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Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It!

Posted By Timon Singh On June 20, 2014 @ 2:40 pm In Bicycles,carousel showcase,gallery,Green Transportation | 6 Comments

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Priority Designs and Cannondale [1] have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV) [1], the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE [2] last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design.

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The CERV features a unique “dynamically adjustable headset that moves both fore-and-aft and up-and-down” while a cyclist rides it. They system is designed so that the rider is always in an optimal position [1] based on the terrain that they are riding on.

On the Priority Design website [1], the team state that “the headset translates forward and down for a clean, low-drag position when descending. When climbing, it moves up and back, creating a more upright position for maximum leverage on the crank. Doing all this with a traditional fork in place wasn’t going to cut it, so a single-sided swing arm was proposed. Designing a forkless front-end has its own challenges, integrating it into a multi-axis adjustable system is another degree of difficulty altogether.”

After the Cannondale team came up with the unique mechanical design, CERV mock-ups were built and all of the key components were tested. A revised concept illustration was then created and the team at Priority Designs were given the green light to turn the vision into a reality. Time will tell whether this new design [3] will translate to everyday cyclists, but it is almost a guarantee that you will see something similar in the Tour De France over the next few years.

+ Priority Designs [1]

Via Gizmodo [4]


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[1] Priority Designs and Cannondale: http://prioritydesigns.com/cannondale.html

[2] EUROBIKE: http://www.eurobike-show.com/

[3] new design: http://inhabitat.com/page/4/?s=bike+frame

[4] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5941993/this-ridiculous-bike-mutates-while-you-ride-it

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