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Old 04-13-16, 07:00 AM
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IKEA wants to sell bikes

Here is the attempt of IKEA to enter the cycling market.

IKEA Unveils SLADDA Bicycle

I'd be interested in checking it out.
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Old 04-13-16, 07:10 AM
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Does the bike come in a flat box that you have to put together with a bunch of screws and dowels, ?

If so, I want to buy the instructions, frame them, and hang them in my home brewed bike shop.

Looks like a cool bike btw,

http://www.core77.com/posts/51805/Ik...n-less-Bicycle
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Old 04-13-16, 07:23 AM
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What were their engineers thinking when they decided on an aluminum frame? Everyone knows particle board is stiffer and offers a more comfortable ride.
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$797 USD seems like quite an investment for their stated target audience.
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Old 04-13-16, 07:36 AM
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I like the hitch for the trailer and the fact that you can choose your wheel-size. Like dea said, I think that if they lowered their price to $449.00, they might actually sell some of these and the idea might take off.
I think rim brakes require less maintenance/cleaning, myself. They say the belt does not need maintenance. Of course, this is incorrect: It must be cleaned. How easy is it to clean?
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Old 04-13-16, 08:07 AM
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.... I think rim brakes require less maintenance/cleaning, myself. They say the belt does not need maintenance. Of course, this is incorrect: It must be cleaned. How easy is it to clean?
Maintenance? I don't think you (or MYSELF) are in Ikea's targeted demographic for this bike.

I was in the LBS last week and was really surprised at the percentage of bikes with disc brakes. Those old fashion rim brakes (like the ones on every bike I own) are so yesterday. Are those old brakes still considered safe enough to be legal??? I would guess these bikes are meant to be gently used and taken in to the LBS for an annual cleaning and tune-up.

I actually like the idea of a lightweight chainless bike. And... my wife does like to make an occasional pilgrimage to the boxed furniture mecca AKA Ikea. So although that bike doesn't call to me... I should get a look at it sooner or later.
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Old 04-13-16, 08:31 AM
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Both the bike and trailer LOOK very nice, who knows what the quality would actually be like. I'd buy the trailer if it was offered separately.
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Old 04-13-16, 08:33 AM
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If it gets people on a safe reliable bicycle, I'm all for it

Doesn't look like something I would want for myself, but I can see the appeal for recreational riders or suburban commuters who want a low-maintenance cruiser and occasional grocery-getter. My wife has a step-through Trek cruiser and I can see her riding something like this. It would have been a blast when we still had our dogs as they would have loved the trailer.
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Old 04-13-16, 08:35 AM
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For computer animation it's OK. seeing no pic of a real thing.
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For the type of person that shops at Ikea, I think it would do OK. Not really sure what bike prices are in Europe, but having poked around the Dutch market once, I don't think 700EUR is really out of line with what other city-commuter type bikes run new. Probably would have to bring it down a bit for the American market, though.

Regarding the disc brakes, if it is offered in different wheel sizes, it makes so much more sense. Don't have to reengineer the frame for every wheel size, the wheels themselves become plug and play.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
What were their engineers thinking when they decided on an aluminum frame? Everyone knows particle board is stiffer and offers a more comfortable ride.
True, particle board is laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.
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Old 04-13-16, 09:07 AM
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It looks nice, but no bike should cost over $300.
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In format it looks roughly similar to my Priority, albeit with all the optional accessories included. But the asking price looks about 2x higher. It will be interesting to see what quality level they choose.

The kickstand mount is pretty ugly, the crank arms look too thin, and I'm not sure what is going on at the BB. I suppose this is just a rendering?

The trailer hitch system is a familiar one from inexpensive trailers, looks more like Allen than Schwinn/Instep. I'm not sure why they chose to give it such a long tow bar or such a high and narrow platform. I guess I'm used to looking at kiddie trailers.

Wooden slats in the racks and trailer, huh. Indoor storage, or constant painting, or fake wood?
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Useful looking bike and trailer.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
For computer animation it's OK. seeing no pic of a real thing.
Wonder what bicycle the guy is holding and standing behind in the photos?

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Awesome! I think it's a pretty savvy move for IKEA, and the possiblities engendered by their design philosophy (though executed through Veryday) could really be interesting for the utility bike market. I'll look forward to checking it out.
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Bike actually runs 499EUR with the Ikea Family membership, which is their free keychain tag scanner rewards program.

IKEA gaat fietsen verkopen - IKEA

(Google translate may be required, unless you speak Dutch )
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
It looks nice, but no bike should cost over $300.
Tell that to the guy who spent 65 hrs. on my custom ti frame.
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Cool.

Looks like it will be sold only in Europe for the time being.

At $800, very reasonable for a high quality commuter and town bike.

If I didn't already have a commuter bike, I'd be all over it.
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
$797 USD seems like quite an investment for their stated target audience.
A lifetime bike is not something you want to scrimp on. All things considered they still kept the cost under a grand.

Like I said, the price is reasonable for a quality bike sold under their label.

IKEA doesn't want to sell big box store junk. Good call.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
What were their engineers thinking when they decided on an aluminum frame? Everyone knows particle board is stiffer and offers a more comfortable ride.
I own two alloy bikes and they're very nice riding. Most bikes today are made of alloy because the weight to cost ratio is fantastic and designers can build the bike to an intended ride. Their engineers went with the right material. Cromoly is good but more expensive.
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Originally Posted by 2 Piece View Post
Wonder what bicycle the guy is holding and standing behind in the photos?
Thanks, I missed the second link. That's more like it.

Looks like a small frame. Long chain stays. Kickstand is bolt-on and crankset is normal... will be interesting to see how "a la carte" they sell it and then how many accessories.
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At $800, very reasonable for a high quality commuter and town bike.
And the good news is, if you spend the twenty seconds signing up for their free IKEA Family keychain membership card, you can knock over $200 off that price
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Definitely a bicycle for those who have becomes slaves to the Ikea nesting instinct.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
They say the belt does not need maintenance. Of course, this is incorrect: It must be cleaned. How easy is it to clean?
Unlike a typical chain, the belt requires no lubrication and thus does not collect dirt and grit the way an oil-lubricated chain does. And since it won't rust, you can clean it off simply by spraying it down with water.
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