Dahon Formula S18—Big on Looks, Ride and Savings, by Turbo Bob

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Dahon Formula S18 - the best bike for the price

Dahon Formula S18 - the best bike for the price

So many tell me the day will come for them to finally get the folding bike of their dreams. The reasons for holding back are many, but high on the list is getting a good deal. Now the modern Dahon Formula s18 has ended production and the last remaining stock of one of Dahon’s best high performance folding bikes is selling out quick. What this means is that your day has come. NYCeWheels has stocked up and dropped the price considerably on the Formula S18 and now is the perfect time to get the deal of a lifetime.


The Dahon Formula has the whole package

More than the price point, the main reason to get a Formula S18 is quality and performance. Figure in those good looks and you have a winner. Hanging from a solid aluminum frame is everything you need for years of biking fun and convenience. A quick and small fold, a wide range of gears and strong disc brakes are the features that will draw you in, and with each ride the whole package just feels better.

dahon-formula-s18 high performance for an affordable price

One of our fastest folding bikes

The Dahon Formula is one of the fastest folding bikes out there, and it feels great to ride. From atop the narrow saddle of you will find the thumb shifters and ergo grips pleasing. The handlebar height is adjustable for riders of all sizes (as is the seat height). The steering is quick yet just right for any type of riding you have in mind. With each pedal stroke you will be proud and happy with this Dahon Formula S18. And at the end of the ride, you can store it away securely knowing it will be ready for another day’s fun and travel.

A folding bike makes commuting easier

The thrill of a folding bike comes from many sources. If you live or work in a high-rise you can envision immediately the ease it will be to bring it inside and up the stairs or elevator. RVers and boaters have been taking advantage of their small folded size and light-weight for years. As a last mile device, those who take public transportation or park a long way from their destination will wonder why they didn’t get one sooner. Everyday riders will love the maneuverability and fun.

Gearing on the Dahon Formula folding bike

18 speeds on the Dahon Formula folding bike

This Formula S18 offers a wide range of gearing that can tackle just about any terrain you encounter. With 2 up front and 9 at the back wheel, the climbing comes easy when you need and the speed comes even easier when you want. Low friction bearings all around add to the smoothness and pedaling comfort. As you work through the gears you find the precise shifters and their response a worthy reason to extend your rides.
The tires are narrow, don’t slow you down and give a nice grip through the corners. Mounted to beefy alloy rims, they not only look racy, but rise to almost any terrain you roll over. The precise steering will allow the fast sections of your ride to bring a smile and work the tight ones with ease. Dahon got all the angles right for your riding pleasure and everyone who rode this test bike agreed.

High quality for a great price

Dahon Formula S18 with TurboBob

Dahon Formula S18 with TurboBob

To that point, it was amazing how many I ran across that really wanted to try this Formula S18. The interest in folding bikes rises, yet lots have never saddled-up on one. I know way back I was never too impressed with their ride qualities (or the fold ease either), yet all that has changed in a big way. Here at my house folding bikes get all the respect they deserve (and tons of riding time too).
You can check the NYCeWheels site for all the specs, yet the story isn’t told in numbers.

It is all about getting on, pushing off and experiencing it yourself. After that first block you will never look back, being almost assured to be a new owner right away. After the ride when you fold it up in seconds and tuck it away, the deal will be done. Folding bikes are awesome and the Dahon Formula S18 is about as awesome as they come. Add to that the low cost of admission and you will be hooked. So don’t wait, try one out, grab that super low price point and get on the Dahon wagon. No regrets, I promise.
I fold, therefore I am, Turbo Bob.
“Riding a race bike is an art—a thing that you do because you feel something inside.”—Valentino Rossi.

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Dahon Formula for speed

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Dahon formula folding bikeSettling into the saddle of the Dahon Formula S18 is like getting to know your superhero sidekick. The ultra-stiff and lightweight folding bike is so responsive to your movements, it feels like an extension of your body, and the thin road tires keep you racing straight. I found that all I had to do was point this elegant white bike where I wanted it to go, and think that I wanted it to go there, and we would be off at light-speed.

