Without a doubt one of my favorite looking folding bikes at the moment, the Dahon Mu SL is forged out of a ultra sturdy Dalloy Aluminium frame. The bike has larger 451mm paired spoke wheels than the typical 20″ associated with folding bicycles. In addition to this the bikes most considerable talking point is the fact that it is one of the world’s lightest folding bike models. Dahon have truly pushed the boat out with this exceptionally well refined model, they have clearly incorporated everything that they know about crafting an ultra light and fast bicycle – ultimately providing a particularly well rounded model. All of the components used are of the highest quality, Dahon haven’t cut a single corner in the production of this premium lightweight folding bike.
There are so many benefits that this bike has it is difficult to fit them all into one review, however I believe that my favorite feature is the 451mm wheels. These do not simply offer more pace than the 20″ standard wheels, they also offer far more stability on the road too. Not only that, I also found that these Kenda tires have outstanding grip and are some of the finest tires around on any folding bike.
Furthermore the wheels are designed using a Dahon exclusive laser spoke rim layout, this reduces the weight of each wheel considerably. To add to this, the Dahon Mu SL also comes with a 9 speed SRAM APEX dérailleur, this effectively makes gear shifting largely un-noticeable. The bike seamlessly shifts through the gears and this makes transitioning from flats to steep hills very simple.
Now, the thing that everybody is most interested in, speed. You will be pleased to hear that the Dahon Mu SL is not only as fast as any of the previous models that Dahon have offered, it is faster than the majority of them by a considerable margin. The larger 451mm wheels make the Mu SL almost comparable to a full-sized road bike, this is quite the feat for what is in effect a folding bike. If you are searching for a folding bicycle with a little more pace then the Mu SL might be the one for you, this bike truly flies down the road – and almost effortlessly too.
In all honesty, right off the mark the Mu SL had me impressed with its ridiculously good looks, the frame is truly elegantly styled and it has a paint job that anyone would envy. It undoubtedly stands out from the crowd and rightfully so. Dahon have routed all of the cabling inside the frame, this feature is becoming somewhat standard among premium folding bikes these days, however it is always a nice touch to have. But in all seriousness, this bike offers so much more than just vibrant colors and gorgeous aesthetics, it is a beautifully refined bike that excels in every aspect possible.
|Folded Size||25.9” x 14.5” x 32.2” (65cm x 36cm x 81cm)|
|Frame||Dalloy Sonus Tubeset & V-Clamp technology|
|Fork||Lightweight Dalloy Aluminum|
|Handlepost||Radius T & V-Clamp|
|Drivetrain||SRAM Apex Derailleurs & SRAM SL700 Shifters|
|Wheels||451mm Formula Xero|
|Brakes||SRAM Apex Caliper Brake|
Best Available Price: $1299
I genuinely loved testing out the Dahon Mu SL, as I do with any of Dahon’s more premier models. There seems to be little room for improvement as this bike is far more advanced than your typical bike, it is lightweight, rapid on flats and hills, easily transportable and above all just a well rounded bike. I can’t really find anything negative to say about the Mu SL, if I wanted to be picky I could bemoan about the high price point, however this is expected given the sheer quality on offer with this model. To be honest I’m still quite gutted that I can’t keep this one for myself, however it will be a bike I may consider purchasing in the very near future. Thanks for reading, please go ahead and discover some of my other Dahon folding bike reviews today.
Very light, weighing in at around 23lbs
Rust resistant Dalloy Aluminium frame
Gorgeously styled frame and paint job
Larger 451mm wheels – fast and stable
9 gear speeds to facilitate rapid hill climbing
Easily folded away in under 15 seconds
All components are of exceptional quality
Slightly larger wheels so takes up more room when stored away
Quite an expensive model