First look: Dahon IOS XL folder with integral lights, pump, and phone charger
Is this the ultimate commuter bike? Dahon thinks so
Dahon have released details of their new IOS folding bike a machine they are calling "a complete urban commuting solution, with a bike pump, lighting, and even a phone/GPS/device charger integrated directly into the design of the bike".
Aside from making all those urban necessities a part of the bike Dahon also say that the IOS range will deliver the ride and handling of a full-sized bike combined with a fold that is only slightly larger than that of a compact 20in wheeled folder. For those that want the convenience of a folder combined with the ride qualities of a conventional bike.
The IOS is itself a 24in wheeled bike, Dahon have given it an extended wheelbase and that extra length should give the IOS XL a more stable, comfortable ride – the IOS also features an in-line hinge which Dahon reckon should further add to its big bike handling characteristics by stiffening up the ride.
As with other folding bikes the IOS is a one-size fits all proposition, but Dahon's Andros tool-less adjustable stem should help tune the position for riders of different heights and riding styles depending on whether you want a low aggressive racy position or something more upright. .
No word yet on weight, but we will see it in the flesh at Eurobike and we will have our scales handy. Suggested retail price is €999 and we would expect it to come in at around the same amount in pounds – not least because that will get it under the limit for the government's cycle to work scheme.
The new IOS wasn't the only thing Dahon were unveiling today – they also announced a new UK Distributory. From January 1, 2010 Zyro will handle Dahon in the UK replacing Fisher Outdoor Leisure as the firm's distributor.