In the last post I showed some of the conceptual and colorways studies.
Now we move onto choosing the frame design. For the show bike we decided on a frame that is a mix of titanium and carbon fiber. We wanted to find a way to bring two materials together to reflect a reunification or a joining together of disparate parts—east and west together. It may seem a bit obvious as a representation of Berlin but I thought it would be a good beginning; a good base from which to start.
Next we focused on one of the more unusual design aspects of the bike: the bar/stem/lighting system integration. The headlight and taillight are designed into the frame and parts so that they are part of the bike and cannot be removed—or stolen—when the bike is locked on the street. The lights are also run on a front hub dynamo so that they don’t require recharging. In other words, they do not need to be removed and there is no battery to carry around.
Next up, we finalized the paint scheme and start painting!