Considering the information provided I almost went ahead and purchased the 3.2. The BB flex was the only sticky issue, but seems to be a harmless effect according to the long-time Strida rider who posted above. I also enjoyed reading the UK E-bayer’s “critical” critiqe of his Strida 3. With the author’s ok I have gone ahead and posted his critique below rather than let it be lost forever by Ebay’s periodic data purges. I think his findings/opinions are a great source of info as they come from the perspective of someone looking for faults. Such content did not sway my stance on purchase of a Strida since most of the issues he raises:
- have been addressed in the 5 and certain configurations of the 3.2.
- do not bother me (i.e. looking like a dork to some people). I somewhat agree with the brake loops though. Perhaps a catch-release button would have been a better mechanism used to lock/release the hand-brakes. This might have allowed for one-handed locking/unlocking (faster) of the wheels? This is just a minor nit.
Also, I wouldn’t count the author’s experience with Strida’s customer service as a negative point towards the product. This is a common problem with “all” product vendors (at least in my experience). They advertise that they have great customer service, but the opposite is most often the case.
With further thought on the matter I have gone ahead and ordered the Strida 5 from yeahbike.com for 799 USD. I know… I said the 5 is out of my price range and it still is! However, the bike will pay for itself in one year with the money I save on gas alone (assuming that I commute everyday). Also, this will probably be the only folder that I ever purchase and I have the option of returning it (20% re-stock plus shipping) if it’s not for me so might as well be the latest/greatest model. Thanks again for responding to my post.
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It does not really Fold - it sort of splits in half (see picture [[note by Greg: there are two pictures- the first is of an unfolded Strida standing against a wall, the second picture is of same Strida now folded and standing against same wall]]) - and then is supposed to stand upright or be laid down. Laid down it represents a tripping hazard of uncomfortable proportions; standing up unless you immobilise the wheels using the brake loops on the handlebars (a design afterthought if ever I saw one). A magnet holds it all together and is not very satisfactory being either too much or not enough and the bike is either impossible to unfold or comes unfolded at the wrong time
It is not convenient to carry - much is made of the ability to roll it along - do not be fooled it is akward piece of kit to lift and carry and even roll along; especially upstairs at stations etc.
You look a right dork riding one - the rear mounted position gives you the impression that you are on a penny farthing - Viscount Linley may have had a go at looking cool but the overall reaction is one of undisguised hilarity and mirth - and they are not laughing with you.
Not suitable for London - some seven inner tubes later I would conclude that the nature of the frame and tyre configuration is such that pinch flats are a way of life with this “bike” - this particular bike is supplied with a flat back tyre (sorry sick of changing them), but comes with spare inner tube and set of tyre spanners (if you weigh more than 80kg you will need them a lot). The bike has also been fitted with a stronger rear tyre supplied by Strida who appear to tacitly acknowledge that there is an issue. The tyre is the standard tyre used on a Brompton (strange that!) - however - you still get flats. If you weigh very little, only want to cycle a short distance on flat well repaired roads you will probably get away with it.
Design Defects/Product Recalls - for a bike that is supposed to be the pinnacle of design it has had two major structural issues in 12 months of ownership: first, the ball joint at the top of the A frame cracked and had to be replaced (an engineer admitted this had been an issue, although there was no formal recall) slightly off putting when the bike collapses while riding; secondly, there was a formal product recall (see website: www.strida.co.uk ) in relation to the steering pin that apparently could work loose. I have had both these items professionally replaced and the bike has been serviced.
Trendy but broadly useless Customer Service - lots of talk about customer service and focus, but not much action; after a year of constant issues I decided enough was enough and that I had given it my best shot but that bike was either a lemon or was just a design dud; after four weeks of delays and prevarications I was tartly informed that the would give me a 35% refund and I could pay for delivery and that the bike had “no frame issues” - well not since the last product recall in any event! After a bit of haggling this went up to 65% but I would have to pay for shipping. I felt that selling on Ebay would be more fun. Interestingly I have noted on my daily commute that three Strida’s have come and gone in my 12 months of ownership and been replaced by something more suitable.
Other stuff you should know - the kevlar belt slips - this was particularly noticeable on the new bike (apprently factory tuned!) but was better after it was adjusted properly during its service; it comes with a couple of different colour mudguards (green and blue) - it also has the rubber muguard extension fitted (actually a “bribe” that came with the replacement steering pin!). It is not what you would call brilliantly clean, however it has been fully serviced. Funnily enough I will not ship it as I cannot think how to pack it and I would not waste my time so London purchasers or enthusiastic owners only please.
Specification - just over 12 months old - ridden about 5 miles a day during week; orange mud guards fitted (plus rubber extension); “performance kit” - folding handle bars and folding pedals, rear rack, new rear tyre (non-standard supplied by Strida), new steering pin, new ball joint, serviced by Velorution in London. Flat back tyre following last pinch flat - new inner tube and tyre spanner supplied for free, plus pump (so that you can check pressures every time you ride it)
Oh My Dear you mean you are actually going to bid - if after all this you still think that you want one of these then I look forward to meeting you; I will give you a free go on a Brompton just so that you will realise what a huge error you have made and that notwithstanding the supposedly bargain basement price it is, indeed very hard to drive a bargain - well for any distance without getting a flat or possibly it falling to pieces. Please ensure that you have a helmet. For blokes please note that if you come to an abrupt stop your front bits will clonk the A frame quite hard - I have watering eyes to prove this.
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