Dahon Mu N360 Folding Bike Review

Dahon Mu N-360

Our Rating

8 Build Quality

8 Design

9 Riding Experience

7 Mobility

7 Value for Money

A truly unique folding bicycle which offers a great riding experience whilst having all the great features you would expect from a bike of this price. Highly recommended.

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The ultra-smooth, Dahon Mu N360 folding bike is one of Dahon’s high-end bikes and with an RRP of $1299, you’d expect it to pack a punch!

The main selling point of the Nu N360 is its Continuously Variable Transmission (the NuVinci® N360™ CVT Drivetrain), which in short means that there is an infinite number of gear ratios between low and high – there are no traditional gears and therefore, no clunking of gear changes.

Changing ‘gear’ on the Nu N360 is incredibly smooth, either whilst moving or at a standing stop – You can change from low ratio to high ratio whilst stationary, ie: at some traffic lights or even mid way up a steep hill without the fear of damaging your bikes components.

But is the Nu N360 worth the price? It’s almost as expensive as a Brompton and has some obvious flaws, time to put it to the test…

RRP: $1299 – view sale price

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How the NuVinci CVP Gears Work

” N360 and N330 are continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmissions that revolutionize your shifting experience. These transmissions provide a smooth, continuous progression from one ratio to another, with no abrupt ratio changes or harsh gear engagements.

Compared with complex conventional internally geared hubs, the NuVinci Optimized hub is based on a very simple concept, which withstands high torque and power levels from eBike drivetrains and is virtually maintenance free. Instead of many complex gears and components, the NuVinci technology is based on a set of rotating, tilting spheres fitted between two rings.” – http://www.fallbrooktech.com/cycling/n360

Some of my personal pros and cons about CVP drivetrain hubs

PROS

  • Near perfect torque ratios
  • Can change effortlessly mid way up hills
  • Compact and can be placed inline with wheel
  • Almost silent
  • No maintenance
  • Don’t have to worry about oily derailleurs
  • No worry about your chain popping off under high torque gear changes
CONS

  • Heavier than derailleurs
  • More expensive
  • Still relatively new technology
  • More of a faff to remove the rear wheel should you get a puncture

Independent Reviews of the NuVinci CVP Drive-chain

  1. http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/re-review-nuvinci-n360.html
  2. http://longwalktogreen.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/nuvinci-longterm-follow-up.html
  3. http://www.bikeradar.com/us/commuting/gear/category/components/product/review-nuvinci-harmony-i360-shifting-system-13-47420/
  4. https://hubstripping.wordpress.com/atc-nuvinci/

NEWS (March 18th 2015): NuVinci unveils cheaper continuously variable transmission for bicycles

Our Dahon Mu N-360 Review

The Dahon Mu N-360 is currently ranked #4 in our Top 10 Best Folding Bikes.

For the purposes of this review, the bike was ordered off amazon.com.

Packaging

The bike arrived promptly, well packaged with no visible signs of damage or faulty components just like we’ve seen with our other Dahon bike reviews. To protect the bike whilst in transit, there are little plastic reinforcements inside the box.

Initial Setup

The initial setup of the Dahon Mu N360 was easy. The bike arrives with some assembly required, if you follow the instructions, this will take you around 10-15 minutes. You have to attach the pedals and screw them in tight with a pedal wrench (not included) and also align the handlebars and secure in place ready for first use. After this, you should take the bike to your local bike mechanic who can verify it’s been set up correctly and is safe to ride. You’ll need to get your local bike mechanic to give it the all clear in order to activate your Dahon warranty! – Make sure to ask for a receipt of works in case you ever need to claim on the warranty. This is one thing I don’t particularly like about Dahon bikes, I find it costly and unnecessary.

Assembly/Setup time: 10-15 minutes.

Setting Up The Dahon Mu N360

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Folded Size & Weight

Thanks to the new generation of Dahon frame which is present on the Mu N360, folding the bike is a lot easier than previous models. Folding still does require a little getting used to but after running through the process 5 or 6 times it becomes second nature and will take you around 15 seconds to fold.

To fold the Mu N360 you first have to lower the seat, fold down the handlebar stem, rotate the handlebars so that the levers point up or down, fold in the folding pedals, then fold the bike in half. You can watch this video to see how its done. Once the bike is folded in half the magnetic locking mechanism holds the bike firmly closed.

