Dahon Briza D8 Folding Bike Review 2022

By Mark Plummer •  Updated: 04/04/16 •  4 min read

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The Dahon Briza D8 has a distinctive, step-through frame, inspired by the famous bikes of Amsterdam. With its 24-inch wheels, this model feels more like a full-size bike when you ride it, easy to ride in an upright position. 

A very ergonomic option for a folding bike; the forward rake on the handlebar stem makes the cycling posture especially comfortable for a larger rider.

DAHON BRIZA D8

Our Rating

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PROS

  • Extremely fast
  • Well built premium model
  • Easy shift gears
  • Stable ride

CONS

  • Slightly pricey bike
  • Larger wheels are bulkier when folded

OUR VERDICT

“Dahon rarely fails to deliver and this Briza D8 is another perfect example of that. The Dahon Briza is certainly going to become one of the most revered folding bikes.”

Dahon Briza D8 Review 

The distance between saddle and handlebars is nice and spacious but I found it a little strange to handle.

It seems to make for slightly jumpy steering. Others might prefer the Dahon Briza’s upright position, finding it more comfortable? If you like to take in your surroundings as you ride, or glance behind before making a turn, it is easier to turn the head and shoulders when seated upright. 

It’s also a one size fits all design, sized for riders ranging in heights from 5’3″ to 6’6″.

”As always, Dahon rarely fails to deliver on any new folding bike model – this is another of our favorite bicycles, it’s truly well refined and is built to last!”

I have to say I really like 24-inch bikes for around town and shopping, maybe because they are more responsive in small spaces. I notice whenever I lend out my 24-inch folding bike, (a vintage model from the 70s), people always mention how much they like it.

The Dahon Briza D8 comes with 7-speed Derailleur gears, usually enough for almost any conditions. (I get around fine with only three, and a bit of work!) It also comes with a kickstand, very useful for city riding.

For some reason, there wasn’t a rack on the Dahon Briza D8 that I looked at but I am sure it is available. Dahon makes a couple of different styles, an example is the premium version found on the Dahon Speed Uno.

As with all Dahon bikes, this has a one-fold frame, which makes the fold easy and quick. One can also fold the steering column down and the pedals fold in, too, for a more compact folded bike. 

It might be worth mentioning that with any bike with small wheels, 24 inches or less, it is more important than usual to keep the tire pressure at the correct level. First, because smaller tires wear faster and soft tires will wear even faster.

It is also good to remember that smaller tires will lose pressure more quickly because of the overall ratio of volume to pressure.

Also, on smaller bikes, there tends to be proportionately more weight on the back wheel because of the shorter wheelbase. 

If you find that your tires wear down rather quickly, it might have been caused by low tire pressure, and, of course, the fact that smaller wheels go around more often.

Specifications

Concluding Remarks

It would be nice to see a few color choices in this model. If you really like upright bikes but don’t have the space for one, the Dahon Briza D8 is a great alternative. It folds nicely to 14.57 x 35.43 x 32.28 inches (37 x 90 x 82 centimetres).

Mark Plummer

Mark Plummer is an experienced bike mechanic who has built, repaired, and customized thousands of bikes over the years. A former mountain biking athlete, his cycling adventures have taken him all over the globe from the mountains of Scotland to the South Island of New Zealand. These days he enjoys the benefits of commuting to work and touring on his Dahon and Brompton folding bikes.

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