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March 31, 2009

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March 31, 2009 In a world in which we have come to expect our gadgets to be small and compact yet deliver the benefits of the full size model, Pacific Cycles' IF Mode fold-up bike is unlikely to disappoint. The IF MODE combines a number of features to optimize fast folding into a compact footprint including a single sided fork and rear stay (on opposite sides of the frame), folding handlebars, integrated stem and front fork and even folding pedals. The clever twist - literally - is the patented, single-action, automatic folding mechanism that requires no tools or removal of parts and automatically guides the wheels together. Once folded, MODE becomes a wheelable package complete with in-built handle so that you don't have a dead weight to lug around when you swap pedalling for perambulation.

Designed and created by Mark Sanders, the IF MODE achieves the main part of its swift transformation via a quick release lever which frees a the dual hinge mechanism on the crossbar allowing the bike to fold and twist so the wheels are side by side, where they are held in place by magnets. Next you you simply fold the handlebars, the pedals, and lower the seat. What was the headstem is now a convenient handle with which to push the bike along and the clean, uncluttered lines of the design are complemented by a clean, enclosed drive system, so there's no disastrous oily stains on your best work shirt.

The folded package measures just 102cm(H) x27cm(W) x 66cm(L) and weighs 14.7kg. If you take the wheels off it will even fit in a suitcase.

In bike form, the obvious advantage of the IF Mode is the big (26") wheels, which puts it in the "far more useful on the road" category of folding bikes. The specified rubber is Kenda Kwick Roller Sport (26x1.5") and there's a mechanical disc brake w/160mm rotors on each end to provide the stopping power. One caveat - there's no suspension, so don't stray too far from the urban jungle.

The Pacific Cycles' IF (Integrated Folding) Mode won a Eurobike ‘08 Award ans is he first ever folding bicycle to win an iF Product Design GOLD Award.

The iF has not yet surfaced on the US distibutors website but we did spy it here for a pre-sale price of $2579.

Check out the video demo of the iF mode in action below.

David Greig

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7 Comments

It looks like a great "Bike" but somewhat pricey.

Tandem
31st March, 2009 @ 01:34 pm PDT

David,

Thanks for the link to my order page for the IF MODE.

Since I will be the first to have the MODE in the USA, I wanted to share some additional details.

Essentially, the concept behind the MODE has been in the head of Mark Sanders (designer of the Strida folding bike) for years.

Several years after creating the Strida, Mark realized that there was a need for another type of bicycle -

a full sized road bike that also folded/unfolded instantly into a compact, wheelable package. Such a bike would have the ride & feel of a standard sized road bike but would not have to be transported on a roof rack or relegated to the bike rack outside. The bike would be more useful because the cyclist can take it wherever they go (making it far less subject to vandalism or theft as well).

Initially, the MODE was conceived with a drive belt; however, prototypes experienced some problems with belt slip. Thus Pacific Cycles came up with another solution: a fully enclosed chain drive. Since it's enclosed, neither the chain nor the rider ever get dirty; yet, the chain is serviceable if need be.

Pacific Cycles produces a variety of high performance folding bikes (including bikes for brands like Birdy). For this reason, Pacific look upon the MODE as their flagship bike. As a result, Pacific is producing the MODE in very small quantities.

A couple of the MODE bikes coming in the May shipment are still available for purchase. I am accepting orders based on a 25% deposit with the balance due when the bikes have left the port of L.A. for delivery here. The deposit is refundable if the bikes have not shipped by 1 June 2009.

Respectfully,

Larry Lagarde

RideTHISbike.com

RideTHISbike.com
31st March, 2009 @ 04:13 pm PDT

Great idea, esp for those of us who live in small apartments, and also have half a year of snow outside. Right now a little pricey for the average citizen. But myself, I would like to get me some of those folding pedals. They could be quite affordable, and would make it much less hazardous to oneself and other pedestrians while wheeling a regular non-folding bike on city sidewalks. Where can we get the pedals?

Leanne Franson
31st March, 2009 @ 08:28 pm PDT

If this is too expensive, you can buy the older Strida instead, from the same designer. Folding pedals have been an option on Stridas for years, although the current model pedals are expensive at $80. I used to own a Strida. You wouldn't want to go fast on it thanks to the small wheels, but it works for short to medium commutes and rolls easily while folded like the IF would.

Gadgeteer
3rd April, 2009 @ 08:17 pm PDT

Another gorgeous design - at a price point that will keep the demand for it low. Unfortunately.

ELV
18th May, 2009 @ 01:43 pm PDT

Pricey? Yes! Especially for a lead sled. While they don't tell you the weight in lbs, go figure that 14.7kg is a whopping, back-breaking 32.6 lbs. I can't believe they couldn't reduce the weight on this thing and get it at a manageable number that makes you really WANT the bike. Love the white or cream color. But why must the owner of the bike be a beast of burden?

1Ronald
17th April, 2012 @ 05:54 am PDT

I bought the IF MODE and within a week, the paintwork and Pacific decals started peeling off in many different areas. Of course the poor paintwork peeled off the hinge areas albeit extremely quickly but paint also peeled off in unexpected areas. I have tried to speak to Juan who is the UK representative for Pacific Cycles but he seems to always be unavailable. Very poor customer support for a very expensive product. While I am here, I will also mention the gear change is very clunky and does not seem very durable.

Also, the disk brakes are not very powerful, you can't tighten them either as this would stop the wheel going round when the bike is folded and pushed along. Quite the glaring oversight. Based on Juans lack of any help whatsoever and the very early problems I am experiencing, I would not advise buying this bike.

James Deadstone Lynch
11th July, 2013 @ 06:51 am PDT
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