Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-28-09, 12:30 PM   #1
SesameCrunch
Eschew Obfuscation
Thread Starter
 
SesameCrunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
Posts: 3,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
IF Mode starts sales in US.

I just got an email from Areaware, the Strida distributor in the US, soliciting orders for the IF Mode. Looks like availability in June this year. Not cheap, though at $2250, but you get 32lbs worth of bike. Here's a clipped portion of their email:

"IF-Mode: An Engineering and Design Masterpiece
The IF-Mode, by acclaimed industrial designer Mark Sanders, is now available for purchase in the USA. Winner of the 2008 Eurobike Award, and the 2009 iF Gold Award (along with the Apple iPhone, the Macbook Air and the VW Golf Mk6), the IF-Mode is a rolling, folding work of art and a bike collector’s dream machine.

Production is limited. Orders received by Friday, May 1st will be delivered in June 2009. Orders placed after May 1st will not be available until summer’s end. Be the first to own the world’s most exciting and technically advanced folding bike.

Go to www.areaware.com/mode for more information or to place an order, or call 800-783-5683, ext. 214.

Mark Sander's Design Brief:
Most people prefer large wheeled bikes, in part due to ease of pedaling. So when I designed the IF-Mode, I thought about combining the benefits of small folders with full size bicycles, keeping in mind the innovation and value people expect from their personal tools. The IF Mode combines large wheels, ease of near instant folding, compactness, and clean design. Like luggage, it rolls anywhere. Its monoblade wheel mountings, enclosed transmission and uncluttered aesthetic offer a radical new image of what a bicycle can be."
__________________
SesameCrunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 02:11 PM   #2
Carlos71
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Bikes: Strida 3
Posts: 110
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Clean? Where are the mudguards?
Carlos71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 02:39 PM   #3
brakemeister 
New usename ThorUSA
 
brakemeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Southern Illinois USA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am not gonna say nuttin about the bicycle experts who are selling gorilla ashtrays or vases which look like my old garden boots.... ..

what I am intresting is this :

quote:
Production is limited. Orders received by Friday, May 1st will be delivered in June 2009. Orders placed after May 1st will not be available until summer’s end.
quote end

Doesnt that mean that they will only ORDER the bikes which are paid ?......

Meaning they will only have enough by end of june as being paid by may 1st .... That makes me crinch .... how about having enough balls to order and pay some to have for your customers when they want them ..if you like a product and stand behind it than you also need to pay the piper and order a few bikes on your own .... instead of this non commital tude...


thor

p.s. nice bike by the way
__________________
www.thorusa.com
Dahon : Freedom Unfolds
Tern : all about the ride
brakemeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 02:49 PM   #4
chainstrainer
lube addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central coast California
Bikes: Specialized FSR-XC, Optima Baron, Bianchi Pista, Strida 5.0
Posts: 515
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's not a bike company selling this bike so I wouldn't expect the typical sales/inventory model of your LBS. It is a nice bike, though, and priced $250 under what had been projected to be the retail price just a few months ago. Still way out of my budget nonetheless.
chainstrainer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 03:05 PM   #5
SesameCrunch
Eschew Obfuscation
Thread Starter
 
SesameCrunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
Posts: 3,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
p.s. nice bike by the way
I would say it's a nice looking bike. Remains to be ridden before we conclude it's a nice bike.
__________________
SesameCrunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 03:06 PM   #6
14R
Bromptonaut
 
14R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Bikes: 2012 Brompton S6R;1993 Diamond Back Racing Prevail ti; 2003 Litespeed Firenze; 1994 Diamond BAck Axis TT
Posts: 1,681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
Mark Sander's Design Brief:
Most people prefer large wheeled bikes, in part due to ease of pedaling. So when I designed the IF-Mode, I thought about combining the benefits of small folders with full size bicycles, keeping in mind the innovation and value people expect from their personal tools. The IF Mode combines large wheels, ease of near instant folding, compactness, and clean design. Like luggage, it rolls anywhere. Its monoblade wheel mountings, enclosed transmission and uncluttered aesthetic offer a radical new image of what a bicycle can be."


I am not sure I am ready to drop US$2500+ for this design. It seems to be the combined problems of small folders with the problems of full sized bikes. But that might be just me...

Last edited by 14R; 04-28-09 at 03:07 PM. Reason: spelling
14R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 03:17 PM   #7
itsajustme
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 247
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 to all of the above

BTW, it looks like the IF Reach is now shipping via normal distribution channels.

[EDIT]Kudos to Larry over at www.ridethisbike.com for putting his money where his mouth is on the IF Mode. [/EDIT]

Last edited by itsajustme; 04-28-09 at 03:27 PM.
itsajustme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-09, 04:14 PM   #8
Lassy
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is an awsome looking and folding bike, I love the videos and there is more info on MAS's gallery. If I had the cash i'd have one to put on the wall - (along with a Biomega MN2).

The IF Urban (was cross) will probably be much less $$$ and more of a 'full sized road bike that folds', so it will be the one I'll go for, when its out. All these bikes have top pedigree as they are made by Pacific, who make many of the top folding bikes (Airnimal, Birdy, etc. ) as well as several high end mountain bikes. So expect to see plenty of future IF variations and developments.
Lassy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-09, 08:57 PM   #9
4cmd3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 375
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$2250 for a 32 POUND bicycle???
4cmd3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-09, 09:47 PM   #10
chainstrainer
lube addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central coast California
Bikes: Specialized FSR-XC, Optima Baron, Bianchi Pista, Strida 5.0
Posts: 515
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So it's 32 pounds. Where's the surprise? It's a full-sized folding bike. So it weighs more and costs more. If it's too heavy or too expensive for your tastes, you can always move on.
chainstrainer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:24 PM.