The Flat Pack Bike
Thanks to The Millennials’ renewed interest in cycling, (given its health, economic and environmental advantages); it seems everyone is getting on the bicycle-building bandwagon. Recent bike launches have come from unexpected quarters, such as car manufacturer Ford and luxury US brand Shinola, and now Swedish retail behemoth Ikea has entered the velodrome with the Sladda ‘chainless’ bike, which you assemble at home.
Created in partnership with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke of Stockholm -headquartered design consultancy Veryday, Sladda is a lightweight, low maintenance urban bike.
Constructed from aluminium – to allow for easy carrying up and down stairs – it features a corrosion-resistant cogged drive belt, (to reduce chain-associated maintenance) which IKEA claims will last for an impressive 15,000 kilometres (9,320 miles). As one would expect from Ikea, the bike has a built-in ‘click system’, which allows easy attachment of accessories, (options already announced include a basket, panniers and a trailer), and will come flat packed for home assembly.
What can possibly go wrong?
Sladda bike header image: Hype Beast
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Sladda bike instruction image: Telegraph