As promised below is a report on the SLO!
Unfortunately the bike hasn’t done much since I last posted! Just before Christmas, I broke a couple of spokes on the back wheel. When you look closely at the rear hub (on my copy anyway) you can see it is a real cheap and nasty part. Basically the sharp edges on the hub were effectively chopping off the spoke heads. This combined with my weight (92 Kg’s) was knackering the wheel.
I looked on Strida’s website and they quoted £35 for a complete rear wheel (excluding tyre, tube, freewheel & brake disc). I thought this was an excellent price until the P&P went on - Strida wanted an additional £25quid.
I decided this was a bit steep and went to Reeds Garage (a bike shop in Kent who are an authorised Strida dealer). They were very helpful and said they could get a wheel for £35 and they would post it at cost (£5). The wheel arrive last Tuesday. IF YOU NEED STRIDA PARTS - USE THEM THEY WERE EXCELLENT. The phone number is on the store locator bit of the Strida site
I fitted it today, nice easy job apart from one of the bearings off the old wheel stayed firmly attached to the axle… I think it may of got some of the loctite that holds the axle into the frame tube. Anyway, I carefully made 4 cuts in it with a dremel (after removing most of the bearing race) and finally broke it off with my mole wrench. After that, the bike was back together in 10 mins!
Whilst I was doing this it gave me time to assess how mechanically sound the SLO is. The axle is not sub quality. It must be tempered steel as I gave it a bit of hammer to get the bearing off and there wasn’t a mark on it after. The fact that the bearing had become loctited on shows that the SLO assemblers use Loctite! Interestingly, the bearings on the fake wheel where identical to Strida’s, same make, same everything.
Although this episode is disappointing to report and I’ve had to stump up 40 quid to sort the problem, I am still hopeful the SLO will prove a wise investment. I must admit that I cannot understand how a replacement rear wheel (from Strida) can be so reasonable and a bike from Strida is so expensive…
If I’m feeling flush, I might do the front wheel to… although this doesn’t get the hammer that the rear gets.
Anyway, I’ll be glad to get back on it on Monday - the 20 minute walk to work was really starting to hack me off! I’ll report again end of Feb!