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History

Dahon was founded in 1982 on a vision of “green” mobility, a form of transportation that not only serves to keep people healthier, but also preserves the environment for the next generation. As a relentless innovator, Dr. Hon toiled in his garage for seven years to create the perfect folding bicycle that would uphold these ideals. After presenting his invention to several established but uninterested companies, Dr. Hon and his brother Henry decided establish their own company from scratch. The two gathered venture funding and established their headquarters in Southern California while Dr. Hon went to Taiwan to build Dahon's first factory. Two years later, in 1984, Dahon folding bicycles were rolling off the assembly line as the most compact folding bicycle on the market at that time. Under the continued leadership of Dr. Hon, now recognized as the father of the modern folding bike, Dahon and its team of 70 engineers continue to set the pace with new technologies and innovations.

Production

Primary production takes place in the company’s main factory in Shenzhen, China. Another facility, near Beijing, produces Dahon bikes for the Chinese market, which continues to grow strongly for the U.S.-based company. Beginning in 2012, all Dahon brand bikes destined for Europe will be made in Bulgaria. In a strategic partnership with Maxcom Ltd., the company is setting up a full-scale production base at one of the most modern facilities on the continent. All of the bikes for the European market will be made at the ISO 9001:2008-certified facility in Plovdiv, which specializes in the manufacturing of bicycles and features state-of-the-art machining technology and modern quality inspection equipment.

Folding bikes

2012 Dahon Jifo 16

Most Dahon bicycles use a patented single hinge frame design, whereby the handlebar folds down and the frame hinge swings to the left, leaving the handlebar inside. Biggest sellers are the models with 16 or 20 inch wheels, but models are available with wheels from 12 inches to 700C. Models are available with derailleur or hub gear shifter, or both or none.

Models

For 2012 Dahon offers 28 models of folding or portable bicycles in wheel sizes ranging from 16-26” with aluminum alloy or steel frames. Most of the 2012 offerings are true folding bicycles with some, like the Tarazed mountain bike, using Dahon "Flat Pak" technology. One of the company's best selling bikes is the Boardwalk D7, an entry-level, steel-frame commuter bike.

Dahon Speed Uno
$399.00
One-speed-serves-all is the Dahon Speed Uno’s motto. Simple and quick to fold, with city-ready tires for smooth riding over asphalt, bumps and treacherous potholes. This steel framed bike is a crowd favorite.
Dahon Vybe D7
$449.00
Dahon's lightweight aluminum Vybe D7 gets you moving, with a handy twist shifter and seven speeds of gear range. This crowd-pleasing folding bike promises convenience and true riding comfort, with all the compact folding features that today’s busy people have come to expect. A better ride.
Dahon Speed D7 Street
$529.00
Sporty performance and exceptional value are the qualities that make sure the Speed D7 Street stays at the top of Dahon's most popular bike list. This Street crusher has a light cromoly frame with a 7-speed Shimano RD-TX35 rear derailleur. It simply won’t let you down.
Dahon Mariner D7
$599.00
A frequent winner of folding bike shootouts that include bikes costing up to four times as much, the Mariner D7 is one of Dahon's most popular bicycles. It's a high quality, lightweight bike at a surprisingly affordable price. Its portability makes the Mariner ideal for trips that include a stretch by bus or boat — perfect for multi-modal urban transport. Take it on your next adventure.
Dahon Briza D8
$699.00
With a low-step through frame, large 24-inch wheels and inspired by the famous bikes of Amsterdam, the full-size Briza D8 is easy to fold and serves up all the versatility only Dahon can offer. No more aching feet, bus fares or restricting schedules, see the city at your own pace. When you’re done, simply fold the bike away.
Dahon Speed D8 Sport
$749.00
As clear and crisp as its color palette, the Dahon Speed D8 knows where it’s going and how to get there. Chase your victory with its true value in performance and style, the Speed D8’s stiff frame, rigid steering and comfy tires are uncompromising, even on the worst roads.
Dahon Ciao i7
$799.00
Dahon's Ciao i7 makes hopping on and off your bike a breeze. Safe and stable with a low center of gravity, it’s the perfect companion for folding bike beginners and those wanting a steadier, easier mount and dismount. With Shimano’s 7 speed integrated gear range, the i7 is the perfect town and suburban bike.
Dahon Jifo Uno
$799.00
Don’t let the Dahon's Jifo Uno’s size fool you, this speedy 16-inch urban dream is build with our sturdy Dalloy aluminum frame and guarantees to zip through any traffic jam. Its innovative fold makes this one of the smallest folding 16-inch bikes money can buy.
Dahon Vitesse i7
$799.00
Experience exceptional riding performance all year round. The Dahon Vitesse i7 keeps running smooth with a Shimano Nexus 7-speed, maintenance free internal gear hub. It’s virtually impervious to any urban storm or country weather. Riding like a dream, with exquisite performance and an attractive price tag. No wonder it’s a best seller.
Dahon Mu D10
$849.00
Dahon's iconic Mu frame sits on 20-inch wheels, driven by a perfectly balanced 10-speed Tiagra derailleur and wider tires. What more could you want? This clean combo can really go the distance, and feel more stable on any adventure.
Dahon Qix D8
$999.00
Inspired by both the Jifo and EEZZ 16-inch bikes, the Dahon Qix D8 is the new 20-inch version with a larger frame and multiple riding positions. Vertical folding technology allows the Qix D8 to roll directly into folded mode with minimal effort and time. A rear carrier with in-built guide wheel lets it roll easily along when folded. Finally an 8-speed SRAM drivetrain and V brakes get you where you need to go quickly and safely.
Dahon EEZZ D3
$1,099.00
Dahon's EEZZ D3 3-speed builds on the previous fixed gear EEZZ’s best features, updating them for the new year. Folding and storing this bike is as easy as the name suggests, whilst the addition of a 3-speed Shimano Tiagra rear derailleur and easy-to-reach shifter increases the bike’s gear range and folding convenience. The EEZZ D3 allows you to go anywhere, anyhow in your urban setting.
Dahon IOS D9
$1,099.00
Dahon Ios D9 Folding Bike is a real eye catcher on the road. A slick Obsidian-black with trim, 24-inch wheels and disc brakes for top-end speed and stopping power. The Ios D9 comes with quality components like Schwalbe tires and a Shimano 9-Speed derailleur and shifter. Dahon Flat Pak technology folds flat for narrow storage. The Ios D9 is a high-end folding bike, giving performance similar to a full size, non-folding bicycle, but with the added ability to store away in a closet or apartment storage locker.
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