With Eurobike, the world’s most significant bicycle trade show, almost upon us we’ve delved into the history of concept bikes to bring you six that we’re still waiting to be put into production…or maybe they never will?
Seen any other good examples? Let us know in the comments section below…
Chris Boardman’s Intelligent Bike Concept
Almost 10 years ago, British Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman unveiled the Intelligent Bike Concept as his vision for the future.
As well as the now standard carbon frame, the bike featured a built in computer system and a fingerprint activated locking mechanism. Puncture proof, self inflating tyres also featured on the spokeless wheels.
Concept 1865 electric penny farthing
Wow, this one’s got all the niche! Product Design studio Ding3000 collaborated with chemical company BASF to create this one-of-a-kind reboot of the penny farthing.
An electric motor, integrated LED lighting and puncture proof Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane complete the look.
Produced entirely in-house at their Swiss headquarters, BMC’s Impec Concept bike uses a full carbon frame complete with one-legged fork, an enclosed drivetrain, cooling air intake at the back for the rear disc brake and an integrated computer water bottle.
Specialized’s Robert Egger threw all the UCI rules out of the window when producing this high-tech speed machine.
With a built-in motor hidden in the bottom bracket shell, oversized (33.3in) rear wheel and moto fairing and windscreen this futuristic machine could be a commuter’s dream!
Grasshopper folding bike
There’s nothing new about a folding bike, but David Gonçalves’ Grasshopper is a folder with a difference.
As well as being a standard bicycle it also transforms into a stationary exercise bike. It’s capable of generating and storing kinetic energy – perfect for recharging the built-in battery.
Designed by car manufacturer Lexus, the NXB features a carbon frame, carbon wheels and a special edition inverted fork.
Lexus say that it’s a perfect weekday commuting machine designed to take on the rigours of the trails too…