Dahon Magnetix

Dahon Magnetix

The powerful Dahon Magnetix locking mechanism holds the bike firmly together when folded and the handlebars fold down between the two wheels which is nice. The magnetic locking system really is a great design and so much better than using velcro straps or clips.

The weight of the bike is slightly heavier than most in its class thanks to the added weight of the NuVinci drive chain but this is hardly noticeable when out on the road. It’s definitely not a heavy bike.

Folded size: 53.9 cm³ – 11.8″ × 31.1″ × 26″ (30 × 79 x 66 cm)
Weight: 31.3 lbs (14.2 kg)

You can compare weights and total folding size of all the folding bikes we’ve reviewed and sort them accordingly over on our Best Folding Bikes Table page.

Frame

The frame of the Mu N360 is made from aluminum alloy which provides a medium stiffness and like most other Dahons, feels very strong and durable. Upon initial inspection, the frame looks like it will last a lifetime. Dahon have gone the extra mile on the N360 in terms of its paint finish, it really does look fantastic – it looks like a $1000+ bike.

Build quality

As with most of Dahon’s high-end models, the Mu N360 has a very high build quality throughout the bike.

Handlebars and Post

The handlebars on Dahon’s N360 are fully adjustable making it perfect for people of different heights. It also allows you to customize your riding position to some degree. The standard riding position is neutral, but depending on your height and with a bit of tweaking, you can get a more aggressive riding position allowing you to be more streamlined for a faster ride.

Wheels & Tires

The 20-inch wheels offer greater stability than their 16-inch counterparts which you’ll find on other folding bikes. The increased wheel size offers a MUCH more stable riding experience and the premium Schwalbe Marathon Supremer tires are sure to add exceptional grip in the wet and around tight corners and take out a huge amount of vibration from the road. Larger wheels also allow you to cover greater distances with less effort.

Gears and Derailleur

The NuVinci CVT replaces the traditional gears and derailleur system of the bike. See the top of this page for a full breakdown of the NuVinci system.

Brakes

The brakes on the Mu N-360 have Dahon’s ‘V-brake Speed Stop High-Performance Steel Brakes’, which do feel like premium brakes and are know to have good stopping power.

Pedals

The N360 comes with metal folding pedals which look the part and appear to be pretty sturdy.

Additional Features

The Dahon Seatpost Pump
BioLogic PostPump 2.0

BioLogic PostPump 2.0

An emergency pump (The BioLogic PostPump 2.0) is shipped with the newer versions of the Dahon MU N360. The floor pump is built directly into the seatpost stem which allows you to pump up your tires whilst standing up and holding onto the seatpost. It’s hidden from view inside the seatpost stem so doesn’t bulk out the bike but does add a little bit of extra weight. The pump is able to inflate up to 100psi (for those high-pressure tires) and is available on amazon.com here for $39.99 (in case you wanted one for your other bike(s)).

 

UPDATE: A full review of the pump can be found here: http://www.gizmag.com/seat-biologic-postpump/24269/

Folding Down

Folding down the Dahon Mu N-360 is almost as easy as unfolding but due to the fact the bike has front and back brakes, plus the DuVinci Drive Chain, you’ve got 4 wires to deal with (the DuVinci Drive Chain has 2 wires) which whilst they don’t often get in the way, they do look a bit messy and tend to flap around.

Warranty

Dahon offers a standard 1-year warranty on all of its bikes and products. This warranty can be upgraded to a 5-year warranty by contacting Dahon.
NOTE: The warranty is only valid if you have your bike set up or checked by a qualified bike mechanic prior to first use. This adds additional cost, time and effort and a little inconvenience.

Carry Bags

Dahon Airporter II Travel Suitcase

Dahon Airporter II Travel Suitcase

Dahon has recently released a special carry case for people wanting to protect their bike whilst traveling either via air, land or sea. It’s called the Dahon Airporter Suitcase, more information can be found on their website here or you can read reviews and buy it on amazon.com here.

Have a look at our other Dahon folding bike reviews in our Dahon Reviews section.

▼ Test Ride Results and Full Bike Specifications below ▼

 

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Price

The RRP for the Dahon Mu N-360 is $1299.00. We struggled to find it cheaper online. 🙂

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The Dahon Mu N360 Test Ride

We decided to take the Dahon Mu N-360 out for a test ride on a relatively clear day. We were out for almost an hour and decided to tackle the steepest of hills around us, the results were quite shocking.

