Originally released in Europe, the Sladda bicycle is now available in the U.S. through Ikea’s website, and will start arriving in the blue-and-yellow stores next month.
If you can get past the usual scoffing that comes with buying a bike at Ikea (for reference, recall the embarassment when your parents bought your BMX bike at a department store instead of the “cool” bike store), the Skadda is actually a pretty decent bike, especially given the $500 price tag (which drops to $400 if you’re part of Ikea’s rewards program).
The lines of the aluminum frame are clean, and the two-gear internal hub and belt drive system mean that riders don’t have to futz with things like derailleurs or messy chains. Front disc brakes deliver effective stopping power and, at 33 pounds, you won’t be completely out of breath after lugging the bike up a flight of stairs.
Like all things Ikea, what you see in the pretty picture isn’t exactly what’s in the flat-packed box. That means the front and rear racks aren’t included, but their sleek bamboo slats and sheer utility make it worth clicking “Add to cart.”