The Dahon Espresso folding bike is positioned by Dahon as a city bike for adventure. It’s not a mountain bike, though with its wide tires and 21st gear, it’s like a mountain bike. It is actually a folding hybrid bicycle. The latest Espresso model is the Dahon Espresso 2012, available in small, medium and large frame sizes. It has a rigid aluminium frame and ProMax V aluminium brakes. The strengths of the Dahon Espresso are the following
Convenient vertical fit
Wings and trunk can be fitted
Thanks to the Dahon’s handlebar stem, it’s easy to adjust the steering distance and height of the handlebar to achieve a perfect fit
The bike folds up in 10 seconds
The bike fits easily in the trunk of your car, so you don’t need to buy a car trunk to carry your bike
Thanks to the special steering stem, the Dahon Espresso can be folded with minimal effort. The front derailer, the Microshift operating unit, is located on the triple drive sprocket. At the rear is the Shimano Altus derailer and the 7-speed Shimano cassette with 14 to 28 teeth. The total weight of the bicycle is 13.86 kg, which is quite low, given the size of the wheels 26 inches.
There is one feature that should not be forgotten – when folded, it is not as compact as a folding Brompton bike. So if you want to travel by train, but you can’t carry your bike on the train, you won’t be able to disguise it as normal luggage. It will also be difficult to carry on a crowded train.
Dahon folding bikes have a good value for money. The cost of Dahon Espresso is about 460 dollars. Folding bicycles with big wheels are not afraid of uneven roads and they are more pleasant to ride. Company Dahon has let out some new models of the folding bicycles surpassing on many parametres Dahon Espresso. But if you want to buy one of these models and find it for $460, you can count on your luck.