The competition is organized by e-zine Designboom and the Seoul Design Foundation and showcases bikes that are artistic, practical, outlandish, and sometimes just ridiculous... but this years winner cannot be described in this manor. Not by a long shot! Milan-based designer Nils Sveje, from Denmark, calls his bike simply Bike 2.0 and he believes it might be the next generation in bicycular-transportation.
In place of a traditional chain the rider powers the bike by pedaling a generator which transmits its energy to the rear-wheel through a 500 W brushless motor. The power is then boosted by a capacitor to give riders an extra bit of push when they need it. A stepless transmission is controlled by the handlebar mounted grip shifter and the whole frame of the bike is infinitely adjustable to suit riders of different sizes. The design also incorporates lights built right in to the hydroformed body and an optional seatpost mounted battery for extra kick.
No word yet on whether or not you'll be able to buy your own Bike 2.0 any time soon, but as we've seen with the competitions in the past, you'll likely see some of it's innovative components making their way onto the world stage soon enough.
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