by JACK on FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Before I ever rode the IF Mode, I had long been intrigued by its unique and beautiful design. The frame is constructed in large bold strokes, achieving a look that is modern and striking but via its starkness and simplicity.
When I first took the IF Mode folding bike on a test drive, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Would this folding bikeride as well as it looked? Heading out for the East River Bike path, I was immediately surprised with how comfortable theIF Mode felt to ride. (See above as I confidently outrun the cops).
I entered the east river bike path via Carl Shultz park at 86th street, where I had to go over a patch of bumpy cobblestones, but the large 26inch wheels on the If Mode handled them easily, and I was soon down on the path, cruising up north with the East river to my right.
Riding the IF Mode was smooth, easy, and also very intuitive. It is designed with a unique 2 speed heel shifter located where the pedals meet the frame. Tap the shifter with the inside of your heel and you’re in the higher gear, ready to go down a hill; a quick tap in the other direction and you’re back to the easier speed. This makes the bike incredibly easy to ride. No cables, no left and right hand shifters, everything you need is accessible via a quick tap of the heel.
Folding the IF Mode
After a nice joy ride, I returned to the shop, and learned how to fold up theIF Mode into a nice portable package. The folding mechanism on the If Modeis as brilliant as the rest of the folding bike. Release a lever at the center of the bike and it folds directly in half. The front wheel meets flush with the rear wheel, and here’s the cool part, this allows you to roll the IF Mode in front of you like a push cart. The handlebars and the pedals also fold via quick release decreasing the overall size of the bike enough to fit easily in your car, or at home in your closet.
Upgrades on the new 2013 model
Looking at the IF Mode, you’d be hard pressed to find any flaws, but every yearPacific Cycles releases a new updated model, managing to find subtle ways to make their already impressive folding bike even better. Just a few weeks ago the latest 2013 models came out, featuring some really nice new features.
The handlebars on the 2012 models folded via small push buttons, but the new 2013 models include small levers which both expedite the folding process and, more importantly, make it possible to refasten the handlebars tightly and with absolutely no give. Additionally, the new 2013 models include a protective cap which covers the shifters, protecting them from wear and tear, and a nice new set of tires.
The IF Mode fully loaded
The new features on the 2013 IF Mode add to an already impressive list of features. In addition to its tough, lightweight frame, and excellent folding mechanism, the IF Mode comes with mechanical disc brakes, not something you see too often on folding bikes that are this portable. Additionally, there are many great accessories for the IF Mode, including a kick stand, fenders, and a rear rack.
The IF Mode is one of the most beautiful and unique folding bikes that has ever come through our doors. Its design is exceptional both aesthetically and functionally, turning heads with its looks and riding smoothly and comfortably. This is not a commuter folding bike– it is not designed to be ridden by the hardcore biker looking to push their folding bike to the limit on tough long distance daily rides. Instead, the IF Mode folding bike is meant to be enjoyed as a leisure activity, ridden for joy, and appreciated for its unique and exceptional craftsmanship.