Take a healthy dose of old school Italian road bike design flair, a liberal application of Brooks leather accoutrements, a sprinkle of pannier and fender mounts and a very large dollop of cruising and touring comfort. The new Smooth Hound certainly is an irresistible package of meticulously chosen components. The Smooth Hound packs flat in seconds and slips easily into a shoulder bag for you to carry aboard a bus or train or stash in your hotel room at night. It weighs only 10.8kg and has all the features you’d need (and more) for comfortable, hassle free bike touring. BioLogic™ Handlebars handlebars are ergonomically designed to give you multiple hand positions. Luggage racks are set closer to the ground for a lower center of gravity and improved loaded stability.
* Shimano 16 speed drive train with Ultegra barcon shifters
* Special Edition FSA crankset with 55/44T CNC chainrings
* NVO InfiniteAdjust stem adjusts quickly to adapt to riders with different sizes and riding styles
* Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires with Kevlar puncture protection
* BioLogic™ PostPump - high capacity pump integrated inside the seat post
* Mudguard and rack braze-ons
GEAR INCHES 27" - 97"
FOLDED SIZE 19 x 97 x 141 cm (7.5" x 38.2" x 55.5")
WEIGHT 10.8 kg (23.8 lbs.) w/o pedals
FOLDING TIME 10 seconds
SUGGESTED RIDER HEIGHT M Frame (157 -179 cm/5’2" - 5’10"); L Frame (170 - 188 cm/5’7" - 6’2")
FRAME N type, DualArc design, 7005 double-butted aluminum, integrated head tube, replaceable hanger
FORK Kinetix Q - Designed by German A, suspension
STEM NVO, patented InfiniteAdjust technology, 6061-T6 aluminum
HANDLEBAR BioLogic™ Handlebar handlebars
HEADSET Dahon Fusion, Zero stack, cartridge bearings
GRIPS Brooks leather bar tape, honey
SADDLE Brooks B17 Champion leather saddle
SEAT POST BioLogic™ PostPump, 27.2mm
BRAKES Kinetix, forged aluminum, dual pivot caliper, adjustable angle pads
BRAKE LEVER Forged aluminum, with QR
CABLES AND HOUSING Dahon LiveWire, SIS housing, slick cable
FRONT WHEEL Kinetix Comp, 20H radial laced, ultralight 58 g. cartridge bearing hub, CNC machined doublewall rim
REAR WHEEL Kinetix Comp, 28H radial/2 cross lacing, Kinetix road hub, CNC machined doublewall rim
FRONT HUB Kinetix Neutron, cartridge bearings, Ultralight 58 gram design
REAR HUB Kinetix, Labyrinth water seal, 8spd. cassette, aluminum, QR
SPOKES 14 G, stainless steel, brass nipples
RIMS Kinetix Comp, doublewall, CNC sidewalls, wear line indicator
TIRES Dahon Special Edition Schwalbe Marathon Racer, 85 psi, Qualifier Compound casing, RaceGuard puncture protection, Reflex
SHIFTERS Shimano, Ultegra, Bar end, SL-BS64, Set, 2/3x8sp
FRONT DERAILLEUR Microshift, forged aluminum
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra SS
CASSETTE Shimano HyperGlide 8 speed, 11-32T
CRANKSET FSA, forged
Strengths: Small size.
Gets smaller quickly.
Wide gear range.
Lots of handlebar positions.
Feels like a regular bike.
Weaknesses: Doesn't fold.
My bike came with a faulty cassette (shop replaced it for free).
This is a compact minibike. With 20" wheels and a small wheel base it's easy to transport in a car or put in a shopping cart at the supermarket if you don't want to drive.
When I saw this bike on the Dahon site for 2007 I fell in love. The gorgeous Brooks leather saddle and matching leather bar tape on the handy moustache-style handlebars made me swoon. It's a perfect commuter or touring bike, with its wide gearing and rack/fender mounts.
Then I found out it doesn't fold. I need a folding bike for easy storage. I focused on a Dahon Speed TR instead. When I went to pick it up at the bike store I saw a demo model of last year's compact bike, the Dahon Hammerhead. One ride and I fell in love again. When you climb aboard you feel like you are on a regular bike. But the pedals come right off without tools and the handlebar stem comes off with one easy turn of the included allen wrench. Take off the front wheel with the quick release and you have a bike that's smaller than a kid's bike in about 30 seconds.
The parallelogram front shock decreases fatigue without brake dive. The bar end shifters are easy to fix and to use. Unlike other Dahons there are no non-standard parts to break and no clunky, heavy folding mechanism. The bike weighs 24 pounds, which isn't bad.
I highly recommend this wonderful bike for road, commuting or touring.