05 Nov Dahon Creates Award for Green Ideas
The world’s leader in folding bikes makes a strong impression at Interbike with new distribution partners, six new models, and a $13,000 award.
Las Vegas, USA, September 19, 2012 – Dahon, the world leader in folding bicycles, is pleased to announce the recent addition of new distribution partnerships, display six new models in addition to the award-winning EEZZ and two state-of-the-art Limited Edition anniversary bicycles and bring $13,000 award to Las Vegas for Interbike 2012. Adding Bicinova Italia in Italy, Indigo Trading in South Africa, and Fun bike in Austria, Dahon continues to expand its presence beyond all key markets. The company has furthermore established an office in the UK for increased distributor and sales support. A corporate presence can now be seen in the USA, China, Bulgaria, Belgium, and the UK.
A Focus on Green Mobility
Officially launched this month, Dahon presents the Green Mobility Award, a prize of $13,000 given to an individual, group, company, organization, or even city who has demonstrated significant efforts towards green mobility. “We are introducing this award to encourage people to live more eco-friendly lives. The idea is to have more companies in the industry take an interest in this award to pool a larger amount of prize money for future awards,” explains Eddie Eccleston, Global Director of Sales and Marketing. Applicants can enter or be nominated on Dahon’s website, www.dahonbikes.com, and will be judged by a panel of experts. Winners will be announced during Eurobike 2013 and will be invited to attend the fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
New for 2013
Dahon introduces the Visc P18, a new performance bike built with a lower top tube to make getting on and off the bike easier. Featuring a new Neos 9-speed derailleur, Alloy V-brakes, and double-walled rims, the Visc is a smooth ride and bright addition to the anniversary line.
A second new model, the Vybe City D2 is a solid urban bike that delivers high quality performance at an attractive price. The Vybe City keeps things simple with an SRAM Automatix coaster hub but is built strong with high-tensile steel. Keeping in mind the importance of safety, Dahon engineers have also incorporated a Dynamo hub to power front and rear lights for increased visibility.
The Formula S20, another addition to Dahon’s range of performance folding bikes, combines a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed drive train with an Alloy 53/39 tooth crankset for 20 speeds of versatility. The Formula is a fast and powerful, yet sleek addition to the Dahon range.
Broadening its innovative capabilities, Dahon also introduces the Ikon Electric, a completely new folding e-bike energized by TranzX PST. The powerful 36 Volt, 250 watts brushless motor from JD is concealed in the front wheel and the 36 Volt battery is tucked away in the rear carrier. Other new models include the Ikon D3, a 3-speed city bike, and the Vector P20, a sporty road bike designed to be swift on the road and agile around obstacles.
The EEZZ, the winner of the 2012 Eurobike Award, features a new Dahon technology that allows the bike to fold vertically rather than horizontally. As a result, the EEZZ is able to fold smaller, faster, and more efficiently. Weighing only 9 kg, the new model folds in less than seven seconds and can be pulled from the trunk of a car or an apartment closet and easily assembled into a reliable means of bi-model transportation.
At the helm of the 2013 product line are the 30 years anniversary bikes. Specifically designed for the company’s 30th birthday, the Limited Edition anniversary bike is comprised of top-tier materials and components; many of which have been custom-made for the elite model. A second model features many of the same materials as the Anniversary bike but has been adjusted to accommodate a lower retail price. The complete range of 33 bikes also includes nine upgraded models alongside other familiar models such as the Jifo, Mu N360, and Vitesse D7HG.