Planet Earth Cycles
   
Designer Team: Ryan Carroll, Michael Lin & Mark Sanders The clean and striking IF Mode is aimed at commuters of the mobile generation who, until now, may have not considered cycling or folding bikes to be an option. iF Mode avoids oily chains, complex tubes with hidden dirt traps, and the clutter of traditional bike features. Meant for city commuters rather than bicycle warriors, it looks at home folded up on a subway or in an office, like other well designed accessories in your life. It also performs on the street like any lightweight, well-balanced full size bike. The clean and striking IF Mode is aimed at commuters of the mobile generation who, until now, may have not considered cycling or folding bikes to be an option. IF Mode is a unique product that offers a new image for people who previously thought bikes were for enthusiasts only. iF Mode avoids oily chains, complex tube with hidden dirt traps and the clutter of traditional bicycle features. It can be used by city commuters who do not want to change their appearance into ‘bicycle warriors’ and may use public transport or their car for some of the journey. iF Mode looks at home folded up on a smart subway train or in an office, just like a sleek mp3 player or other well designed accessory in your life. It also performs on the street like any lightweight well balanced full size bike. IF Mode, a 26 inch folding bicycle by Pacific Cycles, of Taiwan. The IF Mode folds very tightly, achieving this compact size very swiftly, courtesy of a patented “3-dimensional 4-Bar linkage that automatically guides the wheels together.“ Although using very different technology, the IF (for Integrated Folding) Mode packs up, sans tools, with dazzling aplomb and is very impressive in that it does not require detaching the front wheel. And it comes with its own handle, so it can wheeled discretely into buildings or aboard public transport. The aluminum monocoque frame is complemented by single forks front and rear, that obviously help contribute to the very narrow profile of the folded bike. Pedals and handlebars also fold, the seat post telescopes into the down tube, and the chain is hidden away to stop greasing up dresses and pant legs. An internal rear gear hub also avoids the issues of maintenance and durability associated with a hanging derailleur. Now $2,250 is only a tenth of the ticket price of a Prius or Insight, and saving on gym subscriptions. Either way, it is pleasing to see more clever bicycle design coming onto the market. Others seem to think so too as the bike is filling up the mantle shelf with a swag of awards: 2008 Eurobike Award, iF Product Design 2009 Gold Award, and Taiwan Excellence Silver Award.
 
 
 

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 Bike Specification:
Total length:
– size S ± inch.
– size M ± inch.
– size L ± inch.
 
Height:
– ± 0 inch.
 
Width:
– Handle bar ± 0 inch. (ASS)
– Handle bar ± 62 inch. (USS)
 
Wheelbase:
– size S 22 inch.
– size M inch.
– size L inch.
 
Seat:
– Seat height: ± 0 inch.
– Seat angle: adjustable from 35° - 50°
– Back support: Lenomesh fabric
(ventilated), Aluminium frame
– Seat: Aluminium with foam padding
 
Headset:
– 0” with needle bearings
Difference between seat height –
BB height:
± 17 to 22 inch.
 
Weight:
– starting from 16,2 kg
– full equipment version 0 kg
 
Frame(parts): Aluminium