The Bosch Kiox adds an instant dashboard to your bicycle

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You may know Bosch from its power tools, but that isn’t all the company is famous for. A pioneer of engineering and electronics, Bosch makes its share of ground-breaking products… or in this case, road-blazing ones too. The Kiox is an onboard computer for your e-bike that lets you visualize data such as your speed, cadence, distance, battery level, and even access more niche features like indicating when your bike needs servicing, as well as rider’s health stats like heart rate, etc.

Kiox’s main device sits right between your handlebars, while its control (a separate unit) can be mounted near your left or right hand for ease-of-use. A 1.9-inch screen comes with vivid colors that can display data in all weather and daytime conditions, and it even comes with a GorillaGlass cover to protect it from scratches, bumps, or even grit that may get on it as you cycle through demanding conditions. The Kiox pairs with heart-rate monitors too, using Bluetooth to pull heart-rate data from the monitor and display it on the screen, allowing you to measure your stats as well as performance as you go. Clearly made for a bicycling power-user, I guess you could call the Kiox a different sort of ‘power tool’!

Designer: Bosch

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VanMoof’s Electrified S2 is a seriously smart commuter bike

VanMoof is almost ready to ship its next generation of electric bicycles. The Electrified S2 and X2 are vast improvements over their predecessors, with bigger batteries, nippier motors and smarter locking mechanisms. If you live in a city and fancy c...

Design Without End

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If you’re wondering where this bicycle starts and stops, you’re not alone! It’s been intentionally designed as one perpetual piece, earning it the namesake “Continuous Loop Bicycle.” The never-ending loop that makes up its frame breaks from traditional style and manufacturing, utilizing 3D printing technology to achieve its unusual yet useful shape. As much a fashion statement as it is functional mode of transportation, this artistic fixie is sure to be a head-turner on your morning commute!

Designer: Steve Jenkins

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Uni Micro Electric Folding Bike: Small, But Packed with Features

Most electric bikes are lacking in features, except of course for the most obvious one, that being that it’s an electric bike. Well, have a look at the Uni Micro Electric Folding Bike. It has a retro vibe, but with some cleaner, modern lines. Unlike other folding bikes, this one has a single tubular frame rather than a frame that folds in half. Instead, only its handlebars fold down, which still mean it’s pretty compact.

It does pack in a lot of bells and whistles though. It has an integrated smartphone holder, USB port, LCD readout, front and rear LED lights in the frame, cargo rack with wheels for vertical parking, rear wheel lock with Bluetooth-enabled and GPS tracking and alarm, and a bottle holder to round it all out. Not bad for a bike this small.

It can be outfitted with a hand throttle, or pedal-assist functionality, and its top speed can be between 15 to 25 mph, with an estimated range of 31 to 43 miles from the 36V, 10.6 Ah lithium-ion battery in the frame. Not bad at all for a small mini bicycle.

This bike is expected to hit Indiegogo soon for $799 for early birds. You can get notified when it goes live.

[via Mike Shouts]

Everything you want from a car… in a folding bicycle

Gathering almost every known award for its innovative design, the Mando Footloose has two Red Dots under its belt, an iF Design Award, and even a Good Design Award. Described best using the word ‘elegant’, the Footloose is one of those rare products that stand at the intersection of magnificent design and remarkable technology.

An elegantly folding electric bike, the Footloose occupies negligible amounts of space when folded. Its wheels align together, while its otherwise chunky frame folds inwards, occupying a mere 20-30% of the space it did when open. Designed with a chainless system, the Footloose packs a cutting-edge series hybrid system within its broad-yet-hollow aluminum frame. All components such as the ECU, battery, alternator, and motor all hide from sight inside the bicycle’s frame, giving you a sense of a transportation medium that looks complete and refined, just like a car does, by hiding all functional components from the human eye. It also features an intelligent gear-shifting system that can actuate on its own, relying on AI to figure out when to kick in. Additionally, the Footloose also comes with an HMI dashboard that gives you stats like your speed, distance traveled, and battery level, while even working as an anti-theft device and alarm for the Footloose.

Weighing in at 20 kilograms (44 pounds), the Footloose makes an ideal case for traveling within the city (with its 35-45km range being perfect for covering short A-to-B distances). Besides, the fact that it folds up into such a neat little bundle means you can fold it up and wheel it around on the subway or even stash it in the boot of your car for those pesky last mile commutes!

Designer: Mark Sanders

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A bicycle with a chain-less, unchained experience

The word “unchained” fits here both literally and metaphorically. CeramicSpeed’s new drivetrain removes the ubiquitous chain that’s synonymous with two-wheelers for a drivetrain that’s mess-free, low on friction, and amazing looking. A rotating shaft replaces the need for a greasy chain, and it works spectacularly well, say the people at CeramicSpeed, reducing friction by as much as 49%.

