chainless folding electric bicycle by mando
chainless folding electric bicycle by mando chainless folding electric bicycle by mando
oct 10, 2012

chainless folding electric bicycle by mando

chainless folding electric bicycle by mando




in a collaboration with british designer mark sanders and dutch e-bike expert han goes, korean auto suppliers mando corp and meister inc have developed ‘footloose’, the world’s first chainless folding electric bicycle. by combining a a throttle drive with pedal-assisted technology, cyclists are able to power the bike up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor alone or pedal for more range. by directly transforming electricity via an alternator connected to the crank, power is generated directly from the user.


mando footloose product view




the energy stored in a lithium-ion battery, which is then used to actuate the engine. using an electronic control unit (ECU), the ‘footloose’ works with sensors and an automatic gear changer to monitor terrain and adjust the motor’s output as necessary. it monitors the system for problems, which it displays via a handlebar-mounted human machine interface (HMI). the HMI also displays metrics like distance traveled, speed and amount of electricity produced. being removable, the bike will not start when it is removed, creating an integrated anti-theft feature. when collapsed, the bicycle can be easily transported weighing just over 21 kgs.

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mando footloose detail video
  • Clever and handsome. Power seems anemic but more is probably asking too much. Range is good for many kinds of errands. Interesting that in the future, speed will be a thing of the past.

    Tom P says:
  • I have sent the same concept 2010 in my application form to university….now it is out….it is not coool :<

    Ehsan says:
  • Looks like its got a scrotum

    Richard says:
  • Ehsan, they steel it??

    Willem says:
  • Relax Ehsan, your concept is far from original, I thought this already a few years, and even then already found some projects. For instance: 2010 you can see the [url=] bike 2.0. [/url]
    And if you search you can find the first [url=] mando prototype years ago… [/url]

    Ioques says:
  • @loqus, I just checked your link, it is 24, oct 2010, I drow my concept bike first mounthes of 2010 cause I wanted to start my education in WS 2010, in that time I was not a designer, but now I am an industrial designer and I know how you can make some 3d renderings in less than a week based on a concept, the interesting point is, the name of concept buke was E.C.B Electronic Cadence Bikein and in my sketch I have written single fork !!! and this bike is a single fork bike too, but the form is totally diffrent of mine….but technically the is identical !!
    I can upload my sketch hier and you can judge yourself.

    Ehsan says:
  • Now start crying, for God’s sake.

    Gee-Jay says:
  • @Ehsan, If you thought of it first then you should have made it first! You can learn some life lessons here on designboom….straight from the school of hard knocks. Now go cry me a river!

    Justin T.lake says:
  • @ justin and all smart alecks, Instead of crying, In case some one stills your idea, sneer and smirk to those miserable people who still your brilliant Idea, cause they just can still an idea where you have plenty of them….a gold ring could be stollen but a gold mine not, dud 🙂

    Ehsan says:
  • As a cyclist, I will never buy this beatiful bike because there are nearly no standard parts on it.
    If something brokes, I have to find special parts which I’m sure will cost me very expensive already knowing that this little bicycle costs the same like a small electric scooter.

    Paul says:
  • How can I buy it?

    Hong says:

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