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Dahon Mariner D8 Review: with Pros & Cons [2022]

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Dahon is a well-known USA bicycle brand for manufacturing foldable, eco-friendly bikes. To date, they have manufactured a wide range of foldable bikes, and the Dahon Mariner D8 is the latest edition in their product line.

The Dahon Mariner D8 is a well-designed, compact, lightweight, easier to transport, and adjustable folding bike. It comes with an eye-catchy, thoughtful design and many great features to give you a smooth riding experience. Impressively, you can buy this premium-quality folding bike at an affordable price.

I have the opportunity to test ride this bike. Based on that, I will share my experience in this Dahon mariner D8 review.

Dahon Mariner D8 Review

Dahon Mariner D8 Review – Why Should You Buy It?

The Dahon Mariner is an incredibly versatile folding bike suitable for daily commutes, traveling, off-roading and urban riding. It establishes a position in the competitive market with reliable performance. This bike routinely surpassed other folding bikes.

Here are the Dahon Mariner D8 specifications. Check these out carefully.

Key Specifications –

  • Best for Off-roading, Traveling, Urban Riding
  • Wheels: 20-inch X 1.6-inch Lightweight Aluminum single-wall rim w/ Schwalbe Citizen
  • Bike Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Maximum Weight Capacity: 230 lbs.
  • Rider Height: 145 – 190 cm
  • Folded Size: 65 cm X 32 cm X 79 cm
  • Brakes: Alloy 110 mm V-Brakes
  • Frame: Lightweight DalloySonusTubeset, Lattice Forged Hinge with Vise-Grip Technology
  • Adjustable Drivetrain: 8-Speed Shimano RD-M310 Rear Derailleur
  • Handlebars: Dahon city-style black alloy
  • Handle post: Forged Alloy Radius Telescope with Fusion Technology, Adjustable
  • Fork: Smooth Riding and Stable High Tension Steel Blades and Steerer
  • Saddle: Ergo, comfort city-style, black
  • Shifter: SL-M310 twist shifter
  • Pedals: Foldable Dahon pedals
  • Grips: Double density, ergo shape

From the above key specifications, it is quite evident why Dahon Mariner D8 is a popular folding bike. This 8-speed folding bike offers performance and features most commuter cyclists look for.

Let’s look at the Dahon Mariner D8’s key features from the points below.

Features of Dahon Mariner D8:

  • High-quality construction
  • Eye-catchy design
  • Shimano gear
  • Easy folding mechanism
  • Schwalbe tires
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable and convenient ride
  • Outstanding braking system
  • Comfy and adjustable saddle

Now, here we will be sharing the in-depth review.

Frame Material –

7005 lightweight aluminum issued in the frame of the Dahon Mariner D8. Aluminum is a far more lightweight material than steel, making this folding bike the lightest in its class. The frame build quality will surely satisfy you.

It has a brushed aluminum finish, allowing you to see the high-standard welds. Even this bike can accommodate a heavy person quite conveniently.

Its innovative design is ideal for men and women and suits perfectly all age groups.

Shimano Gearing or Drivetrain –

Shimano Gearing

The drivetrain has a significant role in giving you a comfortable ride on different terrains.

This bike features a 1X8 speed drivetrain, making it suitable for those short commutes. For these 8 different gears, you will always enjoy a stable ride at multiple speed levels regardless of the trail types. Moreover, you won’t have to put much force into the pedals.

Furthermore, having additional gear means controlling becomes much more convenient when riding up or downhills.

If you are unfamiliar with the 8-speed shifter, you may experience a few initial instances. Once you get familiar with it, you will not feel accustomed.

Rear Derailleur –

Rear Derailleur

It uses a Shimano RD-M310 derailleur that helps the folding bike to have a smooth and reliable shift. Generally, other folding bikes don’t come with this derailleur, making Mariner D8 exceptional.

This folding bike runs faster and smoother in different road conditions without compromising safety compared to other models.

Shifter –

You will find the 8-speed shifter in the right handlebar grip. The shifter is conveniently positioned to let you use it effortlessly.

Two triggers are used in the shifter that shifts the bike’s gears. You need to operate one shifter with the thumb and the other using your forefinger. Gear shifting is flexible, and you will never experience locking up the gears. The shifter trigger is easier to use than any other type.

Winzip Aluminum V-brake –

Winzip Aluminum V brake

One of the most satisfying features of the folding bike is the Winzip Aluminum V-brake at the front and rear wheels. This braking system offers benefits when riding amidst city traffic. More importantly, no drag will be there, and sudden brakes also feel safe. In addition, long enough brake levers and the smooth spring action helps you maintain a solid brake.

Adjustable Handlebar –

Adjustable Handlebar

The impressive and entirely adjustable handlebar lets you ride the Mariner D8 comfortably. Moreover, the grips of the handlebar have enough cushioning, keeping your palm relaxed while riding. This feature helps you go for a long ride without worrying about fatigue or strain on the hand.

Folding Design and Size –

After folding, the bike measures 25.6″ (H) x 31.1″ (W) x 12.6″ (D). You can fold the Dahon mariner d8 folding bicycle by following 5 simple steps. The whole folding process will take only 2 – 3 minutes or even less. It becomes compact and small when folded and can easily be stored under the office desk or in the car boot.

Lightweight –

The riding experience will be tremendous with this folding bicycle. It is because of its lightweight feature. Once folded, the Dahon mariner’s weight is 28 lbs.

Due to its smaller folded size, you will not face any hassle in carrying it.

