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Thursday, 01 January 1970
What makes the Curve i3 unique?
Our spotlight series aims to share a little of the reasoning behind our folding bike lineup, which offers something for every type of rider. This time theCurve i3 16â€³ takes center stage.
This bestselling frame design and 16â€³ wheel setup has been around in a fairly unchanged formatÂ (originally the Curve D3) since 2006. Not the fastest to fold, nor the lightest bike, what makes it so popular?
As mentioned, the Curve is not the very smallest of our bikes (that honor goes to the EEZZ and the Jifo) but its 16â€³ wheels do make for a very neat footprint. And when it debuted, it was indeed the most compactÂ in the lineup. Close on the heels of the Curve, but not quite as small, come theÂ POP and Dove, most popular in Asia and rarely found on sale in the West. At 60 x 57 x 34cm (23.6â€ x 22.4â€³ x 13.4â€)Â the CurveÂ is DAHONâ€™s smallestÂ horizontal folding bike (the Jifo and EEZZ are vertical folding) with a more standard hinge and style.
How about gearing? Those used to mountain bikes might balk at being limited to 3 speeds, but the Curve is in no way designed for that kind of riding. It shines as a portable, urban get-around, with the high and low perfectly balanced Â to get you where you need to go. Â 3-speeds have been the backbone of cityÂ bikes for decades, but that hasnâ€™t stopped plenty of people taking off touring on a Curve.
And a favorite feature? Itâ€™s a hub gear. Years of maintenance free riding could be ahead, changing up or downÂ any time with a handy twist shifter. The internal hub is also a bit more forgiving of being schlepped around and packed away, where a derailleur might get knocked and bent out of shape. Many people prefer a hub gear for its clean look, which on different bikes is made even tidier with a coaster brake (usually USA only). This incarnation of the Curve comes to a stop on smooth, winzip V-brakes and the hub is aÂ Shimano G3R40.
Be mindful though, as one of the smaller frame and wheel combos, if youâ€™re over 6â€™1â€³ or over 220lbs this petite folderÂ is not for you. But because the Curve i3 is made of DAHONâ€™s own Dalloy aluminum, you can be assured that it is both strong and stiff, and exceeds all international strength and safety standard testing.
Itâ€™s such a popular and reliable little number that @KentsBikeÂ wrote a poem about it (thanks Kent!) and it was the frame of choice for the fabulously cheeky Kukuxumusu special edition folding bike. So hereâ€™s to the Curve, more than a decade as a bestseller makes it without a doubt aÂ DAHON classic.