Christened as the Babel Bike, the very first thing evident from the above pictured contraption is its roll cage. But beyond what seems to just reinforce our visual perception of safety, the bike does boast of a slew of safety features that justifies (at least on some levels) its moniker of being the “world’s safest bike”. And it would interest you to know – the Babel bike endeavor is headed by Crispin Sinclair, son of renowned inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, who was the brain behind the ‘Sinclair’ products like the 80’s home computers and latter electric bikes.
Now, traversing its brand-name pedigree, the vehicle boasts of a seat belt, steel foot protectors (one of which doubles up as with a Krytonite D-lock in the Security Pack version) and an advanced lighting system that flaunts its automated range of head and tail lights, indicators and even brake lights. But the ‘piece de resistance’ of the scope arguably pertains to the bike’s special design that allows it to pushed away on impact from a heavy vehicle, as opposed to the bike being crushed underneath the truck or car.
In terms of the drivetrain, the pedal-powered Babel Bike has a 8-speed Shimano hub transmission and hydraulic brakes. Moreover, there is an electric variant of the bike that boasts of 11-speed Shimano internal gear hub complemented by Di2 electronic shifting, along with a 250-watt Shimano STEPS motor juiced up by a 36-volt lithium-ion battery (that requires 4 hours of recharging). When translated to navigational figures, each 4-hour charge is tailored to a range of around 50 to 80 miles (80 to 129 km), and a top speed of around 20 mph (32 km/h).
Lastly, coming to the commercial side of affairs, the Babel Bike is undergoing crowdfunding over at the Indiegogo platform. In that regard, the electric variant of the vehicle will cost you £2,999 (about US$4,430), while the non-electric variant will set you back by £1,999 ($2,950). These ‘pledge’ prices are significantly lower than the planned retail prices of £3,499 and £2,499 respectively.