is for my trangia ;).
Bromptons are superb bits of kit. You just can't beat that fold! They also hold their value really well. BUT they are a theft target, and their components - though serviceable - aren't that great (I'm talking about the brakes/Sturmey Archer hubs etc).
If I had the money, I'd go for a Brompton. Much stiffer ride too (v.little handlebar flex). But for £199, you are getting 90% of the bike...with no real weight penalty.

Could you stick a kids trailer on the back of these? One that fixes onto the quick release bar?

If you wanted to die on the roads...

Banned

My experience of Winstanley bikes was poor. I just do not like dealing with a company that leads you to believe an item is in stock, takes your money, then emails you to say stock due in x amount of days. I didn't even wait to find out if the stock was going to arrive to them in x amount of days, as from memory, that time-frame was not a few days, more like a few weeks. I got my refund in a reasonable time, but considered the whole episode to just be a waste.

Bearing in mind this is being offered as "Out of stock. Available to order, normally dispatched within 7 days if in stock with our suppliers", I personally would leave well alone.

If I wanted to take the risk, I would 100% use a credit card and not a debit card/Paypal

voted hot, as most certainly a good price.

Edited by: "Lyrrad" 12th Jan 2015

I've bought a few bikes from them and it's been fine.

dingo22uk

oO WOW... I use High-5 in my bottle, are you on meths :-) lolI ride a … oO WOW... I use High-5 in my bottle, are you on meths :-) lolI ride a road bike and station bike is a Hybrid. I have been thinking of a folding one for a while but can't get Brompton out of my head. at a 1/4 of the price, how does this compare?


Fuelled by Meths that was my first thought on that picture too
Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 12th Jan 2015

Banned

spatter

I've bought a few bikes from them and it's been fine.



Can you remember if they we in stock at the time? This is a good price
Edited by: "Lyrrad" 12th Jan 2015

no. but give em a ring...

Lyrrad

My experience of Winstanley bikes was poor. I just do not like dealing … My experience of Winstanley bikes was poor. I just do not like dealing with a company that leads you to believe an item is in stock, takes your money, then emails you to say stock due in x amount of days. I didn't even wait to find out if the stock was going to arrive to them in x amount of days, as from memory, that time-frame was not a few days, more like a few weeks. I got my refund in a reasonable time, but considered the whole episode to just be a waste.Bearing in mind this is being offered as "Out of stock. Available to order, normally dispatched within 7 days if in stock with our suppliers", I personally would leave well alone.If I wanted to take the risk, I would 100% use a credit card and not a debit card/Paypalvoted hot, as most certainly a good price.



Mmm. Seems this is an old model im guessing they wont get stock at all.

Banned

sprite127594

Mmm. Seems this is an old model im guessing they wont get stock at all.



That may not be the case. I remember SportsDirect had 'old stock' of a couple of Tera Nova tents. I wasn't prepared to buy 2 tents from Sports Direct for £500. I contacted Tera Nova themselves, and they had them in stock. I bought directly from them after making quite clear I would never spend that kind of money with SportsDirect.
Edited by: "Lyrrad" 12th Jan 2015

OOS

whatyadoinsucka

Fuelled by Meths that was my first thought on that picture too



My alter ego

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S**T missed it. Need a folding bike to get my ****** weight down

wenttoabetterplace

THIS should work


What bags are you using there? Are they military surplus?

cpg

What bags are you using there? Are they military surplus?



Yep, army rocket pouches with the webbing system. All of my stuff fits into 4 pouches, which means I can carry my 2x rocket packs across my front and on my back....with my bike in its bike bag slung across my shoulders :). It's a pretty convenient way to go off cycle touring as it means I can hop on/off public transport without incurring any penalties!

