Sometimes the straight frame of a folding bike, though lower than most standard bicycles, is still not low enough. The Dahon Ciao! D5 folding bike is the answer to this problem. A low, curved frame makes this bike the easiest folding bike to step over and ride, especially for someone who has never ridden a bike before.
The 20" wheels on the Ciao! D5 provide enough balance and maneuverability over smaller-wheeled bikes, but still allow for a compact folded package that can be carried on a train, bus, or trunk of a car. It's the most comfortable city bike out there.
The new Sturmey-Archer 5-speed hub is a great, maintenance-free option for city riders. Compared to the older Nexus 7-speed hub, the 5-speed is lighter, cheaper, and has the same range of gear options. This bike can tackle any hill with ease.
The Dahon Ciao! D5 folding bike is a great commuter bike. Come in and try it out!
|Colors:||Baltic (dark blue)|
|Distance: Seatpost to Handlebar:||Min: 640 mm (25") Max: 680 mm (26.5")|
|Distance: Saddle to Pedal:||Min: 650 mm (25.4") Max: 950 mm (37")|
|Folding Size:||34 x 74 x 66 cm (13.3" x 28.9" x 25.7")|
|Folding Time:||15 sec|
|Weight:||12.1 kg (26.6 lb)|
|Suggested Rider Height:||142 - 193 cm (4'8" - 6'4")|
|Max Rider Weight:||105 kg (230 lb)|
|Frame:||LA Series, 7005 butted aluminum alloy, custom-drawn Sonus tubing, Lattice forged hinge, patented Fusion and V-Clamp technologies|
|Fork:||Integrated, patented Fusion technology|
|Handlepost:||Radius V Telescope, adjustable, patented Fusion and V-Clamp technologies, forged aluminum|
|Handlebar:||BioLogic Crescent, 6061 aluminum|
|Headset:||Zero stack, cartridge bearings|
|Grip/Bars Tape:||BioLogic Ergo, single density|
|Seatpost:||Aluminum 34 x 580 mm|
|Seat Clamp:||Dahon Covert, high leverage design|
|Front Brake:||ProMax V, aluminum, linear spring|
|Rear Brake:||ProMax V, aluminum, linear spring|
|Brake Levers:||ProMax V, aluminum bracket/aluminum lever|
|Brake Cable & Housing:||Anti-compression housing, Slick cables|
|Front Hub:||Dahon Mini, aluminum, sealed|
|Rear Hub:||Dahon special edition Sturmey-Archer 5, freewheel, forged 6061 hub body|
|Spokes:||18/8 stainless steel, brass nipples|
|Rims:||Aluminum, ground sidewalls, anodized|
|Tires:||Dahon Rotolo, 20" x 1.75", high pressure 65 psi, coffee skinwall|
|Rear Derailleur:||Sturmey-Archer 5|
|Crankset:||Cold-forged 6061 aluminum crank arms, hand-polished|
|Chain:||KMC Z410 or SRAM|
|Pedals:||Suntour folding, non-slip|
|Cable & Housing:||Anti-compression housing, Slick cable|
|Kickstand:||Dahon Double stand|
|Clip System:||Magnetix system|
|Luggage Bracket:||Luggage Socket, frame integrated|
|Rack:||Arclite, aluminum, integrated luggage strap|
|Front & Rear Reflectors:||Yes|
The Dahon Ciao D5 is a really friendly folding bike. It has a few nice features, including a very low step-trough frame, which make it perfect for people looking to take a relaxed approach to bike riding. If you like to cruise down boardwalks, glide down river front bike paths, or just run some errands on a bicycle, the Dahon Ciao is perfect for you. Let's take a closer look at the Ciao D5.
The Ciao folding bike is designed to be able to make climbing hills and geting around easy. The key to that setup is the 5 speed internal gear hub. An internal gear hub is a gear box that contains all your gears, sealed in a cylinder and protected from corrosion and moisture. It is a maintenance free system that is found on many folding commuter bikes. This system not only protects your drivetrain from a lot of wear and tear, it also allows you to shift gears without pedaling - even at a stand still - with a flick of the wrist.
Many people complain that although they love biking, they hate getting on and off their bike. Why? Because they have to swing their leg uncomfortably over the seat as they get on and off. Dahon understands this concern and agrees, why should any aspect of a bike be uncomfortable.They've taken this view to heart with the Ciao folding bike which is so easy to step over you'll be happy to stop and look at the roses whenever you want. You only have to raise your foot about 6 inches, the height of a single stair, to step over this folding bike.
The Ciao D5, because it's intended as an everyday family bicycle, comes equipped for regular use. A set of fenders will keep puddles from splashing up on you while you ride and a rear rack allows you to take a few things with you for your rides. A newspaper, lunch, and a sweater perhaps? With a rear rack you'll be able to stop on your way home to get some groceries or run errands around town, the fenders will keep you dry and happy. Folding bike commuters love fenders.
In addition to the fenders and rack your Ciao D5 folding bike comes with a battery operated rear light for added safety. It also has a full chain cover to keep your pants clean and grease free as you ride. These two features are just another way of Dahon saying, this is the perfect bike for everyday use. They really intended the Ciao D5 as a bike to meet all challenges.
It's compact, it folds, it's easy to ride, you can do anything with it. The Dahon Ciao D5 folding bike is really one of the coolest and most relaxed folding bikes Dahon has produced yet. We really like to look and feel of this one and we think you will too. If you want an fun and laid back folding bike the Ciao D5 is right for you, visit the Ciao D5 product page for all the details.