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Day6 Dream 21speed

day6 dream

Specs:

Frame Aluminum 6061
Fork Cr-Mo
Stem Alloy
Head Set Neco/Alloy
Crank Pro Wheel/Alloy
Tire Front/Rear Kenda Komfort 26 x 1.95
Rim Double wall, CNC sidewall, Alloy
Casette Shimano
Derailleur Front/Rear Shimano Altus 21 speed
Shifter Sram MRX Comp+
Freewheel Shimano
V-Brake Front/Rear ProMax/Alloy
Seat Velo 11″
Seat Day 6 Custom Injection Molded – 17″
Back Day 6 Custom Injection Molded – with lumbar and integrated travel pack
Weight Approximate 35 34
Wheel Base 51″
Weight Limit 250 pounds
Rider Size 5′4″ – 6′3″ Approximate
Rider Size 4′8″ – 5′7″ Approximate
Colors Cobalt Blue, Metallic Burgundy
MSRP $729

In my many days of riding bikes, I’ve pretty much ridden most types of bikes that are available. From foldables, to skate bikes, I’m sure I’ve been on it already. But it wasn’t until I met the Day6 Dream that I felt like I was introduced to a new type of bike. This bike really isn’t your typical recumbent, nor is it a mountain bike. It’s as if a mountain bike and a recumbent had some steamy love affair and out popped the Day6 Dream.

Some would assume that recumbent-type bikes are for the older riders. But here is what’s surprising about the Dream: it’s really a nice ride. I don’t care if you’re 12 or 90, if you were to get on this bike you’ll find that the bike offers a very nice ride. Sure, the comfy seat and backrest provide you with more comfort than an old Cadillac. But don’t be mistaken thinking that this bike is a dog. Nope, this puppy can fly!

I can’t really say how fast I was able to get this bike to go since I didn’t have a cyclo-computer, but it’s not shy when it comes to flexing its muscles.

One of my main concerns about this bike was the fork. It has a long sweeping rake on it that reminds me of a pitchfork. Basically I was afraid that through the use of the bike, the fork would give or have some catastrophic break down. Well, after many attempts of doing bunny hops and jumping off the curb, my big, hulking mass of a body…weighing in at 202lbs (at the time of the test-but now I’m 187lbs!), the fork never showed signs of metal or welding fatigue. In fact, this bike really surprised me on how nimble it was. The Dream ended up becoming one of the bikes in my stable that I’ve come to enjoy riding. I found myself riding this bike more when it came to trips to the store or doing quick errands.

I really enjoyed the built-in saddle/backrest bag that allowed me to store my wallet, water bottles, keys, locks, and ice cream. I think more bikes should be like the Dream and come with some sort of practical storage unit that is screaming…”use me!”

Climbing on the Dream was no different than any other bike, actually I found it to be easier than a regular bike. One benefit of having this recumbent-like geometry is the bike’s climbing prowess. All I had to do was push my back against the rest, get a full leg extension and pedal! I never experienced pain in my lower back during and after climbing and the cushioned back rest was strong enough to handle the force I was giving it.

Strength:
Super fun!
Comfy riding
Relaxed geometry
Great blue color!
Built in storage
Full adjustable seat and back rest boom
Strong frame
Great tires-excellent choice! “Kenda Komfort 26 x 1.95″
2 water bottle mounts
Fast and nimble
Disc brake compatible
21speed drive train will last longer (IMHO) than 24 or 27 speed
Easy to assemble

Weaknesses:

It’s longer than your average bike…then again so is my Xtracycle
Rear rack, the only one available is the model they offer at their site for $59.99
Transporting this bike could become a potential problem. You’ll have to be creative on how you mount it on your trunk or hitch mount rack.

Summary:
Overall the bike did really well during the testing period. The wheels stayed true, derailleurs stayed tuned, brakes worked every time. My favorite part of testing the Day6 Dream was making sure the frame was legit. I literally put myself in harm’s way in order to make sure this product held up to its promised intentions as well my expectations.

The Dream’s frame was built with care and quality in mind. If all your parts were to eventually wear out, you’ll still have your Dream frame! What’s neat about the Dream is that there are no proprietary bike parts other than the saddle and back rest. The other parts on it can be easily found in any cycling website or local bike shop.

So if you were to ask me if I would recommend this bike, I’d say “yes I would”. It’s a great riding bike; the parts worked as they should. The bike does get attention while it’s on the rode, which I think is great because drivers will notice you more. The Day6 Dream really does make a great commuter bike. It can handle short trips as well as long tours, the kind that takes your through various vineyards and breweries.

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