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Cyclotron Spokeless Smart Bike Getting Funded for Production

We’ve seen a lot of unfeasible projects on crowd-funding websites that failed to go into production or were fake from the beginning - like that underwater respirator made out of two bike grips and a 3D-printed central piece - but the Cyclotron spokeless smart bike here looks functional and ready to change the way city bicycles work.
Cyclotron spokeless bike 11 photos
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The Cyclotron spokeless bike doesn’t rely on advanced physics and chemistry to allow you to breathe underwater, nor make potable water out of thin air when pedaling, but it promises to really put the good ol’ bicycle into the 21st century.

As you can see in the video bellow, the Cyclotron uses hubless, spokeless wheels wrapped in airless tires. Muscle power gets converted to a rotary force via an 18-speed e-gearbox with e-shift paddles, and the final transmission is done without a chain.

All these mean less maintenance, minimalist design, and more versatility. For example, the rear wheel can hold a small basket so you can carry your groceries or a six-pack home. The same can be applied to the front wheel so you don’t really need to carry a backpack all the time or mount unaesthetic baskets and cords on the bike.

The list of features continues with integrated LED headlight and taillight, inner wheel lighting, bike lane laser projector, an automatic light sensor to turn all of them on or off, Li-Ion battery and internal dynamo to recharge it. You can even add two more wheels at the back and two child seats in between to turn the bike into a “trike” and take your kids to the park.

And since we’re in the era of interconnectivity, the whole package comes with with a smartphone app that communicates with the bike’s systems and provides cycling data, navigation, anti-theft bike finder using GPS and even an accident and emergency reporting service.

The full project can be found on Kickstarter, where it already surpassed the €50,000 goal and should be funded later this month. The starting price for the Cyclotron bike is set at around €1,600 (). Can’t say it’s cheap, but regarding the technology, materials, and ergonomics this bike comes with, we’d say it’s fair.

The only thing wrong we can see is the missing suspension, which, combined with airless tires, will make you cringe at every bump in the road. Maybe they’ll add a spring-loaded seat sometime soon...



 
 
 
 
 

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