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Islabikes Icons line for >65's

Old 01-30-19, 09:00 AM
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Islabikes Icons line for >65's

Islabikes, known for their children's bicycles, have introduced a new line for over 65's called Icons: https://www.islabikes.co.uk/icons/

Joni – city bike (25lb)

Janis – road bike (21lb)

Jimi – mountain bike (22lb)

The three bikes share a wide-range 11-40t Sunrace cassette (more on their gearing), hydraulic disk brakes with adjustable reach levers, lightweight aluminum step through frames with carbon fork, twist grip shifters, and rims with a wider rim well section they claim makes it easier for hands that have lost some strength to remove tires

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Old 01-30-19, 10:26 AM
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I could worry about all my bikes becoming unrideable on my 65th birthday. But I don't think I will.

Appropriate gearing? got it already. Capability for wide tires? ditto. A way to remove tight tires? tire irons on each bike. Problem solved 20 years ago.
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Old 01-30-19, 11:17 AM
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I just don't see these being a big sales hit; but, I'm not in the bike biz so what do I know. I'll say this, those bikes will hang upside down by the wheels in the garage just as good as any other bike.
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Old 01-30-19, 02:21 PM
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I wonder how a pair of Zip 303's would look on that bike .........
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Nothing new from what I see.
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Old 01-30-19, 02:33 PM
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Across the pond..

As I see, Priced in are you a customer-importer these, getting shipped from a shop in UK ?

never heard of the brand , but they likely get their stuff badged in a big OEM factory that sells to various importers choosing their own brand names..


When in England in the late 80's , & 91, the Small regional Shops making their own frames in the back of the storefront and selling them in the front,


was still hanging on .. now that's pretty well gone, even Former companies doing that , having shifted to selling internationally familiar brands, are folding..






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Nicely produced video 'Icons'. I hope they sell a ton of bikes.
Not for me, I cycled through my life and still throw a leg over the top tube or bars.
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As I see, Priced in are you a customer-importer these, getting shipped from a shop in UK?...When in England in the late 80's , & 91, the Small regional Shops making their own frames in the back of the storefront and selling them in the front, was still hanging on .. now that's pretty well gone....
Not a customer, just interested in seeing the reaction to what appears to be a new line in adult bikes for a company previously known for their children's bikes. Re: England, I read on the Cycling UK forum that Mercian closed their shop recently the owner appearing to have decided it was a distraction from their custom framebuilding business.
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Interesting concept. Seem pretty well thought-out, but it would seem to be a niche market. Prices (in US dollars) range from $1,045 for the city bike to $1,570 for the road and "mountain" (really more of a hybrid). The city bike weighs about 25 pounds and the road bike weighs about 21.

My daughter has an Islabike. It's well-thought out for kids or small statured people. Hers was made in Vietnam. Whether the frame originated there I couldn't tell you. Fit, finish and build were excellent.
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Old 01-30-19, 07:56 PM
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Step through frames are nothing new and available at your LBS. I don't see any product differentiation here. Doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 01-31-19, 04:49 PM
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Those bikes aren't for me. I'm 74 and this is my favorite ride.

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Old 02-01-19, 07:01 PM
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For sure the twisted down tube is product differentiation! Nice ride. Hope to be riding my road bikes well into my 70's.
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Old 02-02-19, 12:08 AM
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Will they allow someone younger than 65 to purchase one?

Trying to sell bikes to older people by reminding them they're old and probably can't ride a proper bike. Yeah, that will work
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Old 02-02-19, 09:00 AM
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I'm 65 in a couple months and I couldn't ride that mtb where I go on this. https://khsbicycles.com/bikes/2018-k...-6600-plus-18/
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The Janis "road bike" is "super lightweight" at "just 9.44 kg"....marketing BS. Sorry, my proper road bike is ~6 kg.
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Old 02-02-19, 12:24 PM
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I don't see anything that would make it appeal to '65-plus' riders. Looks like a run-of-the-mill flat bar bike with pretty pedestrian components including 8-speed cassette and lots of no-name parts.
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