A Brompton would be the next evolution of the ultra light touring setup .... but I think I'll have to drop to 85KG's to make that a viable plan

I'm also tempted to try and find a Dawes Kingpin (vintage sort)...they have almost no frame flex (unlike the Dahon's), and have standard components. They also look really nice

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8634558397_f0dd9bd37e.jpg
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 12th Jan 2015

Thanks for that. I have a Mezzo, which is a rigid frame, fold is slight bigger than a Brompton but it rides better in my opinion and costs less, especially on the used market. Have you considered an R&M Birdy for lightweight touring?

wenttoabetterplace

Yep, army rocket pouches with the webbing system. All of my stuff fits … Yep, army rocket pouches with the webbing system. All of my stuff fits into 4 pouches, which means I can carry my 2x rocket packs across my front and on my back....with my bike in its bike bag slung across my shoulders :). It's a pretty convenient way to go off cycle touring as it means I can hop on/off public transport without incurring any penalties!A Brompton would be the next evolution of the ultra light touring setup .... but I think I'll have to drop to 85KG's to make that a viable plan :)I'm also tempted to try and find a Dawes Kingpin (vintage sort)...they have almost no frame flex (unlike the Dahon's), and have standard components. They also look really nice



Hi there

Is that a custome build kingpin or is that for sale? Can't find it anywhere, it's lovely.

X

Xeres

Hi thereIs that a custome build kingpin or is that for sale? Can't find … Hi thereIs that a custome build kingpin or is that for sale? Can't find it anywhere, it's lovely. X



It's a vintage (1979-85) Kingpin that has been renovated/re-sprayed etc. It's a real shame they aren't built anymore. You can still buy them second hand - though most of them will need stripping and repainting. If you don't mind a bit of elbow grease, you'll end up with a much nicer bike than any other folding bike this side of a Brompton.

cpg

Thanks for that. I have a Mezzo, which is a rigid frame, fold is slight … Thanks for that. I have a Mezzo, which is a rigid frame, fold is slight bigger than a Brompton but it rides better in my opinion and costs less, especially on the used market. Have you considered an R&M Birdy for lightweight touring?



I personally instantly removed Mezzo's from consideration. That weird front end just wouldn't work for me. I also looked at the Birdy's - but they are too expensive and too unconventional. They are also pretty useless for cycle touring given all of the suspension parts.
For me, the gold standard in folding bikes are the Bike Friday New World Tourist's/Pocket Llama's. Very little can go wrong, & they also have very few proprietary components -- so replacing the handlebars for instance is easy (uses a normal mountain bike stem).

The Bike Friday's look very similar to the Dawes Kingpin - hence why that has become my latest folding bike muse :). If I can find one, I imagine it'll make for a very very capable touring bike.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 12th Jan 2015

cpg

Thanks for that. I have a Mezzo, which is a rigid frame, fold is slight … Thanks for that. I have a Mezzo, which is a rigid frame, fold is slight bigger than a Brompton but it rides better in my opinion and costs less, especially on the used market. Have you considered an R&M Birdy for lightweight touring?



The following article seems like a pretty good summary of the Mezzo vs the Brompton (I would always choose Brompton for the genius fold and mechanical simplicity. Also, steel will always get my vote. A better ride, and less brittle...

http://www.atob.org.uk/folding-bikes/birdy-bike-friday-brompton-folding-bike/

Reading their verdict on the Bike Friday, I am also starting to think that the Brompton is THE folding bike, regardless of usage scenario.
Since I can't afford a Brompton, the Kingpin is the next best thing

Beware of AtoB, they are heavily biased towards Brompton, thier reviews of other bikes are generally unreliable because of that. I read somewhere on another forum that they do promotional stuff for Brompton at shows etc.
The Kingpin is very similar to Raleigh 20 which also gets some very nice modern makeovers. I think the Kingpin is a slightly betterer frame with a better hinge.

Airnimals...

cpg

Beware of AtoB, they are heavily biased towards Brompton, thier reviews … Beware of AtoB, they are heavily biased towards Brompton, thier reviews of other bikes are generally unreliable because of that. I read somewhere on another forum that they do promotional stuff for Brompton at shows etc. The Kingpin is very similar to Raleigh 20 which also gets some very nice modern makeovers. I think the Kingpin is a slightly betterer frame with a better hinge.



To be honest, it is a rare day when I find someone that is critical of the Brompton's. They are just such a superb piece of design, with the only compromise being the 16" wheels. With that said, it's only a noticeable problem on potholed roads.
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