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CUTE FOLDING BIKE: Cinelli’s Bootleg Magic Bus Rat

by , 06/09/08

Bootleg Magic Bus Rats, Cinelli, Well-Tech Awards, Milan 2008, quick light folding bike, folding sport bike, pump seat post

This bizarrely named but beautiful Cinelli Bootleg Magic Bus Rat bike was one of the many highlights of this year’s Well-Tech Awards at Milan Design Week 2008. Folding up in 20 seconds and weighing less than the average trekking bike at 11kg, this little cycle offers a particularly nimble, stylish way to get around town. With a totally sustainable street attitude, high-tech attributes and miles of bike experience behind it from one of cycling’s top stars, the Bus Rat is a tricked out two wheeler we can’t ignore.

Bootleg Magic Bus Rats, Cinelli, Well-Tech Awards, Milan 2008, quick light folding bike, folding sport bike, pump seat post

The inspiration for the bike’s unusual moniker came from the song ‘Magic Bus’ by the Who: Cinelli felt the bike was so desirable it could be named after a song in which ‘I want it, I want it, I want it’ is sung repeatedly. Another one of its magical features is the seat post, which contains a pump. The remaining part of the name comes from the bike’s place in the company’s Bootleg Rats range.

The company has come a long way since it was founded by cycling legend Cino Cinelli in 1948. With a past in manufacture for racing, the company has recently been developing frames for other styles, which is where Bootleg Rats comes in. The range is designed to challenge the rules and reinvent street cycling, which is exactly why the Well-Tech judges selected it for an award: “it’s rare to find a folding bike that’s suitable for sport as well as for urban use. It’s popular with customers too, appreciated for its good looks and technologically advanced yet simple form.”

Released in October 2007 and taking one month to develop, the design will evolve as customer feedback comes in. Other specs include 20” wheels for more efficient transportation, a five speed internal hub gear, an effective chain guard and ABS fenders.

+ Bootleg Magic Bus Rats product page
+ Cinelli
+ Well-Tech Awards
+ Best of the Well Tech Awards @ Inhabitat

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3 Comments

  1. ktz April 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Perhaps it’s an improvement on Dahon’s design? (Ditching the cassette and derailler to save a kg is an improvement already id say). I will though concur though that I find the “Bootleg” Cinelli extension pretty lame. Cinelli has a super strong brand name already, dont see why they need to tarnish it with this seemingly exxxxtreme nonsense.

    If I ever get a folder upper, it’s gonna be the Bike Friday Tikit. No contest.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQscBxx7wLE

  2. JessicaZ June 15, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I agree with Bartek, this bike is clearly a rebranded Dahon bike. I see why Cinelli only took a month to “develop”
    it, they took an existing bike and spent the rest of the time coming up with a silly name. Furthermore, I don’t
    see a mention of this bike on the Well-Tech website receiving any award. This is a non-story.

  3. Bartek June 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Sorry, but what is the difference between this bike, and the Dahon Speed P8 besides the internal hub gear? I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about…

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