IKEA’s much hyped new creation, the SLADDA bicycle, is now for sale in the US. The bicycle comes flat-packed and requires some assembly of course (it is IKEA), but once the bike is put together it should be very low maintenance.
This bicycle is powered by a belt drive, which is a rustproof, durable and maintenance-free alternative to a regular chain. The automatic 2-gear system is integrated into the rear hub, so there are no wires that rust or break.
SLADDA also boasts a click-in system for accessories such as front and back racks, and a bike bag that can be transformed into a backpack.
The bicycle was created in partnership with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke of Veryday design studio and it has been awarded ‘Best of the Best’ in the Product Design category of the Red Dot design awards, the top prize reserved for ground-breaking new designs.
There is also a practical trailer developed to solve heavy transportation needs, as well as helmets, a U-lock and pump.