Mark Sanders, designer of the Strida, is at it again with the IF (integrated folding) Mode bike. It won the Gold Medal at the iF Product Design Awards in Germany in March. Bikes that fold quickly and easily have great promise as part of an intermodal transport system, letting people move from bike to train or bus and back to bike. The IF Mode looks interesting, much more conventional than the Strida, but a lot more expensive, too.
via James at Bicycle design:
The clean and striking MODE is aimed at commuters that may have not considered cycling or folding bikes as an option. MODE avoids oily chains, complex tubes with hidden dirt traps and the clutter of traditional bike features. It can be used by commuters who do not want to change their appearance into 'bicycle warriors'. MODE features Pacific's IF (Integrated Folding) technology that offers a single-action, automatic fold that requires no tools or removal of parts. IF technology is based on a patented 3-dimensional 4-Bar linkage that automatically guides the wheels together when folding. Once folded, MODE rolls along in a convenient wheelable package.
From the video here, it appears that it folds just about as quickly as the Strida. But you can see why it is more expensive at US$ 2,250; it is a lot more complicated. It is imported by Areaware, so I might get a chance to try it out at ICFF in two weeks and will report again from there.
Bike Weight: 32 lbs (14.7 kg)
Frame: Pacific AL7005 IF Monocoque with Single Swing Arm
Tire: Kenda Kwick Roller Sport 26 x 1.5 inches
Rim: Alloy 6061-T6 26 x 1.5 inches; 12H 3 Spider Plates
Hub: KT Sealed Bearings for Single Arm Frame
Chainwheel: Speed Drive 22T with CG
Chain: KMC HG53
Freewheel: 12T Sprocket
Derailer: Speed Drive Dual Speed System
Shifter: Heel Push Bottom on BB Axle
Saddle: Velo VL-2064 Brown
Stem: CNC Integrated to Front Fork
Brake: Mechanical Disc Brake with 6 inch rotors
Brake Lever: Mechanical Disc Brake Lever
Folded Dimensions: 40 inches (h) x 10.5 inches (w) x 26 inches (l)