Somewhere between the bookshelves, bedroom sets, and kitchen stuff, there will soon be flat-packed belt drive bicycles, which display the same understated and timeless Scandinavian design as the rest of IKEA’s offerings. A host of accessories will also be available, including a bike trailer ($129/$169), front cargo rack ($25/$35), and rear pannier ($29/$39), and the bike itself will come with a 25-year limited warranty on the frame and 10-year limited warranty on the belt drive.
But why would a home furnishings mega-retailer make… a move into the transportation and mobility space? Well, for starters, for a company that seems to sit at the core of everything in the modern city style sector, offering a practical, affordable, and clean personal transportation option to its customers seems like a natural fit. And as the Sladda is yet another flat-pack item, and a slim one at that, the bikes can be packed into the company’s shipping containers as an extra layer, which makes for incredibly cheap and efficient transport to market.
Here’s Steve Howard, IKEA’s chief sustainability officer, talking about how the Sladda relates to the company’s sustainability and health commitments:
The Sladda cycle features a front disc brake and rear coaster brake, a chainguard, an integrated bike bell, a two-speed internal gear hub, a kickstand, a maintenance-free belt drive, and front and rear lights (batteries sold separately, of course).
The complete bike is said to weigh about 33 lb, so while it’s not exactly a featherweight option when it has to be carried, it’s also not a 50 lb clunker from Huffy (sorry, Huffy). And if you’re wondering if one of these Sladda bikes will fit in your trunk on the way home from IKEA, the company gives its flat-pack dimensions as 29½” wide by 56¼” long by 7¾” high, and weighs in at 43 lb.
More info on the Sladda city bike is available at IKEA.