Cycling With illume

The illume is a bicycle that combines a simple bike design with advanced technology. To overcome the problems of riding at night, the design merges the indicator, brake and headlights into the frame in a way that it affords a safer ride. A lithium-ion battery and an actuator that transforms kinetic energy to electrical energy power the lighting system that is integrated into the frame.

Crafted from aluminum and carbon fiber, ‘illume’ provides complete suspension with a suitable form.

Designer: Nikhil Kapoor

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  • maikl says:

    why lantern looks to the top? highlights a UFO?

  • nikhil kapoor says:

    its combining a traditional and a modern look for the light..also the headlamps are adaptive for which that shape was more suitable.

  • Mario says:

    Why is the chain not tight around the cranks? Seems like it is floating in mid air.
    How is power being routed? Internally? What if I have to replace my fork? Why design a whole new bike just for lights? Where is this actuator that powers it all? Why not just use a hub dynamo?

  • nikhil kapoor says:

    Firstly, I thank you for your feedback, its appreciated.
    As far as the technical details, this was a school project and a pure aesthetically enhanced. I have mainly focused on the idea of having integrated lights within the the cycle itself instead of the standard detachable one. Also lights play a major role when it comes to safety especially after dark.
    I did have a hub dynamo in mind and further developing the concept I have plans to use it instead of an actuator.


  • Mario says:

    Where did you place the actuator in your design? I don’t seem to understand where it is located? How do the mechanics work for switching the light? Are there several different LED that are activated or do you physically move the reflectors?

    Lights are important but breaks are too, and I do not see any break pads on that bike, ok a break lever but I assume turning on the break light is not enough to stop the rider…

    Also you say that the Bike is made from Al and Carbonfibre, I can only assume that you use carbon fibre in the “black” parts and the middle part is aluminium, why divert from the traditional double diamond design of bikes for this project wich seems to focus on the lights mainly. Especially if this was a school project why reinvent the wheel so to speak.

    really cool to be in communication with you… And great style of design, I dig your design language.

    Just some thoughts…

  • Mart Moors says:

    I like it…!

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