Posts in the category Concept

The Ixow Syncrobox Can Operate A Full Triple Drivetrain With A Single Shifter


Ixow, the company that brought us the Stempark at the Taipei show, is showing the idea of the Synchrobox. Designed to operate an entire 3×9 Shimano drivetrain with a single shifter, they say it can help folks that have trouble figuring out two different shifters that are on most bikes.

The company says that the proof that people want this is the proliferation of 1×11 drivetrains, saying most riders only want to operate one shifter. The device mounts in the front triangle, and has an integrated front derailleur. Two cables come from the shifter and go to the device, and a third cable goes from the device to the rear derailleur.

Currently just a concept, it is not yet priced or released. What do you think? Is the allure of 1x drivetrains using only one shifter, or is it the simplicity of the drivetrain? Would a single shifter driving a full triple drivetrain be just as appealing and easy to use? Let us know in the comments, and click more to see a picture of the device and shifter…


Volvo & POC Team Up To Stop Car/Cyclist Collisions by 2020


The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts next week in Las Vegas, and to many is just a giant hall of iPhone accessories and TVs that are 3″ bigger than last year. However, using technology in a way to prevent car and bike collisions, Volvo has teamed up with helmet maker POC with an idea.

Volvo and POC will present the safety technology which consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that establishes 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists with the aim of reducing accidents. Established in early 2014, the project is using the cumulative skill and knowledge of the safety-conscious automaker and design-focused protection maker.

“Our partnership with Volvo is both humbling and rewarding and aligns very well with our mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists,” says Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder. “Our mutual view and focus on safety has resulted in a unique safety concept that can improve road safety through increased interaction between motorists and cyclists.”

Check out the video and description of how it works by clicking more… READ MORE ->

Chez Velo hacks Gevenalle w/ SRAM TT shifter on amazing 11-speed 28″ cyclocross concept bike

Chez Velo gevenalle retroshift hack with SRAM TT 11-speed shifter

Gevenalle has been making quite a bit of headway lately, offering everything from mechanical and hydraulic brake levers matched to mechanical shift levers that can be set to either indexed or friction shift with models for short or long cable pull. One thing it can’t do (yet) is mate up to 11 speed cassettes.

But that didn’t stop Chez Velo, who wanted to use the simple, durable shifter lever combo to build up a slick 1×11 cyclocross bike, so they hacked it. By reversing the cable pull direction and mating a carbon SRAM TT shifter blade to it, they were able to make it work. But that’s really just the beginning of this incredibly cool build…


Basho Cycling Club & Jerónimo Cycles Join To Blend Cotton & Titanium


Unique builder Jerónimo Cycles that we have covered in the past has joined up with Portuguese custom bag maker Basho Cycling Club to create a pretty interesting take on the traditional touring bike.

The Slütter Ti model from Jerónimo is finished with a bright natural finish on the titanium tubing, and the bags were finished with a bright accent to contrast the muted tones of the bike. Basho Cycling Club makes all bags to order for the customer, and this bike consists of a Daily Bag to hold to the handlebar, two front Travel Bags and two Extra Backpacks to hang to the the rack as rear panniers.

The Slütter Ti was customized with internal routing of the cables, and is designed to use one or two chainrings, a bit of a departure from the traditional touring bike’s use of triples. Although the bike has a modern push in the gearing, it also has Brooks leather bar tape and saddle, and White Industries hubs and cranks to retain the traditional aesthetic of a touring bike.

Jump past the break to see a few more glamour shots of the bike, and some close up shots of the bags…


3D Printed Titanium Seatmast Topper Coming from Designer Spencer Wright

Spencer Wright 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for bicycles prototype

Designer Spencer Wright has been working on this 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for quite some time. What you’re seeing here is something like the 6th prototype made, and soon his first functional one will go to Germany for destructive testing.

The seatmast topper is meant to be both a commercially viable product and an experiment in future capabilities for using the process to create consumer goods. It’s made using DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) from 6/4 titanium powder and, yep, lasers.

To give you an idea on where the technology is, earlier this year this part was featured in an 3D metal printing industry guidebook, reporting that initial estimates for prototype production were about $1,000 to $2,400. Per piece…


D-Fix Rear Hub Reinvents Wheel Removal – Remove the Wheel, Leave the Cassette

In order to remove nearly every rear bicycle wheel, you have to separate the chain from the cassette. In certain instances, that can be prove to be tricky – not to mention the potential for grease to get on your hands, gloves, car trunk, etc. Jan Deckx thinks there is a better way.

As the inventor of D-Fix, Jan came up with a way to attach the hub and the cassette in a way that leaves the cassette in place when you remove the wheel. Sort of a thru-axle housed in a quick release hub, the cassette uses a spring loaded engagement system that retracts when the axle is removed. Jan tells us that he currently has 10,000 km on this hub pointing towards its durability.

Watch a video demonstration of the hub system next…


Could You Tow An Enclosed Camper With Your Bike? With The Wide Path Camper, Yes


It weighs just 88lbs unloaded, is fully enclosed, and is designed to be towed by bicycle. Those specs alone should be enough to make people take notice of the Wide Path Camper, a small, lightweight trailer designed just for bike camping.

Most enclosed campers are known for being grossly large, and needing a $50,000 diesel truck just to pull them to the nearest KOA. In theory, the Wide Path Camper will give you that luxury without the cost and frustration of a fifth wheel. The idea seems to be catching on, as there are other people trying to solve the issue as well, so that bike camping does not have to be a spartan exercise of sleeping on the bare ground.

Click more to see the specifications and pictures of this interesting trailer…


Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…


MagLOCK May Have Finally Perfected the Magnetic Bike Pedal

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Now more than ever, there seems to be an intense debate between the use of flat pedals or clipless. Both have their merits, but what if there was something in between? Something that combined the best things about each into a single design? Now that the MagLOCK bike pedal is getting official, maybe there is.

The MagLOCK pedal is definitely not the first to attempt to use magnets to replace a clipless system. Many companies have tried over the years and for whatever reason either failed to produce a worthwhile product, or at least one that consumers would buy. There are many factors to designing a magnetic pedal that you have to take into consideration over a relatively simple clipless pedal, but it looks like Dave Williams may have figured it out with his clever magnetic design.

Details next…