This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-tech

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-tech

The bikes are quite nice. They are fast, efficient and harmless to the Earth like many other vehicles can be. With a firm focus on sustainability, it’s safe to say that our society will only see an increase in innovative bicycles.

Clearly, these reliable two-wheeled transportation solutions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And why should they, when they’re about to get even cooler than what we’ve already known? (Yes, it is possible.)

“What will the bicycle be like in the next 5-10 years?” Designer Franz Cerwinka asked himself this question, conducting a “wide range” of research to try to arrive at an answer.

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-tech

This answer is clad in 7005 series aluminum. Enter the “PILOT” bicycle, a modern design perfect for high-tech daily and urban commuting. Aluminum was chosen and incorporated throughout as it retains strength while being lightweight which is the perfect material for a bike.

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-tech

Image via Franz Cerwinka

Of course, it wouldn’t be a forward-looking design without some amazing high-tech features. Users would be able to fully control their “RIDER” bike with a compatible app, which allows them to do everything from locking the bike to monitoring cyclist activity stats from the dock on the handlebars. Oh, and the dock also supports wireless charging.

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-tech

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-techBut perhaps its most eye-catching features are the wheels.

“From the start, I knew I wanted to restrict the design to a hubless bike due to its attractive aesthetics and added functionality,” explains Cerwinka. Various forms have been studied, “from angular and industrial looks to more fluid and organic forms”.

The hubless wheels were made in collaboration with the contacts of the designer, specialized in mechanical engineering. It works via an off-center axle and a few additional gears that spin the wheels at an adequate speed while continuing to pedal as you would on a regular bike.

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-techBut wait, there’s more; an onboard motor provides extra thrust when you hit the accelerator, which makes traversing slopes in particular a much easier experience.

Taking advantage of all this empty space are the brackets attached to the rear housing of the bike, which allows riders to attach other items to it. For example, a storage bin can be attached to allow for easy transportation of goods. Or, with an adapter, you can attach it to a children’s trailer.

This is what the bike of the future will look like: with hubless wheels and super high-techWith all of this on offer, the sky is the limit, pretty much. It looks like the bike can do anything but fly. For now, at least. Who knows what the future holds?

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