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 QIX D8U 20" Wheel Folding Bike 8 Speed

The lightweight frame and super fast folding mechanism makes the Qix the ideal commuter. Vertical folding technology allows the Qix D8U to roll directly into folded mode with minimal effort and time. Finally an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and V brakes get you where you need to go quickly and safely.


Frame: Flush vertical folding, forged BB struts.

Drivetrain: Shimano 8-Speed rear derailleur.

Fork: Hi-Ten steel front fork.

Handlepost: DAHON forged aluminum radius-V.

Brakes: Alloy V-brake front and rear.


  • Stem: Forged alloy radius telescope w/Fusion Technology.
  • Handlebars: Dahon City style, black alloy.
  • Grips: Double density, ergo shape.
  • Saddle: Ergo comfort city style, black.
  • Seatpost: Dahon custom 6061 Aluminium, black.


  • Frame: Flush vertical hinge Qix Arc, Dalloy tubing, forged BB struts.
  • Fork: Lightweight Dalloy, w/integrated crown.


  • Shift levers: Twist shifter w/ indicator 8 speed.
  • Brake levers: 3 Finger aluminium lever.
  • Rear derailleur: 8 speed w short cage.
  • Front brake: Alloy 110mm V-brake.
  • Rear brake: Alloy 110mm V-brake.
  • Crankset: Alloy arms.
  • Chain ring: 53 Teeth chainring w/alloy chain guard.
  • Bottom bracket: Sealed bearing.
  • Freewheel/cassette: Wide range 11-32 8-speed.
  • Chain: KMC.
  • Pedals: Foldable, alloy body.


  • Front hub: Dahon custom, alloy width 74mm.
  • Rear hub: Aluminium hub, 28 holes.
  • Rims: 20" aluminium double wall with wear indicator and machined sides.
  • Front tyre: City profile w/reflex line, 20" x 1.75.
  • Rear tyre: City profile w/reflex line, 20" x 1.75.


  • Mudguards - set: Plastic w/secuclip system.
  • Rear carrier: Alloy black.