the first twenty pibal bicycles by philippe starck arrive in france
the first twenty pibal bicycles by philippe starck arrive in france the first twenty pibal bicycles by philippe starck arrive in france
nov 13, 2013

the first twenty pibal bicycles by philippe starck arrive in france

the first twenty pibal bikes by philippe starck arrive in france




in 2012, philippe stark and peugeot announced that they would be collaborating on the development of an electric two-wheeler for the city of bordeaux’s bike sharing program (see designboom’s coverage of the design in its initial concept phase here). on november 8th, 2013, the first 20 bikes of the ‘pibal’ pre-series were distributed to the citizens of the french city to test out and share their impressions.



philippe starck with the pibal bike




over the last 10 years the number of inhabitants commuting by bike in bordeaux has tripled, spawning the project to provide the citizens with an alternative public transportation system. the hybrid design is suitable for urban use, enhancing people’s mobility through starck’s proposed ergonomic– it features rim guards, along with yellow tires, an automatic two-speed hub, comfortable seating and handles and a convenient foot rest which allows you to motor along as if you were on a scooter.


at the beginning of 2014, 4000 pibal bikes will be available for loan from the city, promoting the practice and sustainability of cycling as a means of getting around.



alain juppé, mayor of bordeaux with philippe starck

  • the gap between the seat and the handle bars is it too far?

    z says:
  • If Stark was just another designer this would be considered a bad design… But since he has a lot of fame… If this was presented by a student, he would probably be hammered by the teacher both on design and frame structure, but since it´s from Stark “it´s awesome and innovative”.

    What? says:
  • love it 🙂

    sandip paul says:
  • Why are there so many “designers” now trying to ruin the bicycle?

    Tony F says:
  • Starck is a legendary designer, truly one of the greats. I applaud his working with the city of Bordeaux and find the pibal bike’s design to be quite pleasant.

    Danny MC says:
  • I love bikes, and once, I even designed one of my own. Among all the new and brilliant bike designs, this one caught my eyes as an impressive commuter/city run around. Initially I did not even know it was by Starck. I guess you do not become a world famous designer for nothing!! The fact that he can re-think anything from a motorcycle to a spoon is a credit to his ingenious mind.

    Borg7of9 says:

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