Cykno retro-styled e-bike caters to well-heeled cyclists
April 23, 2013
During this year’s Milan Design Week, Cykno unveiled its handsome eponymous electric bicycle. The product of a collaboration between Italian advertising mainstays Gianpietro Vigorelli and Riccardo Lorenzini, Cykno aims to stand out in the increasingly crowded e-bike market by offering retro looks and a significant degree of luxury.
In contrast to the Stromer ST1, Cykno is very much a niche item aimed toward the well-heeled cyclist who has the ability to purchase luxury goods. This is reflected in the use of expensive finishing touches, like a seat and handlebar grip manufactured from several leathers of the finest quality.
Cykno isn’t all style and no substance however, as the e-bike was developed by motorbike engineer Bruno Greppi and designer Luca Scopel with at least a degree of practicality in mind. Carbon fiber was employed in the manufacture of Cykno's 26-inch radial spoke wheels, forks, and monocoque frame. It weighs in at a total of 26 kg (57 pounds).
Delving deeper into Cykno's specifications, a centrally-mounted 250 or 500 watt electric motor is housed within a carbon fiber cradle (hidden from view by leather), and powered by a lithium polymer battery pack which provides 360 Wh (watt-hours).
The battery charger and cable are stored onboard, and following a charge time of four hours, Cykno will be able to offer a cyclist 60 kilometers (37 miles) of pedal-assisted riding. Stainless steel brake discs are employed for stopping.
Cykno is manufactured in Italy, and available for purchase now in either black or brown, with a build time of a few weeks. Customers are given the opportunity to customize the leather upholstery, fine materials and accessories to taste.
Though Cykno didn’t wish to go on record with a definite price when asked, interested parties can make inquires via the source link below.