Dahon Jack D7 Folding Bike Review

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Dahon Jack D7 Folding Bike Review

Review

Design - 94%
Functionality - 96%
Durability - 97%
Mobility - 88%
Price - 85%

92%

Excellent

Outstanding in so many ways it's difficult to capture in a short review - the Dahon Jack D7 is an exceptional 26" folding bike that outperforms all others in its class!

User Rating: 4.11 ( 4 votes)

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The Dahon Jack D7 folding bike is a city riding and touring model in the 26-inch wheel category – produced by Dahon, one of the world’s leading makers of folding bikes. They offer just about every kind of folding bike you can think of; with so many different designs and variations, that it is hard to keep track of the possibilities. Many of their European models ship with slightly different configurations, possibly because most models available in Europe come from Bulgaria, where many of Dahon’s bikes sold in Europe are are made or assembled. Dahon’s main factory is in Taiwan.

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This Dahon Jack D7 model is light and sporty, folding in half for easy carrying and transportation. The Jack folds to 13 x 37 x 31 inches taking less than 10 seconds, pretty handy – no struggle or head scratching required! it is also worth noting that if you simply need to make the bike skinnier, so that it will take less space parked flat against the wall of a hallway for example, these bikes are equipped with a quick release allowing the handle bars to be turned straight with the frame, which makes a great deal of difference in terms of footprint. The pedals also fold in.

Despite being a folding model, the Dahon Jack D7 offers the comfortable riding position of a sports touring bike with a 7-speed Derailleur gear system, high quality seat and alloy handle bars. The Jack has Schwalbe Big Apple tires, which look rather cool; however, for those that are not aware, fat tires are slower and require more work. Although if you are just out ‘cruising’ they do give a comfortable ride. The pump is concealed/built-into the seat post; a nice piece of design elegance! This model does not come with a rack or mud guards/fenders, but does have the all important kick stand. (Note: The D8 is almost the same bike but with 8 gears and different paint job.)Dahon Jack D7 Review

Rather than being a folding bike suitable for commuting on public transport, this full size touring bike is intended for those that want to take their bike with them on vacation or weekend trips. It fits easily into most mid-sized car trucks/boots when folded and it might be possible to get two Jacks into most cars, along with other belongings. These bikes only weigh a little over 14 kg, making them easy to lift in and out of place.

Specification

  • Colors - Shadow
  • Frame Material - Aluminium
  • Bike Weight - 35.1lbs
  • Standover Height -  24″
  • Wheel Size - 26″
  • Speeds – 7
  • Folded Size - 27″ x 9″ x 54″
  • Maximum rider weight – 110 kg (240 lbs)

Best Available Price: $749

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Concluding Remarks

Apparently the sturdy, aluminum frame of the Dahon Jack D7 was designed/inspired by Joe Murray, the well known pioneer mountain-biker, turned designer. Also, this model comes in different sizes; small and large – to accommodate riders over or under 5’10’’ in height. Riding a bike that is either too big or too small persistently is not good for the body, so it is always advisable to try the fit with a quick ride before purchase. It’s great that Dahon offers size choices for this attractive machine. Although all their best folding bikes and folding mountain bikes are designed to accommodate riders of a wide range of heights, which is a nice feature.

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Pros

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[intense_icon type=”check” color=”#1f9900″] Outstandingly durable

[intense_icon type=”check” color=”#1f9900″] Sleek aesthetics

[intense_icon type=”check” color=”#1f9900″] Good on- and off-road capacity

[intense_icon type=”check” color=”#1f9900″] Quick acceleration

[intense_icon type=”check” color=”#1f9900″] Easily folded

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Cons

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[intense_icon type=”remove” color=”#960000″] Premium priced bike

[intense_icon type=”remove” color=”#960000″] Large frame

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Review

Design - 94%
Functionality - 96%
Durability - 97%
Mobility - 88%
Price - 85%

92%

Excellent

Outstanding in so many ways it's difficult to capture in a short review - the Dahon Jack D7 is an exceptional 26" folding bike that outperforms all others in its class!

User Rating: 4.11 ( 4 votes)

1 thought on “Dahon Jack D7 Folding Bike Review”

  1. In have been an owner of the jack for the past 7 years and think its the best bike ever for my commute. I am eager to perhaps buy another one of these or just a large frame in case mine craps out on me, any ideas where I can buy one at a reasonable cost? I am in the UK.

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