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IKEA Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

Old 05-24-18, 11:04 AM
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IKEA Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

Seems like it's not just their furniture that falls apart:
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/ik...to-fall-hazard
Name of product: SLADDA bicycles
Hazard:The bicycle belt can break, posing a fall hazard.

Remedy: Refund
Recall date: May 24, 2018
Units: About 4,900 (In addition, about 200 were sold in Canada)

Mods, please move to Recall section if you want. Board wouldn't allow me to post there for some reason:
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Old 05-24-18, 12:14 PM
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Guessing that's not a Gates belt system. Anybody know for sure?
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Old 05-24-18, 12:22 PM
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Ikea is the Swedish word for crap.
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33 pounds,You have to put it together yourself. $400 at time of review https://www.outsideonline.com/217739...icycling-scene

I'll pass even after they get the next best version out.
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fwiw - Martha Stewart makes similar furniture kits with actual instructions but also a tips section. so if you find yourself scratching your head, you can refer to the tips. they must have had a novice put the kit together, then when they got stuck, they took note of where there might be some confusion & provided a little help. way to go Martha! cuz sometimes you're moving into a new apt, working 2 jobs, night & day 7 days a week, to cover rent & mortgage & making the kit low on sleep in the middle of the nite & need the help!
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Old 05-24-18, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Guessing that's not a Gates belt system. Anybody know for sure?
Continental; but not 100% sure. Haven't seen any in person. But source is fairly reliable.
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Old 05-24-18, 01:07 PM
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That is what you get when you buy a cheap bike from a build your own furniture store. I would hope the belt is not actually Continental or Gates because they are usually known for better quality.
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Not familiar with belt drive bikes. Is there a belt tensioner on these bikes that maybe people are tightening belt up too much? Seems like opening yourself up for many do-it-yourself mishaps with products like these. But maybe a cheap belt too.
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Fall hazard?

It is not even Summer yet!
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^^^ this
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The belt is made from black licorice.
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PS If you can't put your feet down and stop...and I think all bikes have some fall hazard. As tipsy as they are I'd have to cut them off if it were my bar.
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Originally Posted by REDMASTA View Post
The belt is made from black licorice.
Obviously inferior to red licorice. I have 52 years of experience in licorice.
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Don't buy bikes made of particle board connected with unglued, pressed wood dowels and cam-lock studs.
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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
Don't buy bikes made of particle board connected with unglued, pressed wood dowels and cam-lock studs.
I don't know.. that cam-lock technology would be great for all sorts of tightening uses on a bike.
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Corporate web page: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ike...SLADDA-bicycle
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Wattage bazoooka!
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I dunno. I had a chance to take a good look at these Sladda bikes and my impression was that they were reasonably good quality for the discounted price. There is always a risk with customer assembled products, and I know Ikea got beat up badly on furniture tip-over incidents. The full refund remedy sounds drastic - like their lawyers hit the panic button. On the BikeEurope site they report that Ikea have received eleven reports of snapping belts, with two minor injuries. 6,000 units sold. Doesn't sound like a catastrophic issue.
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But of course, the original word was SALAD.
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Originally Posted by REDMASTA View Post
The belt is made from black licorice.
Black licorice salty enough that it's rusting through parts.
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Old 05-24-18, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Guessing that's not a Gates belt system. Anybody know for sure?
It's not a Gates. There's no center-track in the photos, and no Gates branding to be seen.
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I looked at some photos I took of an IKEA Sladda bike last year and I can make out the Continental logo on the belt itself.

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The Sladda is/was actually a decent bike for 400 bucks, as long as you don't live in a hilly area.
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If only they had gone with the Le Tour belts.
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The "fall hazard" is not the issue, as every experienced cyclist knows. The true hazard is landing on the top tube and introducing soft tissue to hard metal. Swedish meatballs, indeed.

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