As trueno92 posted in his Strida 2009 thread elsewhere in this forum, Strida will be showing a few new models at Interbike next week, including the Strida XT (Extra-Tall?) with 18" wheels.
Attached is a picture of what is supposedly the XT, though I can't make heads or tails of the size difference. Can you? I'm not sure if I should expect a longer stem, or if that's unnecessary due to the presumably greater height of the bike. Also, the larger 18" wheels ought to throw off the perspective just enough to make any changes in frame size difficult to distinguish.
Retail is listed by my Areaware email at $1000. No word whether the Schlumpf 2-speed crankset will be an option with this one, as it is on the newly announced Strida Duo model -- conventially sized, of course!
A very interesting development. I'd love to see some folded side-by-side pics if anybody attending iBike can snap some off. Much thanks, in advance!
STRiDA XT for Taller Riders
The STRiDA XT was designed to accommodate taller riders with a larger frame and 18" wheels. Available in brushed aluminum. Retail $1000.