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Old 10-11-09, 05:22 PM   #1
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melon slice

hello!
I hope to purchase a folding bike for just getting around town, and travelling. I am new to the folding bike world, but am starting to lean toward Dahon, however, I was wondering what everyone thinks of the Melon Slice. I have not seen anyone mention it in this forum. It looks good to me, but was wondering what the experts think. www.melonbicycles.com
Thanks!

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Old 10-11-09, 06:01 PM   #2
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That looks like a re-badged Hasa bike from Taiwan http://www.hasabike.com.tw/m.htm. It reminds me a little of the Xootr Swift, it has that means-business look to it.

There has not been any reviews except maybe a comment from a chap in Singapore or Taiwan somewhere that they are popular for modding into hi spec light folders. It certainly looks like a nice bike. The forward-angled stempost is a plus, no cramped cockpit here. The components other than frame parts look fairly standard so it should be easy to do upgrades.

A bit in this thread, positive comments:
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Old 10-11-09, 06:56 PM   #3
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... was wondering what the experts think. ...
I'm not an expert, but at $634 delivered, it is only $15 cheaper than a new 2009 Dahon Speed P8 from www.thorusa.com.
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Old 10-11-09, 08:10 PM   #4
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Hmmm...seems like a high quality bike.

Look at these upcoming models. They're more like "mini velos" than folders, but they appear to mean business.

http://www.melonbicycles.com/Departm...ng-Models.aspx

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Agree, the upcoming models do not appear to fold.
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the minivelo looks pretty nice.
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Oh... and this frame bag...

http://www.melonbicycles.com/Product...__5001505.aspx
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hello!
I hope to purchase a folding bike for just getting around town, and travelling. I am new to the folding bike world, but am starting to lean toward Dahon, however, I was wondering what everyone thinks of the Melon Slice. I have not seen anyone mention it in this forum. It looks good to me, but was wondering what the experts think. www.melonbicycles.com
Thanks!
If you're interested in the Slice, you might also be interested in the Port Runner at $200 less..

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I don't get a good feeling about that design. The uncompleted rear triangle with a single weld and little brace seems to me to be the very definition of "catastrophic frame failure".

Wary of the tikit's much more minor frame crack for the same basic reason...
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oo, that "coming model" looks like a mini-velo with an alfine hub, nice!!
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Comparing the Slice to the Port Runner, I think the Slice looks a bit better overall... especially the stem/handlebar. They are definitely similar, but not the same. Is that worth the premium they appear to be charging?

Probably not... unless the bike comes with extras we don't know about. One thing of note, the Slice weighs a few pounds less than the Port Runner (though the Port Runner includes a rear rack which might be the cause of the extra weight).

Anyway... always happy to see a new brand. I think their main competition is Citizen and Downtube and they should price the Slice accordingly. That said, that mini-velo looks very nice, much better than the folders.

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Comparing the Slice to the Port Runner, I think the Slice looks a bit better overall... especially the stem/handlebar. They are definitely similar, but not the same. Is that worth the premium they appear to be charging?

Probably not... unless the bike comes with extras we don't know about. One thing of note, the Slice weighs a few pounds less than the Port Runner (though the Port Runner includes a rear rack which might be the cause of the extra weight).

Anyway... always happy to see a new brand. I think their main competition is Citizen and Downtube and they should price the Slice accordingly. That said, that mini-velo looks very nice, much better than the folders.

--sam
I thought pretty much the same thing. The Port Runner seems to be more of a counter to the Citizen Gotham, and the new Downtube Nova. However, it's about $100 overpriced unless like you said, it has some features we don't know about or the component level is much better than the aforementioned bikes...but I doubt it!

I think the Port Runner was selling for under $300 in 2008. Have they made significant improvements to it to warrant the $399 price tag? Makes one wonder.

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