Review: Areaware iF-Mode Bicycle

This eye candy is a whopping 32 pounds! And that’s not our only beef.

Despite the BMX vibe, the iF-Mode is actually a dual-speed, not single-speed. Not a huge help on mega-hills, but appreciated. Ingeniously, the shifter is integrated into the bottom bracket, requiring you to heel-kick either the left or right side to change gears. It’s a unique design, but not easy to master. Even after a week, we found it a tad difficult to hit the sweet spot without looking which, of course, takes your eyes off the road. We can’t speak for Jobs, but we’ll go out on a limb and say running the bike into a parked car while shifting gears qualifies as one demerit on the ol’ “how it works” scorecard.

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