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Ciao P8




Say “hello” to the friendliest folding bicycle around. With an ultra low step over frame design, the Ciao is perfect for anybody looking for a sophisticated bike for getting around town. It’s especially suitable for inexperienced riders intimidated by high frames, riders with back or leg injuries, or riders wearing skirts. The Ciao includes a full complement of accessories: front and rear lights to keep you safe and visible at night, hub dynamo to power the front light, mud guards to keep you clean, and a sturdy rack to carry your things. Voted “Bike of the Year, 2006” in the Netherlands, a country that knows a thing or two about bicycles.

Dahon Impulse Electric Conversion
We have for some time now been of the opinion thatwhat the two wheel market needs Is a quality folding Electrlo Bike that can be used without a licence, Road tax or Insurance on the road. Until It was discontinued we stocked the Dahon Roo El which sold for over £1,200.00. This was a very good machine but suffered from a few niggling problems at times mainly due to connections. The Sram Sparc system employed on the bike, being an Internal 5 speed hub gear and motor combined was probably unnecessarily complicated for It's own good and at only 16V it was not quite as powerful as many other motors now available, It came complete with a small NIMh battery pack which was very light but had limited capacity. The whole bike however was probably the lightest folding electrlo bike in the world.
On researching the market, and examining what Is currently available we have turned away In mild disgust from the malorlty of folding electric bikes currently on the market, not primarily because of the electric motors or the associated electronic parts, but because they are such extremely poor bicycles with bottom of the range components. Probably a couple of the reasons for this Is the type of factories that they are sourced from, and a misguided concern to hit an unecessarily low price point.
Realizing that there must be a balance between being a marvellous showpiece of engineering and prohibitively expensive on the one hand, and on the other, deliberately pitching the price down to a level where the quality suffers seriously. We have arrived at producing what we consider to be an Ideal combination.
This has Involved us In choosing appropriate comfortable and respected Dahon models, namely the Ciao P5 which Is well suited to the type of rider that Invests In an electric bike, It benefits from a very low step-through frame (the design was bike of the year In Holland during 2006) and is suitable for both ladles and Gents to ride, and for the more serious and discerning the Dahon Impulse 24 which Is a complete delight to ride, as It employs the Sram hub/derailleur giving you a huge range of gears. We have also sourc~d some quiet running Intelligent brushless motors, battery units etc. that when fitted In our workshop are both pleasing to the eye and unobtrusive. When pedalling with the motor switched off you would not realize that you are riding an electric bike, since the front wheel hub motor spins so freely.
The total price Is £879.99 Including delivery and carrying bag on the Ciao and £979.99 on the ImpUlse Including delivery and carrying bag. This also Includes on both models,llghts, mudguards, stand, and special carrier that houses and Includes the battery pack, but stili leaves room for panniers and top bag.
Although there Is stili much debate over which Is the best type of battery to use, (this Is evident If you research the Information available on the web), with all things considered we still prefer NIMh. The reason for this In 'layrnans speak'is that the swltch·offclrcults that have to be present on l~lon and l~Pol batteries In order to protect the cells when the voltage drops below a certain level, can often catch you unawares despite low battery warning lights, and leave you totally without assistance, whereas the NIMH will continue to provide some power at a lower voltage level.


Custom-drawn Sonus 7005 aluminum frame tubing with Lattice forged hinge and forged drop-outs

GroundFloor™ low step through frame design



Patented Fusion technology adds front end strength and stiffness


Patented DFS technology for a fast and easy 15 second fold



Dahon Premium component package









Specifications of Electrical parts
• Electric Motor: 24V 180W intelligent brushless motor
• Max Speed: 15MPH UK maximum permitted speed
• Max Distance per charge: Up to 25 Miles Depending on the
terrain, wind conditions, the rider's weight and amount of
pedal assistance given
• Battery: NIMH, 24V S.5Ah fused and thermlster protected,
encased In Aluminium, and locks Into the rear aluminium
rack tor security. Battery life Is around 500 recharge
• Protective value of over current 15A
• Protective value of discharged battery voltage 20V
• Intelligent 24V 1.8A and charges battery In 4- 6
Hours. Input voltage 190- 260 V AC

