NCycle Folding Electric Concept Bike w/ Integrated Lock, Gear Stash & More!

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

As concept bicycles go, the NCycle by designers Skyrill and Marin Myftiu packs a lot of ideas into one sleek package.

The bike has hidden, expandable storage, integrated headlights that double as speakers, rotating handlebars for multiple hand positions with hardened steel slides that form an oval lock and stowage for a battery pack to power an optional motorized rear hub. The quantity of ideas is good. That they can put them all into one sleek package (at least in 3D renders) is even more impressive.

Click on through and see how it all comes together…

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

Up front, the handlebars have two grip sections, and the forward ones can rotate upward to put the rider in a more upright position.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

Mounted on the front of them are headlights that can rotate up or down to put the light where it’s most useful. On the back are small integrated speakers that sync with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Because they’ll only fit on the NCycle’s handlebar, there’s less impetus for anyone to steal them.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

That safety and anti-theft line of thinking carries into the handlebar’s design, too. Steel bars slide out from the handlebars and connect and lock. The handlebar’s curve is designed to fit around most poles found in an urban environment.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

For small errands or just getting to work, an expanding pocket drops down from the top tube to hold a laptop, magazines, etc.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

When it’s not in use, it automatically retracts up into the frame. If the buyer opted for the motorized version, a replaceable battery pack (black) slots in just in front of the rear wheel.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

Likely it could be made to work with a belt drivetrain.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

The entire bike folds into itself with a single pivot on the frame just in front of the saddle.

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

Some sketches show their thought process (click to enlarge). More drawings, pics and details are on their website.

There are some even wilder ideas on their website, like a holographic speedometer display in front of the handlebars that’s powered by your smartphone. Juice for the phone, lights and speakers comes from a small integrated battery in front of the pocket. Even it if never makes it to production, we’re betting there’d be some well-heeled hipsters jonesing for the wheels:

NCycle folding electric bicycle with integrated lights speakers storage and lock

Comments

Phil - 01/11/13 - 1:41pm

Can you say ‘standover height?’ I knew you could.

pmurf - 01/11/13 - 1:48pm

Aside from the potentially expensive risks of crashing, I actually kinda dig the magazine/laptop holder. could be great for paper routes, too!

Loki - 01/11/13 - 1:54pm

Awesome! I miss the crazy concept bikes of the early 90′s, Wong, O’bree etc. Doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it’s a step somewhere.

Stand over with a bike like that would be important, you’d be doing a lot of posing, not much riding …

Ventruck - 01/11/13 - 2:50pm

Now imagine if you had a bubble machine mounted facing one side the wheels.
Sign.me.up

uglyyeti - 01/11/13 - 2:55pm

What’s up with the really tiny brake levers?

Kudos on some of the nifty features – the bar lock and toptube storage are pretty cool. I am fully on the anti-bike-speaker bandwagon though. I don’t need to share your music – it isn’t as great as you think it is.

Agree on the standover observations – don’t want a frame that swoops into the standover clearance.

MarkM - 01/11/13 - 5:44pm

Anyone remember the Scott AT4 bar? That was my first thought when seeing this.

MaLóL - 01/11/13 - 5:50pm

every time i see just another crappy designer bike prototype like this one, it makes me think how great is my crappy city bike that is 24h on the street eating rain and taking me everywhere. my standard lock can lock the bike anywhere at any height, lights are removable,and so on and so forth…

Topmounter - 01/12/13 - 12:57am

Let’s make our City Bike ride and look like a TT bike because TT bikes are so comfortable and practical for riding around town… BRILLIANT!

I also look forward to ripping my sack open on the edge of my laptop when I get off the seat.

Walter - 01/12/13 - 11:44am

Ah, computer renderings. Designer thinking they can make a bicycle. Well, at least this one doesn’t have hubless wheels.

It will never be built.

Walter - 01/12/13 - 11:48am

The handlebar-as-a-lock feature is not new by the way. It is available on a real, working and produced bicycle in Holland.

patrik - 01/13/13 - 12:30pm

The most popular freshman class in industrial design departments at local universities everywhere: Vaporware 101.

Ampedbikes - 01/15/13 - 7:37pm

This design is a top of the line for the future of bicycles. Sleek, very clean, modern and the appeal is great. Electric bikes are the future. Bud with Ampedbikes.com

Turgut - 05/26/13 - 2:45pm

I’m really curious to see a cutaway showing how the bearings on the front fork are positioned.

Any bearing not perpendicularly positioned to the turning axis would create problems, and this seems like one.

Vaporware 101, agreed.

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