History of Dahon
Dahon was founded in 1982 by its founder Dr. David Hon. With a vision for “Green Mobility”, transportation that keeps people health and protects the environment.
Dr. Hon worked for years in a specially designed garage to produce the perfect folding bicycle. After presenting it to a number of companies, none of which showed any interest Dr Hon, along with his brother decided to go it alone and Dahon was formed.
All the bikes are made from state of the art factories in China and Europe. Although production takes place round the world, the company is headquartered in California USA.
The Folding bike Design:
Virtually all Dahon bikes use the “folding hinge” design. This is a patented (one of the 200 patents Dahon hold) single hinge frame design that allows the bike to fold in half. The handle bars fold down and the frame hinge folds around the handle bars securing them inside.
Most folding bikes are in the 16 or20 inch wheel category. However there are sizes from 12 to 700c.
The drive train normally consists of traditional derailleur or hub gears, or a single speed option.
Finally the frames are a mixture of steel and aluminium.
Some more modern designs use vertical folding technology to allow an even more compact bike to be formed.
The best selling Dahon is the Boardwalk, which is reviewed here.
High End Folding Bikes:
Along with affordable high volume bikes such as the Boardwalk, Dahon also produce high end bikes running in to ‘000’s of $. In 2008 Dahon celebrated its 25 anniversary with a limited edition of Mu bikes – the Mu 250, this was repeated in 2012 with its 30th Anniversary with a carbon equipped range of 300 bikes.
Where to buy Dahon Bikes?
The internet has a number of options for buying Dahon bikes, they have a website or alternatively Amazon has a great range of Dahon bikes at good prices.
Read reviews of Dahon Bikes on thebiketoolbox.com: