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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BigRep’s airless 3D- printed tires will make you ‘dump the pump’

It’s been too long that we’ve stared at these marvelous, promising airless 3D printed tires but with no clear timeline of when they’ll actually make their real-world debut. Channeling that frustration into something productive, BigRep designed a 3D printed airless tire of their own that they then went on to print on their own using their PRO FLEX Filament, a TPU based industrial-grade filament. Flexible enough to easily bend and fit onto your regular tire hub, and durable enough to handle roads with relative ease, the airless tire comes with a honeycomb-style construction that gives it its springiness and shape-memory, and is more of BigRep’s experiment of putting their PRO FLEX filament to the test. The PRO FLEX Filament can be used with the BigRep One industrial 3D-printer and it boasts “high-temperature resistance, low-temperature impact resistance” and durability “with excellent damping behavior and dynamic properties.”

While BigRep doesn’t plan on mass manufacturing tires yet, the printers and the filament are up for purchase, allowing you to experiment on your own designs and even test out treads that allow the 3D printed tires to work on wet roads or terrains. Unlike Bridgestone’s airless tire that is an entire wheel in itself, BigRep’s tires can be retrofitted on any bike by ditching the current tire tube, and can more importantly, be customized to the max!

Designer: BigRep

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BigRep’s airless 3D- printed tires will make you ‘dump the pump’

It’s been too long that we’ve stared at these marvelous, promising airless 3D printed tires but with no clear timeline of when they’ll actually make their real-world debut. Channeling that frustration into something productive, BigRep designed a 3D printed airless tire of their own that they then went on to print on their own using their PRO FLEX Filament, a TPU based industrial-grade filament. Flexible enough to easily bend and fit onto your regular tire hub, and durable enough to handle roads with relative ease, the airless tire comes with a honeycomb-style construction that gives it its springiness and shape-memory, and is more of BigRep’s experiment of putting their PRO FLEX filament to the test. The PRO FLEX Filament can be used with the BigRep One industrial 3D-printer and it boasts “high-temperature resistance, low-temperature impact resistance” and durability “with excellent damping behavior and dynamic properties.”

While BigRep doesn’t plan on mass manufacturing tires yet, the printers and the filament are up for purchase, allowing you to experiment on your own designs and even test out treads that allow the 3D printed tires to work on wet roads or terrains. Unlike Bridgestone’s airless tire that is an entire wheel in itself, BigRep’s tires can be retrofitted on any bike by ditching the current tire tube, and can more importantly, be customized to the max!

Designer: BigRep

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Lumos bike helmet adds Apple Watch gestures to control turn signals

It's been almost three years since we first came across the Lumos smart cycling helmet, which got our attention with its cunning automatic brake lights and wirelessly-controlled turn signal indicators. The helmet has since been shipping as of late 20...

The car of the future is a bike.

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Introducing, ROD – a bicycle inspired by street cars that aims to replace them! The designers behind this urban bike took notice that automotive designs often have their own brand identity while those in the two-wheeled category often fall in line with the same essential mechanics, shapes and forms.

This all new design sports a characteristic frame that gives the brand a signature look all its own. The hand-built frame eliminates the seat tube. This interesting twist saves weight while giving the bike a sleeker look. The tube is also unnecessary because the design utilizes a monoplate drivetrain with 8 speeds. Other features like chain or carbon belt drive selection, custom suspension adjustment and bespoke color options also give it unparalleled customization options for each user’s desired functionality and aesthetic.

Designer: ROD

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