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bikeupstateny 03-24-08 11:47 AM

Slingshot's folding frames available online
 
You can now get Slingshot's fold-tech frame online. Greenfish Sports carries them.
Press Release from MTBR: http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/greenfi...ingshot-bikes/
Just figured that people in here may be interested.

invisiblehand 03-24-08 01:41 PM

Do the bikes fold?

Pine Cone 03-24-08 01:59 PM

Pretty interesting folder.

Check out the Greenfish website above for pictures and video on the fold.

Anyone ever see or ride one of these?

bikeupstateny 03-24-08 02:42 PM

Here is the pics/video from the slingshot site.
http://www.slingshotbikes.com/technology/foldtech_fold

bookishboy 03-25-08 05:19 PM

These seem to be re-treads of the Puma folder, or the Puma was licensed from Slingshot.... can't remember which. The idea is that the bike locking cable is integral to the frame itself..... if you cut the cable, the bike's back is essentially broken and it's no longer usable. Acts as a theft deterrent, assuming the potential thief recognizes how the system works, and isn't interested in merely vandalizing the bike anyway.

I haven't seen any of these out in general use, and haven't ridden one myself. One thing I have noticed, is a fair number of these(the Puma version, that is) in "near-new" condition showing up on Craigslist, which suggests to me that perhaps owners of the bike aren't completely satisfied with either its ride or folding functionality.

gringopapo 03-26-08 08:59 AM

slingshot equals puma?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bookishboy (Post 6403652)
These seem to be re-treads of the Puma folder, or the Puma was licensed from Slingshot.... can't remember which. The idea is that the bike locking cable is integral to the frame itself..... if you cut the cable, the bike's back is essentially broken and it's no longer usable. Acts as a theft deterrent, assuming the potential thief recognizes how the system works, and isn't interested in merely vandalizing the bike anyway.

I haven't seen any of these out in general use, and haven't ridden one myself. One thing I have noticed, is a fair number of these(the Puma version, that is) in "near-new" condition showing up on Craigslist, which suggests to me that perhaps owners of the bike aren't completely satisfied with either its ride or folding functionality.

To be fair, I don't think the puma has very much to do with the slingshot in application. They both have a cable as a downtube but the similarities end there. Doing a search of the forums, it appears good slingshot information is had outside of the folding bikes forum at places like here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight=slingshot

and here:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ight=slingshot


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