Dahon Speed D7

$489

Dahon Speed D7     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

THE SELL: Cramped, harried urbanites can have their bike and ride it, too.
THE TEST: Besides the nice price and the fact that, post-ride, you can stash it in your trunk, closet, or midsize suitcase, we found another likely reason the chromoly D7 is the world's best-selling folding bicycle: it's a pretty damn good ride. No, we weren't shredding tarmac or floating over potholes; we were, however, navigating city streets deftly and surprisingly quickly—without ever feeling like we'd borrowed a kindergartener's bike (despite the 20-inch wheels). Plus we were able to lash our luggage to the rear rack and trust the fenders to keep street-begrimed rainwater at bay.
THE VERDICT: Size doesn't matter as much as we thought. dahon.com
VERSATILITY: 4.5
COMFORT: 3.5

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