Dahon, maker of affordable folding bikes, has launched their new high-performance line, the Vector series. Perhaps the most efficient bike ever available, the new Dahon Vector X27 merges a folding bike with a high-performance road bike. A hybrid? Perhaps, but one that offers the best of both the commuting world and the road bike world. With a stronger, more stiff frame the Vector X27 replaces Dahon’s previous highly-praised Speed Pro TT. And according to Dahon, it’s even faster. It folds up in 30 seconds and weighs in at 22.5 pounds and uses a SRAM/Shimano 9 speed cassette and 3 speed internal drive for 27 gears. The Vector X27 could fill a niche for those who are commuters during the week and roadies on the weekend.
Another model in the Dahon line, the Vector X10, won the 2010 Eurobike Award and the top-of-the-line Vector X20 is the lightest (20.2 lbs.) and fastest of the Dahons with the best, high-end components, such as the 20-speed SRAM RED drivetrain and Kinetix Pro 20″ wheel set. The Vector bikes are designed with a patented hydroformed frame which allows for an optimal strength to weight ratio. Though the line has not yet hit the bike shops, NYCeWheels has these bikes ready to reserve and are beginning to post videos of test runs in the meantime. Check out this one of the Dahon Vector X27. You have to admit, Peter’s really flying down the road and it appears he folded it in much less than 30 seconds.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VynkQhdw9IA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
All this high efficiency does come with a steeper price tag than other available Dahons. The X10 is $1,500, the X27 is $1,700 and the X20 is $2,600. For more on Dahons visit their website or NYCeWheels.