Nomadic's Dahon Visc SL9 - 349/305
Visc SL with with upgraded 349 iso Velocity Aeroheat Rear Wheel (Cloud White)
We have modified Dahon's Visc SL to with a rebuilt Velocity Aeroheat (349 ISO size) rear wheel and added a more compact Shimano Capreo Derailleur. These two changes evolve the Visc SL/349 to become, we feel, the ultimate urban rocket and business traveling accessory.
Our rationale for changing the rear wheel was simple. We wanted the best performing, best outfitted compact folding bike possible.
The original "305" iso wheel (a smaller 16" size) did not work optimally with the SL's remarkably compact frame design. Specifically the seat post angle was too great - and it extended the seat position and center of balance, too far over the rear wheel. Structurally this is also better for the seat post. Most importantly, it simply made the bike ride and feel better.
Changing the rear wheel made the bike much more stable, and also made it faster, as the wheel is part of the gearing, and more ground is covered with every revolution of the wheel.
Our rationale for changing the derailleur was focused upon the very compact nature of the Visc SL. The Shimano Capreo is a made to purpose high performance derailleur specially made for small wheeled bikes. Its design is very compact and, specifically, it does not hang low to the ground as larger/longer derailleurs will do, especially on 16 to 20 inch wheel sizes.
These two details compliment the other great features of the Visc SL. Rear Shimano Capreo Hub and Cassette 9- High quality Kore Seatpost and Seat, FSA Gossamer Crankset, High Pressure Comet tires (both 349 iso rear, and 305iso front), Ergon Grips, MKS EZY quick release pedals.
You can fit our Visc SL/349 into most suitcases without removing the rear wheel - and into some even without removing the front wheel. This means no over-size charges and no hassle setups. With the SL/349 you can visit the world's great places and get around with comfort and style when you arrive.
Outfitted with fast matching Primo Comet tires on the 16" 305 /349 platform, plus the wonderful Capreo Derailleur gear set and rear hub. The Visc SL9 349 rides well and is remarkably easy to travel and explore the world with.
As built, the Visc SL/349 weighs a remarkable 21 pounds.