Dahon ios D9 Review 2022 (An Exceptional But Pricier Model)

By Mark Plummer •  Updated: 09/27/22 •  4 min read

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Where do I even begin to describe quite how awesome the Dahon ios D9 is? 

Dahon has been revolutionizing the folding bike market for well over thirty years now, they haven’t simply stuck with one type of design and stuck with it either.

They have perpetually innovated throughout the years and developed new feature after new feature, this hasn’t slowed down by any means either.

One important realization I had that is essential to state is that they rarely fail either, this is certainly not the case with the Dahon Ios D9 either.

DAHON IOS D9

Our Rating

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PROS

  • Extremely well-built bike
  • Rust resistant frame
  • Comfortable riding over long distances
  • 9-speed gears to facilitate rapid hill climbing
  • Rapid folding motion (under 15 seconds)
  • Folds down to a truly minimal size

CONS

  • Fairly expensive, but worth it in our opinion!
  • 24″ wheels are slightly more bulky than the typical 20″ wheels

OUR VERDICT

“Gorgeous, highly refined, and made to last. While the Dahon ios D9 is a pricier model, it is well worth the investment. This is a truly exceptional folding bike that exceeds all expectations, and it looks the part too – brilliant!”

Dahon ios D9 Review

One of Dahon’s exceptional innovations that they developed a few years back was the flat pack technology, this enabled their bikes to be stored in a very narrow shape with pedals turned inwards. The Dahon Ios D9 further improves this feature, this model folds down to an even smaller size.

”A beautiful bike that exceeds all expectations, Dahon has truly done it again and produced an absolute masterpiece that will stand the test of time!”

Clearly one of the largest talking points about this premium folding bike is the gorgeous aesthetics it boasts. 

Dahon has clearly gone to extreme lengths to ensure that this model is one that will effortlessly stand out when out on the road (or off of it for that matter!), its beautiful anodized gold trip is utterly eye-catching. 

Additionally, while this folding bike is classed as being within Dahon’s recreation collection, it is actually formed out of high-performance components that will leave absolutely anybody gob-smacked.

Firstly, the Dahon D9 comes with large 24″ wheels, these are much faster and larger than the typical 20″ wheels associated with folding bicycles. 

Not only that, but these high-pressure Kojak tires are also significantly more comfortable to ride on, both on and off-road. Schwalbe has once again done a fantastic job of providing Dahon with some truly exceptional tires that will always provide a smooth ride.

The Dahon Ios D9 comes with (yes, you guessed it!) 9 gear speeds, perfect for climbing hills, and extremely capable of flying down the flats too. 

When I say fly, I really do mean it, the Ios D9 is extremely fast for a folding bike.

It genuinely doesn’t feel like one when you’re riding it, it effortlessly accelerates wherever you are and on whatever terrain too. 

This bike is truly dependable, it has been meticulously crafted out of premium quality components that are guaranteed to stand the test of time. 

Not only that, the bike has exceptional braking capacity with some well-refined disc brakes and wheels that have an outstanding grip on the road – at all times too.

It can be folded away in under 15 seconds, weighs a fair amount (but is manageable), and takes up very little space when folded down due to the Dahon exclusive flatpack technology.

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Concluding Remarks

I can’t sing this folding bike’s praises enough, the Dahon ios D9 isn’t just a pretty face, it is so much more.

The performance derived from this bike is truly exceptional and it stands as one of the best multifunctional folding bikes around to this day. Dahon has done it once again!

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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