Gallery: Eco 7 Bicycle Folds to Fit Within a Suitcase


Although the idea of a folding bike isn’t new or novel, Mexican designer Victor Aleman has managed to spice things up a bit with his Eco 7 Folding bike. Aleman has designed a modern folding bike with wheels that compartmentalize and disassemble into a neat and tidy package – a perfect space saver for the urbanite.

Although there are a variety of folding bikes on the market today, the one limiting factor in how small they can go is the size of the bicycle’s wheels. Recognizing this, Victor Aleman designed both wheels of the Eco 7 bike to fold up with the clever use of various hinged points. The spokes fold into the rim, hiding them from view and allowing the rest of the wheel to fold. Through the use of double pivot joints the 6 rim modules fold into a stack of curved sections, similar to a collapsed measuring stick. When reassembling the tires, the spokes automatically fold out towards the center to allow easy connection to the center of the wheel.

The frame of the bike also folds by allowing the frame tubes to slide into one another and then folding on hinges into a bundle. The brakes, crank, handlebars and chain are also removable and collapsable. The most intriguing part of this concept is that once completely disassembled, it appears as though the bike can be placed into a suitcase-like carrying case which would be a huge space-saver at home and extremely convenient for hopping on a train or subway.

+ Victor Aleman


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  1. lukes March 2, 2013 at 1:54 am

    This is the first folding bike ive seen that looks like a normal bike, the others folding bikes look like childrens bikes and a bit daggy, so i would not ride them, but this one looks like a normal adult bike. The colour stands out though, and the eco7 name, why the 7 why not just eco or ecol bike. Why the bright orange colour all over, that looks a bit odd, is that for high visibility. Is there options for other colours,and where do you buy, id like one in a different colour.

  2. malcombrant January 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    That’s great,but my wife could never get it back together and I am sure it would be that way for a lot of people. You would find it in some trash can somewhere, left by someone who could neither get it back together nor back in the suitcase.

  3. mewmew August 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    In what way is it ‘eco’? I understand bikes are more ecologically sound than cars, but how is this an ‘eco’ bike?

  4. jym dyer August 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    • Bike Friday designed a high-performance bike to fit in a suitcase a few decades ago. Light wheels are important.

  5. Shepdaddy August 3, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Cool design but I think the engineering will be difficult with all of those splits in the frame.

  6. Nurk May 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    How much it costs, when it’s gone be realized? I like it)

  7. Wallpaper's Stylish Fol... August 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    […] loves all folding bikes, but we can’t ignore that some of the designs out there are slightly maladroit – […]

  8. recumbent guy November 12, 2009 at 10:35 am

    How it rides ?

    It doesn’t ! It’s a computer model !
    Show me one in flash, and one that actually has tires and you can ride it, and then I’ll say it’s cool, or not.
    We see bunches of this cleverly designed bicycles, but they never make the real world. To bad ..

  9. s3xt0y October 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Thats really neat, I wonder how it rides.

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