Hubless Bike

I’ve seen a handful of hubless concept bikes but the Synapse Bike goes one further with integrated electric motors to assist the rider. The design opens up the entire bike, giving the designer control over structural elements (in this case, lack thereof). It’s minimal, elegant, slightly aggressive, but overall dynamic. It’s like riding on no support structure at all.


Designer: Sylvain Gerber

51 Comments

  • gandg says:

    Dear Yanko,
    this bike is scenice fiction. It will never appear on the street because there is no solution for transmission to the rear wheel.

    • Alex says:

      Finally, someone with half a brain on this ridiculous website

      • gandg says:

        Dear Alex,
        tnx for your support. ( it is har to believe, but i have 100% brain 😀 ) i see lots of science fiction here. 2% of all products ( from this site ) will see daylight. it is very easy to render something in 3D max, but it's very hard to make the product.
        this bike is joke. this is not a product design, it is graphic design and you can make only poster out of it…

    • Ori says:

      Yea, right… where have I heard this before?
      Its 21th century all its possible, this can happen… its just matter of time…

    • drn dsgn says:

      its far from being science fiction.
      every single problem that the hubless wheels create can easily be handled,sitting in front of the pc for 2 minutes gave me several solutions.
      its a good concept and although i cant think of a reason to make a hubless wheeled bike right now im sure it will be handy in the future

  • gandg says:

    Dear Yanko,
    this bike is scenice fiction. It will never appear on the street because there is no solution for transmission to the rear wheel.

    • Alex says:

      Finally, someone with half a brain on this ridiculous website

      • gandg says:

        Dear Alex,
        tnx for your support. ( it is har to believe, but i have 100% brain 😀 ) i see lots of science fiction here. 2% of all products ( from this site ) will see daylight. it is very easy to render something in 3D max, but it's very hard to make the product.
        this bike is joke. this is not a product design, it is graphic design and you can make only poster out of it…

    • Ori says:

      Yea, right… where have I heard this before?
      Its 21th century all its possible, this can happen… its just matter of time…

    • drn dsgn says:

      its far from being science fiction.
      every single problem that the hubless wheels create can easily be handled,sitting in front of the pc for 2 minutes gave me several solutions.
      its a good concept and although i cant think of a reason to make a hubless wheeled bike right now im sure it will be handy in the future

  • Whuh? says:

    But where am I supposed to tape a playing card?? No spokes 🙁

  • Whuh? says:

    But where am I supposed to tape a playing card?? No spokes 🙁

  • Layman Erik says:

    Please, Please, Please.

    Stop with the hubless bike designs!

    Please.

  • Layman Erik says:

    Please, Please, Please.

    Stop with the hubless bike designs!

    Please.

  • Sman says:

    also, the structure is senseless, senseless shapes. ugly layout especially in pic. 2… also, the perspectives are stupid. is it 20m tall ? …the cad work is ok for a 1st semester… but that 1st semester seriously has to develop some taste. whats with the strange angles in the frame. whats that strange blue structures inside the wheels ? … terrible…. i understand engineers hatin on designers when i see stuf like that.. in these cases theyre right…

  • Sman says:

    also, the structure is senseless, senseless shapes. ugly layout especially in pic. 2… also, the perspectives are stupid. is it 20m tall ? …the cad work is ok for a 1st semester… but that 1st semester seriously has to develop some taste. whats with the strange angles in the frame. whats that strange blue structures inside the wheels ? … terrible…. i understand engineers hatin on designers when i see stuf like that.. in these cases theyre right…

  • rhe says:

    pointless and unrealistic. Totally agree with Sman.

  • rhe says:

    pointless and unrealistic. Totally agree with Sman.

  • I came on this site to ask a few questions but the correspondents before me seem to have done it in some style and much better than me. The old bike wheel with spokes is one of the strongest structures known to man:by weight. I stand to be corrected but but the sheer momentum on these rim models is too great and the reality of broken,pot-holed roads would do it for them. I was trained as an industrial Designer and filled my drawing board with dream concepts like this 50 years ago.So Keep it up it is now a tradition.

