You might remember when I tested a Strida 5.0 late last year. I liked the bike, but at 6’ 2”, I felt like I was a bit tall for it. That is why I was happy to recently hear about the XT Strida models, which will be shown at Interbike next week. The XT models are basically bigger versions of the 5.0 design- they feature 18” wheels and a larger frame for taller riders. There are other new Strida models that will be shown next week as well, the MAS special edition (pictured here) and the Sport Duo (download a catalog with the new models here). Both of those new models will feature a Schlumpf 2 speed drive, a Swiss engineered drive system that allows the rider to shift between high and low gears with a tap of the heel.
The top of the line Strida will be the MAS (Mark A. Sanders) Special Signature Edition. In addition to the Schlumpf drive, that model will feature a custom black anodized finish on frame and parts, an ergonomic racing saddle, and alloy cranks, chain ring, and pedals. Mark, the designer of the Strida, will be at Interbike this year splitting his time between the StridaUS booth (245) and the Pacific-Cycles booth (140), both of which are on the LH wall of the plan. Mark welcomes any readers of this blog who are at the show to drop by and say hi. As he said in his message, “I love to talk bikes, blue oceans, design, and engineering … all suggestions / comments / critiques on the products absolutely welcome.”
Cyclelicious also mentioned the new Strida models. Check out Fritz’s post for more info about the bikes. While you at Cyclelicious, take a look at the SIR light, which functions as a tail light but also illuminates the cyclist’s legs to identify the rider as a bicyclist. I think it is a pretty interesting concept.
Finally, I will point out that CLIX Systems, a company that I have mentioned before, is having a “fastest wheel swap competition” at Interbike. Stop by their booth (4409) the first two days of the show for your shot at the $500 prize.
OK, I really need to get ready to go. The next post will be from the road (I mean it this time).