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Day6 Dream Review

Day6 Dream 21speed

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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.

To learn more about the Day6 Bicycles 21 Speed Dream, just CLICK HERE!

Day6 Bicycles: Dream Update

It’s been a few weeks since my first mention of the Day6 Bicycles, Dream. I’m quickly starting to fall in love with this bike. Not only is it a great comfy ride, but the bike it self gets plenty of attention while I’m on the road, I figure, the more people checking out the bike, the better…why? It means they are seeing me.

Just because the Dream has a recumbent look and feel, it doesn’t mean that its not practical for daily riding or using for errands. Just today I spent the afternoon with my kids riding bikes and we even went out to get some ice cream.

The Dream has been pretty durable considering that it has been able to handle the abuse I’ve been giving it. Yah, you can easily bunny hop this bike…
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Just look at the beefy tubing that this bike is built with…that speaks longevity to me.

One of the fun factors about this bike is that you can really lean into the turns. All I had to do was use my hips and the bike followed.


I was basically riding on the sidewall of the tires…

Even my 12 year old has been enjoying the Dream.

Another great feature that I mentioned last time was the built in bag/pannier that the Dream comes with. You can pretty much see it in this photo, but I kept my camera, keys, wallet and bike lock in it the whole time.

Remember once we’re done with this review, you do have a chance to own it. We’ll provide more details as time nears on how you can own this particular Day6 Bicycles Dream.
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Day6 Bicycles Dream First Impressions

We recently took delivery of the Day6 Bicycle 21speed Dream to review.
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I was able to ride the Day6 in between my mountain biking adventures
this past weekend.

Here are some 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

The Dream demo bike we have came with a very comfy SL seat/backrest combo.

The dream was able to accommodate a wee little lad like me, standing at a towering 5’7″ and all the way down to my 10 year old daughter who is right at my shoulders. The back rest is set up on a fully adjustable boom, which allows the rider to cater it to their needs and comfort level.

One of the neat things about the Dream was this built in storage compartment in the backrest. It’s big enough to fit your lock, bag, purse, some food and of course a patch kit. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure my Chihuahua could fit in there!

A great upgradeable option for this bike is the ability to take on disc brakes. The frame has reinforced gussets to help improve with strength and long term durability.

Through out the weekend I rode the Dream around and its very comfy. I thought that the longer wheel base and angled fork would have make it weird to ride, but to my surprise it rode much like a regular bike. I really enjoyed the plush seat and back rest. I have to admit, its not everyday that I get to ride a recumbent so starting off the first few times can be a bit tricky. But I’m a smart cookie, so I quickly learned that I have to do more steering with my hips than the bars. In mountain biking there’s a simple rule you have to follow, anything below 8mph, you use the handle bars to steer. Anything over 8mph, you use your weight, same applies to the Day6.

What’s great about the Day6 is that you’re in this relaxed riding position, so there is no pressure on your hands or shoulders. When climbing a hill, I found that it to be easy, all I had to do was drop to an easy gear, push back against the seat/back rest and let the bike do its thing.

The last recumbent I rode was a Sun EZ. That bike was pretty scary going down hills and hitting speeds over 30mph. But the the Dream was stable all through out the ride, even over 30mph.

We’ll be testing the Day6 Dream in the next few weeks and stick around, we’re going to do something super exciting with this bike…Our friend Torger Sikveland, Sales Director of Day6 Bicycles has given us the OK to raffle this bike away. That’s right, after we’ve done our formal review, you can own this very bike! Sweet eh? Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to take good care of it so when the day comes that we have to ship it out to you, the bike will be in great shape. So make sure you come back for the review, but for more information about the Day6 Dream, just visit their website!