Moox, on streetcar

Stepping off a subway train, San Francisco’s Mike Silvestri noticed many commuters using either bikes or scooters instead of walking the rest of the way to work. This inspired Silvestri to ask himself “Why not have the best of both worlds?” so he went home, started cutting up and modifying bike parts and came up with the Moox. Boasting a seven speed drivetrain mounted to a frame with an integrated standing platform, Silvestri calls his creation the first ever ‘ride and glide’ bike and scooter hybrid.

While I doubt the brand’s claim that the Moox ‘allows users to get creative with different riding styles’ will spur a new generation of Moox freestylers, it’s not hard to imagine using one for convenient commuting in big cities. If your daily travels include a mix of walking, riding the bus, and taking the subway, the Moox could make the transitions a little quicker and easier. Silvestri is seeking funding through Kickstarter, and currently the Moox campaign needs a few more investors before it sees production. Glide past the break for all the details…

Moox, angle shot

The Moox features a 6000 series heat treated aluminum frame with what looks like a suspension fork, but is actually rigid! I guess they couldn’t pass up on the cool factor of those gold colored ‘stanchions’. The complete unit weighs in at approx. 35lbs, and to ensure a long life of year-round operation the components were selected for durability and low maintenance.

Moox, specs graphic

The Moox rides on fat, knobby 20 x 4.0” tires to provide comfort and traction on various surfaces in all weather conditions (including mud and snow). The 36 spoke rims and hubs are both alloy. Mechanical disc brakes provide ample stopping power and easy servicing, and the bottom bracket and headset use sealed bearings. A Shimano grip shifter and Altus rear derailleur control the seven speed drivetrain, and the cockpit includes a BMX style chromoly handlebar and alloy stem.

Based on their video your pedalling position looks pretty close to a normal bike, and jumping down onto the platform appears to be an easy transition, even in motion. The platform pedals can be folded up and out of the way when you’re using the Moox as a scooter, so you can scoot along without worrying about smacking your shins or calves. No frame geometry or recommended height range is given, but with a generously long steer tube and quick release seat post it looks like the Moox would accommodate most riders.

The company has a working prototype in action but will use their Kickstarter funds to finalize their design, then produce, distribute and market the Moox. If all goes well, they already have intentions to create a line of accessories, expand customization options, and possibly even create an electric Moox.

Moox, standing platform
All photos courtesy of Moox Inc.

While its eventual retail price will be $999, the Moox can currently be pre-purchased on Kickstarter for $649 USD. Frames will be available in Green, White, Blue, Red or Grey, and a one year warranty is included on all Moox parts. The Moox ships only within the United States, and the first units should be in the mail by April 2016.

mooxinc.com

24 COMMENTS

  1. While admitting that I think this is a little silly, I applaud the creativity. I stash an adult-size folding scooter in my car trunk for when I have to park extra far from work, so I get the appeal.

    Personally, my biggest issue would be weight. My fixie weighs less than half this and my beefy cyclocross commuter still only weighs about 25. My tips to make this even better: use skinnier tires. Like 2.4″ max. Should be fine for 2.0″. Can still be a fast rolling knobby tire, but that’s going to significantly lower rotating weight, improve handling, and probably reduce component costs since more standard components can be selected. Just my 2cents.

  2. Seems like the pedals would be in the way when it’s time to stand up and “scooter”. Regardless, seems like a solution looking for a problem…

  3. Looks like if you were to hit a curb the fork would lift just enough for the frame to make contact. Neat idea , it would be good for groceries with the low center.

  4. Good luck finding out how to make that head tube connection work long term, else you’re just giving more ammo for the guys who like simplicity to stick to their older stuff.

  5. Sadly I see no reason for this since the bottom will scrape on curb drops.
    Who in the city doesn’t jump off curbs?
    It would be better off just as a low standover bike where the bottom tube cuts across at the BB’s height.
    Looks well finished but doubt there will be many customers unless it retails for $200 or less.

  6. A bicycle built for schluffing (see Bike Snob). A brilliant piece of misplaced creativity, and yeah it seems like the “cool idea” overrode a lot of careful engineering and detail design.

  7. Hey, it’s a lot better than that bike where you were flying/laying down on. I see the benefit is a very low step through frame, but I don’t see why you would ever kick to propel yourself.

  8. Worst promotion video I’ve seen for a serious product. Either go comedy, or don’t. Bike looks cool. It also looks a bit heavy for a commuter. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to lock it in a bike rack either.

  9. This is just trying something different to get some money. A rigid fork made to look like a suspension fork. Fat bike tires for no reason at all, if you really run low pressures you will hit the bottom on everything. A platform that is too low to be functional as many have pointed out. Why would I use it as a scooter when I could pedal, other than the occasional downhill. Looks way to heavy to be something you carry around for when you need it as they describe. $999 is way too much for a play thing that will lose it novelty fast.

    But again, why make the fork look like a suspension fork, but it is rigid??????

    I dont get it??

  10. This is for the people who can’t just put a $20 pad on the tobtube to sit on when you wanna flop along with your feet instead of using the pedals.

  11. As a city-dweller who deals with annoying things like crowded streets, I like this concept. The scooter platform looks pretty easy to use and the pedals seem to fold (according to the Kickstarter info). I’d like to see a way to haul stuff on that platform…

  12. Need to make if from carbon fiber!

    Also no way in hell a gripman or conductor would let you bring that thing on a cable car! I rode the California Street cable car to work everyday for the better part of 10 years. Awesome way to commute in SF and cool that something so ancient and potentially dangerous is still being used in such a sue happy city!

  13. Instead of the scooter platform it should use some of that space in the center to make a practical way to fold it up. Then it will be a practical way to travel. People only commute with a scooter if they’re not going far and want something that will fold very small, or for some pointless post-modern irony.

  14. I think the “fail” on this is it’s gonna have frame interference from the low platform on a lot of public transportation bike racks. (same for the 4.0 tires!)

    And I never saw anybody allowed to carry a bike on the trolley??? BIDK?

  15. Put a bafang on it and ride. Make it in carbon, raise platform a lil’, and mid-drive. Battery in back pack. Put some lights on. Its to heavy but u may live on first floor right off haight or Clayton street:)

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