antoine fritsch: t2o bamboo electrical bike antoine fritsch: t2o bamboo electrical bike
sep 30, 2011

antoine fritsch: t2o bamboo electrical bike

‘t2o’ bamboo bike (prototype) by fritsch-associes image © fritsch-associes

the ‘t20’ bamboo bike is a prototype by french designer antoine fritsch as part of an ongoing research project to investigate themes exploring changing behaviors related to sustainable development. although the body is made out of bamboo, other elements include cork, steel, aluminum and rubber. surprisingly, the small motor, which is hidden under the footrest, can reach a cruising speed of 35 km/hr (21.7 mph) for a range of about 40 km/hr (24.8 mph). the acceleration works similar to a scooter, employing manual power from the user to push the bike forward until it gets going, while a hybrid cork structure acts as a fusion between a seat and backrest for a comfortable ride.

scale of bike in relation to users image © fritsch-associes

detail of bamboo frame image © fritsch-associes

detail of footrest with hidden motor underneath image © fritsch-associes

image © designboom

image © designboom

  • I’m having a hard time believing that some of that joinery will hold up

    dbkii says:
  • dbkii, agreed. The seat column in particular. Bamboo bends but imagine bumps and potholes. Neat concept, though. I’d try it for sure.

    Tom P says:
  • great simple design for simple materials and use! The joinery looks like it’s internally reinforced by steel plates and the flex is fine if you don’t weigh 300 pounds I think. The scooter concept is a good direction because the cranks/chains/belts/sprockets etc of a pedal bike is too visually complex for wooden bikes as well as all the stresses those systems create.

    Sascha says:
  • just realized, simplify this even more and just use a Copenhagen wheel and ditch the battery system in the deck! Not sure what the “range” of that system is so more power capacity might be a good thing.

    sascha says:
  • I have to point out that this article is very poorly researched and written..

    The range should be a distance, not a speed. And the motor is not under the footrest. It is the hub of the rear wheel. The battery is under the footrest.

    If such basics are wrong, I question all the other designboom articles I’ve just read!

    Reader says:
  • super scooter antoine, wish i could have one like this

    tanguy says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

(10 articles)

design news