Where chains usually wrap around toothed gears, pulling individually at each tooth, causing sliding friction at each point, the ‘Driven’ chainless drivetrain has just two points of contact, where the pedals interface with the rotating shaft, and where the shaft transfers the rotation to the rear wheel. At these points, CeramicSpeed introduces ceramic ball bearings on the shaft, causing less friction as the bearings push against the teeth of the gears and rotate too, resulting in an extremely smooth movement. With a shaft made from carbon fiber, the mechanism is incredibly lightweight, hardy, and is also capable of working at different speeds (for instance the images below show a whopping 13-speed arrangement). Still in its prototype stages, the Driven remarkably achieves 99% efficiency and is poised to radically change bicycling as we know it!

Designers: CeramicSpeed & University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Dept.

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A Handmade (by Robots) Bike

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Taking a lesson from the automotive industry on automation, Mokumono partnered up with 3D Hubs to robotically build the bada$$ bike you see here. Unlike other bikes that are usually manufactured with hundreds of parts and days of manual work before being shipped across the world, this new production method simplifies things. It makes it possible for the build to occur anywhere facilities permit and cuts back on labor costs while saving on the fossil fuels burned to transport units overseas.

Unlike traditional bike’s steel or aluminum tubing that takes hours of hand-welding and meticulous oversight, the Mokumono uses two sheets of 7000-grade aluminum pressed into form and laser welded together. Using just two formed halves joined around a head tube, seat tube/bottom bracket and drop-outs, the welding is simplified and streamlined for automated production. The result is faster and requires less work. Better yet, the number of components is reduced so it’s stronger and there’s less to break! While it might not have the bespoke feel of other handmade cycles, the fact that it’s robot-built does give one a sense of relief you can’t find elsewhere.

Designers: Bob Schiller & Tom Schiller of Mokumono

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The Frame

Unlike anything else. The aluminum frame is stiff in the areas where it matters. To allow for a comfortable ride, we designed the frame with floating rear stays and added a carbon fiber front fork. Making sure that our strong and lightweight frame offers a smooth ride.

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Carbon Belt Drive

The Gates CDX Carbon Belt Drive System is designed to be a stronger, quieter alternative to the traditional bike chain. The durable carbon-fiber belt is grease-free and requires little to no maintenance. It won’t leave any marks on your pants and you’ll never have to pull over to fix a dropped chain.

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Cambium C15 Saddle

The Brooks Cambium C15 saddle is made from vulcanized natural rubber and an organic cotton top that offers extraordinary comfort and exceptional freedom of movement. The hard-wearing top, die-cast aluminum structure, and tubular steel rails allow the Cambium to stand up to many years of hard use. Furthermore, a distinct dampening effect is delivered by the classic Brooks “hammock” construction, reducing road vibrations and keeping the rider comfortably in the saddle.

A sleek and secure storage space for your bicycle!

It’s true that we have garages for our cars and motorbikes, but somehow, all the bicycle got was a bicycle rack. There are objects to tether your bicycle to, but not a dedicated space to store your bicycle in, to protect it not only from theft, but also from the elements.

This revelation led to Eric G. Pearson to create the Alpen, a compact, secure cocoon of sorts for your bicycle. With a hood that slides open and closed quite majestically, you can easily store one bicycle within the Alpen, and given its small framework and pleasantly sleek design, the Aspen itself can be placed (and even displayed) indoors or even outdoors.

Built from virtually indestructible roto-molded polyethylene and equipped with an integrated locking mechanism, the Alpen is a custom home for your bicycle, made to protect your ride from sun, rain, sleet, rust, and obviously, theft too. The Alpen can be secured to a floor, wall, pillar, or even the back of your truck, letting you carry your bike along with its own home wherever you go.

No more storing your bike in the living room, leaving tire marks on the floor, or hanging it on your wall, making it the focal point of all your decor, or simply dumping it in your garage beside your car or motorbike. The Alpen gives your beloved bike its dedicated storage/parking space, because it’s high time the bicycle got its own garage!

Designer: Eric G. Pearson (Alpen Storage)

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Belt Meets Bike Security

If you’ve ever used a u-lock to secure your bike, you know just how cumbersome it can be to carry or dangle across your handlebars while you’re riding. Designed for both security and comfort, the Litelok Gold Wearable makes it easy to carry by wrapping around your body. Simply snap it around your waist (without locking) and it will stay out of the way while you ride. When it’s time to secure, just loop your bike around any pole or other object. Litelok’s patented, flexible yet strong Boaflexicore material, which is a high-tensile metal & polymer composite, will keep your beloved bike safe and secure until you’re ready to wear it again. DO want!

Designer: Neil Barron

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The last-mile made easy!

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Just like its straightforward name suggests, the Urban Bicycle aims to provide city dwellers with a compact, easy-to-use and efficient way of zipping around town. Composed of aluminum and fit with a belt drive, its featherlight frame is ideal for carrying between commutes.

Designed with working professionals in mind, the entire belt drive system is neatly contained within the body, there is no risk of getting a suit or dress dirty while carrying. Its unique loop handlebar also doubles as a locking system, eliminating the need for peripheral locks that are cumbersome to carry. Users must simply hit the release and wrap the loop around a post or bike rack and snap back in to place. If you’d rather store it in your office or home, its folded form only takes up a small footprint no larger than a standing person!

Designer: Zheren Zheng

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