If you check on the Folding Society website or Strida.NL it appears that the lovely guys at Strida in Amsterdam have taken over the EU distribution of all Stridas & accessories etc. This will mean that the Strida 5 is finally available in the UK.
Strida NL have been a joy to deal with and hopefully will price the Strida 5 more competitively than Strida UK would have ( Steedman had said that they didn't want to sell the 5 because it would be far more expensive than the 3, I expected them to price the 5 similarly to Strida in France i.e. excactly twice the price of the Dutch 5s!!!) Basically a 5 from NL was as cheap as a 3 from UK once you added all of the UKs 'extras' (i.e. assembly) these extras all come as standard from NL. Now I'm not saying they will be that cheap in the UK as there is a huge difference in the quantities sold there. I have already found a Dutch site that will sell you a 5 for €498 (about £375? sounds a bad exchange rate though) with free delivery in EU.
Having owned more models of Strida and ridden them to death, I can categorically say that the 5 is a vast improvement on even the 3.3 (metal wheels)
The 1st thing you notice is that it freewheels beautifully after being used to the front freewheel acting as a friction brake when not pedalling. And also the pedals don't have the tendancy to fly round and whack you in the shins!!!! Disk brakes are great. You just need a more comfortable saddle if you intend to ride longer distances.
Having known the Strida NL guys for quite a while now I'm sure we will see a huge improvement. They also do a SatNav version & are actively working towards a geared version, and other improvements. Wicked!
Better prices, better service, more Stridas sold, more chance of further developments.
Happy Stridaring fellow Stridanauts, now's the time to upgrade to the wonderful Strida 5!