City Cycle Electric Assist Bike Concept Breaks Free from Chain

It may not be our favorite chain-free pedelec, but it’s certainly got some good things going on. The City Cycle bike concept from designer Christian Vollmer looks very much like a regular commuter bike (shown here in a nice chocolate color) and does that electric-assist thing we like so much, all without a chain in sight.

The concept, which comes to us by way of Yanko Design, makes use of  “new belt technologies” to transfer the push generated by your pedal power, while collecting otherwise wasted energy and distributing it to wheels in your time of need (i.e., that big hill on the way to work). The concept here being that nobody wants to arrive at their place of employment covered in sweat, out of breath and flushed. (Right….so, it’s a pedelec.)


image via Yanko Design

According to the designer’s illustrations, these new belt technologies are housed within the frame of the bike itself–an added bonus to commuters who’d rather not have a pantleg fly free and get chewed up by a chain covered in bike grease. The battery/electric engine combo here is compact, innocuous and sleek, further adding to this concept bike’s stylish urban image.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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