Unfolding and Setup

The Dahon Mu N-360 is a breeze to unfold and setup. After taking the bike out of the back of the car it was assembled in under 20 seconds. The frame locks into place reassuringly and feels solid. Due to the larger 20-inch wheels, the bike doesn’t feel quite as compact as other folding bikes we have reviewed but none the less, it packs down well. I always prefer 20-inch wheels over a smaller compact size.

Folding and Unfolding the Mu N-360 Point of View

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Saddle

Dahon by WTB, Aria Saddle

Dahon by WTB, Aria Saddle

As with most other folding bikes out there, the saddle on the Mu N360 isn’t particularly great, it’s better than most, but still not great. I’d expect more from a bike which costs over $1200. On shorter rides the saddle is not uncomfortable per se and it’s probably is fine for the casual rider; for the daily commuter however, or people riding for longer than 30 minutes, I’d definitely recommend an aftermarket seat upgrade as after a while you get a sore behind.

With this being said, the saddle on the Mu N360 is adjustable, which is a bonus.

Riding Position

The riding position of the Dahon Mu N360 is casual and quite upright which means it’s easy on the lower back and for most will result in a more enjoyable riding experience. A more upright riding position does however, mean that it can be harder to pick up speed or move through tight traffic easily. Many people prefer a less aggressive riding position but it’s all personal taste just like how some people prefer cruiser motorbikes over sports bikes.

Frame Stiffness

The DAlloy frame of the Mu N360 gives a medium stiff frame feels more than strong enough even when accidentally riding through pot-holes. Thanks to the new folding frame, the bike feels even more solid than earlier frame designs whilst out riding.

Derailleur & Gear Shifting

Dahon MuVici Gear Shifters

Dahon MuVici Gear Shifters

There is no derailleur thanks to the NuVinci Continuously Variable Transmission. Changing ‘gears’ or changing the transmission ratio to be precise, is an absolute joy. We were initially quite skeptical of how it would perform in the real world but it really does work great. You can fine-tune what torque you want to pedal at which we thought was wonderful on a folding bike.

One of the main pitfalls with other folding bikes is the fact that you have to choose 1 gear or another when ideally you’d like a gear in between them both – the NuVinci CVT drivetrain on the N360 changes this and does it VERY well. Highly impressed.

Gear Ratios

There aren’t really any gear ratios to talk of with the Mu n-360. If I were to compare the gear range to other geared folding bikes I would say that it’s similar to a 10-gear folding bike but seems to have an even wider range which is nice.

In our tests, we found that we could pedal up the steepest hill whilst sitting down with ease (though it was slow), and also pick up good speeds along the flats. Sticking the bike in its lowest ratio will also allow you to pedal downhill which we found enjoyable. At high speeds the bike feels stable and solid.

Grips

The Dahon Mu N360 comes with Dahons premium ergonomic grips, which whilst better than standard grips you’ll find on many other folding bikes, they still aren’t great. We’ve found that a lot of vibration from the road still comes through and on long rides, your palms can get a bit ‘vibrationed’ out. Put these against the standard Ergon GP1 Grips I use on my other folding bikes and there’s no comparison, this aftermarket upgrade is well worth it and will heighten the riding experience.

Brakes

The brakes on the N-360 are very good. We tested them on the steepest hills on our test route and they held up well.

Tires

The premium 20″ Schwalbe Marathon Supremer tires were fantastic on our test ride. They offered great grip on a variety of different surfaces, absorbed a lot of vibration from the road and allowed us to pick up a good amount of speed. On closer inspection they look to be of VERY high quality, it was a good decision by Dahon to use these tires on their bikes.

Vibration

We’ve ridden other folding bikes with less vibration than the Mu N360, and whilst the Schwalbe tires took a lot of vibration away we found there was still a bit there, noticeable especially on the handlebars. I’m putting most of this down to the relatively stiff DAlloy frame. Shorter rides or commutes this wouldn’t really bother us, but on longer rides, people might be looking for a little more comfort. A quick and efficient fix is to upgrade the grips. After I replaced them with my go-to Ergon GP1 Grips there was almost no noticeable vibration.

