The downside is that Strida won't be shipping any new bikes to the US after March 15 this year, also, a hefty $100 price increase for US market...see message below:
strida - US market transition
big news for strida enthusiasts in the US market. strida has entered a deal with a major bicycle distributor. this distributor will begin selling the strida to US customers in 2007. as part of the deal, we have agreed to stop selling new bikes to US customers this spring, which gives us time for one more shipment.
if you would like to buy a new strida3 this year, or to take advantage of our upgrade program, your order must be received by march 15th.
our managing director is at the manufacturing plant now, and is personally inspecting every bike for our final US shipment.
don't worry - we will continue to offer the 60 day return policy. in addition, we will continue to offer parts and service.
there will be a price increase of approximately $100.00 on 2007 stridas, without any major change in specification. so order now to lock in best pricing!