High performance parts

Dahon formula folding bikeIn one sense, this folding bike’s high performance level can be attributed to its quality parts. Slick Microshift Thumb Tap shifters control Shimano derailleurs, and the SRAM disc brakes were responsible for this bike’s crazy stopping power. I mean, I could go from 25 mph to full stop in what felt like about three inches. Between the excellent components, the frame’s speed-oriented design, and the 20-inch wheels, I found myself darting around with an agility I have not experienced with many other bicycles.

Dahon’s quality hinges and frame

Dahon was one of the first companies to develop folding bikes to a fine art, and the Formula S18 features the same reliable hinges and folding method as the rest of Dahon’s folding bikes. In its fully compact mode, the bike is a dense little bundle which could Dahon formula folding bikeeasily fit beneath a desk or in a closet when not in use. The Dahon’s ability to compact to such an unobtrusive size, along with its exceptionally solid-feeling frame, made me think that this bike could be comfortable in a variety of roles, from weekend joy rides, to aggressive distance biking.

I was not ready to give up the Formula by the end of my test ride. At the end of the day, it is an enviably well-made racer, but its frame is solid enough that the Dahon Formula S18 is capable of any length commutes.

Dahon Formula S18 Review

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Dahon Formula folding bike

Dahon Formula folding bike

Commuting to work on a folding bike is a joy when you’re riding a sharp looking bike that is also loaded with well-made components. Such a bike is even better when buying one doesn’t empty your bank account, too! The Dahon Formula S18 is the perfect blend of technology, quality components and lower cost.


You’ll be amazed at how well this bike rides, with it’s sturdy 20” wheels and solid frame design that we’ve come to know and love from Dahon. This is an excellent folding bike that you can incorporate into your morning commute with ease.

High Quality Components

What good is a commuter bike if you’re worried about cheap parts? With the Dahon Formula S18, you won’t have to worry about such things. It was an absolute pleasure to write this review of the Dahon Formula. It is loaded with high quality components all the way around. This bike comes equipped with front and read Sram DB BB5 disc brakes, and Schwalbe Kojak tires mounted on aluminum WTB rims. That’s one effective means of slowing down and stopping on a dime when you need to!

And don’t overlook the high quality components throughout the drive train. You get front and rear Shimano derailleurs and a double chain ring crank set, all built around a sturdy 7005 double-butted aluminum frame. The Dahon Formula S18 is built to go fast, and built to last. At about 25 lbs to Formula isn’t the lightest folding bike, but it’s not overly heavy either.

Bad Weather? No problem!

Don’t let the snow, sleet, or freezing rain impede your morning commute! The front and rear disc brakes perform excellent in bad weather, ensuring you’ll come to a complete stop no matter what sort of conditions you find yourself riding through on your way home from work.

And don’t let the bad weather slow down your pedaling! The Dahon Formula S18 comes with VP 529 non-slip pedals, ensuring that you’re able to keep rolling along in wet conditions.

Comfortable Riding

The Dahon Formula S18 comes with an adjustable stem, allowing you to dial in the height of the handle bars to suit your riding style, allowing for a more comfortable ride.

Add in the Dahon Comfort saddle and you’ll not only be riding a style, but you’ll probably be the most comfortable bike commuter on the bike path every morning. For a folding bike, the Formula S18 is fast and rides like a dream over a variety of urban conditions.

Low Cost, Big Ride

All these great features in a folding bike come at a higher price, right? Nope! The Dahon Formula S18 is high in performance, but low in cost. You’re getting a great bike for a price that won’t empty your bank account.

Bike companies usually skimp on components to trim costs, but Dahon did the opposite here, outfitting the Formula S18 with great parts all around, and yet still manages to keep this a low cost ride in the world of folding bikes.

The Dahon Formula S18 is an excellent folding bicycle for anyone looking to get into bike commuting who still wants a sleek looking ride.