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Watch: Guy Builds IKEA’s New Chain-Less Bicycle In ‘Worst Hour Of His Life’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 16 Mar 2017
“It has instructions that should be incredibly simple…and for some reason [IKEA] ends up making you feel stupider than when you first started.”
Earlier this year, IKEA debuted its new chain-less bicycle, the ‘SLADDA’, in the US. It’s touted to be a low-cost, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance cargo bike, designed especially for city dwellers.
As with many of IKEA’s products, the US$500 ‘SLADDA’ comes with a wordless instruction manual that cruelly teases you with its specific yet vague content.
Co. Design senior writer Mark Wilson was recently challenged to assemble the two-wheeler, an experience he amusingly describes as the “worst hour of his life”.
Wilson penned on Co.Design:
“You’ll scratch your head wondering how to accomplish step four, only to see it’s explained in step five. You’ll swear, a lot. And you’ll walk away with the imprint of a hex key temporarily branded into your hand.”
While the bicycle comes largely preassembled–rear wheels, gears, brakes, and belt drive come in place–the remaining loose components pay homage to IKEA’s notorious self-assembly process.
Watch the video below.
Thankfully, IKEA recently announced that it would be redesigning its entire furniture range to snap together in minutes without tools.
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