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Melon Bicycles-Slice Foldng Bike

We received the Melon Bicycles, Slice to test out. Here are some of the first few pics of the Slice.

melon slice

melon slice

Folding mechanism

8 Speed SRAM

Kick Stand!

Folds at the stem.

Shimano 12-25T

Folding Pedals


Specs:

Frame 7005 aluminum-octagon shape
Fork 7005 aluminum
Folded Size 34″L x 27″H x 13″W
Folding Time 15 seconds
Weight 25.5 lbs
Suggested Rider Height 4’-8? to 6’-3?
Maximum Rider Weight 240 lbs
Crankset SRAM Truvativ Tuoro 52T
Chain KMC HG50 108L
Hubs Formula FB-31FQR, Formula FB-32 RQR
Spokes 14G Steel, 12mm brass CP nipples
Rims Weinmann ZAC20
Tire Kenda K909, 20?x1.75?
Shifter SRAM MRX Pro with display
Rear Derailleur Sora 8 speed
Cassette Shimano CS-HG50-8, 12-25T
Brakes Promax Alloy V brakes
Brake Levers Promax 2.5 Finger Alloy
Pedals VP folding pedal
Saddle Cionlli
Seat Post 34x550mm
Handlebar 25.4mmx500mm, swept 6 degrees
Stem 300mm folding

Price $599

4 Comments

  1. Charles

    Questions, questions!

    How long does it take to fold?

    Is it practical to fold up at a bus stop and take on with you if the racks are full (a la Bike Friday’s Tikit)?

    How comfortable is the ride over extended periods?

    A folding bike is on my wishlist, and I like the price point on this one… but it’d be nice to learn more about whether it will meet my needs.

  2. Ghost Rider

    Charles,

    it says on the specs above that 15 seconds are needed to fold this bike. I’m hoping RL will test it and perhaps shoot a video to demonstrate the fold.

    That’s a sharp little machine — I’m pretty desperate to add a folder to my commuting fleet!

  3. no1mad

    What? No rack??

    Oh, well, I use a backpack most of the time anyway 😉

  4. Stuart M.

    Not a bad effort. The weight is reasonable. But I feel that the Brompton folding bike is the standard that all folders have to be measured against. This folding bike’s weight is in the Brompton ballpark, but as one of the others have noted, there are no rack or fenders to weigh it down. Maybe it doesn’t rain where this bike goes! The gearing is pretty good with gear inches from 39 to 81. But the folded size of seven cubic feet really is on the large size (Brompton’s world-beating folded size, 3 cubic ft). Maybe with a cover over it, you might sneak it passed the bus driver. Well, it only costs half as much as a Brompton. Is it really comfortable for 6’3″ people?

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