nCycle
  • The vast majority of current e-bikes are still 100+ year old designs converted somehow to electric, and you can tell it just by looking at them; to most people they still are almost the same, odd mix of tubes and wires and the extra electric hardware adds up in quite a clumsy way. Even the sleekest looking ones, are mainly traditional designs dressed up in iRobot clothes. Our lifestyles and needs have dramatically changed since the late 19th century and these structures today are unnecessarily complicated and not really up to the task of offering the simplified looks and most importantly the extra functionality required in our digital age.
     
    Keeping the basic mechanics and scrapping all the legacy structure, gave us the chance to adopt a new, innovative approach, which results in not just a bicycle, but a whole framework for future e-bikes. nCycle is a new, radical design to meet added functionality and optional electric power requirements, all in one, all in a totally new way of rethinking the bicycle around two main concepts: 1- Problem solving from ground up, and 2- Integrating it into the aesthetics.
     
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    nCycle Philosophy

    Price is the most acute concern about many of today’s marketed e-bikes: marginally effective systems for a bicycle like battery drive or other often unnecessary functions and systems come at a steep extra price in both terms of weight and money. An e-bike can do away with power aid or electronic control not even your car has, and certainly that is a must when you think of targeting it at a mass market.

    Crucially, the nCycle is totally a new innovative way from the ground up and its body was especially thought for housing new functions while at the same time being fully structural. A pair of metallic sheets attached parallel to each other in several points attaches to all the main mechanics and also houses the vital electronic and electrical systems. These characteristics make the nCycle cheaper, sturdier, more flexible, easier to build and maintain.
     
     
    OBJECTIVES
     
    Cost reduction: With today’s urge to bring down our energy and monetary consumption, e-bike prices of $4000+, effectively in small car territory, face a substantial drawback when it comes to marketing strategies and sales. The main objective is to come up with an overall cheaper design that can possibly be developed into different options at different price points.
     
    Native integration of new core functionalities and structure design: Many current e-bikes like the Smart Bike or Mercedes Bike do offer extras like electronic gear control or electric drive. These functions are however all tied around a legacy tubular structure which makes them more vulnerable to theft and/or damage as well as complicates the build increasing costs. Our goal here is to improve this situation on all fronts and natively include such extra functionalities. A thorough redesign of the structure is needed in order to provide both frame strength and integration/protection for the added elements.
     
    An elegant system to enable carrying objects: Most bicycles do away with any means to transport even the smallest object that can’t fit your pocket. Again a built in solution is needed.
    -Seamless integration of elements: As many elements as possible, such as brakes, lights etc, have to be integrated into the base design and thought in technical and aesthetical harmony.
     
    Distinctive Look: Let’s face it: Despite their simplicity, bicycles look and feel complicated and e-bikes even more so. To set apart all the revolutionary approach, a new look becomes obligatory, both in terms of technological statement and marketing strategy, to make this vehicle feel friendlier.
     
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Description
The revolutionary e-bike that locks itself, carries your payload in style and takes out all the worries of owning a bicycle, leaving you only the pleasure of riding it.
Fields
Automotive Design, Branding, Industrial Design
Date
2012