Monday, December 16, 2013

designboom Top 10 bike designs of 2013

TOP 10 bike designs of 2013dec 13, 2013
TOP 10 bike designs of 2013

bikes have drastically changed the way we navigate and pedal 
our way through cities, facilitating how we get from A to B. we’ve
come a long way since the draisine was invented in the early 19th century,
and 2013 continued to prove what the powerful future of two-wheeled
transportation might look like. from transparent bike frames to electric
velocipedes, designboom brings you a survey of the top 10 bike designs of 2013.

image © nordnord courtesy ding 3000

created in collaboration with BASF, german design studio DING3000 
has developed ‘concept 1865′, an e-velocipede. drawing reference from 
1865  – the year when BASF was founded and when karl drais’ wooden
‘dandy horse’ was introduced to the public – the project sees the
19th century bicycle re-imagined as a modern e-bike using a selection of advanced materials.

image © BSG

created by french designers thierry boltz and claude saos of BSG bikes,
the ‘WOOD.b’ is conceived as a high-quality urban bike, influenced by a
passion for cycling. the concept incorporates the use of a unique frame
system: it draws functional elements from traditional bike parts, but
delivers a refined metal and layered wood veneer package.

image courtesy velonia bikes

the ‘viks‘ urban fixed gear commuter bike is made entirely from stainless 
steel tubes, featuring two identically shaped cylindrical frames  to form its body.
developed by estonian engineer indrek narusk and owner of velonia bicycles,
the design of ‘viks’ draws styling cues from cafe racer-style motorcycles and
classic streamlined aesthetics.

image courtesy designaffairs studio

using new materials and manufacturing techniques, german 
designaffairs studio has envisioned the future of bicycle frame 
engineering and production with ‘the clarity bike’. by using ‘trivex’ –
an alternative to polycarbonate – the advanced polymer combines
high impact resistance with flexible and lightweight technologies
that can be found in traditional italian steel frames.

image courtesy philippe starck

philippe starck in collaboration with french car brand peugeot 
has developed a bike for the city of bordeaux, france’s bike 
sharing program. considered a cross between a bicycle and a scooter,
the design is set to promote and continue encouraging citizens to
chose this mode of transportation within the city, which has seen the
number of cyclists triple in the last 15 years following the
implementation of a initiatives such as limited car traffic and developing the tramway.

image courtesy žarko bubalo

influenced by shipbuilding and aircraft design, serbian designer 
žarko bubalo has made two models of wooden bicycles ‘perfect day’ 
and ‘imagine’. the combination of the natural wood with reinforced
glass fiber and epoxy produces a smooth riding experience with a
high-level of vibration absorption.

image © steve gallagher

bike manufacturer specialized have collaborated with formula one 
team mclaren to preview the sequel to ‘venge’, the UCI-legal 
(union cycliste internationale) road bike. requiring a new formula for
light weight, stiffness, and aerodynamics, both teams applied their
extensive knowledge to materials technology, and manufacturing
methods normally reserved for different kinds of racing applications to
create a bicycle with unparalleled speed.

image courtesy bikeID

created exclusively for the museum of modern art’s design store 
in new york city, the ‘svart bike’ is a fully stripped down bicycle f
eaturing an automatic two-speed gear system built directly into the
rear axle, eliminating the need for cables and levers.

image courtesy samuel bernier

designers samuel bernier and andreas bhends have conceived 
‘draisienne’, the chair-cum-bicycle developed using a series of
IKEA hacks with bespoke 3D printed parts and instructions. using
modified components from the frosta stool, a fully functioning bike is born.

image © vanmoof

designed as the world’s first intelligent commuter bike, the 
‘VANMOOF 10′ electrified takes feedback from advances in the car 
industry and combines features such as GPS tracking and smart 
power control. built with an anodized aluminum frame the VANMOOF
10 integrates a lightweight 209Wh battery into a sleek, minimal package,
giving the bike range capabilities of 30km to 60km.

to see more bike designs from 2013, see here.

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