We've seen composite skateboard decks, like Hydroflex's honeycomb rig
before, but the Gridboard takes composite construction to a new level. Looking like it was cut from the side of a plastic milk crate, the award-winning cruiser board features skeletal carbon fiber construction meant to save weight and add distinct ride characteristics. Riders that don't have proper hills for propelling the board can turn to a sister design for help: the ePaddle motorized land paddle helps any rider accelerate to high speeds.
Bicycles made from bamboo stalks are becoming increasingly common, but Greensboro, Alabama’s HERObike takes a different approach to using the material. At last year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we saw some HERObike frames sporting carbon-fiber-reinforced tubes made from woven bamboo
. At this year's show
, the company was showing off its upcoming Bamboost e-bike, which features a composite frame that adds balsa wood and 3D-printed parts to the mix.
Because they’re made in small batches by hand, most of the bikes at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show
are ... well, they ain’t cheap. One in particular, the Italian-made Sarto 18K, had a price tag of US$27,000 when you could still get one. What would you get for that price? Gold and crocodile skin, for starters.
A couple of years ago, Icelandic startup Lauf unveiled its Trail Racer
leaf-style mountain bike suspension fork. It has no moving parts, requires no maintenance, and weighs just 980 grams. Now, the company is introducing a version of the fork designed for bikes that definitely don't need any extra weight – fatbikes
Given that their design incorporates hinges and locking mechanisms, folding bikes aren't necessarily synonymous with light weight. Allen Sports' new Ultra X, however, tips the scales at just 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). The carbon fiber commuter may just be the world's lightest folding bike ... or at least, the lightest one that looks relatively normal.
Swiss designer Yacouba Galle is trying to launch an ambitious motorcycle project for 2016. The Feline One is an 801cc, 3-cylinder, 170 horsepower bespoke streetfighter that uses exotic materials and a very strange looking twin-shock anti-dive front end suspension setup. At US$280,000, though, it had better be a lot more than the sum of its parts!
The Rolls-Royce badge has graced everything from luxury cars to nuclear reactors, but stealth aircraft have been a miss until now... sort of. As part of its Bespoke Collection, the upmarket car maker is showing off its high-tech street cred with its Phantom Drophead Coupé
"Nighthawk". The limited edition aimed at the North American Market recently had its first public drive in Phoenix, Arizona and takes its cues from cutting-edge stealth aircraft.
Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week's Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show's most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. As its name suggests, it's a kayak that can hike to water's edge on your back. But it's also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck.
Once the domain of a select few products like the Powerski Jetboard
, the powered surfboard market has really grown over the past year. During that time, we've seen the underwhelming Waterwolf
, the promising, multi-personality Aquila
, and the Radinn
surfboards. The German-designed Lampuga joins the crowd, bringing with it speeds up to 34 mph (55 km/h) and claims of being the world's fastest e-surfboard.
McLaren is really taking the time to pat itself on the back for winning Le Mans back in 1995. The P1 GTR
is being billed as an homage to the F1 GTR Le Mans winner, and we thought that'd be the extent of its anniversary celebration. This week, though, it revealed the 650S Le Mans, a special edition designed to give another hat tip to the past. The upgraded version of the mid-level McLaren borrows design cues from the F1 GTR.