MC2 wants to be 8 bikes in 1
Well, another day, and another oddball transforming bicycle from Eurobike 2014. Yesterday, we took a look at the telescoping lever-drive Hank from Korea’s Bygen. Today, it’s the MC2 from Singapore-based IDSG Engineering and Trading. Designed by IDSG’s Jing Che and Quoc Bao Dang, its hinged frame allows it to be set into eight different configurations.
In most of the supplied photos, the MC2 is in its penny farthing/child’s tricycle-like Cruiser mode. Although the pedals-on-the-front-wheel setup may bring fixed-gear bikes to mind, the wheel hub actually features a planetary gear system ... along with two brake rotors.
As you can see in the early renderings below, though, it can also be set into seven other modes, some of which require a different seat to be swapped in. The Sport and Speed modes look particularly ... intimidating.
Some of the MC2’s other features include a parallelogram-style suspension seatpost, and a handlebar height adjustment system that can be locked in place with the flick of a quick-release lever.
There’s no word on eventual commercial availability of the MC2, although a European distributor is listed on its website. In the meantime, you can see the bike in action, in the video below.
Source: MC2 via Road Bike Review
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An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.
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A clever multi-functional bike. Way to show a person's eclectic personality. There needs to be a dual seat model.
An expensive must have for nitwits everywhere
i want to see a video of someone actually riding the damn thing in the different positions....not just music and no substance...
More like a Quarter Nickel than a Penny Farthing.
At least it has a "Seat low, Handlebar high so one can sit comfortable upright" mode.
So literally re-inventing the wheel then; it is, to all intents and purposes, a Penny Farthing, or as Wiki informs me, a "hi-wheel"
Good luck to the inventors though, it was replaced by the "safety bicycle" for good reason.
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