Dahon is the world’s best folding bicycle manufacturer, that’s the reason why we keep seeing automotive brands partner with them to create folding bikes. We already knew the Mini Cooper folding bike and the upcoming Ford MoDe:Flex e-bike.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at the Ford by Dahon Taurus 2.0, one of the Ford bicycles released last year.
Specifications & Features
- Color: Black
- Weight: 32 lbs
- Folded dimensions: 34″ x 25″ x 13″
- Speeds: 7
- Frame: Steel, Dahon patented hinge lock
- Fork: Steel
- Wheel size: 20″
- Seatpost: Alloy
- Stem: adjustable
- Rear derailleur: Shimano, 7-speed
- Handlebar: Alloy with comfort grips
- Shifter: Shimano thumb-index
- Brakes: Heavy duty Alloy V-brakes
- Rear rack: frame integrated
- Suggested Rider Height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
- Maximum Rider Weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)
When I saw the Ford by Dahon Taurus 2.0 for the first time, I immediately found it familiar. It has a very similar design as the Dahon Boardwalk and this is like an upgrade of the bike. Ford released two different versions of the series, which are Taurus 1.0 and Taurus 2.0. The only difference between the 2 versions is that the Taurus 2.0 is equipped with a 7-speed drivetrain while the 1.0 version is a single-speed folder.
The Taurus 2.0 is quite heavy and bulky after being folded. This is understandable because it uses a steel frame, Shimano derailleur and includes all accessories like fenders and a rear rack. The total weight of 32 lbs is obviously a huge disadvantage of the bike, it is among the heaviest 20-inch folding bikes I’ve ever reviewed.
Although the Taurus has 7 speeds, it doesn’t offer significantly faster speed than the single-speed Dahon Boardwalk. You won’t be able to see the difference when riding in the city and the derailleur even makes the bike more cumbersome. On the other hand, the Taurus has a much better design and build quality. I can see that the bicycle has a sleeker look and the frame is also much sturdier.
- Good design and build quality
- Low price
- Equipped with essential accessories
- Heavy and bulky
- This is not a fast bike
The Ford Taurus 2.0 is a decent 7-speed folding bike for the price and it gives you another choice in the low-budget market.