Posts in the category Concept

Open Cycle Teases new Light Weight Full Suspension Frame

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We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!

Smartglasses Get Smarter with Virtual Finger Control from Myo Armband

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You’ve probably seen the guy by now. You know, the one person you know that has Google Glass furiously swiping at their temple trying to access the camera instead of accidentally searching for something in Google? Thanks to Thalmic Labs’ Myo arm band, there is a smarter way to navigate through smartglass options without even touching the device. The big news for cyclists is that in addition to Google Glass, the Myo band is also designed to work with the Recon Jet – cycling glasses with a built in heads up display.

Using hand gestures alone, users can control the Jet’s functions while keeping their hands close to the bars. Compatible with both snow and bike applications from Recon, the Myo arm band offers a direct connection to the Jet by using the official Myo remote application.

See the Myo/Jet combination in use after the break…

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MagZip is the Zipper All Cycling Jackets Need Right Now

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OK brands, pay attention. This is the zipper you need on your next generation of cycling jackets. It’s called MagZip and it works with one hand.

I’ve fumbled with cycling vest and jackets with one hand (in vain) while riding too many times to count, and I have an almost 100% failure rate. I’ve either ended pulling off to zip up a jacket or tried doing it with both hands off the bar, which is somehow much harder than it should be considering I can ride no handed just fine when I’m not trying to do anything with my hands. I’m sure I’m not alone.

The MagZip could solve all of that. It uses tiny neodymium magnets to pull the base of the zipper together and position it in perfect, closed alignment. Then, it can simply be pulled up with one hand. Brilliant, but it took quite few years to develop. Video and more below…

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Found: User Conflict Eradication Moped Death Machine

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TheAwesomer.com unearthed the future of mountain biking: the Survival Bike by Motoped. List everything you own on craigslist, and get ready for things to get real after the jump.

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TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Denny Wins The Bike Design Project, Fuji Bikes to Bring it to Production

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After winning the Oregon Manifest and Levi’s Bike Design Project, Denny is headed on for big things. Denny of course being the bike that was created by the collaboration between TEAGUE design and Sizemore Bicycle. During the competition, bike designs were unveiled at release parties in each of the competing cities – Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Seattle. By being voted the best bike in the design competition, a “refined” version of Denny will be brought to production by Fuji Bicycle with an actual retail debut scheduled for 2015.

“We’re very impressed and proud of what the other firms achieved with their bikes, and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Taylor Sizemore on our ‘Denny’ bike,” said Creative Director at TEAGUE, Roger Jackson. “The fact that this was a public vote means a lot to our team, so we’re super excited to reward those voters by working with Fuji to refine the ‘Denny’ and bring a great biking experience to market.”

The winning bike is what the Teague x Sizemore team considers an “all in” commuter platform for urban environments like Seattle. Built with a number of integrated features, Denny addresses the need for security, safety, and convenience through their design. How will all of these features translate to production? That remains to be seen, but for now check out the details after the break….

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Luxury Collaboration between Berluti and Victoire Cycles

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Just when I thought that I couldn’t afford the newest superbikes to come out of this year’s trade shows, I’m reminded that there are plenty of classically designed luxury brand bikes that I can’t afford either. It is always dangerous when a company says “Price on Request”, but it’s not too surprising when the collaboration is between French boutique shoe and leather marque Berluti (a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton) and beautiful French custom frame and component makers Victoire Cycles. The finishing is certainly nice, and it actually gives us a peek at a great looking frame builder.

Come past the break for more photos, what’s included in the don’t ask price, and how much a real frame costs…

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Oregon Manifest: Five Designers Compete To Build The Ultimate Urban Utility Bike

CHI-BLACKLINE-The-BLACKLINE-urban-utility-bike-1160x730The Bike Design Project by Origen Manifest challenges five teams based in cycling-centric cities in the United States to redefine the utility bike.  Each team is required to build a fully functional prototype and at the end of the development period, cyclists are invited to vote on the winning project.

That bike will be then be produced in a limited run through the a partnership with Fuji and will eventually be available in retail shops. Drop past the break for an overview of the entries and then vote! READ MORE ->

Northwave Teases Michelin Collaboration, Wild Grip’r Shoes Stepping Out?

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We just received an invite to see a “revolutionary project by Northwave in collaboration with Michelin” to debut at Interbike Eurobike. At first, the image suggests tires, but the tread pattern is of the existing Wild Rock’R 2 Advanced. Then we noticed the itsy bitsy “soles” tucked underneath the Michelin logo. After all, Northwave is known for their kicks, not components, so we’re thinking some Michelin rubber may soon be glued to the bottom of Italian soles.

Perhaps an aggressive enduro shoe with grippy lugs? Or a cyclocross shoe that makes run ups a little less hairy? Both, hopefully! We’ll know soon, but if you’ve got a better concept, leave it in the comments.

Mad Max Meets Rat Rod Culture at McFly Customs

McFly Custom Apache Racer Seat MastFixed gear, steel frame, no brakes. There are only so many ways to build a track bike. Yet inventive fabricators always seem to find ways of pushing preconceived notions, and creating something extraordinary.

This custom build from Belgium builder Antoine Hotermans of McFly Customs brings together sugar, spice, and everything nice, to create one of the coolest track bikes we’ve ever featured.  READ MORE ->