Dahon Speed Uno Review - A Premium Single Speed Folding Bike?
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Dahon Speed Uno Review - A Premium Single Speed Folding Bike?

Dahon Speed Uno Review – A Premium Single Speed Folding Bike?

Dahon Speed Uno is considered the compact version of Dahon Mu Uno. It has a simple design that will be suitable for any commuter in crowded cities.

Let’s check out all features and tech specs of Dahon Speed Uno to understand more about the bike.

Unboxing Video

Features and Specs

  • Single Speed
  • Folding size: 11.7″ x 30″ x 25″
  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Rider is recommended to be around 4′ 8″ to 6′ 4″ tall.
  • The maximum weight of rider is 230 pounds
  • Folding time is less than 15 seconds
  • Gear inches: 64
  • Frame: K series, SuperLite 4130 chromoly with custom-drawn double-butted Sonus tubing, forged lattice hinge, patented ViseGrip technology.
  • Handlepost: Radius, fixed, patented Fusion technologies, forged aluminum
  • Handlebar: 6061-T6 aluminum, Flat bar
  • Grips: BioLogic Ergo, single density
  • Front hub: Dahon Mini
  • Rear hub: single speed, Shimano coaster
  • Rims: Aluminum, single wall
  • Chain: KMC Z410
  • Tires: Dahon Rotolo, 20″ x 1.75″, high-pressure 65 psi
  • Crank set is polished by hand and it comes with cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum crank arms.
  • Pedals are Suntour folding and non-slip
  • Aluminum kickstand
  • Color: Shadow

Folding and Unfolding

Performance

The bicycle could remind you about the one you rode when you were a kid. As this is a single speed, it does not have a front brake. The minimal design will also result in the low weight. In fact, Speed Uno is one of the lightest bikes manufactured by Dahon. You should pick the Mu Uno if you really need a lightweight one. The Speed Uno is just a little heavier but there is a plus, you won’t see the mess of brakes, cables and cable carriers.

Notice that this bike is single-speed but not fixed-gear, so you still can coast without pedalling. In my own opinion, this is a perfect choice for urban riders who just want a simple and compact bike to commute around the city. Once you get used to the coaster brake, you will appreciate how it contributes to the clean design of your bike, and it will help you carry the bike to any place easier.

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Test Riding Video

Conclusion

Pros

  • It takes less than 15 seconds to completely fold or unfold the bike.
  • Super compact and lightweight.
  • Beautiful minimal design
  • Perfect for riding in the city
  • Durability of parts
  • Drive safely without disc brakes

Cons

  • It takes practice to get used to the pedal brakes and control the bike
  • It doesn’t include mudguard/fender

This is undoubtedly a high-quality folding bike that is affordable for most riders. We highly recommend the product.

Regular Price: $419.00

Special Price: $399.00 (Save $20 on Amazon)

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Review Overview

Design
9
Riding Experience
8.5
Durability
8.5
Mobility
9.5
8.9

Great

Great choice for urban commuters.

Comments

  1. Just got it. Love.

    • Tuan Do

      Awesome, I’m glad that you love it as we did. Could you give us some more opinions of the Speed Uno?

  2. It’s obviously extremely portable. I fold it up, put it in the back of the car, and I’m good to ride wherever I want. The ride itself is smooth. The bike is easy to maintain control of and allows me to feel as if I’m always in command. It’s relatively light, but the frame is durable. Only flaw so far is that the reflectors break off easily. I’ve had two different Unos and both times, the reflectors broke off. The bike is simply fun to ride. I commute to work six miles a day and the bike possesses a nostalgic feel while still being a solid bike.

  3. JB

    I bought this bike when I was originally going on a 3-leg commute to NYC everyday during rush hour in both directions. The bike folds so quick (after very little practice) that I did’t mind folding it between each leg of the trip even though I was in huge rush. Both on trains and subways I felt comfortable carrying it next to me near a wall or between the legs when I couldn’t get the ideal spot. On my new commute, which involves a long subway ride, I still feel comfortable bringing it on the subway because it can be maneuvered to be relatively compact. The ride is PERFECT as long as you don’t have to go up any hills. I give it a 10… no questions asked.

  4. Van

    Which one would do you prefer more, the Speed Uno or the Vybe C7A?

    • Tuan Do

      Hi,
      I prefer Vybe C7A because I ride uphill a lot and it is more durable. But the Speed Uno looks great and you can consider if you live in the city and don’t have problem with coaster brake.

  5. paco perea

    Hi!I want to buy a folding bike but i cant decide which one.. I have to commute 20 miles a day and i cant spend more than 500 dollars. The path includes almost 14 miles of pavement, some dirt road and some common streets. which bike you recommend?

    • Tuan Do

      Hi Paco,
      I’d recommend you the Dahon Speed D7, which is perfect for your budget as well.
      You can check out my review of the bike here: http://www.foldingbike20.com/dahon-speed-d7-review/
      Now it comes in the new color and you can buy it on Amazon for less than $499 (http://amzn.to/1UYXp5L)
      Hope it helps

      • paco perea

        tnks Tuan! I will keep in mind!
        I will buy it until November, but I’m doing research. first i look up to the Speck, then i move to the Speed Uno, but then i realize the distance and all of that. now I’m a little worried about the messy cables.

        any thought on Tern bikes?

    • Tuan Do

      Hi Paco,
      If you want to get rid of those cables, you should go with the Speed Uno or Mu Uno.
      I haven’t tried any Tern bike yet but my friend is using one. It looks so similar to Dahon because Tern is using patents owned by Dahon Global. Their founders are also father and son, so you should expect the same quality. I prefer Dahon as it is still the most popular brand at the moment.

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