lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack
nov 12, 2014

lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack

lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack
images courtesy of impossible technology

 

 

 

the ‘impossible’ by impossible technology, is a folding electric bike that can fit into a backpack and be carried around easily as it weighs less than 5kg. the design features a frame built around circles instead of a single horizontal girder to help equally spread the rider’s weight across the structure. as the seat and handle bars are at similar heights, the front and rear wheels evenly bear the stress too. it is primarily manufactured from carbon fiber in order to make it extremely light and durable, but has a connecting box in the frame’s middle which is made from steel. this is so that it can carry a maximum load of 85kg and withstand the shocks associated with everyday use.

 

 


folding and riding the impossible bicycle
video courtesy of impossible technology

 

 

 

the ‘impossible’ saves space by combing the function of the saddle and the carrying case, so when folded up it keeps the bicycle and its charger stored and ready for use. the re-energizer is used to power the disc motor which uses ten 2900mah 10A 3.6V batteries to propel the bike up to 12.4mph for 45 minutes or for 15.6 miles at a regular speed. with 40% of it customizable – the wheels and handlebars – the company are now aiming to make the whole product changeable too. at the moment, the ‘impossible’ is available in three packages via its kickstarter campaign, in; white, black and pure black.

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the first two steps of setting up the bicycle

 

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the final two stages of the transformation

 

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the black version

 

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the white color-way bicycle

  • Pretty good, getting more and more stripped down. Maybe a paddle-peddle required.
    Eventually, though, it’s the definition of a bike that’s the problem. You basically just want to bolt a wheel onto each shoe.

    Mackenzie Collins says:
  • It s not a bike

    utkan says:
  • What is the projected cost per unit?

    Mick Vincent says:
  • Brakes? I saw it stop, but didn’t see how the rider controlled this. Nice idea, clever use of component shapes. I saw how he went around that speed bump: did you ever hit a pebble on your skateboard? A large wheel rides over bumps forgivingly; mountain bikes have almost comically fat and heavy balloon tires and they love trails. A tiny wheel will let you know and put you on your — what’s Chinese for keister?

    Jonathan says:
  • Will the TSA permit it as carry on? I hope so.

    andrew leicester says:
  • Well…no pedals, no brakes…this so far away from beeing a BIKE that your biggest failure was not the design, but the marketing.
    And for a kickboard…who needs a seat? You can’t go far with it, if you can kick it, you can stand on it that time.

    Dirk16 says:
  • It appears on Kickstarter that they were selling the “Impossible” for from $430 to $530. Since they cancelled the Kickstarter campaign, I am not sure if these bikes will be delivered or not. Perhaps they are rethinking some aspects of the bike and will offer it again in the future. I think it would be a good idea to perhaps increase the size of the wheels as they have not finalized the wheel structure and perhaps they can even find a way to make the pedals functional. Of course both of these things will add to both the weight and the folded size, but will greatest enhance the desirability and functionality of the “Impossible.”

    ancientcyclist says:

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