Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 Dahon MuXL - first impressions

The Dahon Valo light that fits snugly on the Andros stem

An all-black Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gear

Handsome package: the 2011 Dahon MuXL
I made a trip to Rodalink's branch in Desa Sri Hartamas to find out more about upgrading the bottom bracket on my 2009 Speed P8.
While I was there, one of the mechanics showed me the 2011 Dahon MuXL.
This is rated as an 'urban utility' bike on Dahon's catalog.
Seeing it up close, I can feel the potential of this bike being a touring ride.
It has all the bells and whistles for a low-maintenance ride.
What's impressive, is the Alfine hub gear which is a fitting for some high-end town bikes.
The shifting was also smooth and if you are dealing with rides in wet and dry weather, there is little to worry about cleaning your drivetrain.
For 2011, the VRO andros-enable stem would make handling much better than any other bikes of its class.
I love the customizable stem adjustments. You can ride upright on in a sports position with this andros stem.
For performance, the MuXL comes with a set of Schwalbe Marathon supreme tires.
On the road, this 20" Dahon bike retails around RM4.9K, making it a premium priced item.
For the experienced folding bike cyclist, this would be an excellent second or third bike.. 
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