Bicycle designers had a chance to show the world their ideas earlier this year by taking part in the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. The online contest was organized by e-zine Designboom and the Seoul Design Foundation, and received entries from 3,078 designers in 88 countries. In the end, it was the funky looking Bike 2.0 designed by Nils Sveje that won the grand prize. The lack of external features giving away the fact that this is no ordinary bike.
Bike 2.0 is a contemporary remake of the best ever personal transportation, the bicycle. It gives you uncomplicated great technology at your fingertips (toe-tips). Whether you use it as a substitute for a normal bike, without battery, but with the chain-less transmission, or as a substitute for a far more polluting vehicle, with the supportive battery, it will bring you around in a subtle yet cool manner. The design is meant to be contemporary in aesthetics and ethics, a symbiosis of form and technology, modern and historical, Bike 2.0 will use standard wheel and forks, because it just makes sense, but this also gives you the possibility to personalize your Bike 2.0. The user interface is two turning rings, one for gearing and one for energy supply, the latter being temporary without the battery and constant with it, made possible by the always present supercapacitor.
So, in conclusion, instead of a chain, the bike has a pedal-powered internal generator that’s wired directly to the rear hub motor. Instead of derailleurs, it has a stepless gearbox. Instead of brake levers and discs, it has a regenerative coaster brake. And, instead of shifters, it has two wireless rings on the handlebar. Very cool indeed.