Adjustable Saddle –

Adjustable Saddle

Comfortable bicycle riding significantly relies on the sitting position. Happily, this bicycle saddle is adjustable, letting you adjust the saddle according to your comfort level. This way, a long ride becomes much more convenient.

Off-roading –

I have a mixed off-roading experience with the Dahon Mariner D8.

Riding up and down hills was pretty relaxing and well-balanced because of the wide range of gear settings.

In addition, the V brake performs efficiently downhill as it lets me slow down to avoid unwanted accidents. Controlling the bike was so simple that I never had to worry about the risk of injury.

The Dahon Mariner D8 is one of the most comfortable off-roading bicycles. However, it is recommended for occasional off-roading.

City Transport –

Folding bicycles are specifically designed for city riders, and this bike is also no exception. Being lightweight, it is a cinch to transport. Also, at folded size, parking is hassle-free.

Luggage Carrying –

Luggage Carrying

You can include a rear back in this bicycle, and this feature is unavailable in many folding bikes in its price range.

Carrying extra weight becomes straightforward after including the rear rack. Thus, this folding bike can be used for carrying groceries, small chores, etc.

Maintenance –

Regular maintenance is mandatory if you want to get long-term service from the folding bike.

It is partially rust-resistant. That is why avoiding regular maintenance may lead the bike to further corrosion.

Follow the manufacturer maintenance schedule meticulously and enhance the lifespan of Dahon Mariner D8.

Pros:

  • Adjustable handlebar height and saddle for the rider’s comfort
  • A variety of gear options makes it suitable for different terrains
  • Nicely designed to include a rear rack
  • Highly responsive
  • It can be controlled easily during up and downhill riding
  • A rigid frame makes every ride smooth
  • Suitable for street and urban environments
  • Compact, lightweight, and small design
  • Extremely portable and easy to set up

Cons:

  • Difficult to roll the bike when completely folded
  • The bike is not pre-assembled

Additional Features:

Comfort Grips –

Comfort Grips

The handlebar features double cushioned and ergonomically shaped grips, keeping the rider’s arm, wrist, palm, and forearms free of fatigue and strain.

Folding Pedals –

Folding Bike Pedal

In order to ensure maximum transportability and convenient storage, its pedal can also be folded.

Reflectors –

Riding in low-light conditions or at night is dangerous. Reflectors are available in the rear and pedal bars so that other riders can locate you easily at night.

Kickstand –

Kickstand

A kickstand is available on this bike, letting you park or dismount it wherever and whenever you want. You can enjoy a coffee or capture some photos by mounting the bike safely and securely, taking assistance from the kickstand.

Front and Rear Fenders –

The fenders protect your clothes when riding the bike during rain. They are of better quality than most folding bikes.

How to Fold a Dahon Mariner D8 – 5 Painless Steps:

The folding process of Dahon Mariner D8 is painless and will take not more than 2 – 3 minutes. Once you are familiar with the process, you can minimize the timing. However, practicing is crucial. Follow the below 5 steps intently.

Step 01: Seat Post Lowering

Push the seat post as low as it goes. By putting weight on the seat post, you can push it down easily.

Step 02: Repositioning Handlebar

Now reposition the handlebar. Don’t forget to ensure this step because the brake lever should face downwards towards the tires of the bike or the floor.

Step 03: Handlebars Radius Positioning

Then position the telescoping handlebars radius.

Step 04: Collapsing the Handlebar

Next, release the handlebar stem. Thus, the handlebar will collapse and rotate downwards. After that, bring it to rest when it is next to the front wheel.

Step 05: Hinge Releasing

Dahon Mariner D8 has a lattice hinge in the middle of the bike’s frame. It holds the whole frame together. Release the hinge, and the entire frame will break into 2 parts. Finally, you can collapse it into a compact model.

FAQ –

1. Is Dahon as good as Brompton?

Answer: Brompton comes with smaller wheels than Dahon, which makes longer rides discomfort. Also, Dahon is a well-known brand running its business in the folding bicycle industry for many years. They use all the latest technology in their folding bikes to give a comfortable riding experience, especially for extended hours.

2. How long do Dahon bikes last?

Answer: Dahon bikes are made of quality parts like aluminum. A Dahon bike is expected to give service for multiple decades with proper care.

3. What are the main differences between Dahon Mariner D7 vs. D8?

Answer: Read the below comparison chart to learn the differences between Dahon Mariner D7 and D8.

Factor Dahon Mariner D7 Dahon Mariner D8
Best for Urban environments with hillier trails City rides and urban environments
Frame Construction 4130 Chromoly Steel 7005 Aluminum
Weight 26 lbs. 28 lbs.
Gears 7 8
Derailleur Shimano RD-TX35 Shimano RD-M310
Shifter Type Twist Trigger
Pre-assembled No No

4. Is Dahon made in China?

Answer: Dahon has production lines in Beijing, China, manufacturing folding bikes for the Chinese market. In 2012, Dahon started its factory in Bulgaria, where all production takes place in Europe.

Summing Up:

From this Dahon Mariner D8 review, it is clear that this is a compact, well-designed, and convenient folding bike. It can comfortably handle quick tasks all around the town. Aluminum frames give a better feel on the road. The price range is also excellent, and it can be customized according to the user’s preference. However, don’t expect 100% perfection because it is not a high-end folding bike.

You will have thousand-mile pleasurable rides with this bike as it is designed to give ultimate comfort to the rider. Ensuring minimal care will provide many years of efficient service and performance.

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