brian mitchell + eric peloquin + erik askin: bend brian mitchell + eric peloquin + erik askin: bend
jun 30, 2010

brian mitchell + eric peloquin + erik askin: bend


with its electric in hub motor and rechargeable lithium-ion battery stored in the downtube, the ‘bend’ is the modern day moped created by a team of three american designers – brian mitchell, eric peloquin, erik askin. its pedals classify it as a bicycle yet its 600W brushless electric motor will provide users with a speed of 20mph. the intention behind the project was to bring the passion and excitement of mopeds and motorcycles and apply it to the technology of electric motors.

‘bend’ rendering

the bent lamination plywood piece connects the seat, storage, and headlight creating a distinctive profile line. the seat extends to provide users with the option of seating two.

the storage bin designed to be easily accessible is sized to store a u-lock, jacket, an umbrella, or laptop.

with a lithium-ion battery stored in the downtube, the ‘bend’ has a range of 20 miles at 20mph. the removable 600w motor abides by the 750w street limit in the united states.

an auxiliary battery is stored in the seat tube for extended range.

meanwhile, the headlight featuring a retro aesthetic has eight high powered LED’s for visibility and safety.

by removing the storage unit, the frame caneasily be converted into a ‘step-through bike’

unlike traditional mopeds and scooters, the ‘bend’ can easily be secured using a u-lock due to its extruded aluminum frame.

production process

cardboard prototype of ‘bend’

production process

production process



left to right: brian mitchell, eric peloquin, erik askin

seoul cycle design competition 2010

currently, seoul design foundation together with designboom are hosting seoul cycle design competition 2010. once considered a ‘hard’ city, seoul is making strides toward becoming a ‘soft’ city by embracing design concepts that will redefine its urban environment with an emphasis on themes centering on green, blue, history and human. the seoul cycle design competition will be held under the theme, ‘cycling with design: seoul style,’ and is part of seoul’s city-wide effort at improving its design brand and image. the primary goal of the competition is to help build a design oriented city that focuses on its people. the competition is divided into three categories: cycle design, cycle fashion & accessories design, and cycling infrastructure. all three categories emphasize environment-friendly ideas, with the hope that the contest will contribute to establishing a healthier cycling culture.

registration is currently open. to learn more about the competition and to enroll, see here.

  • it looks like a motorcycle… why? New tech – creates new possibilities in design – lets see that – new icons.

    gimmy says:
  • I think you have to strike a balance when it comes to new technology and aesthetics though. I like that this is a familiar shape with new technology. It kind of allows you to focus on one element without the others fighting for attention.

    B to tha says:
  • Unless they find a way to change the seat height, or at least the distance from where you sit to where you pedal, this won’t quite work. It’s a very interesting idea and I like the take, but I think there’s still a lot more work to be done.

    w.n. says:
  • My first thought also was “motorcycle?” It looks like it might make a decent platform to manufacture several types of bikes from a single assembly line – pedal, fuel, electricity, compressed air, etc.

    Dan says:
  • I love how the the bottom half of the design is all business sort of utilitarian and plain but the parts that touch your body look comfortable and elegant, there is a Eames like furniture quality with the bent plywood. If Bend ends up coming to market and is a decent price I definitely rock it on the streets. I hope they accomodate an easy and secure way to lock it up outside.

    Craig P. says:
  • no helmet! but cool shades.

    bojangles says:

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