'bikoff' by marcos madia   'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed 'bikoff' by marcos madia   'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed
sep 09, 2010

'bikoff' by marcos madia 'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed

‘bikoff’ by marcos madia

‘bikoff’ by marcos madia from argentina is one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in our recent designboom competition ‘seoul cycle design competition 2010‘ organized in collaboration with seoul design foundation. designer’s own words: why not cycle to the office? as the world’s second largest metropolitan area, seoul should address decreasing cars in administrative office areas. this project was aimed at those who do not use bicycles, those who drive their cars every morning to the office. ‘bikoff’ was born to convince these people to leave their cars and to ride every morning to their offices. ‘bikoff’ is a small foldeable bike which features a briefcase incorporated into the frame. there is an intimate relationship between the briefcase and the frame. the briefcase completes the frame, giving it great structure. both are carbon fiber manufactured, providing minimum weight and maximum mechanical resistance.

the briefcase can be removed from the frame

folding mechanism

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  • good-

    uk lion says:
  • I’m sorry but this concept is similar to the 02 city bike by Level which is more practical. You can find it in Aug 2010 issue of Wallpaper.

    nuts and bolts says:
  • I love the wheels, and the renderings are excellent… but it might get a bit scary if you’re being passed by fast moving traffic and you get hit by a crosswind!

    And what happens to the drive shaft when the rear suspension is compressed?

    mallard says:
  • too bad the bike doesn’t fit in the case…

    a d k v says:
  • Nice concept but….The contest says that it the purpose was to make a bike, who can run in Seoul streets, and can be made with nowadays technology…

    Fran says:
  • If it could fit in the briefcase, I would be this item immediately. But, that’s not the case… Oh well. It still looks cool, though I would still be a little precocious about side drifts of wind in heavy traffic…

    C.S.M says:
  • Haha – “that’s not the ‘case’…”! Well I thought it was funny…

    Like the bike, looks great. Although I do wish some of the designs that get highlighted in these competitions were a bit more realistic. I design and build bicycles for myself. How is the rear wheel driven? Internal drive shaft I presume, but that looks like a mighty complex/expensive drive design just to make it look pretty.

    ben says:
  • let’s get a ride :D…

    … to office 🙁

    Rodeux says:
  • If the bike could put in that box after folding, it might be better…

    YYYeh says:
  • I think the point is that you’re commuting to work. You need the briefcase to put workstuffs in it. No room for the bike and no need to be. The bike folds neatly in half and you can roll it along like luggage. Who would want to carry a heavy-ass case full of bike? That’s why we make things with wheels in the first place. The concept is sound and deserves the proper attention for it’s theme; a convenient way to commute to work

    zim zow says:

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