Corex Spozio Slide 20 Folding Bike - Silver

corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - front angle view
Stand and deliver

"Corex", I get. It's a Korean bicycle company. "Slide 20" makes sense at least halfway: the bike has 20-inch wheels. But what the hell is a "spozio"? I don't know.

Who cares. I like bikes with extra frame tubes on them, and big gussets. The Corex Spozio Slide 20 folding bike has both. A curved carrying handle welded between the seat tube and the top tube (or, since this bike has just one frame tube, the "only tube"), and a bulletproof joint between the bottom of the "only tube" and the head tube.

Plus there's a luggage rack, and a sprocket sandwich protector, and the bike folds in the middle with a big hinge. It's enough weird stuff to keep me amused for a while.

corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - side view
Slide from the side

And it keeps on coming. The red sidewall tires, which don't usually look good on anything, definitely work on the Corex. The inner tubes had weird Asian valve stems, so I replaced them with normal American tubes, which are made in Taiwan. Huh? The frame graphics look like an advertisement for a fly-by-night discount electronics store in Manhattan. There's a big spring-loaded kickstand on the left rear dropout. And the bottom bracket even has its own brushguard.

The front brake is cheap stamped steel. The rear wheel sports a band brake. Which is also made from cheap stamped steel, sure, but it's definitely one more nifty gimmick.

corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - frame graphics
Best graphics ever?

Riding the Corex Spozio Slide 20 was a disappointment, because it looked like it was going to be incredibly fun, but the bike was way too small for me, so I just awkwardly pedaled around the parking lot for a minute in the fetal position, and said "that sucked." But folding bikes are allowed on the Metro-North Railroad without a permit, so the Corex was pretty easy to unload.

Scroll down for more photos of this wild machine.

corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - front view
Short front end
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - right grip shifter and brake lever
6-speed grip shifter, big plastic brake lever
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - seat
Corex padded and sprung seat
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - head tube side view
Try breaking this one corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - carry handle
Bike...or luggage?
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - front sprocket
Dual plastic sprocket protectors
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - rear derailleur
Corex derailleur and defunct website
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - rear wheel, right view
There is so much stuff going on here corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - hinge and bottom bracket
Why is there a brushguard on the bottom bracket?
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - rear wheel, left view
Kickstand-esque contraption
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike - rear band brake
Band brake
corex spozio slide 20 folding bike
Red sidewalls never work, except on this bike