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Conquering the Roads with Foldable Green Technology

DAHON was founded on a vision of “green” mobility, a form of transportation that not only serves to keep people healthier, but also preserves the environment for the next generation.

We believe that a truly green product is one that is not disposable but is well made, and designed to bring its owner many years of enjoyable use. DAHON holds a premium place in the market by continuously striving to provide the best folding bicycles money can buy, and always staying a step ahead in terms of technology. We feel that foldable bicycles can, and should, deliver ride performance as good as or better than a traditional bike.

Dr. Hon is by nature a relentless innovator. Before the newest product even lands in the shops he’s already pursuing ways to make the next generation of DAHON folding bikes even better. This is our company culture. By making bicycles that are easier and more convenient to use, we can help increase the number of people able to fit cycling into their lives. That’s why you’ll find there’s a DAHON folding bike that’s right for virtually every individual, and for every situation.

What’s more, we at DAHON practice what we preach: many of our 800+ employees travel to work by bike, public transport, or a combination of both and participate in biking events on weekends and holidays.

We’re happy DAHON folding bikes are making such a difference in the lives of people around the world. Rest assured, we aren’t slowing down – we’re only getting started! - Dr. David Hon




When Dr. David Hon, one of the leading experts in laser technology, decided to leave the space trade behind him and focus on green transportation for everyone, his own star was born – DAHON. Working together with his brother Henry, the two developed the first modern folding bicycle and proceeded to unfold the bicycle’s potential. 220+ patents and 30 years of quiet evolution and ingenious technologies later, DAHON has shaped the way folding bikes are made and the way we get from one place to another. Focused firmly on a green future, DAHON remains unyielding in redefining green mobility.


Dr. David Hon, aerospace physicist and leading expert in solid-state laser technology at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in California, was working on breakthroughs for missile guidance systems, laser-guided anti-aircraft guns and the NASA space shuttles.


Knowing his efforts were devoted to instruments of war rather than the betterment of mankind, Dr. Hon became increasing dissatisfied with his work.


The mounting world oil crisis manifests itself in Dr Hon’s thinking. Struck by the magnitude of the world’s dependence on oil, he returns to his college mode of transportation – his bicycle. The seed is sown for DAHON folding bicycles.


Dr. David Hon has already filed for and received 7 patents for his visionary folding bicycle. His design has won awards the world over.


Henry Hon took charge of marketing the new folder, seeking a bicycle company which would produce their idea. As they could find no one to support their “niche” idea, Henry began raising the money to begin production on their own.


Undaunted at the turndowns, Dr. Hon quit his job and went to Taiwan, where he built his first factory with the $2 million in venture funding he had been given by idealistic supporters. By the end of the year, DAHON folding bicycles were rolling from the assembly line.


The first folding bike was a success: offering all the riding performance of a standard bike, but transforming quickly to a compact size for stowing or carrying. 6,000 folders were built and sold in the first six months.


Henry left his lucrative computer programming company and took up the marketing and administration of DAHON’s finances full time. He became Vice President the same year.


The DAHON folding bike caught on across the country, and the press got wind of the Dahon brothers’ revolutionary idea. Even television was interested in showing this timely invention, and David and Henry became celebrities in their own right. DAHON has sold 10,000 bike this year.


DAHON bikes take to the air! The ingenious DAHON folding bike appears on the cover of Great American Airways “In Flight” magazine, and under the seats of the passengers.


DAHON wins the Taiwan/CETRA Outstanding Product Award.


The new Shenzhen factory opens in China. This remains DAHON’s biggest production facility, turning out 400,000 bicycles every year.


DAHON is cited in the Guinness Book of Records Millennium Edition as “the world’s largest producer of folding bicycles”.


DAHON receives the Taiwan Symbol of Excellence award for its bicycle innovation.


Cycling Plus cites Dahon with Silver Bike of the Year Awards for the Speed D6 and Budget bikes.


Eurobike Silver Design Award: Glide P7/P8


Taipei International Cycle Show: Innovative Products Award


Today, DAHON is celebrating 30 uninterupted years of excellence and innovation in folding bikes  continuing to set the trend for environmentally conscious people everywhere.

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