layer’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience

layer’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience

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pendler e-bike: a new vision for urban commuting 

 

London design studio LAYER presents Pendler, a compact yet powerful e-bike that enhances the everyday urban commuting experience. The new electric bike pairs high-performance technology with a finely crafted aesthetic to create a new vision for urban travel that aligns the user’s performance needs for efficient travel, and their lifestyle aspirations. The natural material palette and crafted aesthetic belies the performance-driven design, aligning two often disparate elements of the cycle design.

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
the symmetrical step-through U-shaped challenges the conventional performance-driven language of e-bikes

all images courtesy of LAYER

 

 

layer finely crafts an efficient travel experience

 

 A nod to the notable tradition of cycling in Denmark, Pendler’s name derives from the Danish word for ‘commuting’. ‘We believe easy, everyday travel should be for everybody – and our aim with Pendler was to envisage a safer, more convenient and effortless mode of personal transport to enable independence for commuting in the city’, notes Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. The design studio devises an intelligently designed e-bike that is inclusive, easy to store in compact urban spaces, and which balances high performance with a desirable, crafted aesthetic.

 

Pendler comes with several modular, detachable accessories that enable users to carry shopping and luggage, as well as a phone dock that offers safe and easy access to devices while riding. LAYER incorporates a compact wheelbase and relatively small 20-inch wheels which allow for easy storage and travel on public transport, reducing the complexities involved in urban commuting. In keeping with this approach, the e-bike’s folding pedals and 90-degree turning handles facilitate storage in compact urban spaces including apartments and share-houses where space is at a premium.

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
Pendler is a compact yet powerful e-bike that makes urban commuting easier and more appealing

 

 

a compact, inclusive and high performance e-bike

 

The Pendler e-bike’s U-shaped frame is constructed from standard circular steel tubing with die-cast aluminium mounts for the baskets, which have an organic, fluid expression. LAYER uilizes a compact, concealed 45Nm rear hub motor, which maintains the frame’s sinuous and uninterrupted form. Unlike traditional bikes, Pendler does not feature a top tube, resulting in a symmetrical U-shaped frame that allows riders to ‘step through’ the frame. This not only creates a signature appearance for the bike and challenges the conventional performance-driven language of e-bikes, but also makes Pendler inclusive for a wide demographic of users with varying ranges of mobility. 

 

The urban e-bike’s speed is controlled via the handlebars, and the top speed is 25km per hour in keeping with the UK/EU speed guidelines. The compact 45Nm motor is powered by a removable 250Wh battery, which can be easily removed and charged via any outlet. A single charge can achieve 70km distance, making Pendler ideal for weekly commutes. 

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
the compact wheelbase and 20-inch wheels allow for easy storage and travel on public transport

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the lack of a top tube makes the e-bike more inclusive for a wider demographic with varying ranges of mobility

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
LAYER pairs high-performance technology with a crafted aesthetic to create a new vision for urban commuting

layer-compact-e-bike-pendler-urban-benjamin-hubert-designboom-6

LAYER’s performance driven design aligns two often disparate elements of the cycle design

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
Pendler comes with several modular, detachable accessories that enable users to carry shopping and luggage

LAYER’s compact ‘pendler’ e-bike enhances the everyday urban commute experience
LAYER constructs the e-bike frame from standard circular steel tubing with die-cast aluminium mounts for the baskets

 

 

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the e-bike's speed is controlled via the handlebars, and the top speed is 25km per hour
the e-bike's speed is controlled via the handlebars, and the top speed is 25km per hour
the e-bike's name derives from the Danish word for 'commuting'
the e-bike's name derives from the Danish word for 'commuting'
folding pedals and 90-degree turning handles facilitate storage in compact urban spaces
folding pedals and 90-degree turning handles facilitate storage in compact urban spaces
a single charge can achieve 70km distance
a single charge can achieve 70km distance

project info:

 

name: Pendler
designer: LAYER | Benjamin Hubert

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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