When we choose a folding bike, the size and weight are the most important criteria. However, there are lower limits that shouldn’t be breached to guarantee the safety and riding quality of the folder.
The Dahon Jifo Uno is among the smallest folding bikes I’ve ever used. Is this a practical bicycle for daily commute? We’re going to find out in the review.
Specifications & Features
- Wheel Size: 16″
- Weight: 21 lbs (9.4 kg)
- Folded Size: 23.6” x 10.2” x 22.4” (60 x 26 x 57cm)
- Frame: Dalloy Aluminum with Integrated Jiffold Vertical Hinge Technology
- Fork: Steel, with Integrated Crown
- Handlepost: DAHON Forged Aluminum Radius-V Handlepost
- Drivetrain: DAHON Custom Single Speed 39x9t
- Wheels: 16″ Aluminum Rims, Compact Front Hub and Standard Rear Hub. 28 Hole.
- Brakes: DAHON Dual Pivot Alloy Caliper F&R
- Suggested Rider Height: 4’8″-6’1″ (140-185cm)
- Max Rider Weight: 220lbs (100kg)
The Jifo Uno is about $200 cheaper than the EEZZ D3 but I can feel a huge gap between the two bikes.
It has a very similar folding process as the EEZZ D3 because both of them have the vertical folding hinge. However, the Jifo Uno’s folding and unfolding processes are a little more complicated since Dahon uses a dial instead of a latch on the main tube. When you fold the bike, you will have to lift the dial and turn it 90 degrees; and when you unfold the bike, you turn it 90 degrees and push it down firmly to lock the frame. The dial is made of aluminum, I’m not sure how it endures when riding on uneven roads. Overall, the folding mechanism is not really fast and easy, especially when compared to Brompton or recent Dahon bikes like Curl or EEZZ.
The bike comes in a black color with glossy finish. This is not really an attractive bicycle as it’s too small. The wheelbase is significantly shorter than the Brompton’s. The cockpit also feels too cramped, your knees might touch the handlebar if you’re taller than 6 ft. The handlebar is unadjustable, so you’d better test ride it before buying. I don’t really feel comfortable riding this Dahon. Besides, although the bike uses 16-inch wheels, they are also noticeably smaller than the wheels on Brompton.
Another downside is that you can’t roll the bike in folded position. Fortunately, the package is quite small and lightweight, so carrying it for a short distance is not that troublesome.
Since this is a single speed with gear inches of around 70, it is suitable for urban riders. Even some lowest hills could be a challenge when riding the Jifo Uno. I recommend you to use it on flat and even roads only.
- Compact and lightweight
- Affordable price
- Simple single speed
- Tight cockpit
- Unattractive design
- Can’t climb hills
All in all, the Dahon Jifo Uno is an affordable folding bike with a vertical folding hinge. It’s suitable for urban riders riding a short distance. But if you want a more comprehensive bike, we at BikeFolded.com recommend you to spend a few hundred more to get the Dahon EEZZ, Curl or a Brompton.