Freestyle MTB riders Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw met up with their fellow Drop and Roll teammate Rory Semple for a little fun in the sleepy seaside town of Rhyl, North Wales, jumping their bikes and balancing their wheels on just about every surface they can put their tires on.
THE BEST Bikes
While it’s possible to build a hubless bicycle, it’s a mechanically complex feat. Builder The Q came up with a different approach that does away with spokes, replacing them with thick polyacrylate sheets. We’re not sure how durable they are, or how they affect ride quality, but it’s a really cool look.
Designers Yuma Kano and Yu Miyama came up with this clever way to keep your bicycle standing upright… using a much smaller bike. The 14″ long miniature bike is made from steel, and comes in versions for tires up to 1.6″ or 2″ wide. Unfortunately, importing one via Japan Trend Shop is a costly endeavor.
This electric mobility device folds up to a ridiculously small size, making it easy to carry just about anywhere. It rides like a bike, but with scooter-sized wheels. Its battery provides 30 km (~18.6 mi) of range, with a top speed of 18 km/h (~11.5 mph). It weighs just 32 lb, and measures 455 x 320 x 230 mm (~ 17.9 x 12.6 x 12.6″ ) when folded.
Combining mountain and cruiser bike looks in one, Vintage Electric’s Rally packs a 750-watt drivetrain that can help speed you along up to 28 mph, with a range of 20 to 60 miles, depending on conditions and degree of assist. Thanks to its wide and knobby Schwalbe tires, it’s comfortable on a wide variety of terrain.
Ready for some serious off-road exploration? Hi-Power Cycle’s electric beast rides on fat 4.8″ Maxxis Minion tires for traction on even the softest terrain, a 14-speed transmission optimized for hill climbing, up to 3000W of power, a 45 mph top speed, and 100-mile range.
If you’ve never seen anything simultaneously dreamy and gritty, take nine minutes to watch New York-based Aurélien Heilbronn’s Street Racers, a short film documenting the highly dangerous and illegal motorbiking culture in the Dominican Republic. Beautifully shot.
Lithium Cycles managed to bring down the price of its all-terrain electric bike so more of us can afford one. The rugged cruiser has fat tires, a comfy seat, and a removable battery pack. Available with 20 mi and 40 mi ranges, with top speeds of 18 and 20 mph, respectively.
A futuristic bicycle that takes its inspiration from TRON’s lightcycles. It has hubless wheels, airless tires, a carbon fiber frame, integrated LED illumination, a wealth of sensors, and an optional electronic gearbox. And yes, the bike shown in the video is a real, working prototype.
Stromer’s extraordinary mode of modern transportation is offers pedal assist to boost you to speeds up to 28mph, goes up to 110mi per charge, and is packed with tech like wireless electronic shifting, a USB hub, a 1,600 lumen headlamp, and GPS anti-theft tracking.