Taipei Bike Show: Dahon folder with continuously variable transmission

2012 folder gets seamless shifting

by Mat Brett   March 10, 2012  

Dahon Mu N360


New for 2012 in the Dahon folding bike lineup is the Mu N360. The Mu is a staple in Dahon range but what’s new is matching it up with a NuVinci hub from Fallbrook Technologies to provide a Constantly Variable Planetary (CVP) gear.

What does that mean? Essentially, there are no fixed ratios with the NuVinci hub. Instead, you control the continuously variable  hub via a twist-grip shifter. Rather than selecting gears, the shifter moves a ring or rotating balls which alters the relationship between the energy you’re putting in and the output. It’s a difficult one to get your head around, so check out our story explaining the design in more detail

The NuVinci hub means that shifting is seamlessly smooth; it’s a little like using a volume adjustment dial on a radio.

The Mu is made from custom-drawn Sonus aluminium tubing and uses a lattice-forged hinge. It comes with a Dahon FreeDrive Jould Dynamo system to generate energy for your lights so you don’t need any batteries, and the Dahon PostPump inflator is integrated into the seatpost.

2 user comments

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I quite like that, a neat looking little thing!

How much would it cost do you think?

Ooooh, me legs...

posted by Oh heck... [47 posts]
10th March 2012 - 13:17


Lol, gripshift...


posted by kaptnkrunch [57 posts]
11th March 2012 - 19:05