schiller sport X1 water bike creates new aquatic cycling experience schiller sport X1 water bike creates new aquatic cycling experience
aug 28, 2014

schiller sport X1 water bike creates new aquatic cycling experience

schiller sport X1 water bike creates new aquatic cycling experience
images courtesy of schiller sport inc.

 

 

 

the schiller sport inc. ‘X1 water bike’ is a further development of his first water bike project, the ‘baycycle‘ which created a new form of cycling by attaching a bicycle onto an inflated base. the 45 lb bicycle is constructed from anodized aluminum as well as stainless steel, and offers maximum user safety thanks to its two inflatable pontoons. the twin oscillating propellers are controlled by a rudderless handlebar steering system that allows the rider to turn left and right, as well as being one of only a few velocipedes that goes in reverse. an exhilarating and dynamic, yet safe experience is produced as speeds of approximately 8 knots per hour (10 mph) can be reached.

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only 250 ‘X1 water bikes’ will be manufactured with all of them having interchangeable saddle, handlebar, crank and pedal components. the stable bicycle is available in a variety of colors and has a pure rotary motion system that maximizes the conversion of energy to propulsion. this 100% human powered device means no fuel is required thus there are zero emissions to impact on the environment. schiller sport’s product is even more eco-friendly as it is easy to transport, assembly and breakdown because it takes less than ten minutes to put together and disassemble for being stored in the trunk of a car.

 


water ride on lake tahoe, CA
video courtesy of judah schiller

 

 

 

‘from the outset, our goal was to design and manufacture the most advanced production water bike ever created. the x1 is the reflection of an all-star team of designers, engineers, and craftsmen working together with cycling and water sport experts to invent something the world has never seen,’ said founder and ceo, judah schiller. ‘the time has come at last for people to experience the thrill and freedom of biking across a spectacular blue planet.’ the water bike features a watertight storage compartment for valuables and offers a safe and exciting new way of cycling. 

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  • Neat idea. But who ever designed the ergonomics of the controls should be thrown overboard!!

    ihatebrewster says:
  • gripping video – really told us a lot

    gomez says:
  • Nah..IHB Not much more than rehash of really old ‘vacation lake paddle boats’. I could buy about 4 carbon, stand up paddle boards and nearly equal the speed ..with a far better workout as a result. Jim

    jimCan says:
  • Ludicrous riding position. OK for seasoned sports cyclists, but I doubt many of them will be buying this.

    A recumbent style would make it more stable and attractive to more people.

    Otherwise a great idea.

    BLMac says:
  • This is a ridiculous design. It’s totally not aerodynamic, instead your body would be acting like a sail. Why didn’t they design it low profile like a recumbent??

    Alison says:
  • It’s a pretty old idea. I have a Scientific American magazine with a thing like this from probably 20 years ago. With a professional rider, it was as fast as a rowing eight.
    Also “knots” is a designation of speed; it does not need “per hour” tacked on.

    raymondo says:
  • It looks to be pretty much regular road bike geometry. It is better not to sit bolt upright as that raises your center of gravity, presents greater wind resistance (less of a factor at 10mph, but more susceptible to head and crosswinds) and is a bit less efficient in pedaling. It’s a trade-off, but is easily changed as it looks to use a regular stem and common beach cruiser handlebars.

    Don says:
  • Doesn’t look like they learned anything in R+D as they developed this design.
    Maybe just make 100, and then plow the money back into version II

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Very interesting Mr.Schiller. I saw the video of the first prototype. the one where you simply mounted an ordinary bike onto the pontoons. what baffles me is how does it propel ?

    Terry says:

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