A beautiful example of a folding bike that is both fully functional on the road but also one of the best looking bicycles around too. This review of the Dahon MU P8 folding bike illustrates what an excellent ride this folding bike really is. Firstly, it is clear as day to see that Dahon put exceptional amounts of efforting into making the MU P8 a truly versatile folding bike. Not only is it lightweight and easy to carry around, it is rapid enough across all sorts of varied terrain and is also guaranteed to turn heads due to its truly majestic aesthetics. The MU P8 offers a wonderfully complete experience and it excels right out of the box, very few will be disappointed with this purchase.
To begin with I believe it is essential to outline what a well rounded bike Dahon have produced in the MU P8. It has everything anyone could possibly want from a folding bike. Not only is it light, weighing in at under 25lbs, so that anybody can carry it around almost effortlessly. But it is also extremely well built too, the Dalloy Aluminium frame that the MU P8 boasts is exceptionally well regarded as being one of the most durable ones around.
It boasts a lattice forged hinge and a brilliant V-Clamp that enables rapid folding. This frame also provides a really smooth ride, very minimal vibrations traverse through it and in combination with Dahon’s standard Schwalbe Marathon 20″ 60 PSI tires, it genuinely is one of the more comfortable rides around.
The MU P8, as many of you will have guessed, has 8 different gear speeds and this is absolutely perfect for both city dwellers and suburban riders too. Dahon have always done a fantastic job when it comes to producing fast folding bicycles, however the MU P8 seems to have an extra little kick behind it, especially considering that it only has 8 speeds, compared to other bikes that have many more. We found that the bike excelled on the flats, as expected, it had a relatively high top speed. However, more impressively, the Dahon MU P8 did particularly well up the steep hill in my city. Not many folding bikes have the hill climbing capacity of this Dahon model.
Another essential consideration that has to be made in any review of the Dahon MU P8 is its truly affordable price tag. This bike has specifications that are typically associated with the more premium folding bikes around, it is lightweight, folds down to a truly small and compact fold. It seamlessly shifts between gears and it comes with an optional rear rack that makes the Dahon MU P8 a beautiful bike that is suitable for both commuters and leisure riders alike.
Folded Size: 11.6″ x 30.7″ x 25.6″ (29cm x 78cm x 65cm)
Weight: 25.0lbs (11.0kg)
Speeds / Gears: 8
Gear Shifter: 8 speed NEOS
Wheel Size: 20″
Frame Type: PA SERIES – DALLOY Aluminium w/ V-Clamp
Brakes: V-Brake Alloy – 110mm
Saddle: Dahon Comfort
Max Rider Weight: 230lbs (105kg)
Best Available Price: $607
All in all I can’t complain about the Dahon MU P8, it really is another excellent folding bike by Dahon that will be treasured by all that decide to purchase one. While it is certainly not quite as refined as some of their more premium models, it is a stunning bike that is never going to pose a problem on the road. For the money it is pretty difficult to beat and is well regarded as one of the best folding bikes around for plenty of reasons. Discover my other Dahon folding bike reviews today.
Well built build that is extremely durable
Rust resistant Dalloy Aluminium frame
A beautifully designed modern bike
8 gear speeds – fast on flats and hills
Rapidly adjustable handlebar height
Compact folded size
The saddle can be uncomfortable over large distances