Dahon released a lot of mid-range folding bikes and as a buyer, you must be very confused with those choices. The Dahon Mu P8 has almost the same price as the Dahon Mu Uno and Speed P8.
So what are the differences and why you should pick the Mu P8? Let’s find out in the review.
Specifications and Features
- Colors: Cloud White, Obsidian Black
- Folded dimensions: 30.8″ × 25.7″ x 11.7″ (79cm × 66cm x 30cm)
- Weight: 27.1 lbs (12.3 kg)
- Speeds: 8
- Gear inches: 32″ – 93″
- Frame: PA series – dalloy aluminum, lattice forged hinge, Fusion and V-clamp technology
- Fork: Dahon slipstream, dalloy aluminum
- Handlepost: forged alloy, Radius telescope adjustable
- Handlebar: Comp, 6061 alloy, double butted
- Seatpost: 34 mm x 580 mm alloy with BioLogic Post Pump
- Front hub: Comp, 20H, ultralight 58 gram cartridge bearing hub
- Rear hub: Comp 8-speed cassette, alloy, 28H
- Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 20 x 1.60 Folding Tire with HD Speed Guard and RoadStar triple compound, 85 PSI (or generic 20″ x 1.75″, 60 PSI)
- Rear derailleur: Dahon Neos 2.0
- Crankset: forged alloy 6061 arms, double alloy chainguard, 52T
- Bottom bracket: Cartridge, sealed bearings
- Pedals: Alloy, folding
- Brakes: Alloy, 110mm, V-brake
- Kickstand: Alloy
- Clip system: Snap Lok
- Suggested rider height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm).
- Maximum rider weight 230 lbs (105 kg)
- Shipping weight: 34.8 lbs (15.8 kg)
- Box dimensions: 33″ x 25″ x 12.2″
The Dahon Mu P8 is the multiple-geared version of the Dahon Mu Uno, that’s why the two bikes have very similar shapes. Many other components including frame and fork are identical as well. However, the Dahon Mu P8 is a little heavier and bigger because of the additional brake and rear derailleur. It doesn’t mean this is a bulky bike, the weight and folded size are totally manageable and it is still more compact than many folding bikes out there.
The only problem I had is that the Snap Lok system was broken out of the box. This is the locking system using a pin and a clip attached to the front and rear wheels. I used many bikes with the same system but this is the first time I have this issue.
I bought the white version but you can also get a black one. Both of them look stunning with glossy finish and matte silver accents. There is no fenders or rear rack, so you’d better buy the fenders if you often ride on wet roads.
What I love about the Mu series is that all the bikes are equipped with a BioLogic Post Pump. It is a pump hidden in the seatpost, which is very handy because you no longer have to bring a hand pump.
In terms of performance, it’s riding experience is somewhat similar to the Dahon Speed P8’s. Both of the bikes have 8 gears and almost the same weight. They are good enough for riding on the streets as well as some low inclines in New York City. The Mu P8 is slightly faster and performs better when climbing up those slopes. This is understandable because it features narrower wheels, you might have to sacrifice your comfort but you will get faster rides instead.
- Lightweight and small
- Fast and precise shifting
- Integrated seat pump
- Not as comfortable as some other Dahon bikes
The Dahon Mu P8 is a great choice for recreational as well as urban riders. It has good build quality and provides faster rides than many folding bikes on the market.