Reinvention Of The Wheel?

Perhaps, but who am I to argue with designers. I get this uncanny feeling that there is a deluge of cycle concepts floating around, so if you get bombarded by one too many concepts, please bear with us. And what have we here; an urban cycle that can be toned down to save space when not in use. Why? Urbanites don’t have spacious homes, and those who do…they don’t need bikes, they use shiny cars. The design consists of 2 systems: Wheel folding system & Bike Structure System.

Eco // 07 – Compactable Urban Bicycle

Wheel folding system

The Wheel is composed of six modules, each one has a double pivot in the joints, this allows the wheel to fold and become smaller, the spokes are contained in the inner structure of the wheel, when you unfold the system, the spokes rotate to the center of the mechanism where it attaches to the center of the wheel.

Bike Structure System

The double triangle structure is composed of expandable modules, each one collapses to a smaller dimension and then this modules aligns with the rotation of the axis in the joint of the structure. A special X aligns all the modules to their position.

Designer: Victor Aleman

Eco // 07 – Compactable Urban Bicycle by Victor Aleman

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44 Comments

  • Amar says:

    Wow! what a cycle………….

  • Berkana says:

    Awesome concept, but for a bike with no gear change ability, this bike can’t compare to the Strida. The Strida does the same with fewer parts and faster break-down.

    Design ought to hold one major principle in higher regard than what I see being practiced:

    “Design it as simple as possible, as complex as it needs to be.”

    By this metric, this bike is too complex. Nothing it does can’t be done with a simpler bike such as the Strida.

    • I second that. Strida rocks!
      However I am going to be flying in couple of days, thinking about taking my Strida with me – checking into baggage. But wonder what would be the best way to protect the disc brakes from being damaged if airline personel throws the bike…

      • Steve Inniss says:

        To protect the discs just pack underneath and on top of them with bubble wrap, t-shirts, whatever you have. It’s important to support them underneath, and on top in case they get bashed.

      • Hello RENAT,
        I can solve that problem by making a cast of the disk brakes with ten cm at least extra covering with soft material inside and hard shell outside ,strong leather straps at both ends .This will save the bike ,gift to all.

    • Kevin says:

      Wait wait wait… You cannot be boasting about the Strida. I will admit that it is a clever design, but in that design one MAJOR thing was forgotten, the FIRST objective of the bike itself, and that is to be rideable! Yes, the Strida folds easily and is onto something’s from that regard, but it is the absolute worst ride I have ever had on a bicycle, and I have ridden a lot of bicycles. There is no way you can argue that, it works better as a folding coat hanger than a rideable bicycle, sketchy handling would make a novice rider unsafe in congested areas, aka cities, where Strida boasts that this bike would be perfect in. Dangerous, and a horrible bicycle.

  • looseroots says:

    It appears that the designer is interested more in the idea of folding than bicycle than riding the bicycle. Perhaps these bicycle “designers” need to go for a ride on a bike to truly understand good bike design.

  • AlienzExist says:

    Great, if you want to spend 45 minutes assembling this bike every time you take it anywhere. Also, try to ride down a hill on wheels that collapse 3 different directions and not fall off.

    • M.S.W. says:

      Should add another 10-20 min time needed to clean the bike if the user whent through any mud before it could be disassembled again.

  • Ram says:

    100 marks for concept and attention to detail.
    A look at the components does not tell you it is a bike. Not all that practical a design and may not become a commercial hit but still a cool concept.

  • Zalgo says:

    those pedals look nigh unusable

  • colby says:

    very nice concept. though i believe ive seen something along those lines before. Maybe play up the colors and make it more of a customization type bike with interchange able pieces to make up for lack of gears or better seats. since it is already transportable u should be able to tweek it to allow people to bring the pieces for the activities they are planning to use the bike for.

  • PaFF says:

    cool

  • Ragde says:

    The concept is very interesting an the solution is very well.

  • hungelch says:

    HI, I want to know :

    1. how much ?
    2. how to buy ( via net/shop/others )and get detail ?

  • Michiel says:

    Sorry, but this bike will collapse within two meters… Things like this were already tried in the seventies and there are a thousand reason why they never made it into production.

  • b0g3l says:

    haha i smell trouble.
    i especially love reading comments on questionable designs! XD

  • aaa says:

    but PLEASE!

  • bijoy says:

    sir,
    grt idea. contact hero cycles of India, they will be intrested. if iam correct they are the largest manfuct of bycycles in the world.

  • Leeroy says:

    Doesn’t look like you can STEER it!

    This bike is not a foldable bike, so it must be designed with sturdyness in mind. It is for taking with you when you move to a different country (by air for example). You pack it tightly, lug it around until you’ve settled down and then use heavily around town, provided it rides like a normal bike. However that would probably take some very special materials and the geometry doesn’t look splendid either.

    Oh and the Strida has smaller wheels, end of story.

  • fgfgfd says:

    Looks better than the STRIDA.

    So shut up.

  • jar0n says:

    i dont know.. the geometry of the bike is a big worry.. this bike could potentially be a royal pain in the behind to ride.. it could be too stretchy for the upper body OR too short for pedalling.. i don’t know.. interesting idea, but way too many ‘breakable components for me to feel safe riding it on any terrain.. hitting a road bump could potentially rip the bike into shards..

  • Dear says:

    I love the way you approached to the problem. The overall design looks very original.

    I'm sure that you could make a frame like that….leaving apart the weels in place of regular ones…and it would sell very well.

  • Dear says:

    I love the way you approached to the problem. The overall design looks very original.

    I'm sure that you could make a frame like that….leaving apart the weels in place of regular ones…and it would sell very well.

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  • Ebyn says:

    What would be the dimensions of the bicycle at its fully compacted state?

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