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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: WHAT’S THE ADVANTAGE OF A DAHON FOLDING BICYCLE?

A: Folding bicycles can go anywhere you go. Whether you ride the entire way or go part of the way by bus, train, car, boat or plane, your DAHON folding bicycle goes with you. Due to its compactness, your DAHON folding bike can easily be stored indoors, safe against potential theft or vandalism.

Q: HOW LIGHT ARE DAHON FOLDING BIKES?

A: Optimizing the weight of our bikes through state-of-the-art technology is our on-going goal. Today, our lightweight models are made of carbon, titanium, magnesium, and patented aluminium alloys – the lightest weighing only 19.4 lbs. Conventional bikes often weigh around 30 to 35 lbs.

Q: HOW COMPACT IS A DAHON FOLDING BICYCLE?

A: DAHON folding bikes are among the most compact in every class (16″, 20″, 26″), folding into neat, easy-to-store and transport rectangles with no protruding parts. A DAHON folding bike 16″ reduces to the size of a shopping bag and fits under a bus seat or in an airline luggage bin; two 16″ and two 20″ folders fit side-by-side in the trunk of most midsize cars. Dahon 26″ models are the most compact of their class.

Q: HOW CAN I GET SPARES OR WARRANTY SUPPORT?

A: Your first port of call for spares and warranty support should be your DAHON dealer or original retailer. They will work with your national distributor (or our hq if in the USA) to obtain the part you need and ensure it is properly fitted. For warranty claims always make sure you retain your original receipt.

Q: WHERE CAN I BUY A DAHON FOLDING BIKE?

A: DAHON folding bikes are available in the US and Canada and in over 30 other countries around the World. Please visit our Store Finder for your nearest stockist. If you are not able locate an authorized dealer, you are welcome to order online and we would be glad to help you select the right model for you.

Q: CAN I GET SERVICE AND PARTS FOR MY DAHON FOLDING BIKE?

A: Except for frame, fork and handle post, most parts are standard and can be replaced through any quality bicycle dealer. If you have a problem with a frame or other component that isn’t stocked by your dealer, Dahon USA stocks all components/parts.

Q: WILL A FOLDING BIKE SUPPORT MY WEIGHT AND RIDING POSITION?

A: All of our 16″ and 20″ bicycles are rated for riders up to 230 lbs (105 kg); our 26″ bicycles up to 240 lbs (110 kg). The 16″ and 20″ folders are designed with extendable seat posts for a customized fit and are ideal for riders from 4’4″ –6’4″ (130 cm – 190 cm); our 26″ models generally suit riders over 5’4″ (160 cm). These guidelines may vary according to your preferred riding style.

Q: HOW SAFE AND STURDY ARE FOLDING BICYCLES? WILL IT FOLD WHILE I’M RIDING IT?

A: All our frames and folding components are built in our own ISO 9001 certified factories, and all our bicycles exceed the rigorous U.S. and European strength and safety standards, as well those of Japan, Germany, the UK and France. All our engineering designs are rigorously tested and re-tested in our own laboratories. DAHON DoubleLok technology makes our latches and locks virtually fail-safe.

Q: ARE SMALLER WHEELS SLOWER THAN LARGE WHEELS?

A: Relatively speaking, no. A small wheel has a slightly higher rolling resistance than a larger wheel. But this is only one element of “speed.” Small wheels offer several performance advantages: they accelerate faster due to a lower moment of inertia, are more aerodynamic, and lighter. In fact, the world speed record for a bike ridden in an upright position was set on a bike with 18″ wheels.

Q: DO I HAVE TO PEDAL FASTER ON A BIKE WITH SMALL WHEELS?

A: DAHON’s unique gear engineering uses oversized chain rings and/or smaller rear cogs to give you the feel of riding a full-size bike – you don’t have to pedal any harder or faster.

Q: IS A DAHON FOLDING BIKE AS GOOD AS A TRADITIONAL BICYCLE?

A: Yes. Our compact bikes (16″ and 20″ wheel sizes) feature DAHON frame geometry and deliver superb riding comfort and efficiency. Most of our small-wheeled bicycles feature telescoping stems and long seat posts, which can be adjusted to deliver a perfect fit for riders of all sizes. Our full-size bikes all feature standard frame geometry, so you won’t even notice you’re riding a folder, except of course when you are done riding and can take the bike with you anywhere!

Q: WHY CHOOSE DAHON OVER OTHER BRANDS?

A: DAHON is the world’s leading manufacturer of folding bikes – and has been for over 30 years. What’s more, 95% + of all folding bikes on the market today rely on DAHON’s pioneering technology.

Q: WHAT IS A “FOLDER”?

A: A folder is a bicycle that, in addition to all the quality features you expect from a regular bicycle, folds for convenient storage and portability. A good folder will give you all these in excellent riding quality – but, even more, will weigh less than 10 kg (22 lbs) and, in seconds, fold small enough to take on a bus or train, or fit under the stairs.