Dahon celebrates its 35th anniversary with a new folding bike

When it comes to cycling, the convenience of a folding bike is unmatched. Don’t have a bicycle lock? Fold it up and take it along. Apartment too small? Fold it up and tuck it away.

Dahon has been perfecting the folding bicycle since 1982. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the firm is launching its first Kickstarter with a new ultra-compact folding bicycle. This allows a deeper level of interconnectivity between manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and riders.

The Curl is more than just a refinement of past designs. According to Dahon, “It represents an almost total overhaul that completely changes the riding experience for folding bicycles.”

The frame is a hydroformed, Dahon alloy frame with oversized rectangular tubing. It used a unique V-shaped coupling to turn the bike into a hard-tail. An extra-large head-tube and handle post combine with an inverted fork stem to create a strong and stiff bicycle. This is important for steady steering and efficient pedaling on a folding bike.

Unfolded, the Curl is approximately 57 inches long and up to 42 inches tall. All this folds into a tightly packed form of about 23 inches long and 21.5 inches tall. To achieve such a compact form factor, the Curl features removable, compact pedals and a flip-fold rear wheel. Other features include a three-speed internal hub gear, adjustable seats and handlebars, and a roller rack for easy wheeling while folded.

Founded by Dr. David Hon in 1982, Dahon has grown from its humble roots into the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bikes. Today it features the widest selection of folding styles and nearly all competitors have adopted some of Dahon’s 300-plus patents.

The Curl is just under $8,000 from reaching its pledge goal with more than 40 days left to go. Early backers may be able to get the Curl for as little as $1,242 while later backers will have to settle for $1,380. This is still $200 off the final retail prices after deliveries go out in July.

Product Review

Volvo’s redesigned 2019 S60 sedan is the best kind of remix

The 2019 Volvo S60 borrows almost everything from other recent Volvo models, but that’s not a problem. From its infotainment system to an available plug-in hybrid powertrain, the S60 takes the best bits from a lineup of great cars.

Samsung CEO says its foldable phone will double as a tablet

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years now and a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy F, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Product Review

Samsung’s quick and versatile Chromebook Pro is the future of Chrome OS

Before the Pixelbook hit the market, the Samsung Chromebook Pro was the first premium 2-in-1 Chromebook of its kind. It's portable, stylus and touchscreen-enabled, and came with the Google Play Store installed right out of the box.

18 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up and plugged in while on the go, we've rounded up our favorite must-have gadgets currently available. You'll find everything from mini arcade machines to a folding Bluetooth…

Hammock camping: Everything you need to know to get started

If you're looking to give hammock camping a try we have helpful tips and hints on how to get started, what to expect in the field, and the gear you'll need to completely replace your tent and still get a good night sleep.
Product Review

Garmin's Fenix 5X Plus is built for fitness freaks who fawn over every feature

With onboard music, full-color topographic maps, and new sport metrics, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus sets a high bar for GPS smartwatches. Find out how it can help boost your performance in our Fenix 5X Plus review.
Product Review

Withings Steel HR Sport is a fitness tracker you’ll love wearing

Withings jumps back in the wearables game with the new Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch that is as much a fitness tracker as it is a timepiece. It's so good that it hasn't left our wrist since we pulled it out of the package.

Sell your house and explore the planet with these awesome camper vans

Camper vans aren't just for pensioners. Check out the wildest creations that will go anywhere on the planet while keeping you comfortable no matter how far off the grid you end up.
Emerging Tech

Like a Bat-Signal for cyclists, this laser light makes bikes visible to drivers

The Laserlight Core is a smart projection system for bicycles that's designed to promote safer cycling. It works by projecting an image of a cyclist 20 feet in front of you as you ride.

These zip-on bike tires change up your tread to match the terrain

Retyre gives cyclists the ability to change the tread on their bike tires simply by zipping on an overlay designed to provide better grip on trails or in the snow, without replacing the existing tires.

From filters to mounts, these 16 GoPro accessories help you shoot all the action

A GoPro is only as good as the tools you use with it. Here, we've rounded up the best GoPro accessories currently available, from rotating time-lapse mounts to a wearable camera harness for your best friend.

Here are all the best rain jackets on the market right now

Spring is here which means it's officially raincoat season. From high-tech, lightweight shells to modern-looking, waterproof trench coats, check out our list of the best rain jackets built to keep you dry.

Garmin’s new Instinct GPS watch is built for the sportsman in all of us

The new Garmin Instinct is a GPS multisport watch for people who love to be outdoors. The $300 Instinct takes the best features of the company's popular Fenix watches and packages them into rugged, military-grade package.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.