Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Folding Bike Shortlist - MELON Slice Review

As mentioned last time, this post well be our third folding bike review - the MELON Slice. Is it crunchy and sweet? Let's see -


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Melon Slice Red
(from Melon Bicycles)



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Melon Slice Red - Folded
(from Melon Bicycles)

MELON Slice (USD407) - it was love at first sight for the Melon Slice Red. I could ride it along the pack of Ferrari folding bikes and nobody could notice that it's not one of their siblings. It's priced at $407 by Amazon.com with very tempting specs ($429 from Melon). SRAM MRX Pro grip shifter, SRAM Truvativ Touro 52T Crankset, Shimano Sora 8 Speed Rear Derailleur (Yes, the only 8-speed in the list - Req.#1 - Check), Shimano 12-25T Cassette, Weinmann ZAC20 Rims, Kenda K909 20x1.75 Tires, Formula hubs and Promax brakes. Also, 7005 alloy frame and weighing only 25.5 lbs (Req.#2 - Super Check). And, as if not done yet, they throw in free shipping. WHOA! Everyone, we have a clear winner...until you see the new specs of the current Slice models offered directly by Melon. It seems that the Slice got an identity problem lately and I could almost hear my neighbor Tony Bennett singing "The Way You Look Tonight". Shedding its Shimano and SRAM sets, Melon Slice becomes the only bike in our list without one. Not even the great Tony B. can help it. Melon could have blasted everybody even among bikes which can fold in 15 seconds. It's never too late though to bring back the original specs...hope springs eternal.

Next post is the CITIZEN Gotham 2. Will Batman ride it?

3 comments:

  1. The substitution of Shifter microSHIFT MS29-8
    Rear Derailleur microSHIFT RD-43S instead of the Shimano and SRAM is truly not an issue and not a step backwards at all. Although not as well known, the microSHIFT components are at least as good as the Shimano.

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    1. I do think it is important to note that the Melon Slice's choice of gears is especially strong covering an excellent range. Note not just how many gears, but the low to high range that those gears cover. Here the Melon Slice truly stands out with a superior well chosen range of coverage.

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