svart by bikeID: two-speed automatic bicycle for MoMA store
svart by bikeID: two-speed automatic bicycle for MoMA store svart by bikeID: two-speed automatic bicycle for MoMA store
sep 18, 2013

svart by bikeID: two-speed automatic bicycle for MoMA store

‘svart’ by bikeID for MOMA: a two speed automatic bicycle
image courtesy bikeID



swedish bikeID has introduced the latest addition to the their road bike family, created exclusively for the museum of modern art’s design store in new york city. the ‘svart bike’ is a fully stripped down bicycle featuring an automatic two-speed gear system built directly into the rear axle, eliminating the need for cables and levers. a centrifugal clutch shifts up and down automatically depending on one’s speed without using driver input. in addition, the hub has a built-in rear foot brake. the lightweight chromoly steel frame is finished in solid matte black coating, which provides minimal contrast to the rest of the monochrome details and components. the drop-down handlebars with matching grips are made from a special microfiber for protection against moisture and temperature changes.



the ‘svart’ features an automatic 2-speed gear system built directly into the rear hub, eliminating cables and levers



other bikes in the bikeID family



the drop-down handlebars are made from special microfiber for protection against moisture and temperature shifts



detail of the SRAM automatix system

  • Lucky it’s just an exhibition piece, it’s a death trap with no brakes, you would have a hard time stopping with leg power, and you’d be airborn.

    MuxDip says:
  • nice looking bike, but is it really fixed gear? doesn’t seem like it if you can brake with the pedals… and how does the shift feel? especially while accelerating from a stopped position. You really only need one gear.

    mash says:
  • so this is a coaster brake bike, not a fixed gear.

    stevie says:
  • Fixed means “FIXED” as in only one speed.

    Lightmaker says:
  • These bikes are not fixed gear, they have coaster brake bracket arms from the hub.

    Benjamin says:
  • Can’t be a “fixed” gear if it has two gears in the hub haha.

    It’s a coaster brake with internal gears.

    plyphon says:
  • Not a fixie, 2 gears without cables and a old-school footbreak.

    daniel says:
  • Fast bicycle without front brake?… No, thanks… 🙂
    Looks really great, but form should not ignore function (and safety) in such a thing.

    Tom says:
  • interesting, but of doubtful practicality (I know when I want my gears changed, and it’s not based on just one input). Am looking forward to more than 2 gears. The coaster break is a nice way to finish off the handle-bar clean-up.

    James says:
  • Hi Mash and Stevie! Yes your correct this is definitely not a fixed gear bike. It has a 2 speed gear system that automatically shifts up to 2nd gear at 11mph. Once your ride speed hits the optimum ratio it smoothly clicks up to increase your output (speed) and then when you slow down or stop it resets automatically to 1st gear, for an easy start from a stopped position. The rear internal brake is a coaster brake, like a lot of the European city bikes, which you just back-pedal to engage, providing ample resistance for stopping at speed. We also supply an extra (optional) front brake in the box for riders who prefer that set-up. Please let us know if you have any more questions, very happy to help! [email protected]

    BIKEID says:

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