  • I came on this site to ask a few questions but the correspondents before me seem to have done it in some style and much better than me. The old bike wheel with spokes is one of the strongest structures known to man:by weight. I stand to be corrected but but the sheer momentum on these rim models is too great and the reality of broken,pot-holed roads would do it for them. I was trained as an industrial Designer and filled my drawing board with dream concepts like this 50 years ago.So Keep it up it is now a tradition.

  • Soong says:

    I suppose that's why the site is called yanko design, not yanko engineering.

  • Soong says:

    I suppose that's why the site is called yanko design, not yanko engineering.

  • Jon says:

    Only with amazing new super composites/nano meta materials. Good looking though!

  • Jon says:

    Only with amazing new super composites/nano meta materials. Good looking though!

  • tim Rowledge says:

    Umm, battery? Assuming *insert magic transmission here* can get power from motor to wheel, where is the energy for the motor coming from?

  • tim Rowledge says:

    Umm, battery? Assuming *insert magic transmission here* can get power from motor to wheel, where is the energy for the motor coming from?

  • Ori Shavit says:

    +1 to all these would be designers with understanding of real world mechanics and or materials. you make me look so much more proffesional.

  • Ori Shavit says:

    +1 to all these would be designers with understanding of real world mechanics and or materials. you make me look so much more proffesional.

  • BPH says:

    You would look more professional if you spelled it correctly. C'mon people, is tomorrow's technology limited by today's tunnel vision?

  • BPH says:

    You would look more professional if you spelled it correctly. C'mon people, is tomorrow's technology limited by today's tunnel vision?

  • Sivakumar says:

    one short ride on an indian road, the bike's done. high strength materials may be an option in the future, but how costly will they be? even fifty years down the line.. its a nice concept for another galaxy in a science fiction movie though.. design should be simple, yet problem free. somethings are best old school!

  • Sivakumar says:

    one short ride on an indian road, the bike's done. high strength materials may be an option in the future, but how costly will they be? even fifty years down the line.. its a nice concept for another galaxy in a science fiction movie though.. design should be simple, yet problem free. somethings are best old school!

  • oni-san says:

    So much easier to tear down someone elses concept than create one of your own isn't it. Regardless of whether or not it works, at least he's gone out on a limb and designed somethin… hell, ANYTHING. Perhaps it was for an asethetic purpose, or just to see how it looked rendered.

    Give the kid a break, you'd probably say that in Van Gough's Starry Night the stars are unrealistic…

    • Oldenweiser says:

      oni-san, thanks for that perspective. Everyone else seems so supercritical, but I didn't think it looks at all unrealistic. Maybe its not neccessary, but where does that ever enter into modern design. People buy pet rocks. When can I test this bike? But your comment on Van Gough's Starry Night doesn't take into account that Vincent needed corrective lens, especially at night!

  • oni-san says:

    So much easier to tear down someone elses concept than create one of your own isn't it. Regardless of whether or not it works, at least he's gone out on a limb and designed somethin… hell, ANYTHING. Perhaps it was for an asethetic purpose, or just to see how it looked rendered.

    Give the kid a break, you'd probably say that in Van Gough's Starry Night the stars are unrealistic…

    • Oldenweiser says:

      oni-san, thanks for that perspective. Everyone else seems so supercritical, but I didn't think it looks at all unrealistic. Maybe its not neccessary, but where does that ever enter into modern design. People buy pet rocks. When can I test this bike? But your comment on Van Gough's Starry Night doesn't take into account that Vincent needed corrective lens, especially at night!

  • Mik says:

    There are several motorcycle designers that have made and produced fully functional hubless bikes

    • Yes, and you'll see that they are all Harley (or wannabe) choppers where a specific aesthetic — which I think is called greasy baroque — are much more valued than any semblance of functionality, durability or drivability.

      Cheers,
      Mike

  • Mik says:

    There are several motorcycle designers that have made and produced fully functional hubless bikes

    • Yes, and you'll see that they are all Harley (or wannabe) choppers where a specific aesthetic — which I think is called greasy baroque — are much more valued than any semblance of functionality, durability or drivability.

      Cheers,
      Mike

  • tgchris16 says:

    hey guys, this is really cool looking, and it can happen. there are a couple motorcycles out there that work well. suspension seems to be a must to overcome the lack of strength without spokes, but very doable. check out u-tube hubless wheel vidios.

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