IKEA’s Latest Product Isn’t What You’d Expect

Sophie Miura

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IKEA is no stranger to product innovation—in the last month they've announced a hydroponic gardening system and virtual reality app—but its latest release has raised the bar again. According to AOL, the Swedish brand has created a modern, unisex bicycle called Sladda, which is capturing the attention of the design world. 

True to the brand's Scandinavian design roots, the bike is user-friendly, minimalist, and low-maintenance. Designed to fit an urban lifestyle, Sladda has been created for non–bike riders with a light, easy-to-lift aluminium frame. Free of gimmicks or fancy gears, the sleek product can be used by anyone over age 12. 


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The design is compatible with "click system" accessories, which allows users to connect interchangeable products like a basket or cart with ease. "Sladda is like tablet apps: you can add endless accessories to enhance ease of use," says designer Oskar Juhlin. 


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As for the feature that has everyone talking? IKEA has replaced the classic rust-prone bike chain with a corrosion-resistant cogged drive belt that lasts for roughly 1000 miles of use.  

Sladda will cost just under $800, and it will be rolled out in European IKEA stores in August before launching in the USA. 

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