Cornering

I felt very confident whilst riding the Mu N360. The build quality of the bike is great overall which gave peace of mind. The new gear system is almost silent which also gave the whole bike a sense of being super solid. Coupled with the great tires, I don’t think I’ve ever been more confident at taking corners at speed. It was a joy to ride.

Pedals in the Wet

We took the Mu N360 out for a spin on a dry day and can say the pedals performed brilliantly, they felt solid and folded up nicely. However, when we decided to start cycling through a few puddles we found that they were a little slippery in the wet even with suitable cycling shoes on. This wouldn’t be much of a problem for general riders but I’d say anyone who’s using this bike for commuting purposes and plans to ride the bike in their office shoes is likely going to have their feet slip off in the wet which would annoy the hell out of me!

The best folding bike pedals we’ve ever used which grip regardless of shoe type or weather condition are the MKS FD-7 (see below). These are full metal bodied pedals which off exceptional grip whatever the weather – I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Recommended Upgrades

With a couple of low-cost upgrades you can convert the Urban X into a great folding bicycle and enjoy a much nicer riding experience. My personal essential upgrades:

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Conclusion


Pros

  • The NuVinci CVT System performs excellently
  • VERY enjoyable to ride
  • Minimal maintenance thanks to the NuVinci CVT
  • Solid build quality throughout
  • Amazing tires
  • Good breaks
  • Looks good
  • Quick Folding
Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Saddle not the best
  • Fenders and bike rack not included
  • Lots of cables
  • Quite expensive

The Dahon Mu N360 is a fantastic and innovative folding bike suitable for commuters and casual riders alike. The N360 has probably been the most enjoyable folding bike I’ve ever ridden but it is an expensive bike so will have a limited audience. Highly recommended. – Paul Thomson

Basic Specs

  • Weight: 31.3 lbs (14.2 kg)
  • Folded size: 11.8″ × 31.1″ × 26″ (30 × 79 x 66 cm)
  • Speeds: Continuously Variable Transmission
  • Frame: Pa series – dalloy aluminum, custom drawn sonus tubing, lattice forged hinge
  • Wheels: 20″ – 32H Spokes 18/8 GA Stainless Stell Rims 20″ x 1.5″
  • Suggested Rider Height: 4’8″ – 6’4″ (142 – 193 cm)
  • Max. Rider Weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)

▼ Full Specifications and FAQ Below ▼

Common Questions / FAQ

  • Bike rack included: NO
  • Front and Back Fenders Included: NO
  • Handle Bar Adjustment: YES
  • Do the Pedals Fold: YES
  • Got a Question? Ask me here (I aim to respond within 15-20 minutes)

Does it come with a dynamo?

There is no dynamo included. There are no other accessories included despite the fact that many stock photos out there show the bike with accessories attached.

Detailed Bike Specifications

Color: Indigo Blue
Handlepost: Forged alloy, radius telescope adjustable
Forks: Dahon slipstream, dalloy, double-butted tubing
Brakes: Alloy, v-brake, 110 mm, w/ dahon logo
Grips: Two color, ergonomic
Crankset: Forged alloy 6061 arms, 52t, double chainguard w/ dahon logo
Seatpost: 34 mm x 580 mm alloy, forged alloy clamp, micro adjust
Spokes: 18/8 ga stainless steel
Tires: 20″ x 1.75″, 60 PSI, w/ Dahon logo, reflective stripe
Pedals: Folding, alloy body – alloy cage
Kickstand: Alloy, single, center mount

Buy Now / More Info

More info on the Dahon Mu N-360 Folding Bike can be found on the Amazon pages below, along with past customer reviews of the product and a tonne of questions and answers from the community.

The RRP for the Dahon Mu N360 Folding Bike is $1299.00.

Save $305.26 here on Amazon.com (Discounted Price: $993.74)

UK Price: ~ £739.99 (Check Prices Here on Amazon.co.uk)

Price Last Checked: 23rd October, 2017: $993.74 (23% saving)
Past recorded prices (from amazon.com)
 16th Oct 2017 : $1,229.99
 9th Oct 2017 : $1,203.68
 2nd Oct 2017 : $1,049.99
 *** 25th Sep 2017 : $990.00 *** BEST PRICE
 18th Sep 2017 : $1,135.00
 11th Sep 2017 : $1,135.00
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