Dahon Speed Pro TT Folding Bike: First Impressions

Dahon Speed Pro TT Review Notes (also see On the RoadThe Competitive Edge, and This Changes Everything)

The initial impression, out of the box (see Specs below), just assembled -- look, feel, performance, wow factor -- is: awesome. 

A quick comparison comes to mind: Speed TT is like the iPad: you know it's cool, you know triathletes will want one, the thing that needs to be determined is: is there a reason to get it? With the iPad, more than 2 million were sold, and I'm certain many buyers had to jump through the 'can I rationalize getting it?' hoop.

Same with this bike. Initial indications are strong enough that the rationale to get one will be instantly convincing. 

Impression after a few early test rides: very impressive. Gearing works well, I can get it to a decent workout speed, 20-22mph. 

Handlebars are, well, interesting. May take a little getting used to, but it works well so far. I find myself picturing swapping my profile-design horn/aerobar combo, but I'll wait, and stick with the stock bike for the first review.  I can see the flat T2 aerobars working perfectly with the folding design. We'll see.

Collapses like a dream. Intuitive, innovative, clean fit, immensely impressive. An immediate double-take generator, too. People can't believe it. To a triathlete who is used to breaking down a big bike to travel, this is amazingly convenient. 

Not only is this going to be great for the triathlete who travels on business, but a great case can be made for having one at the office for short mid-day rides. Pull it out for a quick 30-minute spin, clear the head, return to work far more attentive and productive.

30" - 131"
Min: 560 mm (21.8") Max: 645 mm (25.2")
Min: 650 mm (25.4") Max: 880 mm (34")
39 x 77 x 62 cm (15.2" x 30" x 24.2")
30 sec
9.7 kg (21.4 lb)
142 - 193 cm (4'8" - 6'4")
105 kg (230 lb)

KA Series, 7005 butted aluminum alloy, custom-drawn Sonus tubing, patented V-Clamp forged hinge w/ GreaseFlow technology

Dahon SlipStream, Puro U7 aluminum, patented Fusion technology, double butted tubing

Radius VRO, patented Fusion and V-Clamp technologies, forged aluminum, custom designed for Syntace VRO system

Kinetix Pro TT, 7050-AL double butted

Syntace VRO, adjustable

Dahon Fusion XP+, zero stack, angular contact cartridge bearings, machined aluminum cups

BioLogic handlebar tape, black, w/ locking end plugs

Kore XCF, forged 6061 T-Beam

Kore I-Beam, 2014 AL, 34 x 580 mm

Dahon Turtleneck clamp

Kinetix Pro, forged ultra light aluminum V-brakes, aluminum cartridge pads, stainless hardware, micro bolts, flex noodle

Kinetix Pro, forged ultra light aluminum V-brakes, aluminum cartridge pads, stainless hardware, micro bolts, flex noodle, Travel Agent

Shimano Dual Control, ST-4500, 3 x 9 spd.

Dahon LiveWire 7.0, anti-compression housing, Slick cables, DuPont L3 lubricant, alloy ferrules

Kinetix Pro, stainless steel cartridge bearings, ultralight 58 gram design

SRAM DualDrive II, 24/27 spd.

Front: Kinetix Pro by Sapim, super light, double butted; Rear: Double butted 18/10 stainless steel

Sapim Polyax, self aligning, brass

Kinetix Pro, niobium alloy, doublewall, CNC machined sidewalls

Dahon Special Edition Schwalbe Durano, Mango/Black, 28-406, foldable Kevlar bead, DualCompound Silica casing, RaceGuard anti-puncture protection, 120 psi

Shimano Dual Control, ST-4500, 3 x 9 spd.

Shimano Ultegra SS

FSA Gossamer, CNC alloy guard, ISIS Drive, Dahon Special Edition

SRAM 9 speed, 11-26

American Classic UltraLight, ISIS Drive

SRAM PC-971, 9 speed, PowerLink

Dahon LiveWire 8.0, sealed alloy ferrules, Dupont L3 lubricant

Magnetix system

Trouser strap

4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm