September 2, 2010
iF Mode Bicycle
The quest to find the perfect bicycle that can both fold away and doesn’t make the cyclist look like he is riding a scooter with slightly larger wheels may have come to an end. The iF Mode folding bicycle has a sleek, never been seen before design.
The wheels on the iF are a full 28-inches, yet they are able to squeeze up against each other to form a smart sleek package. The designer, Mark Sanders, describes this as, ‘single-action automatic fold’, which basically means everything collapses in one swift movement, the frame, handlebars and the wheels. No surprise then that he won the ‘2008 Eurobite Award’ and the ‘2009 Product Design Gold Award’ (along with the Apple iPhone and Macbook Air).
Whilst in use, this bicycle works just like a proper bike should, with added extras such as enclosed chains to avoid awful oil stains and when not in use the folded bike can be rolled around like an item of luggage. With the world needing to be greener this seems like the chic way to join in and do your bit. With the ability to fold down and up in seconds would suggest this could be the new commuter mode of transport. What’s next? A chic helmet… the search continues.
The iF Mode retails for an astonishing $2579.
Frame – Pacific AL7005 IF Monocoque frame w/sigle swingarm
Fork – Pacific AL7005 single arm
Color – Cream White
Head Sets - Ball Bearings φ35x17x10mm
BB Parts - Speed Drive integrated
Seat Post - Promax SP-728 AL 2014 31.6x480mm
Tire - Kenda Kwick Roller Sport 26×1.5″ (40-559)
Rim - Alloy 6061-T6 26×1.5″ 12H 3 Spider Plates
Hub - KT sealed bearings for single arm frame
Chainwheel - Speed Drive 22T w/CG
Chain - KMC HG53
Freewheel - 12T sprocket
Derailleur - Speed Drive dual speed system
Shifter - Heel push bottom on BB axle
Saddle - Velo VL-2064 Brown
Pedal - Foldable
Handlebar - Pacific IF Mode Folding
Stem - CNC integrated to front fork
Brake - Mechanical Disc Brake w/160mm rotors
Brake – Lever Mechanical disc brake lever
Accessory - Nil
Suspension – Unit Nil
Optional - Carry bag
Dimensions - Folded: 102cm(H) x27cm(W) x 66cm(L)
Weight - 14.7kg