Mercedes-Benz shows a (very clever) folding bicycle
By Mike Hanlon
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009 Mercedes-Benz pushbikes are always special but the latest collection, released this week, includes a very clever Foldingbike with two different folded positions. Fully folded, it’s a very small package, while the “shuttle” position allows the bike to be pushed and steered - ideal for easy carriage using public transport.
When completely folded down, the Mercedes-Benz Foldingbike requires little space. In this position, it only measures 80x80x35 cm, enabling it to be packed away in the supplied high-quality carrying bag. Accordingly, the bike can be easily stowed in a car trunk, camper van, office or yacht. Essentially, it's as good as a constant companion – it can go wherever you go.
The patented folding mechanism is particularly easy to operate - folding and unfolding the bike takes only a few seconds, and no tools are required.
The aluminum frame has a suspension travel of 40 mm at both front and rear, and this is adjustable for individual riding comfort. A Shimano 8-speed derailleur gear makes for relaxed cycling, while disc brakes ensure a high level of safety. A side stand, protective metal cover and a variable luggage rack make this extraordinary bike ideal for day-to-day use. The new Mercedes-Benz Foldingbike comes in silver or white, and costs EUR1700.