sno bike concept combines tensile frame with improved power efficiency
sno bike concept combines tensile frame with improved power efficiency sno bike concept combines tensile frame with improved power efficiency
feb 05, 2015

sno bike concept combines tensile frame with improved power efficiency

sno bike concept combines tensile frame with improved power efficiency
images courtesy of venn industrial design consultancy




the ‘sno bike’ concept by the studio, venn industrial design consultancy, enhances their experienced knowledge in bicycle brands, to deliver a product that thrives in snow conditions. reflecting the designers’ energy, the active ‘z’ form of the tensile frame provides a strong structure that links the rear wheel to the uni-ski-controlling handlebars. with modifications made to the force transmission and its overall weight distribution, the snow bike has an improved power efficiency and handling performance that aids the user’s ride.

the sno bike visualized out in the snowy conditions


the ‘z’ frame construction illustrates the studio’s enthusiastic energy




the power transmission has been improved to offer a better energy efficiency


the concept has three color options: yellow, black or blue



  • needs video of someone riding it

    JJ says:
  • nice design, but isn’t all that additional weight at the rear going to want to swing out and want to over take on every corner? Do you cycle it back up instead of using the ski lift?

    pg says:
  • Great design. More research should be done on steering/control. Skis and snowboards can be steered only when their metal edges engage snow or ice. When flat (going straight), they tend to drift. Steering this bike will work if turning the handlebars somehow gets the “ski” edges to engage the snow: some sort of twist will have to occur.

    Dan says:
  • That’s basically a brilliant idea…but in the detail I see a frame that looks cool, but way way too soft for longitudinal and torque forces in the steering head. It just does make no sense except for the nice optical design.
    Next flaw is functional: I think snow will clog between the wheel and the traction ribbon and, depending on the consistance, build up and finally block the rotation.
    Side traction does not look too good, if you cycle across a slope you will most probably slip downhill. Especially when braking, the rear wheels will stop abruptly and loose the track.
    And I’m eager to see how far you will get in terms of condition of driver, it can be very hard to drive in softer snow because for balance you need a certain speed which will be hard to gain and hold – and a direct reaction of the front “wheel” to correct direction.
    But it might be fun for downhill with some stretches.
    With some improvements and electric drive aid, it might work fine.

    Dirk16 says:
  • Great idea! But wouldn’t it work better if the traction is a the front? Just like the cars, 4×4 or front-traction models work better on snow…

    Iciar says:

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