Monday, May 02, 2011

New Dahon with Brompton-like fold

For a number of years Dahon have been the largest manufacturer of folding bikes, most of which have folded using the same basic fold-in-the-middle design. In 2009 they showed off a prototype of a new bike, the Curl, at the Taipei Cycle Show. The design incorporates a 3-way fold somewhat like the Brompton. The rear wheel (a swingarm rather than a triangle) folds under the bike in the vertical plane and the front section folds backwards, although to the left of the bike, unlike the Brompton. It won an award at the Taipei show but little has been heard of it since. It has now finally appeared on Dahon’s Chinese website. Details are all in Chinese but it appears to have 20” (406) wheels.