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First impressions of the Dahon Speed TR

By Rob Tomalin

I took delivery of my Dahon Speed TR in early April 2004 [this report was made available to us in June 2004 - Ed] and have used it for commuting to work every day since, being impressed with the way it handled over the urban route (1.5 miles each way). I took it out on Thursday 20th May (day off) for a longer run. This was about 30 miles over small country roads and a couple of rougher cycle tracks, mainly the Brampton Valley Way, which is part of the Sustrans route 6, I believe. Some of the surface was quite  rough in places. The rest of the route took in some of Northamptonshire's  rolling hills (short but very sharp).

All in all I am very impressed. My expectations of the Speed TR's performance have been exceeded. In fact I would go so far as to say that it equals my hybridised light tourer (531ST frame, 700c wheels) for speed and performance, but the Speed TR is quite a bit more comfortable.

Prior to this run I would always choose the tourer for leisure and tour riding, now I have to decide which to use because the Speed TR is an equally capable machine.

So to sum up I would like to say thank you to Cyclemotion in the UK for their help, and to Dahon for making a fantastic machine.

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Last updated: 14 June 2004