Dahon History

In 1982 Dr. Hon introduced the first Dahon folding bicycle to worldwide acclaim. At design competitions around the world, the first Dahon folding bicycle proceeded to win award after award. Full of optimism, Dr. Hon visited major bicycle manufacturers around the world, hoping to find a company to either license his design or build the bike for him. But not surprisingly, none of big companies were interested in his revolutionary new idea.

Undaunted and committed to his vision of environmentally-sustainable transportation, Dr. Hon decided to risk everything and build the bike himself. He quit his job, gathered $3 million dollars in venture funding, re-located to Taiwan, and built a factory. By 1983, Dahon folding bicycles were rolling off the assembly line.

Today, over two million bicycles later, we can proudly say that Dahon has made a difference. From San Francisco to Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, people are using our bicycles to get from point A to point B. Governments are integrating portable folding bicycles into their plans for mass transportation. And every one of those big bicycle companies that Dr. Hon visited 25 years ago have now jumped on the folding bike bandwagon.

2018 Dahon Mariner D8U 20" Wheel Folding Bike 8 Speed

A frequent winner of folding bike shootouts that include bikes that cost up to four times as much, the Mariner D8U is one of our most popular bicycles. It's a high quality, lightweight bike at a surprisingly affordable price. Its portability makes the Mariner D8U ideal for trips that include a stretch by bus or train - perfect for multi-modal urban transport. Take it on your next adventure.


  • Frame: Dahon alloy sonus tubeset, new jaw technology.
  • Drivechain: Shimano RD-M310 rear derailleur, SL-M310 twist shifter.
  • Fork: Hi-Ten steel blades and steerer.
  • Handlepost: Forged alloy radius telescope w/fusion technology.
  • Brakes: Alloy front and rear V-brake.
  • Accessories

  • Mudguards: Plastic front and rear set w/secuclip system.
  • Rear carrier: Steel, black.
  • Components

  • Stem: Forged alloy radius telescope w/ fusion technology, adjustable.
  • Handlebars: Dahon city style black alloy.
  • Grips: Double density, ergo shape.
  • Saddle: Ergo comfort city style, black.
  • Seat post: Dahon 6061 aluminium 33.9 x 580mm, black.
  • Frameset

  • Frame: Lightweight alloy sonus tubeset, jaw technology.
  • Fork: Smooth riding and stable Hi-ten steel blades and steerer.
  • Groupset

  • Shift levers: 8 speed Shimano twist lever w/ indicator.
  • Brake levers: 3 finger aluminium lever.
  • Rear derailleur: 8 speed Shimano RD-TX35.
  • Front brake: Alloy 110mm V-brake.
  • Rear Brake: Alloy 110mm V-brake.
  • Crankset: Alloy arms.
  • Chain ring: 52 teeth chainring w/guard.
  • Bottom bracket: Sealed bearings.
  • Freewheel/cassette: 12-28 8 speed.
  • Chain: KMC rust buster.
  • Pedals: Foldable Dahon pedals.
  • Wheelset

  • Front hub: Dahon custom, alloy.
  • Rear hub: Aluminium hub, 28 hole.
  • Rims: 20" aluminium double wall with wear indicator and machined sides.
  • Front tyre: City profile w reflex line (R88) 20" x 1.75.
  • Rear tyre: City profile w reflex line (R88) 20" x 1.75.
  • Cycle Condition : Brand New. Delivered in folded state. Inflation of tyres, fitting of pedals, stem, handlebars, front wheel, front brake cable, saddle and seatpost are necessary. Gears and brakes may require some adjustment prior to riding.