One first look this revolutionary bicycle seems like the ride of a future world, too ahead of its time for the current era to even think of hopping on to. But then it proves us all wrong with the mechanics working behind to make it possible. An all-wheel-drive system and a construction element – wherein the whole bike is a modern marvel of engineering.
Created by Stuttgart-based designer Stephan Henrich, the uniquely shaped bicycle is an out-of-the-box automotive design by a long way. The all-wheel beach and city cruiser is propelled forward by a monotyre-clip chain system which automatically forms a temporary rim in the wheel sections, as well as a dented belt drive in the interior groove. The monotyre is powered via the central wheel as the crank generates the force required to churn the wheels. The bicycle sets into motion with the help of the short-chain, and an 8-speed gearbox which is nothing like we have seen thus far.
Designer: Stephan Henrich
The name infinity is obviously derived from the shape of the bicycle which in fact is perfect for a sci-fi flick plot. Independent suspension systems on the front and the rear provide the ride with enough dampening to take on the rugged and uneven roads. It’s more like a hubless bike concept that keeps intriguing us from time to time. That said, seeing it on a bicycle is an altogether different ball game – as the Infinity impresses with the one construction element that fluidly changes between functions.
Stephan strongly believes the all-wheel-drive bicycle design here has great potential to shake up the market. Given the requisite funds and strategic partners for manufacturing can give able support, the ride could soon take shape from a concept to a prototype, and then to a commercially viable product for the masses.