Contortionist Full Size Hydraulic Driven Folding Bike

Dominic Hargreave, Royal College of Art design graduate, folding bike, The Contortionist

Found in UK’s Guardian Ethical Living blog. Dominic Hargreaves, a 24-year-old Royal College of Art design graduate, has designed a new folding bike; the Contortionist. The Contortionist features full sized wheels as opposed to smaller wheels usually used with folding bikes. Hargreaves says it would be easy to use either a chain or belt drive, but that his prototype was designed to feature an internal hydraulic system which uses oil pumped through tubes in the frame to power the back wheel. It’s unclear how Hargreave’s oil driven drive train differs from other designs, but the Contortionist has been shortlisted for a design prize. No production date has been set yet, but Hargreave is working on it.

To see how the folding parts work, check out the VIDEO and PICTURES below…

Dominic Hargreave, Royal College of Art design graduate, folding bike, The Contortionist

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Dominic Hargreave. Not the folding bike beside him.

Dominic Hargreave, Royal College of Art design graduate, folding bike, The Contortionist

Comments

Scott B - 08/05/09 - 11:56pm

Does Cannondale have a patent on the lefty fork?

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