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Dahon urban minibike

by Richard Masoner

Dahon-Smoothhound-minibike

Although it was introduced at the beginning of this year, the Dahon Smooth Hound 6.0 made its debut at Eurobike over the weekend where it got some nice attention. Although Dahon puts this bike in the touring bike category, at Eurobike the Dahon reps apparently put this bike square in the camp of urban utility bikes.

It has nice touring features such as the Brooks B17 leather saddle, Brooks leather handlebar tape, and rack and fender mounts. Although this bike is not really folder, Ritchey Breakaway couplings and carry bag allow for easier traveling and storage of this bike over full-sized touring bikes. Other features of this bike include:

  • 20 inch wheels with 85 psi Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires.
  • BioLogic seatpost with built-in air pump.
  • Shimano HyperGlide 8 speed cassette, 11-32T, with Tiagra rear derailleur.
  • Shimano Ultegra bar end shifters.
  • FSA crankset with 55/44 chainrings.

This bike with it’s 7005 double-butted aluminum weighs in at 24 lbs / 10.8 kg and is available in sizes Medium and Large.

 
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3 Responses to “Dahon urban minibike”

  1. Bill Ford says:

    The Brompton folding bicycles including the M3 provide a unique range of specialized bags and the ride is both steady, true and absolutely more fun than can be imagined. My personal Brompton M3 carries me to work (8.5 miles one way) in comfort and with a good speed of close to 13mph on average. Aside from all that , the Brompton folds quickly into a neat little package that is lightweight at 21 plus lbs. I can also easily ride my little folder 30 or more miles just for fun!

  2. Nicole says:

    I own the Smooth Hound and ride it 20 miles each way to and/or from work. It’s a great bike that is much easier to store in my apartment than a big-wheeled bike. It is NOT a folder but is meant to quickly break down into a smaller, flat package. I really love this bike!

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