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Concept bike shows more seamless e-bike styling

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October 8, 2013

The ONEbike uses a frame-integrated battery

The ONEbike uses a frame-integrated battery

E-bikes may be among the techiest of modern bicycles, but they tend to have big, pudgy designs that look more outdated than cutting edge. Large battery packs, bulging motors, and wires running to and fro have a way of making bikes look big, bulky and busy. Bicycle manufacturers and designers are starting to get hip to the idea that e-bikes should look as clean and high-tech as they ride, integrating electrical components in more seamless ways. The latest is a concept bike from Swiss design firm Concept Cycle.

The bicycle show season just swept through Europe and America, with events like ISPO Bike, Eurobike and Interbike. E-bikes had a strong presence as usual, and one of the themes was lower profile electrical hardware. The award-winning Coboc 3.0 and the e-forked Electrolyte series were two of the designs that addressed the theme in different ways.

The Concept Cycle ONEbike, created by Swiss designer and former racer Andy Muff, is a third. Like the Coboc, Muff’s design integrates the battery pack into the down tube of the frame. He envisions the design working with a variety of motor systems – rear and front hubs and central motor systems are cited specifically.

While the ONEbike looks more visually striking overall, thanks to its curved top tube and offset rear triangle, its down tube integration looks a little larger and more clunky than Coboc’s design. The thick down tube is a dead giveaway that the bike is indeed a big, heavy e-bike.

The ONEbike was showcased at Eurobike, but Concept Cycle's press release doesn't specify whether it has any production future. For now, it appears to be just a design study (i.e. concept cycle).

What do you think? Does integrating the battery pack into the bicycle frame make an e-bike look sleeker and more fashionable? Or is it really just replacing a big, awkward battery pack mounted to a standard frame with a big, awkward down tube?

Source: Concept Cycle

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
4 Comments

sleeker and more fashionable?

No.

duh3000
9th October, 2013 @ 03:58 am PDT

Awesome Bike. What is the price for this "Sleek Bike" and how fast can they go?

Ira H. Harrison-Rubin
10th October, 2013 @ 07:16 am PDT

Ugly, heavy, more parts to fail, more regular maintenance and more expensive. No cyclist will ever get one.

Gregory Gannotti
10th October, 2013 @ 11:59 am PDT

Truism that the pleasure in eating is in the looking. Those rear stays are a chicken bones caught in my throat. Whatever happened to sleek flowing lines? Not everyone will want a bike that avoid radar detection.

Gilbert Grace
12th October, 2013 @ 04:47 pm PDT
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