If you happened to watch the men’s or women’s cycling races at this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, you know cycling can be exciting (and dangerous!). We don’t know if the latest technology in cycling will result in top racing speeds, but the coolest design we’ve seen since the Montague Hummer folding bicycle was introduced in 2002 is the new Cyclotron. The hubless “smart bike” is inspired by the Tron video game, especially the lightcycle style from the 2010 movie Tron: Legacy. If only it came with a Daft Punk helmet!
The Cyclotron is the idea of a company called Cyclotron Cycles, and the result is a successful funding campaign with 132 backers that raised more than $50,000 via Kickstarter this past July. Funders are still welcome to participate, with bike order options between $1,330 for a 12-speed and $2,990 for the deluxe 18-speed model still available. Not only is the design state-of-the-art, so are the extra features.
It’s made from ultra-lightweight “space grade carbon fiber” with spokeless, airless, 6,000 mile capable wheels that actually can store your groceries or supplies as you travel. What?!? The website has the details. The Cyclotron has an electronic gear box and chainless drive train. Integrated smart lights and Halo LED wheels will make you visible at night like no other bike (and you’ll look very cool, too). It has a bike laser lane projector to alert those around you. And if you don’t like the futuristic lightcycle look (gasp)–they offer decals to change the look altogether.
Check out the Cyclotron in action:
Get more information at the Kickstarter website here. If you don’t want to pay now and wait for delivery until at least next August as projected in the Kickstarter documentation, you could hold out for the regular release and pay a few hundred dollars more without risking the early funding dollars and the risk of non-completion that accompanies all crowd-funding campaigns. But you’ll miss out on the cool factor of being the first kid on your block with your very own Lightcycle.