When it comes to mid-range folding bikes, no other manufacturer can compete with Dahon because you have a lot of choices with a budget from $400 to $700. The Dahon Speed D7 is another bike in the Speed series that you might be interested in.
Specifications and Features
- Colors: Tangerine Orange, Baltic Blue, Vivid Dusk and Obsidian Black.
- Weight: 27.6 lbs (12.5 kg)
- Folded size: 30.3″ × 25.2″ x 11.8″ (77 × 64 x 30 cm)
- Speeds: 7
- Frame: K Series 4130 chromoly lightweight steel frame with lattice forged hinge
- Fork: Hi-Ten Steel Blades and Steerer
- Tires: 20″ x 1.50″
- Handlepost: Forged Alloy, Radius Telescope adjustable
- Handlebar: Flat, 6061-T6 Alloy
- Seatpost: 34 mm x 580 mm Alloy
- Front hub: Mini, sealed bearings 20H
- Rear hub: 7-speed, freewheel, 32H
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Tourney
- Brakes: Winzip 110mm V-Brakes
- Pedals: Folding
- Crankset: Forged alloy 6061 arms, 52T
- Bottom Bracket: Sealed bearing, square taper with bolt
- Recommended rider height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
- Maximum rider weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)
- Carton weight: 37 pounds
- Shipping Carton dimensions: 33″ x 25.6″ x 12″ (84 x 65 x 31 cm).
The Dahon Speed D7 has a lot of changes throughout the year and you might see some variations of the bike. It can come in some different color options like blue, black, orange or obsidian red. The newest version has a black exterior with red accents on rims, seat tube clamp and logo. I bought the Speed D7 last year and received the blue one.
A great advantage of the older version is that it is equipped with a rear rack and fenders. The total weight is more than 27 lbs but it it manageable thanks to the compact folded size.
In terms of performance, I don’t see any difference between this one and the Speed P8. This is not a speedy bike as my average speed is always slower than 13mph. However, the bike targets people living in crowded cities, so the speed is totally acceptable. Moreover, I feel very comfortable riding the bike for more than 30 minutes, the saddle is soft and gear shifting is smooth. All those things make my riding experience quite enjoyable.
- Neos derailleur provides fast and easy shifting
- Folded compactly and quickly
- Responsive brakes
- Handlebar, handlepost and seatpost can be adjusted easily.
- It is a little heavy
- Not a speedy bike
The appearance of Dahon Speed D7 gives us another great choice for a mid-range folding bike. I’ve used this bike for more than a year and I totally love it, that’s why I recommend it to our readers.