Friday, April 22, 2011

The Smooth Hound has arrived!

Well, in response to some inquiries from customers, and the generally favorable reaction folks had to the Soma Mini Velo, we decided to order a Dahon Smooth Hound, a bike based on the whole "mini velo" concept, but with the added feature of folding!  Dahon uses their "Lockjaw" system on this bike, which requires the use of an allen wrench to fold the bike. This results in a fold that  isn't as quick or convenient as their more typical latch systems. On the other hand, it does give you a bike that feels like it has a normal, solid frame. It's not the most compact fold out there, but it's certainly more compact than other "mini velos."

It's a nice riding bike. We all took turns giving it a spin, and everyone was impressed. And it's a fine looking bike as well, with the rather classy paint scheme, Brooks saddle and brown bar wrap on the moustache handlebars.

Come on in and give it a whirl!


Invisible Hand said...

It has the attachment "bump" on the headtube!

Tim said...

Yes, as Geof noticed, contrary to photos on Dahon's website, the Smooth Hound DOES have the attachment point for Dahon's Luggage Truss on the front of the bike. I'm really glad to see that, as it adds a nice feature.

greatpumpkin said...

I took it for a test ride, and it is every bit as good as I thought it might be. Fun to ride, handles well, and does what a bike should do. And folds up. I recommend it.