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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on Strida. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
18 reasons to buy
- The Strida was quick and easy to fold and unfold for both owners and experts.
- Some owners found that the Strida supported a good riding posture.
- The disc brakes only received compliments.
- This triangular bike was deemed to be ‘elegantly designed’ and bore no protruding cables.
- Some owners considered it to be light.
- The Strida is very portable and easy to ‘trolley’ by pushing with one wheel, while folded.
- This portability contributed to security, as it was easy to take up stairs and in elevators.
- It takes up little floor space when folded and standing upright, due to it’s slim profile.
- The belt-drive is liked for being clean, quiet and greaseless. For one owner, it needed no replacement after four years.
- Many users found it to be a simple, low-maintenance machine.
- A one-legged front fork made it easy to change flat tires.
- A number of reviewers described the bike as being good value for it’s high-quality.
- The wheels are considered a good size that compromises between rideability and portability.
- Experts concluded that the Strida was ideal for intermodal commutes, usually involving public transport.
- A number of riders remarked upon this bike’s manoeuvrability.
- Durability was a drawcard of the Strida.
- Good acceleration was reported by experts, due to the Strida’s direct pedaling power.
- Numerous Strida owners found the ride comfortable.
16 reasons not to buy
- One expert reported that single-speed models were limited to 12mph at 56 gear-inches. (This problem is surpassed by the 3-speed EVO model).
- Some felt that componentry was poor on lower-end models
- Steering is unusual due to the pivot between the saddle and handlebars. Some ride-reports mentioned that steering on the Strida was twitchy at speed.
- It wasn’t uncommon to hear that the Strida was priced too dearly.
- A high center of gravity felt unstable to some riders and made it impossible to stand up on the pedals to tackle hills.
- Apparently it is impossible to ride the Strida with one or no hands.
- The optional rack only has an 11lb capacity and does not come equipped with straps, that are required to hold luggage.
- It folds long, rather than super-small.
- Some folk described it as being heavier to carry than other folding bikes.
- Instructions came across as inadequate to some owners.
- The saddle was described as counter-intuitive, with no quick-release. When adjusted all the way back, the rider overbalanced past the rear wheel.
- Some components were coined ‘plastic and cheap’, particularly on lower-end models.
- The Freewheel required one or more replacements for some owners.
- Transference of road vibration was direct, due to the seat being directly attached to the aluminum frame.
- The cable-free shifting system is eccentric and not intuitive to some owners, employing a kick-back system.
- More than one rider felt that the Strida was unsuitable over long distances.
Expert Reviews70/100 based on 5 expert reviews
Strida 3 Stick Folder Review
A great British design. Add a gear or two and there’s the ultimate ‘quick stick folder’!
Fahrräder im Vergleich: Faltspass (Bicycles in Comparison: Folding Fun)
Perfect for city people – in hill-free cities.
Fahrräder im Vergleich: Das klappt! (Bicycles in comparison: That works!)
The concept of belt drive, single-arm wheel-guidance and disc brakes is special. Steering is difficult due to the pivot between the saddle and handlebars.
„Spezial Liege und Falträder“ (Recumbent and Folding Bikes)
…the extreme sitting position limits the Strida to very short distances. But on show it is a star.