A Light Folding Bike That Weighs as Much as Four Pineapples
The Hummingbird Bike is made out of carbon fibre and weighs only 6.5 kg
Though commuting on a bike can be easier and more convenient than driving a car, it has its disadvantages. Sometimes it’s not so easy to find storage for them while you’re at work or you’ll have to carry them around in spaces or areas where riding is out of the question. The Hummingbird Bike aims to be the new stylish and functional solution for that problem.
Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Hummingbird Bike is the lightest folding bike in the world. It’s made of carbon fibre and only weighs 6.5 kg or about as much as four pineapples.
The Hummingbird bike was designed by product designer and Hummingbird co-founder Peter Craciun. Peter also happens to be a bike enthusiast and fanatic who spends hours on bike forums and does his own research to work on his bikes – all seven of them. The idea for the Hummingbird bike came from his own passion to find solutions. He realized that the market lacked a lightweight folding bike that was not only a great ride but was also easy to carry around.
Aside from being three kilos lighter than its closest competitor, the Hummingbird Bike boasts of a unique and stylish design that combines form and function. While it looks sleek and modern, it also has a patented folding system that makes sure the chain doesn’t ever loosen or fall off. This is because the pivot for the rear triangle is around the bottom bracket shell and the chain tensioner is removed. When the rear wheel is folded in, there’s no way for the chain to loosen or drop, making the bike safe and hassle-free.
Pete, along with his co-founders Ligia Stan, Robert Campbell and Piero Frescobaldi, envision the Hummingbird to be the best bet for the urban commuter. The bike will make it easy for users to ride to and from work or wherever they need to go and still be able to carry their bike on the bus or train, or up the stairs or elevator when needed.
The Hummingbird is customizable and comes in four colors: yellow, black, red and pure carbon fibre. The first version of the bike is a 16-inch wheel bike, but the Hummingbird will also come in a version with 20-inch wheels. The 20-inch version will be slightly heavier at 7 kg and, of course, a bit bigger when folded, but all other features will be the same as the 16-inch version.
The Hummingbird Company has already partnered with a manufacturer in the UK and pre-production has started in October. The team plans to finalize the design by February next year and start production in March to get the first of the Hummingbird bikes out by August 2016.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Hummingbird has already raised just a little over 50% of its goal with about three weeks to go into the campaign. Interested backers can still pre-order their own single-speed 16-inch Hummingbird for £1,100 (around US$1,674) or a five-speed 16-inch Hummingbird for £1,250 (around US$1,900).
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