SLADDA is IKEA’s first flat-pack bike and since its introduction has already drove some cyclists mad by taking about an hour to assemble. This stylish urban bike of Scandinavian furniture and accessories company will be available in US stores starting this month.
The design of the bike absolutely draws attention to the coolness and functionality of IKEA’s style, even though some reviewers hold the view that it is rather complex to set up SLADDA on your own. For example, SLADDA features silent, frictionless silicon belt drive, as opposed to a metal chain, which is meant to last for 15,000 km. Besides, the oil-free system comes with a 10-year warranty. SLADDA is available in two sizes and only in gray color. It has 29 different parts and components including a rust-proof powder coated aluminum body, guaranteed for 25 years, along with a rear coaster brake, a front disc brake, front and rear lights, an integrated bike bell, a chainguard, a kickstand, and a two-speed internal gear hub.
The bike comes flat-packed with its own little spanner, Allen key, and, of course, an instruction manual that IKEA is famous for. Its setup might turn out to be a little difficult for those who do not have any engineering skills at all. But, this trouble is worthwhile if you are looking for a bike to ride around the streets which is compatible with extra accessories like a front cargo rack, rear pannier, and trailer.
Owing to its innovative design, SLADDA has been awarded with Red Dot Design Award in the category “Best of the Best”.
SLADDA also stands for eco-friendly stance of IKEA, in addition to symbolizing the company through its design standards.
“With more and more people living in urban places, there’s an increased need for easy and flexible transportation. Having a car in a city is often not a practical solution. The SLADDA bicycle, trailer, and accessories make it possible to move heavy things across the city, for a truly sustainable and healthy way of life. Just attach the trailer to the integrated connection point, and you have a solution that replaces the need for a car.”
Have a look at the Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group, Steve Howard, describing how SLADDA fits into the company’s health and sustainability commitments.
An Aussie reviewer, Matthew Dunn, said that, while the bike is very comfortable to sit on, its weight and size make it a little tiresome to ride on longer distances as compared to his carbon fiber racing bike.
Helen Pitt, another reviewer, told:
“My maiden voyage to the pub was racked with nerves as I worried I’d not screwed everything in tightly enough: proper bike mechanics use a torque wrench, but Ikea just supplied a bunch of Allen keys and a multi-function spanner. Trusting customers to make their own bicycles is a masterstroke in cost reduction or a recipe for disaster. Probably both. Nonetheless, the SLADDA and I made it to the beer garden in one piece, where the belt-drive aroused much excitement among that subsection of the male population who knows what gear ratios their own bicycles run.”
The process of setting up the bike has been criticized by another reviewer, Martin Love. He stated:
“It comes flat-packed with its own Allen key and little spanner. As we have come to expect, the instructions have no words just lots of little pictures. It should take about an hour to assemble, but a leg falling off your sofa is very different to a wheel coming loose, so don’t rush it. Reading through various comments it seems people have taken up to five hours to piece it together. Be very clear: this is a flat-pack bike, not a folding bike. There’s no question of popping it up and down for each journey like a large and cheap Brompton.”
The customers have been warned by IKEA in the manual regarding the fact that SLADDA has been designed to be ridden on bicycle paths and roads and not for jumps, performing stunts, or off-road use. Therefore, riders might be put at risk of injury and damage might be caused to the bicycle if SLADDA is ridden in an environment or in a way for which it is not appropriate.
Those among you who are a member of the IKEA Family can have this bike for $399 rather $499 unless you want to upgrade your bike with additional accessories. Extras cost $129/$169 for a bike trailer, $29/$39 for rear pannier and $25/$35 for front cargo rack.