Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike Shadow Review

Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike Shadow Review

Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike is designed keeping one thing in mind: simplicity. It is the newer, more advanced version of an earlier model by the same company: Dahon Mu Uno. Speed Uno is compact, lightweight and very simple in design with the absence of complexities such as speeds and gears. Where most folding bikes will weigh around 35 to 40 pounds, this folding bikes weighs only 24 lbs. There are plenty more reasons why Speed Uno is so popular among city commuters. Let’s find out.

Specifications

Color: black
Frame: SuperLite 4130 chromoly
Handlebar and handle post: aluminum
Rims: aluminum
Kickstand: aluminum
Speed: 1
Brakes: Rear Shimano coaster
Folded dimensions: 11.7” x 30” x 25”
Maximum load: 230 lbs
Rider height: 4’ 8” to 6’ 4”
Weight: 24 lbs
Wheels: 20”
Tires: 1.75”
Warranty: 1 year

Dahon Speed Uno Folding Shadow Bike Features

Riders who only ride around city streets don’t really need a high-performance bike with multiple speeds and complex gears. Since Speed Uno eliminates the use of gears and speeds, you can enjoy a much simpler, lightweight and even more durable foldable bike that you will love to ride around the city every day.

Together with a single speed that the bike runs on, the brakes also very simple. Instead of the complex V-brakes that uses lever and cables, this one comes with simple and effective coaster brakes. When you wish to stop the bike, you will simply need to start pedaling backwards and the wheels will come to a smooth stop.

Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike Shadow frame

Moreover, the folding bike is incredibly simple to maintain and to store. The entire frame takes less than half a minute to fold up into a compact shape. There is also a useful magnetic latching system which keeps the bike in the folded shape to make it even easier for you to store. With the absence of cables, Dahon Speed Uno is much more simpler to fold than a regular folding bike and takes a much more compact shape which can easily be stored wherever you choose.

Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike Shadow Folding Position

The seat is made out of aluminum, unlike the rest of the frame which uses an even lighter material, chromoly. This makes the seat durable and lightweight at the same time and the comfortable padding on top makes it easier to ride on even for longer distances. Also, you can adjust the height of the seat post which means that the bike can accommodate a wide range of cyclists with heights between 4’ 8” and 6’ 4”. Besides supporting riders of different heights, it can support a weight of up to 230 lbs which means it will work for most adult riders as well as kids. It’s designed for men and women, both and also includes a 1 year warranty with it so that you can make a safe investment without worrying about durability or quality.

Pros

  • The simple design makes it very easy to maintain.
  • Lightweight frame makes it simple to carry.
  • Folding mechanism is easy to use.
  • Bike components are very durable.

Cons

  • Fenders and rear rack aren’t included in the design.
  • The bike is only suitable for flat terrains.
  • Pedal brakes may seem a bit difficult to use initially.

Conclusion

Of course, it may not work for you if you plan on taking part in a race or ride on hilly terrains, but makes an excellent commute around the city. With it’s minimal design, it is simple to ride, simple to maintain and incredibly simple to store and transport. Backed by tons of positive reviews from customers, Dahon Speed Uno Folding bike is easily one of the best folding bikes that city dwellers can own.

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