While biking over the years have crossed the threshold of hobby exercise to practical means of eco-friendly transportation, the core technology fueling this scope has almost remained the same. But time and again, there are a few innovative bike design conceptions that allude to the potential futurism of this low-emission transportation mode. So, without further ado, let us take us a gander at six such advanced bike conceptions that stretch it on the technological level.
*Please note – Most of the designs listed here are advanced bike conceptions, as opposed to commercial bikes in mass production.
1. The Trefecta DRT Bike –
Envisioned as a military grade electric bike (with pedals), the Trefecta DRT epitomizes the high quality of industrial design. Flaunting its lithe aluminum frame that is derived from aluminum blocks (7075 aluminum variety) instead of regular tubes, the slender bike does account for robust protective features (along with folding credibility). This sturdy structural ambit is further complemented on the electronic level by a a fly-by-wire computer installed on the handle bar. This special CAN-bus unit controls a range of functions, including the altering of the bike mode (from automatic gear shifting to electronic gear selection), regulating the rear-shock, showcasing the bike velocity, and acting as the data-hub for crucial info like battery life and destination distance. These are further accompanied by wireless connectivity features (both WiFi and Bluetooth) that allows the user to interact with a dedicated Trefecta app via iOS.
Coming to the electrical side of affairs, the advanced bike has a 4kW electric motor (with 184 lb-ft or 250 Nm of torque), a 14-speed Rohlof Speedhub (internal hub gear) and a SmeshGear transmission. This setup is certainly good enough for cruising speeds of 34 mph (around 50 km/hr), while also being capable of achieving top speeds of around 43 mph (70 km/hr). The complimentary 60-volt lithium-ion battery boasts a substantial range of 62 miles (around 100 km), while the entire futuristic bike can carry up to 353 lbs of load. And, in case you are wondering, users can switch to the ‘human-powered’ pedals anytime they like, thus upholding the state-of-the-art bicycle side of affairs.
2. The INgSOC Bike –
Aerodynamic, avant-garde and bolstered by a hybrid power setup – this in a nutshell defines the INgSOC, designed by the duo of Edward Kim and Benny Cemoli. As expected, the seemingly convoluted frame is crafted from carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), thus justifying an effective strength yield to weight ratio. The essence of flexibility is further complemented by the mono-direction reinforcing of the frame, which allows the optimized orientation of the individual carbon-fiber strains along the streamlined trajectory of the advanced bike (thus enhancing the aerodynamic effect).
Lastly, electricity accompanies such structural credentials, with the integrated battery powering the back-up motor, the incorporated bike lights, and a charging dock for mobile devices. And the good part is – this battery is juiced up by the direct pedaling power of the biking enthusiast mounted atop the snazzy low-emission vehicle.
3. The EBIQ Bike –
Counted among the more renowned of advanced bike conceptions, the EBIQ by Yuji Fujimura impressed the internet crowd way back in 2008, with its series of features that combined futurism with functionality. To that end, the contrivance was envisioned as a battery-supported electric bike that could also be driven by core pedaling power. The functional part comes from the solid shape of the bike with its faux-rectangular form accounting for some built-in storage space for gadgets. These stored gadgets can be charged from an integrated rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, which in turned is juiced up by the kinetic pedaling power of the cyclist.
Fujimura had also fleetingly mentioned something about a built-in screen that could be viewed along the navigational handle-bar (though the notion seems a bit far-fetched). However, on the practical side, the handles and pedals can be folded in, thus contributing to a spatially efficient bike complemented by its svelte profile.