Good Things Come in Small Packages
The Dash is a new addition to the Midtown Mini bike range, whereas the Vector x10, x20, and x27h are successors of the Mu SL, Mu EX and Speed Pro TT, respectively.
On 29 January, Togoparts was invited down to My Bike Shop for an exclusive coverage of the unveiling of the Dahon Dash and Vector series. The Dash is a new addition to the Midtown Mini bike range, whereas the Vector x10, x20, and x27h are successors of the Mu SL, Mu EX and Speed Pro TT, respectively.
The bikes are spiritual equals of its predecessor, however, come fitted with new technology from the Dahon engineers. Chief of which, hydroformed tubes are what makes the Vector’s frame stiffer and stronger than the Mu frame it replaces. It also boasts a smaller fold simply by rotating the fork backwards into the bike. This was initially quite confusing for the Dahon fanatics present on the day, as we didn’t know which way – clockwise or anticlockwise – to turn the handlebars. Nonetheless, it wasn’t that hard and soon we were outside, getting ready to test the bikes.
Particularly impressive was the Mu EX replacement – the Vector x20. The x20 weigns in at 9.2kg, has a 20 speed SRAM Red drivetrain and uses DoubleTap shifters. It boasts one of the strongest brakes I have ever tested. Without doubt, the x20 is at the front-end of high-tech componentry and is a very high performance foldable bike.
The Dash also stood out from the rest, being the first bike in the Midtown Mini series that has dropbars. In fact, it qualifies as the first foldable bike from Dahon that has the road bike. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see how it folds with the dropbars, which can compromise the folding dimensions. Did I mention it only weighs 8.7kg?
The Vector x27h is the successor of the Speed Pro TT, and it definitely is better than the Speed Pro TT because of its new frame which is really stiff. You do get a very compact fold with the ability to go extremely fast due to its triathlon bars.
Last but not least, the Vector x10 is the replacement for the Mu SL, but is a bit of a contradiction. SL is supposed to be the lightest in the range, but this bike weighs the same as the x20 and is heavier than the Mu SL. It is definitely lower in the line-up than the flagship x20, and is reasonably priced. It comes with similar benefits, such as the new frame and low weight. You might be wondering, why not get a Dash x20 instead if you want the lightest bike- but remember, the folding size of the Dash and the Vector is miles apart.
All in all, everyone enjoyed themselves that day and it is rather interesting to see how My Bike Shop reaches out to its loyal fans but inviting them to an exclusive private event just for them to test leisurely new bikes from Dahon. Actions speak louder than words, so you ought to see these bikes in action via our photo gallery!