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Dahon Wants More People On Bikes

Published October 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Dahon has some great new product to help celebrate its 25th anniversary at Booth 3925.

The new line includes the limited edition 25th anniversary Mu XXV. There will only be 250 Mu XXV bikes made. Weighing in at an impressive 16.5 pounds, this limited edition bike will retail for $3,000.

Dahon's vice president Josh Hon said this special bike was spec'd with custom made product by FSA (cranks), Kore (seatpost) and Schwalbe (tires). All the bike's hardware is made from titanium, while the bike also features ceramic bearings.

Another bike Dahon is pushing hard in 2008 is the Cadenza 8, which isn't your typical Dahon folding bike, even though it still folds up in five seconds thanks to Dahon's patented LockJaw system. "This is as close to a traditional bike as we've ever gotten," Hon said.

For low maintenance all-weather operation, the Cadenza 8 is equipped with a smooth shifting Shimano Alfine internal hub and disc brakes. With 26-inch wheels and Schwalbe Big Apple tires, this bike is the perfect fit for the urban commuter.

Also new for 2008, Dahon has the Mu XL Sport, which features V-Clamp Hinge Technology. The new V-Clamp hinge is substantially stronger, making the frame stiffer and more comfortable to ride. Fewer moving parts mean the new hinge will be even less likely to encounter problems than the already highly visible ViseGrip hinges used on previous year's bikes. The Mu XL Sport will retail for $977.95.

Dahon's mission for 2008 is a simple one. "Get more people on bikes," Hon said. The days of being associated as an outcast while riding a folding bike has long since passed. "You were the guy who couldn't afford a car," Hon said. "Now you're cool and hip if you got one of these." —Jason Norman

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