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Cylo – the ultimate urban bicycle?

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April 27, 2014

The creators of Cylo see it as the ultimate urban bicycle, as it brings together a range o...

The creators of Cylo see it as the ultimate urban bicycle, as it brings together a range of different innovations

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Cylo is a brand of urban bicycle that's completely new to the market, and its creators are so confident they've brought together the right mix of ingredients that they're claiming Cylo is the "ultimate urban bicycle."

Cylo is the brainchild of two brothers who grew up in France but who now reside in Portland, Oregon. This explains the origin of the name, Cylo paying tribute to the English word "bicycle" and the French word "velo." None of the innovations sported by the Cylo range are particularly new or unique, but bringing them together into individual machines is where Cylo aims to prove its worth.

The Cylo bicycles feature an aluminum frame, chosen for its strength-to-weight ratio, and a carbon belt chain, which promises performance and reliability. They also feature front and rear LED lights built into the frames, which provide 205 lumens of illumination. There is also a brake light, triggered by an accelerometer, that's designed to prevent Cylo users being hit from behind. The lights are powered by a dynamo, meaning the more you ride the more they shine. They also keep operating for five minutes after you stop pedaling.

Cylo features front and rear LED lights powered by a dynamo

Three models of Cylo are being made, with prices ranging from US$1850 to $3150. The entry-level model will be single-speed, while the high-end model will have an 11-speed gearing system. There are other differences between the models but all feature aluminum frames and carbon belt chains. The model pictured is the Cylo One, which currently has a price tag of $2199.

Cylo is currently in pre-production, with the parts and manufacturing still being finalized. The first batch of 50 bicycles is due to go on sale in the coming months, with interested parties currently being asked to add their name to the waiting list. This initial batch will only be sold in the US, with no word yet on shipping internationally. Future innovations being eyed include a front-mounting rack, and an e-bike version.

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13 Comments

Calling it "Ultimate" is a rather bold statement and while I think it's a nice package apart from the silly frame there isn't really anything unique.

Going with a non-diamond type frame is actually silly as anything requires more material to archive the same rigidity, so there needs to be a purpose to do so and looks it not a reason since with bikes the purity lies in function over form. The Cylo could have been lighter had they not tried to be clever.

I think one can find a better bike for a lot less money if going with one of those classic bike makers like Kildemose or if original looks is top of the list the Biomega could be a good choice.

BZD
27th April, 2014 @ 11:52 pm PDT

Hmm, the frame makes it look like the first bike in an urban bike-rack that's going to attract the attention of a thief/vandal. The simple drive-train, braking, and what appears to be a very neat rear rack mount (why wasn't that shown? perhaps it's just not cool enough) are a definite plus for the average city cyclist but it's ultimately a style bike. I wonder why not have the brake lights linked to the brakes and not an accelerometer?

TheSplund
28th April, 2014 @ 01:03 am PDT

A "carbon belt chain"? A bit of an oxymoron there. That's a Gates belt which clearly doesn't have links.

A sensible looking bike (though I'm not convinced by the frame either) but nothing particularly new there.

MikeF
28th April, 2014 @ 06:41 am PDT

this isn;t

a. solving a new problem or

b. solving an old problem a better way

plus it is expensive!!

wle

Larry English
28th April, 2014 @ 08:21 am PDT

This pales in comparison to a Brompton, for urban use.

Seriously.

William Volk
28th April, 2014 @ 09:30 am PDT

looks like a photoshop special to me! where are all those messy stays that, for instance, keep the rear fender from rolling up on itself and causing a crash, and the weight bearing member for the rack.

that said, the projected price makes the bike unobtanium for most. a very functional and light fixed gear bike can be put together for next to nothing by a clever scrounger, or bought for $500-1k. so one is paying here for posing. well, maybe that is the business plan. count me out.

cottlecreek
28th April, 2014 @ 12:17 pm PDT

The "ultimate" expression of poorly researched mediocre design exercise perhaps?

sk8dad
28th April, 2014 @ 01:12 pm PDT

Novara Arkham Bike - 2014 from REI (first bike that came up in google)

$849.00

aluminum frame

gates belt

3 speed rear

disc brakes

fenders

rear rack

leather seat

and the $1000+ you save can buy youself a nifty light, clothing and electric motor if you want ....and possibly a cheap trailer?..

So the cylo is the ultimate money pit?

telocity
28th April, 2014 @ 02:55 pm PDT

Looks like the ultimate experience in simulating the feeling of repeatedly being kneed in the crotch while crawling.

The "ultimate" city/cruiser bike should allow an upright riding posture for maximum visibility, both by *and of* the rider.

Upright also equals maximum comfort. No crick in the neck from having to have your head constantly tipped back. No crack in the back from leaning forward while your vertebrae attempt to emulate a stack of checkers that's been knocked over. No kick in the crotch from a seat that's "supporting" your anatomy via body parts no meant to be used for holding oneself up against the force of gravity.

Low seat that supports under the gluteus maximus, upright posture, tall, leaned back handlebars. That's the ultimate city/cruiser bike!

So far all I've seen on Gizmag's bicycle articles are torture devices that force the rider into an uncomfortable racing posture and might contribute to reproductive problems.

Galane
28th April, 2014 @ 09:08 pm PDT

I'm sorry but, was that it? Aluminum frame, brakee light led lights and a carbon belt are the "right combination" ?!?!?

This combination isn't unique and the ridiculous hipster frame make this overpriced bit of silliness well, ridiculous.

I predict total failure...

Joseph Boe
29th April, 2014 @ 10:22 am PDT

So where is the integral bike lock for each wheel to stop it being ridden away, or a separate lock built into the frame, forks and stays that link up so you can secure it in the urban environment without carrying around bulky gold standard locks.

What about a bike tracker sensor in built, that syncs with your phone and can log / transmit your journey information, to replace a bike computer. Also acting as a lo-jack alert should your bike be stolen.

Notcha
30th April, 2014 @ 03:56 am PDT

This thing is total vaporware! Nice CAD & photoshop work, but all those "product shots" are obviously fake. Love how the fenders aren't even attached to the bike! It will be interesting to see how an actual prototype rides with all those features. The frame design is going to need some serious reinforcement to keep it from being super flexible.

Willll
2nd May, 2014 @ 07:06 am PDT

How about cheap and self-destruct charge for when you find that it has been stolen.

Slowburn
2nd May, 2014 @ 09:28 pm PDT
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