LONDON (TIP): Engineers have developed a gen-next bike which can adjust the seat, depending on whether the rider is going uphill, downhill, or simply on even terrain.
The Cycling Sports Group has begun demonstrating its prototype bike at exhibitions, displaying the innovative “cockpit” that can glide back and forth without the need to make your own adjustments, the Daily Mail reported.
That means if you are going uphill, the cockpit moves backgrounds and places the rider into a more upright position, the report said.
On the other hand, if you are heading downhill, the seat will move you forward and into a lower position to give you more speed and control, it added.
The small but vital adjustments mean a rider can just keep going – and will not need different bikes for different purposes.
The cockpit moves according to a small lever by the handles, and is without the traditional fork and chains of modern bikes.
The concept was suggested by bike design firm Cannondale, which turned to a company called Priority Designs to create the working model. “Turning a sexy concept illustration into a working prototype is a tall order,” Cannondale said.
“It would require creative engineering, design sensitivity and serious fabrication capabilities. Priority Designs had all of those, along with the passion to sweat every detail … and get it done in time for Augusts’ EUROBIKE show,” they said. The bike features a dynamically adjustable headset that moves both fore-and-aft and up-and-down, engineers said.