COLOUR: Bronze
GEAR INCHES 37" - 76"
DISTANCE: SEAT POST TO HANDLEBAR Min: 610mm (24") Max: 670mm (26.25")
DISTANCE: SADDLE TO PEDAL Min: 650mm (25.5") Max: 950mm (37.5")
FOLDED SIZE 33 x 65 x 84 cm (13" x 25.5" x 33")
WEIGHT 11.4 kg (25.1 lbs)
FOLDING TIME 15 seconds
SUGGESTED RIDER HEIGHT 142 cm - 193 cm (4'8" - 6'4")
MAX RIDER WEIGHT 105 kg. (230 lbs.)
FRAME L Series, 7005 aluminum alloy, custom-drawn Sonus tubing, forged Lattice hinge, EmBed and ViseGrip technology
FORK Integrated, patented Fusion technology
HANDLEPOST Radius ProLite, patented Fusion™ technology, forged aluminum, patented InSide™ lock
HANDLEBAR 6061-T6 aluminum, riser
HEADSET Dahon Fusion, Zero stack, cartridge, sealed
GRIPS BioLogic™ Ergo, AirFlo™ design, reflective end plugs
SADDLE BioLogic™ Comfort, Ozone design, patented DualDensity™ base
SEAT POST BioLogic™ suspension seat post, 40mm travel, forged clamp
FRONT BRAKE Kinetix SpeedStop V brakes, stainless flex noodle, stainless link and anchor bolt, "SilentGrip" ceramic brake pads
BRAKE LEVER BioLogic V, ultra-smooth machined pivots, Kraton insert
CABLES AND HOUSING Dahon LiveWire, SIS housing, slick cable, LubeTube seal
FRONT HUB BioLogic™ Joule dynamo, 6V/2.4W
REAR HUB Sturmey-Archer 5 speed
SPOKES 14G, stainless, brass nipples
RIMS Kinetix Comp, doublewall, CNC machined sidewalls, wear line indicator
TIRES Schwalbe Marathon Racer, 85 psi, Qualifier Compound casing, RaceGuard puncture protection
SHIFTERS Sturmey-Archer
CRANKSET Kinetix Wing, cold forged 6061 crank arms, hand-polished
FREEWHEEL Dahon Special Edition, 13T
BOTTOM BRACKET Cartridge, sealed bearings
CHAIN KMC Z610RB, RustBuster
PEDALS Folding
CHAINGUARD Full chainguard
KICKSTAND Aluminum, Dacromet bolt
CLIP SYSTEM Magnetix™ system
FRONT LIGHT Hella MicroFF, halogen
REAR LIGHT Hella Premium, SuperBright LED, light and motion sensors for auto on/off
RACK ArcLite, tubular aluminum, with luggage straps
MUDGUARDS Dahon Special Edition SKS Mini 20 w/ stainless hardware
LUGGAGE BRACKET KlickFix frame mount on head tube fits hundreds of KlickFix bags and baskets
ACCESSORY Reflective pants clip, Rear Rack, Mudguards, Bell, Reflex Tyres, Post Pump, Dynamo & Lights.

FREE TUNE-UP - a £30 value!
Dahon requires all of their bikes to be checked and adjusted by a trained bicycle mechanic before riding.
This activates the warranty and you can then upgrade to a lifetime warranty simply by sending the warranty card in.
Without this service, you'd have to bring your bike down to the local bike shop for a tune up before riding and you'd get charged up to £30.
We offer this service for free, so when you get your bike from us, all you have to do is unfold it and you can start riding.

*Note: These are Dahons standard model specifications. We do our best to ensure that the specifications listed here accurately reflect the exact parts found on our delivered bikes. However, component changes do occur for various reasons and there may be brief delays on site updates. Dahon reserve the right to make component changes without prior notification, which may cause discrepancies with the information listed on the web.


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