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Category: Professional, Transportation
Designer(s): Sander Murray
YikeBike has been in development for 6 years and is now offering two models of YikeBike that are sold in 32 countries around the world.
The Carbon model weighs just 10.8kg and is mainly constructed from at latest carbon fiber technology and has been in production for one year. It has already been in Time magazine, taking 15th in the inventions of the year 2009 and in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest folding electric bike in the world.
The new Fusion model offers the strength and affordability of alloy materials, weighing in at 14kg. The Fusion is already in full production and is priced at almost half the Carbon model uses hydro formed high tensile aluminum alloy and composite reinforced polymer. Weighing 14kg the fusion is 3kgs heavier then the Carbon but still folds into the same small portable shape.
YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. We sat down to try and answer:
What is the simplest way to get from A to B with the aid of a machine?
What is the smallest wheel you can have to get a stable, safe, comfortable ride?
Can you make something small enough to be able to go with you anywhere in a city?
Wonder if we could make a unicycle dramatically easier to ride and fold?
We were intrigued by creating something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment.
The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.
If you compare a YikeBikes environmental foot print to a car then there just is no comparison. When you go from place to place instead of taking a 1500kg machine with you the YikeBike is only 10 kg.
We were intrigued by creating something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment in the most environmentally friendly way posiable.