The Sladda is a multi-purpose utility bicycle made and sold by IKEA, a company famous for flat pack furniture. Ikea is known for its efforts to create environmentally friendly sustainable products. Ikea was founded in Sweden and currently has headquarters in the Netherlands. Both countries have more bicycles than people, so it is no surprise that they would be interested in making a bicycle.
The Sladda is a unique bicycle for many reasons. First, it has received multiple design awards for its artistic style and quality. It also features many advanced components normally found on higher priced bicycles. Components like: a kevlar belt driven drivetrain, an internally sealed 2-speed rear hub, 28″ wheels, an aluminum frame, durable powder coat finish, and an adjustable handlebar stem. It also has a front disc brake and a rear coaster brake. The Sladda is a large bicycle, and it comes in two sizes; a 26″ and a 28″. I purchased the 28″ version and didn’t expect it to be so large. Tall riders will find the 28″ version to fit them well. Smaller riders will need to ride the 26″ wheel size.
Overall, the bicycle rides exceptionally well on flat city streets. The 2-speed gearing makes starts easy and provides additional power when going faster. The bike is also very nimble and can dart around obstacles and make easy work of quick turns. This is due to the bicycle’s low center of gravity. Though the bike is almost entirely aluminum, it is surprisingly smooth and glides over bumps. Stopping is also pleasant with the disc – coaster brake combination. I am also fond of the bike’s scooter-inspired center stand. It looks cool and provides a stable platform that parks the bike and also acts as a bike stand. I also received a free bicycle headlight and tail light that I didn’t expect. The Sladda also has an integrated bike bell built into the front brake lever.
If you keep the Sladda utility bicycle off hills it is amazing. If you live in a hilly area you’ll likely want to purchase something with more gears. If you’re in a flat area or in an urban environment the Sladda is a great choice for commuting or using as a utility bicycle. Especially for those that need an bicycle capable of transporting cargo, as the Sladda has optional bicycle racks for the front and rear – and a towable utility trailer. The bike can carry riders and cargo up to 352 lbs, and it can tow up to 120 lbs using the Ikea utility trailer.
The Ikea Sladda is also very trendy looking with the minimalist design and matte finish. Most people have never seen an Ikea bicycle, so you will need to consider how many questions you’ll be answering on each ride. I’m very happy with my new Ikea bike and look forward to riding it for many years. With a 25 year warranty on everything except the drive belt (10 year drive belt warrant) and a 365-day money back guarantee the Sladda from Ikea is an amazing purchase.
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