Dahon Debuts Narrow Folding Technology
BEIJING, China – A highly compact, but non-folding frame using the Nuwave technology was introduced by Dahon last week. The most striking feature of this Dahon is that it doesn’t have a folding frame, overriding a major concern with stiffness and safety for frame hinges commonly found on folding frames. The long handlebar and seat posts are now in the form of tripods.
The pedals are either removable or twisted by 90 degrees. In both versions, the resulting width-saving is up to five centimeters, versus standard foldable pedals, on each side. Furthermore, in the twist style, consumers can choose their own pedal type. The total width of merely fifteen centimeters.
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The technology can be used for all bicycle types either, small wheel units, regular or electric and even big wheeled MTB and road bikes. “To speed up the market introduction we will offer whole bikes, frames, or even technology licenses, explained Dr. David Hon at the presentation last week. “In an urban setting, with traffic lights and obstacles, a small wheel bicycle can maneuver much more easily.”
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Dahon introduced five new bikes ranging from 10-inch scooter to a 26-inch MTB, all using the same Nuwave technology. The technology addresses the three most striking features of any folding bike, namely, the handlebar system, the seat system and the pedal/crank system. Nuwave technology is applicable across all single-track vehicles of any wheel size, including electric, to achieve a limited width of only fifteen centimeters. As a result, it is much easier to store and transport than regular folding bikes.
Dahon also introduced an electric version of the new folding bike, called the Nuwave Electric. This model features a rear wheel hub drive with battery built into tube. The top speed is 20 km/h and the range between 25-30 kilometers.